2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Student Activism
Student Activism, Cathy Lechowicz and Mark Fopeano
This discussion-based session will look at student activism and engagement on college campuses across the country, with specific implications for Connecticut’s higher education institutions. Drawing on their experiences working with students on Wesleyan and Yale’s campuses, the facilitators will outline the spectrum of activism on campus, and provide space for individuals to reflection on and discuss activism on their individual campuses. Together, facilitators and participants will help will identify what staff and faculty can all do to support students’ activism.
Cathy Lechowicz is responsible for identifying and leveraging the assets of the University to connect with community for mutually beneficial projects or shared experiences. She oversees the various components of the Jewettt Center for Community Partnerships, including the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Center for Prison Education, and WESU 88.1FM. Her areas of expertise include partnership development, asset mapping and programs addressing educational inequalities. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Virginia and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and has been at Wesleyan since 2003.
Mark Fopeano joined Dwight Hall at Yale as Program Manager in September 2014, where he manages institutional programming and serves as an advisor to students interested in personal growth through service. His previous employment was with the City of New York’s Department of Homeless Services, where he served as a Project Manager for the Associate Commissioner of Shelter Operations. Mark received his B.A. from Providence College studying Public and Community Service, the country’s first service learning major. After an AmeriCorps year in Cambridge, MA, connecting Harvard University undergraduates to service opportunities, Mark formalized both his professional skills and commitment to advancing the field with a Master’s from Columbia School of Social Work in Social Enterprise Administration.