Civic Engagement

2019-20 Alternative Breaks

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Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

Spend your Wintersession or Spring Break making a difference! Join us on one of our Alternative Breaks to learn about social issues. 2019-20 trip themes are: Shelters and Anti-Domestic Violence Work;  LGBTQIA+ Health and Human Rights; Public Health and Food Security. Applications for March 2020 Spring Break trips is are open Monday, November 11 – Monday, November 25 at 11:30pm. The application will be posted on Handshake.

Alternative Breaks: Frequently Asked Questions

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

This resource is an overview of FAQs about Alternative Breaks, covering the topics of eligibility, structure, timing, and more.

Civic Engagement Funding Guide: Federal Work Study & Grants

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Civic Engagement provides a variety of funding opportunities for Wellesley College students and groups for community engagement programs and projects. This resource provides descriptions of Civic Engagement Grants, Federal Work-Study and Service, the Katharine Timerman Wright Award, and the Beha Community Engagement Grant.

Civic Engagement Training

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Any student recieving resources from Civic Engagement must attend a mandatory training program before beginning their volunteer work. Trainings are offered at the beginning of every semester and include Pre-Service General Training, Working with Minors, and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Civic Engagement: Federal Work Study FAQs

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Students that engage in projects that are addressing a community or social need are eligible to apply for funding through Civic Engagement Federal Work Study. Learn answers to frequently asked questions in this resource.

Davis Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2019—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Days to Make A Difference

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Kiana Stacy ’20

Days to Make a Difference (D2MAD) are invitations for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae to experience community service with a local community organization. These days of service serve as an introduction to the yearlong service opportunities, crafted specifically for Wellesley students, at every service site. Days to make a Difference are intended to act as the catalyst for conversations about what it truly means to be a woman who will make a difference in the world.

Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Designed for students with a commitment to community engagement, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service-Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area. During the 10-week program, students reside together in Boston while undertaking full-time internships with local nonprofit organizations. Led by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and nonprofit practitioners, a weekly seminar integrating experiential and traditional classroom learning benefits not only the Wellesley interns, but also the communities in which they serve.

Past Alternative Break Trips

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

Alternative Breaks have taken students to New York City, New Orleans, the Florida Everglades, and more! Students have worked within these communities to address varied social issues, including (but not limited to) affordable housing, immigrant and refugee rights, environmental stewardship, animal rights, etc. Read on to learn about selected past trips!

Student Volunteer Driver Approval Process and Van Request Form

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

This resource provides an overview for students seeking approval to drive Wellesley College vehicles for volunteer/service purposes and contains a link to the request form to reserve a Civic Engagement van.

Truman Scholarship (juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation 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 for juniors interested in a career in public service. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Udall Scholarship (sophomores & juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February.

Weekly Volunteer Programs

Caitlin Aguirre ’20
Caitlin Aguirre ’20

Throughout the academic year, Civic Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer with local partner organizations throughout Boston & MetroWest. Interested in learning more? Fill out an interest form on Presence and a member of our Volunteer Engagement team will reach out with more information.