Jenna Shapiro ’17 & Clara Leonard ’16 awarded 2nd annual Let’s Get Ready Chairman’s Award

Congratulations to Jenna Shapiro ’17 and Clara Leonard ’16 for receiving the 2nd annual Let’s Get Ready Chairman’s Award.  For those of you who don’t know about Let’s Get Ready, it strives to provide  “low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.  Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.”

Recipients of the Award are selected by former Chairs of Let’s Get Ready’s Board of Directors and exemplify the power of students helping students. Jenna and Clara will be honored and presented their awards at Let’s Get Ready’s Annual Gala on April 13th at Chelsea Piers in NYC where approximately 500 attendees will gather in support and celebration of LGR and its members.

Please thank Clara and Jenna for their commitment to serving others and congratulate them for being recognized for their outstanding impact in their community!

Education Certificate, Research and Service

Have you considered a career in education? Are you interested in hearing about educational research and service happening at Wesleyan and beyond? Would you like to learn more about Wesleyan’s Certificate in the Study of Education as well as the steps you should consider taking if you would like to become a teacher? Would you like to learn more about volunteer opportunities? If so, then join the Wesleyan Education Network listserv! Just email Professor Steven Stemler ( and request to be added to the listserv.


Nepal Relief Efforts through GIS Mapping — Fri., May 1, 2-3 p.m.

Want to help with relief efforts in Nepal after Saturday’s Magnitude 7.8 earthquake?

Special WesGIS/Mapping workshop:

Introduction to Relief Mapping for Nepal

When: Friday, May 1, 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: Allbritton 204

Who: Anyone in the Wesleyan community who is interested in helping out by tracing (digitizing) objects from aerial photos. No GIS experience required.

We’ll introduce tools that you can use to contribute toward relief efforts in Nepal through mapping. We’ll get you registered, provide a hands-on introduction to mapping using’s browser-based iD editor, and show you how to find lists of mapping tasks that need completion (following the basic outline presented a New satellite images and tasks are being posted daily and there is still much work to be done.

 The room has 30 computers. Please bring a laptop if you have one.

Please RSVP at   Questions? Contact Kim Diver or Phil Resor


Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors–Applications due Feb. 27

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.  A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.  The application process is described below.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an essay that addresses the following:

Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our local and global communities more equitable (The effort should have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus and/or on external communities.);

  • Explain your level of involvement in the work for example: your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns in the pursuit of social justice;
  • In addition to your essay, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals (excluding family and friends) directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015.  All essays, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline.  By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765,

Previous recipients:

2014:  Hailey Sowden, class of 2015 Middletown Food Project/Long Lane Farm

2013:  Joshua Krugman, class of 2014             Long Lane Organic Farm

2012:  Corey Guilmette, class of 2013              Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility

2011:  Ali Chaudry, class of 2012                      Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative

2010:  Allegra Stout, class of 2012                    Disability Issues

2009:  Lily Mandlin, class of 2010                     Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society

2008:  Mu Abeledo, class of 2009                     Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)

2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008            Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”




Selection Committee:  Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton ; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean of Equity & Inclusion; Lily Mandlin, 2009 Recipient & Alumna ’10; Marina Melendez, Class Dean 2018 & Chair; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.





Volunteer for to Assemble Thanksgiving Baskets —





The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project is an initiative that brings together volunteers from a variety of groups and businesses to purchase and assemble baskets of food for families who cannot otherwise afford Thanksgiving feasts. The baskets include a turkey, a pie, and all the ingredients to prepare a holiday meal. This year we’ll be preparing almost 1000 baskets!

We are currently looking for Wesleyan students to assist with prepping baskets on:

Monday, November 24th between 10am and 3pm at Fellowship Church (1002 Saybrook Road) and

Tuesday, November 25th between 10am and 12pm at Amazing Grace Food Pantry (16 Stack Street).

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up for a shift using this Google doc:

We welcome any and all students to volunteer. The Office of Community Service will be providing van transportation for a limited number of students and we encourage all students who can provide their own transportation to volunteer and to bring friends, as well.

Thank you!  Office of Community Service

Community Engagement Fair–this Wed. 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Community Engagement Fair

September 11, 11:30am – 1:15pm

Usdan Courtyard

Community Agencies and Student Groups will be there to share how you can connect with the local community.

Volunteer and Work–study Opportunities!


Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships

Rain site: Beckham Hall

Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (