Course Withdrawal Deadline Wednesday 4/29

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Fall 2018 semester is Wednesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m EDT.  If you need to withdraw from a course, please send a group email by the deadline to the instructor, your faculty advisor, and your class dean, and attach a withdrawal form.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. Please email me at to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do not wait until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to contact me or you may find yourself waiting a long time to hear back from me.

Cap and Gown Refund Update

Due to Oak Hall’s reduced hours and staffing, refunds for “ship to bookstore” orders will not show up on credit cards until approximately May 1st. We apologize for the delay. Please be assured that you will be refunded for your original purchase.

For more information, please contact

Paula Page
Wesleyan RJ Julia

Apply for the Christopher Brodigan Award

Given the current global health crisis related to Covid-19, applications must be sensitive to health and safety protocols, including travel restrictions and public health guidelines.  The award committee encourages the submission of digital project proposals and those designed with physical distancing in mind or that include a flexible timeline during the award year (2020-2021).  See the CDC website for specific global travel guidelines (

African Studies is now accepting submissions from graduating seniors for the Brodigan Award, awarded every year in honor of Christopher Brodigan.  More information about the origin of the award is listed on the African Studies website:

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project in Africa.  Students may propose an individually designed project or to provide service in an educational institution, development organization, grassroots group, or non-governmental organization pursuing service work.  Research projects will be supported especially if they state the potential significance for the public interest in the country where the project will be carried out.

Several awards of up to approximately $3,000 each will be offered.  Recipients are required to submit reports on their projects once they are completed.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 28th by 11:55pm EST.

Interested students should contact Prof. Laura Ann Twagira at or Prof. Alice Hadler at

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

  1. A proposal (2 pages) which includes the following information:

    • Description of project

    • Detailed plan for carrying out the project

    • Identification and description of any sponsoring organization

    • The proposal should address concerns regarding health, safety, or any political sensitivity

  1. A detailed budget, including airfare and room and board costs (1 page)

  2. A resume, including a listing and description of relevant Wesleyan coursework or other experiences

  3. The name of one faculty member who can serve as a reference for you and for your project

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Laura Ann Twagira in the Department of History (

Commencement Regalia Update

Please note that all students (Bachelor, Masters, PHD) will be able to order a “Ship to Home” package until May 15th. Oak Hall will make the ordering change to their website by Thursday, April 9th. The same rules will apply regarding returns: Students may open the box the the order came in but CAN NOT open the individual cap and gown packaging if they want the option to return the regalia. Students have 30 days to return the regalia from the day the package was shipped from Oak Hall. Students must take note of the shipping date from Oak Hall.

For more information, please contact Paula Page at Wesleyan RJ Julia at or 860.685.3939.

Upcoming OISA Virtual Programs for International Students

CPT, OPT and Employment Related Q&A with OISA

Thursday, April 9, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Zoom link:

Many things have changed since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the employment opportunities in the United States for F-1 visa holders. Come to this virtual session and ask all your questions about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during Summer 2020, and Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation. Learn the latest USCIS updates about employment policies and the recommended best practices.

Due to the open and online nature of this space, the session is not private nor confidential. If you have private legal questions about your immigration status/employment situation, please email for a one-on-one session.

Friday Lunch Chat for International Students

Friday, April 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Zoom link:

This is a drop-in online community space for Wesleyan international students who are on campus. International students who are located elsewhere are welcome to join (although it may not be lunch time for you).

Come eat with one another, just like the old days at Usdan, except that this is a virtual session! Enjoy an informal and social lunch with the international community at Wes. Don’t eat alone, come sit with us, chat, laugh and connect!

Alone Together: Coping with Boredom, Isolation, and Stress for International Students

Wednesday, April 15, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Zoom link:

 Join the Office of International Student Affairs staff and members of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) for a space to share and connect! We will talk about what matters most to you at the moment — whether it is homesickness, immigration/visa concerns, isolation, stress or others. This is a space to honor your feelings, enjoy one another’s company and share helpful tips for maintaining physical and emotional health if you are up for it. The first half of the session will be facilitated by a professional staff. Members of ISAB will host the second half of the session for authentic student-to-student connections.

Due to the open and online nature of this space, the session is not private nor confidential, though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. For a one-on-one session with an OISA staff, email