This month, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships announced the grantees of the JCCP Student Innovation Fund.
Students from a range of majors and backgrounds—all with shared interests in utilizing resources in innovative ways to positively impact the greater Middletown community—applied to this fund. The Student Innovation Fund provides up to $750 for spring or summer projects that prioritize:
- Collaboration between student groups, faculty/staff, and/or community partners;
- Investigation of the impact of our civic engagement efforts; and
- Sharing of ideas and learnings in civic engagement on campus and beyond.
All student efforts are representative of the JCCP’s continued commitment to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.
This year’s Innovation Fund grantees are:
Middletown Urban Farming Symposium
by Syed Hussain ’21
The 2019 Middletown Urban Farming Symposium is a bold project that looks to build on the current local and national momentum around food justice. This symposium seeks to bring together disconnected but passionate forces in the local food justice movement: farmers (and prospective farmers/gardeners), municipal government officials, environmental and social justice activists, and Wesleyan students.
by Mariel Baitenmann-Middlebrook ’20
A partnership between Oddfellows Playhouse and Cardinal Kids, this program provides individual music mentoring from a Wesleyan University student. These lessons are tailored to fit the individual needs of different learners, and the mentors work closely with their students to develop their musical skill and interest.