Getting Involved

Wesleyan students have a long history of getting involved in the greater Middletown community.  Much of this is done through volunteer and community service through the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.  But some academic courses—community-engaged learning courses—also have a service component to them.  In the past, students enrolled in CEL courses at Wesleyan have:

  • Conducted the homeless count required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Middlesex Supportive Housing Coalition;
  • Examined the effect of local preschools on preparing kindergarteners to be school-ready, for the Middletown School Readiness Council;
  • Studied the North End landfill to determine whether the methane it produced could be harvested economically;
  • Taught 20th century music compositional techniques to Middletown High School students;
  • Aided medical research at the Community Health Clinic.

If you think Wesleyan students might be of help in a project your organization or agency is doing, planning, or just imagining, the first step is an informal discussion with the Director of Community-Engaged Learning. 

Contact information:

  Amy Grillo
  Director for Community-Engaged Learning
  Associate Professor of the Practice, Center for the Study of Public Life