The Wesleyan Engage 2020 (E2020) initiative is a comprehensive university effort to support student learning via civic engagement and liberal arts education. E2020 is open to and encourages participation regardless of political affiliations or stances on specific issues.

Wesleyan University has a long history of supporting student engagement in the public sphere. Wesleyan’s Civic Action Plan sets goals for building civic preparedness among students, faculty, and staff and for enhancing the University’s role in public life.

This moment represents a unique opportunity for civic participation and liberal learning through engagement with the public sphere. Thus, we are joining forces with colleges and universities across the U.S. to reaffirm our collective responsibility as institutions of higher learning.

To date, the E2020 Initiative has supported dozens of students at Wesleyan engaged in work on behalf of voter registration efforts, issues advocacy initiatives, and local and national campaigns.  Though the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the ability to do this work in-person, it also drives home how crucial the leadership of our country is for the lives of every single American. We remain committed to supporting student learning and civic preparedness via E2020, and offer guidance and suggestions for engagement opportunities that are compatible with the present social distancing requirements on the Resources page on this website.