Survivor Support Network, Eight to Eight, The Ankh, Read Feather Studios, Invisible Men, Long Lane Farm, Womxn of Color Collective, Ajúa Campos, Queer/Trans Wesleyan, Student Union, Synapse, United Student/Labor Action Coalition (USLAC), Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (SEMI), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Middletown Potluck, Climate Ambassadors, Hermes, Students Against Fossil Fuels (formerly WesDivest), Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), Wesleyan Democratic Socialists (WesDS), Asian American Student Collective (AASC), Veg Out, The Workshop
To join swing by the UOC, pick up some zines and make some friends!
Infoshop Preservation Society
The Infoshop Preservation Society (IPS) is a group formed to initiate the revitalization of the UOC’s Infoshop/Anti-Oppression Library. We are currently in the midst of cataloguing hundreds of zines, books, CDs, posters, and other artifacts, with the hope of turning the Infoshop into a resource for the student body at large. Another part of our mission is to archive the wealth of documents scattered around the infoshop related to the rich history of activism at Wes.
Rap Assembly Wesleyan
The Rap Assembly of Wesleyan is a forum for those who identify as hip hoppas (persons who identify with Hip Hop as their culture) to comfortably and openly discuss issues pertaining to our community, provide positive support for one another, and pursue our personal growth within a shared context. RAW aims to allow hip hoppas to sharpen one another as well as act as a gateway for those who wish to engage with or learn more about the culture.
Feminist Underground is a new student group formed in light of the flourishing feminist movement on Wesleyan’s campus. Currently, the organization is committed to fighting for justice and respect for survivors of sexual violence, a reformed adjudication process, and meaningful prevention efforts on the administrations part. The group will also work to change social forces and rape culture on campus that lead to the objectification and violation of students. Other causes and actions will be decided on by members, and a mission statement will be decided on in the first few meetings.
Queer Resource Center
The QRC is a student-run office and meeting space with a library of books, magazines, safer-sex information, newsletters, and videos. The Queer Community Intern works with the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) to help maintain the QRC, plan programs such as the monthly Queer Community Meetings, Pride Month, and the Queer Retreat, and to build bridges between the various student groups on campus.
As a group, WesDEF facilitates discussions to empower individuals to effect positive changes in their communities. We build activities and dialogue around social justice issues that arise on campus or that we are personally passionate about. We work to train new facilitators and create anti-oppression advocates as well as serve as a resource for other student groups to collaborate on relevant programming.
Eight to Eight
8 to 8 is a confidential student-run listening service. After an extensive, semester-long training process, listeners work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. answering all sorts of phone calls from the Wesleyan community, ranging from informational to crisis.
DIY Collective strives to understand the way the machinery and technology of our world works at the level of electricity, pulses, and waves. We apply that understanding to directly tinker, build, and manipulate technology in the interest of truth, fun, and mischief. In keeping with DIY ethics, the Collective will be organized in a non-hierarchical fashion, encourage collaboration, and be supportive.
Wes DJ Co-Op
The Wesleyan DJ Co-Op’s mission is to purchase and maintain professional DJing equipment to ultimately lessen the financial burden on the school and students when outside acts are brought to Wesleyan that require certain Djing equipment. The WesDJ Co-op also seeks to make equipment available for student performers. The WesDJ Co-op does not discriminate in lending out equipment; so long as the event is registered and a short form is signed, WesDJ equipment will be accessible to all of Wesleyan.
Founded in 1985 (and out-of-print since May 2007), The Ankh has served as a vehicle of expression and empowerment for Wesleyan’s students, faculty, and staff of color throughout its history. Originally created to stimulate communication between minority groups and the wider community, The Ankh remains a multi-cultural endeavor. It strives to bridge the gap between communities and foster awareness among them and will work closely with Ujaama, Ajua Campos, Spectrum, African Student Association, The Writer’s Block, and several other groups in achieving this end. While promoting cultural education and political awareness, The Ankh is also informative, artistic, provocative, and fun. It is a celebration of multiple heritages and an expression of their respective hopes, fears, beliefs, and ambitions. The Ankh is fundamentally inclusive, but will not publish any works that promote racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise divisive or destructive opinions or ideas. Its goal is to voice a wide range of experiences to build trust and community.
Invisible Men is a forum for people who identify as men of color to comfortably discuss issues pertaining to our community, provide positive support for one another, and pursue our personal growth within a shared context. Through mutual communication we have come to recognize the importance of a space where men of color can meet each other with love, respect, and understanding. We aim to share the diverse experiences and identities that characterize our relation to the term man of color, while attempting to expand on the identities entailed. We not only seek to work within ourselves but to create more unity among the people of color community across genders and sexual orientations.
Long Lane Farm
Long Lane Farm is Wesleyan’s own student run organic farm devoted to allowing students a place to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture. The farm is non hierarchical, meaning that any student with an idea for a project has the opportunity to realize its success. In addition to weekly meetings, students run work days every Saturday 10am-2pm during the Fall and Spring, though many students come out to the farm throughout the week to get their hands dirty digging, planting, and weeding. Long Lane also seeks to foster good relationships with local farmers. The produce grown on Long Lane is sold at the Holden Farmer’s Market, donated to Amazing Grace Food Pantry, or served to students in Usdan. All who are interested are welcome to join at any point during the year!
WeSJP is a group of students and faculty dedicated to acting in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for a just peace. WeSJP aims to voice the Palestinian narrative and provide students with an alternative resource of information to the mainstream media.
Food Not Bombs
Feed off the waste of the capitalist heteropatriarchy at Food Not Bombs! Every Sunday people from Wesleyan and beyond take food that would otherwise go to waste and cook up a delicious vegan meal. Middletown Food Not Bombs is one of a thousand FNBs around the world. We give away the meal for free at 1 PM at 605 N. Main St, in front of the Buttonwood Tree. Cooking starts at 11 AM at the First Church at 190 Court St – just come to the kitchen in the back!
Wes, Divest! is a group of students that advocating for the divestment of Wesleyan’s endowment from fossil fuel companies since spring 2013. We urge the University to adopt a careful plan to completely divest from fossil fuels in a responsible manner. We organize forums, actions and work with the Committee of Investor Responsibility to spread information and increase pressure on the Board of Trustees to research and pursue divestment from fossil fuels.
Wesleyan’s Composting Committee is a group for students interested in learning about and expanding Wesleyan’s current policies and practices regarding food waste sustainability. The program has grown to become part of Wesleyan’s Sustainability efforts, and is currently headed by the student Composting Interns. The project presently enables all 350+ residential units with kitchens to compost their food waste, and aims to extend to residential dormitories. Composting is currently available for the following: Senior Woodframes, Senior Fauver, Hi/Lo-Rise, graduate housing, all Program Houses, and select student dormitory halls (the Butterfields and WestCo).
Hermes is Wesleyan University’s longest running progressive publication. Hermes was founded in 1975 by a group of student activists as an alternative to the school newspaper, the Argus (the name being a rather blunt reference to the Greek myth in which Hermes slays the hundred-eyed beast, Argus). These days we try to provide a more political, critical, and analytical outlet for campus opinion.
We publish about seven issues a year, with material ranging from campus life, photo essays, short fiction, and opinion pieces, but we tend to focus on activism and social commentary from a variety of viewpoints. Hermes is organized in a collective, nonhierarchical, informal manner. We have no editors-in-chief, no restrictions on staff, and no censorship- all decisions are made by the entire staff. Hermes is a forum for ideas. Anyone is welcome to participate.
The United Student Labor Action Committee strives for a Wesleyan that extends respect, appreciation, and love to all of its community members–not just the ones that pay a lot to go here. We are fighting against the marginalization and invisibilization of service workers on campus–to unravel the misconception that campus is beautiful and functional by some force of magic. USLAC runs campaigns to raise awareness of these service workers, all that they do for us, and the bullshit they endure all the while. Come to a USLAC meeting, get to know the person that cleans your dorm, that serves your food, that fixes your radiator. Let’s actually put some effort into our community instead of throwing around progressive buzz-words like safe space and social justice to describe Wesleyan. Let’s make safe spaces, let’s act with social justice as an imperative, let’s be deliberate about treating all of our community members with dignity
Middletown Potluck is a collective which aims to bring human connection back into
the relationship between Middletown and Wesleyan. We strive to put human beings at the center of everything we do. We function as an anarchic group of people committed to creating conversation around difficult topics within the Middletown community. We host monthly dinners where we cook for everyone and have discussions on various issues. This year we had an interfaith anti-oppression dinner, a forum at dinner focused on hunger and homelessness, and a dinner with songs of social change. From these conversations, many different projects are born and organized by Middletown residents and Wesleyan students. From our Hunger and Homelessness Potluck we started a project to raise money for lockers for the Middletown homeless shelter. As a group, we have developed relationships with many organizations and individuals in Middletown who work toward similar aims.
People’s Climate March
PCM Organizers aim to bring as many Wesleyan students and members of the Middletown community as possible to participate in the PCM in NYC in September. The PCM will be the largest climate march in history, with the goal of placing pressure on world leaders gathered in New York City for a landmark UN Climate Meeting.
Climate Ambassadors aims to engage the Wesleyan community in activism, education, and discussion around climate justice.
UOC Coordinating Committee
The UOC (University Organizing Center) is a student-run space at Wesleyan University dedicated to anti-oppression and activism. Established in ‘03 out of student demands, it now serves as a hub for group meetings and collaboration, and a home for craft supplies, activist archives, and a growing library. Our goal: continual collaboration, dialogue, and action between students and student groups. The UOC Coordinating Committee is a group made up of representatives from each of the groups who use this space, who together help maintain the community as well as the physical space of the UOC. The UOC Committee also organizes the disorientation guide.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
SSDP is an international, grassroots organization of high school, college and graduate students working to end drug prohibition, and the associated prison-industrial complex developed to enforce it. The school-to-prison pipeline is a major concern of the organization. Wesleyan SSDP has most recently been at the forefront of distributing information about PSafe director applicants, and organizing student outcry over militarization of campus police to directly affect that process. Join the listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org