Established in May 2011 through a gift from the Robert ’61 and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports Wesleyan students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good.
Social justice, activism, and entrepreneurship are core to the ethos of Wesleyan. Through workshops and trainings, specialized counseling and networking services, three types of grants, and incubator workspace on Wesleyan’s campus, the PCSE seeks to cultivate and expand this tradition.
The PCSE, the Allbritton Center for the Student of Public Life, and the Center for Community Partnerships (which includes the Service-Learning Center, the Office of Community Service, the Office of Community Relations, the Civic Engagament Certificate Program, and the Center for Prison Education) form a hub of civic engagement on campus. We work closely with the Career Center and Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS). We invite alumni to volunteer as speakers, mentors, grant reviewers, and more.