Civic Engagement

Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017
Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017

Civic Engagement 

Built upon the foundations of Wellesley’s motto, Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare, Civic Engagement facilitates partnerships with community organizations and explores the role of social justice work across all career fields. The Civic Engagement program works to prepare Wellesley graduates to make a difference in the world. We offer opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective, and meaningful ways that enrich a liberal arts education.

Our programs include annual service opportunities on campus (including Day to Make a Difference and bi-annual Blood Drive), the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning, Alternative Breaks, and partnerships with community organizations throughout Boston and MetroWest, that offer students the opportunity to volunteer throughout the academic year. Our partner organizations have made a commitment to work with Wellesley students to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become change agents throughout their lives.

• Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
• Framingham Public Schools
• Natick Community Organic Farm
• South Middlesex Correctional Center
• St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

 

Ministrare Council

The Ministrare Council leads Civic Engagement’s programs, working with community partners, faculty, staff, and students to help bring Wellesley’s mission and motto to life. 

Ministrare Council is a group of 30 civic-minded student leaders who are responsible for guiding, planning, and implementing community engaged work. Ministrare Council is lead by five Fellows, each with a specialized focus area. The remainder of the Council is composed of Coordinators who each focus on a specific program. 

Ministrare Council offers Wellesley students an opportunity to work closely with professional staff in community organizations to learn about community based work. Ministrare Council Fellows and Coordinators, also attend monthly professional development seminars and other specialized workshops to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become ‘women who will’ in every career field upon graduation.
 

Sydney Stewart ’18
Many of the preconceived notions I had about people experiencing homelessness and poverty were transformed by my summer internship, particularly due to its direct service aspect. Much of what I learn as a Peace & Justice Studies major concerns multilayered analysis of conflict and my internship offered me an opportunity to consider how larger systems, like housing, banking, education, criminal justice, etc., influence social structures and perpetuate poverty for the underclass.
Sydney Stewart ’18
Lumpkin Summer Internship 2016, St. Francis House Moving Ahead Program, Boston, MA

Contacts

The Ministrare Council organizes many aspects of Civic Engagement — you can make appointments with our Fellows below to discuss Alternative Breaks, Community Partnerships, or Wellesley Partnerships. For all other topics, please email civicengagement@wellesley.edu or schedule an appointment with Alyssa or Erin in Handshake.

Ministrare Fellows

Reach out to our Ministrare Fellows to discuss their program areas!

Civic Engagement Partnerships

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19 organizations partnered with Civic Engagement in 2016

Highlighted Partner Organizations

Oct 1, 2018

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligibility: graduating seniors and recent alumnae with OPT/appropriate work permit.

Service, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides college and grad school graduate with 6-9-month paid opportunities to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Explore further details and the application at http://scoville.org/apply/application-information.

Questions?  Any prospective applicants are welcome to seek advice from the...

Feb 8, 2019

Udall Scholarship - campus deadline

Eligibility: sophomores and juniors in any field who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

Service, Undergraduate

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment related to the environment or to American-Indian nations. The Udall Scholarshipshonor the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American- Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

Any prospective applicants are encouraged to seek advice ahead of time from Kate Dailinger of Wellesley's fellowships office: ...

Jan 18, 2019

Davis Projects for Peace - campus deadline

Eligibility: undergraduates and graduating seniors in any field from any country.

International Student, Travel, Service, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Davis Projects for Peace offers undergraduates funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2018--anywhere in the world--to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. Wellesley may nominate one project and one alternate for funding each year.

Any prospective applicants are encouraged to seek advice ahead of time from Kate Dailinger of Wellesley's fellowships office: https://www....

Nov 16, 2018

Truman Scholarship - campus deadline

Eligibility: current students and graduating seniors who are U.S. citizens or nationals.

Research/Gradschool, Service, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

The Truman Scholarship supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. This scholarship provides funding toward senior year and graduate school (up to $30,000) for juniors committed to careers in public service.

Any prospective applicants are encouraged to seek advice ahead of time from Kate Dailinger of Wellesley's fellowships office: https://www.wellesley.edu/careereducation/fellowships-and-...