The Mentor In-Residence Program supports the civic preparedness of Wesleyan students in collaboration with community partners committed to the pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.
Mentors-in-residence are nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, activists, and/or public figures whose experiences bridge the gap between theory and practice. They are proven facilitators of learning in their fields, and are committed to rigorous debate, broad dissemination of work pertaining to public life, and collective impact. While this program prioritizes student learning outcomes, it also underscores the Jewett Center for Community Partnership’s commitment to support the the capacity building of the region’s non-profit sector.
The JCCP is launching its Mentor In-Residence Program with Laura McCargar, the President of the Perrin Family Foundation.
In spring 2019, McCargar will teach a course in the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life entitled: Youth, Power and Social Change, which will explore the 1990s popularization and rise of the field of youth organizing as an intentional strategy for transforming youth, communities, and the broader social and political structures and institutions that shape their lives. This course will examine the evolution of youth organizing, the politics of power and identity in youth work, and the role and impact of youth-led social change in our current political climate. In addition to teaching, Laura will work with students and community partners around her expertise via a series of lectures and public workshops.
You can learn more about Laura and her work here.
You can apply to the course here: https://goo.gl/forms/Nj84tsD0Q1i4NX6p1