Last OPT Workshop Tomorrow @ 12Noon, EST – 10/20

This is a repost of the message sent from Chia-Ying Pan to international students on October 19th.

Dear international juniors and seniors,

Please join the OISA tomorrow (October 20) for the last Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop of the season. This workshop is for F-1 students who wish to work in the United States after graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Live Q&As

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link:

This workshop will address the frequently asked questions about OPT and OPT STEM extension. We will help you make realistic plans to complete your OPT application, answer any questions you may have about I-765 and have a discussion with you if you are not sure if applying for OPT is an appropriate choice for you after graduation.

If you would like the recordings of the previous two OPT sessions, please email

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow! Bring your questions!!


Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University

Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

P. (860) 685-3031 OISA Facebook 

Fall 2020 virtual drop-in hours: 

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fellowship Panel Tomorrow – 10/20

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 3p ET to hear this year’s fellowship applicants share their experiences applying for Watson and Fulbright! Featuring:

Lizzie Edwards ‘21

Rodrick Edwards ‘19

Susannah Greenblatt ‘16

Ben Martinez ‘21

Pablo Wickham ‘21

Genesis Garcia ’22 (moderator)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 2860 4690
Passcode: 772957

National fellowships are fully funded, usually year-long programs that support independent exploration, research, English teaching, graduate study, and professional experiences in and outside of the U.S.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds one year of English language teaching, independent research, graduate study, or creative work in any discipline in one of ~140 program countries. Fulbrighters serve as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Applicants must demonstrate  motivation, cultural awareness, and a strong academic background in the chosen field. Open to U.S. citizens; graduating seniors and recent alumni.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship supports one year of purposeful, independent exploration in multiple countries outside the U.S. Applicants should show passion, imagination, independence, leadership, resourcefulness. Open to all citizenships; graduating seniors only. Each year Wesleyan may nominate four applicants.

Magdalena Zapędowska, Ph.D. [za-pen-doff-ska]

Assistant Director, Fellowships | Fries Center for Global Studies


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Wesleyan University

201D Fisk Hall, 262 High St. | Middletown, CT 06459, USA

OPT Workshop Tomorrow, 10/14 @ 12 Noon EST

This is a repost of the message sent by the Chia-Ying Pan on October 13th.

Dear international juniors and seniors,

Please join the OISA tomorrow (October 14) for the second Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop of the season. This workshop is for F-1 students who wish to work in the United States after graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling Out the I-765 Form  

Wednesday, October 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link:

In the workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out the I-765 (application for employment authorization) form. Please visit the USCIS website and download the I-765 form before you attend the workshop. Using the current I-765 form is critical to your OPT approval. As of today, the most current form should say “Expires 07/31/2022” on the top right corner and “Edition 08/25/20” at the bottom left cover of each page.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow!


Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University

Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

(860) 685-3031 |OISA Facebook 

Fall 2020 virtual drop-in hours: 

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wesleyan Town Hall: Coping in Crisis: A Discussion about Race, Faith, and Mental Health – 10/12

When: October 12, 2020,Indigenous People’s Day 
Town Hall Description:Racial injustice and COVID-19 are exacerbating the mental health crisis in communities of color and on college campuses. This Town Hall webinar brings 4 prominent and outspoken leaders to the Wesleyan community to talk about their life journeys and explore issues about mental health, faith, culture, and brain science, with Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty. We will set this discussion amidst the background of systemic racism, the global pandemic, police brutality, social justice marches, uncertain job market, and struggling economy. 
Town Hall Panelists: Former NBA star, Olympic Gold medalist, and non-profit founder Allan Houston, Yale Professor of Psychiatry Nii Addy, Pastor Marichal Monts, leader of the Ebony Singers, and Angie Makomenaw, Mental Health Education and Prevention Coordinator at Wesleyan University. 
Moderator: Demetrius Colvin, Director of the Student Resource Center at Wesleyan University.
Audience Discussion Leader: Dr. Smith Kidkarndee from CAPS at Wesleyan.

Post-Town Hall Breakout Rooms at 7:00 PM:

From 7:00-7:30, we invite the audience to continue discussions and interactions with the panel speakers and moderator in breakout rooms

Room 1: Professor Nii Addy

Room 2: Dr. Angie Makomenaw

Room 3: Rabbi David Teva – Meditation Session*

Room 4: Demetrius Colvin

*The Meditation Session, entitled “From Theory to Practice: Cultivating Wholeness and Well-Being Through Contemplative Mindfulness”, will be led by Rabbi David Teva, with Tyla Taylor ’21 and Jada Reid ’22. Tyla is the Mindfulness Intern on campus; she leads the group Mindful Wes, a student group working to bring conscious awareness to ourselves, our community, and our environment by offering spaces to learn and practice meditation. She also helped start the SOC Healing Space on campus. Jada is a Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality intern at the Resource Center. She founded and leads the SOC Healing Space, which focuses on creating a community for students of color to explore journaling and meditation practices.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.


Fitzroy ‘Pablo’ Wickham

Head Resident Foss Hill

Senior Class President

Wesleyan c/o ’21

Town Hall Coping in a Crisis

“Don’t Hate Communicate” with Dr. David Campt Event Tomorrow – 10/8

This is a repost of the email sent by Dr. Alison Williams on October 7th.

Join us on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 pm for the next installment of Don’t Hate…Communicate! led by Dr. David Campt  (as seen on Trevor Noah). 

This is an interactive experience designed to help people better understand how to navigate many of the challenges of modern day political polarization. With the election approaching and polarization increasing, many people do not know how to have a civil conversation with others who might disagree with them (as demonstrated in Tuesday’s candidate ‘debate’).  Participants will learn about what they can personally do within conversations to turn moments of difficulty into moments of dialogue.

This event is cosponsored by Wesleyan University’s Office for Equity & Inclusion, E2020, The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, Department of Government and the Department of American Studies.  

The event is open to all, but preregistration is required as space is limited.  To reserve your space, Preregister Here.  

Don't Hate Communicate Flyer

Correction: Important Fall and Spring Calendar Updates

This reposted message is a correction to the email sent by President Roth on October 5th.

In Monday’s message regarding fall and spring calendar updates, spring break was mistakenly noted as March 24-25. The actual dates of the two-day break, as listed on the University’s academic calendar, are Tuesday-Wednesday, March 23-24. The Office of Communications regrets the error. The below text is revised to indicate the corrected dates.

Dear friends,

With the first month of the semester under our belts, I would like to pause to acknowledge the careful planning, creative problem-solving and exemplary adherence to safety protocols that have allowed us to be together this fall. This is a proud and happy moment for us all.

At the same time, it is a precarious moment. We understand that the pandemic is still with us and that the public health context can change at any time. We are also nearing the winter months, when more time indoors and flu season could pose additional threats. With these considerations in mind, we have made the following plans:

  • Thanksgiving recess begins Wednesday, Nov. 25 and extends through Monday, Nov. 30. Classes resume remotely on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with all classes and exams conducted online for the remainder of the semester. Students with special considerations (such as international students for whom travel is not advisable or students who depend on Wesleyan for housing) may petition to remain on campus over winter break. All other students must depart no later than Wednesday, Nov. 25 at noon.
  • Students may return to campus for the spring semester beginning Friday, Feb. 5, and classes will begin online on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Students whose theses or capstone projects require them to be on campus will be able to petition to return prior to Feb. 5 on a case-by-case basis. That petition will be distributed at a later date, and consideration will be given to any petitions by those who feel their work cannot be done remotely.
  • We continue to review the risk profile for athletics and for spring study abroad programs. We will be providing updates in the coming weeks.

We expect our February return will entail similar safety precautions to those that have proved effective so far this fall: students limiting exposure and getting tested prior to traveling back to Middletown; an initial two-week quarantine period on campus (Feb. 5-20); frequent testing and procedures for supportive isolation and contact tracing; and a no-travel, two-day spring break (March 23-24), which will negate the need for a post-break quarantine period. When we return next semester, we must maintain our vigilance with respect to social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing. If all goes well, we expect the semester to end in late May, with final exams May 18-21. We anticipate hosting Commencement on Sunday, May 30, and will determine the celebration’s format, as well as the celebration for the Class of 2020, as we get closer to the spring.

We will be in touch with more specifics later this semester. These are challenging times, but I am heartened by the many ways that you have risen to these challenges. Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourselves and one another.


Michael S. Roth, President

Fast Company Innovation Festival with Free Student Tickets (Virtual) – 10/5 – 10/9

Fast Company Virtual Festival 2020 Flyer 

This October, the Fast Company Innovation Festival will once again take over! For the first-time ever, the sixth annual event will be held virtually. But as always we will be bring extraordinary personalities together for surprising talks, hands-on workshops, unexpected performances and behind-the-scenes tours, designed to inspire creativity and innovation, all from the comfort of your home.

Confirmed speakers include 8 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and actress, Janelle Monáe; Cofounders of Team Downey, Susan Downey, and award-winning actor Robert Downey Jr; cofounders of Magnolia Network, Joanna and Chip Gaines; and more to come!

We’re inviting the students of Wesleyan University to receive a free Keynote Pass, where they will have theopportunity to experience the most Innovative event of year… for free!

To learn more about the festival visit Have questions? Email us at

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Janelle Monáe, 8 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and actress
  • Susan Downey, Cofounder Team Downey
  • Robert Downey, Jr., Actor, Cofounder Team Downey
  • Joanna Gaines, Cofounder Magnolia Network
  • Chip Gaines, Cofounder Magnolia Network




CAPS Drop-In Spaces

The CAPS Literary Salon: A Narrative Therapy Group, Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm

Facilitated by Tamanna Rahman, psychiatric APRN and Jonathan Perlow, CAPS doctoral extern. Time to read & write with a therapeutic focus. Explore issues of identity, relationships, and emotional struggles by engaging with the written word. Each session we will watch a literary performance, discuss how it resonates with our own lives, then have a short freewriting session with time to share after. Please email if interested.

Meditation & Awareness Practice, Wednesdays 4:30-5:15pm

Join doctoral extern, Jonathan Perlow in gentle meditation instruction and guidance to empower participants to directly contact and connect with their own inherent wisdom. In post meditation we will explore bringing our awareness practice into social dynamics, as we move into a discussion space where students can share their own wisdom, ask questions, bring curiosities, and/or raise concerns. Please email if interested.

I AM: Soul & Tell, Fridays 4:00-5:00pm

Join Sara Jalbert, MA, LPC and Dr. Kidkarndee for a 5-week creative series focusing on connecting to different parts of yourself through music, memories, spoken word, photography, art and more. If interested, please RSVP to by 4pm on Oct 7th.

FGLI, Fridays 4:00-5:00pm

Navigating Wes as a First Generation/Low Income student can be a challenging process. In an effort to support and validate your unique experiences, Neal Sardana, LPC will facilitate a weekly supportive space. Please email if interested in this group.

Making Connections: Growing & Nurturing Relationships, Fridays 12:30-1:30pm

Join CAPS & SHAPE offices for a 3-part discussion series over this Zoom link exploring themes of communication, consent, boundaries, and self-care in the different relationships we have in our lives. Attendance is open and drop-in, so come to one or all sessions! For questions please reach out to Johanna DeBari and/or Priya Senecal

Oct 9th Roots of Healthy Relationships

Oct 16th Growing Together: Negotiating Consent & Boundaries

Oct 23rd Tending to Self & Others

Follow us @WesleyanCAPS on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter for the latest information on CAPS Happenings.

Angie Makomenaw

Mental Health Education & Prevention Coordinator

Pronouns: She|Her|Hers

Davison Health Center, 2nd Floor