Allbritton Center Champions Civic Engagement

July 20, 2016

The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. Housing the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and the university’s Service-Learning program, among others, the center actively partners with the local and regional community and teaches practical skills for social impact.

Within the Allbritton Center, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) supports students interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses and organizations that advance the public good.  Each year, the center awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise. 

This year’s seed grant winners are Kindergarten KickstartTRAP House, and Walking Elephants Home. These Wesleyan-connected social ventures will each receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds as well as training, advising, mentoring, incubator workspace and other resources through the Patricelli Center. One of the finalists, <Zim/Code>, was awarded a $10,000 grant from another funder; and the two remaining finalists—Give Education and Pertiwi Initiative—were awarded smaller runner-up grants funded by members of the board of trustees who attended the live pitches and believe that all six teams are worthy of validation. To read about past winners, follow the links here: 201520142013.

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners through support of cutting-edge scholarship, high-impact teaching practices, rigorous debate and broad dissemination of work pertaining to public life. The center’s Right Now! series presents lectures, workshops and other events responding to breaking issues in public life, gathering academic and nonacademic speakers and audiences to consider ideas and events that are of pressing importance.

The series’ current offering, a three-part panel discussion on the refugee crisis, concludes on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in PAC 001 with “The U.S. Response, Locally and Nationally.” The event will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Government Ioana Emy Matesan, with a panel that includes Christina Pope of Welcoming America; Chris George, director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services; and Jen Smyers, director of policy and advocacy at Church World Service.

You can read about all upcoming events at the Allbritton Center here.


From left: Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17; Michael S. Roth ’78; Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09; and JCCP Director Cathy Lechowicz cut the ribbon at the official naming ceremony for the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.