Nonprofit Boards: Theory and Practice
The Nonprofit Board Residency program is a .5 credit course that provides an opportunity for Wesleyan students to learn about the nonprofit sector and work closely with a local nonprofit board of directors. Students will attend board meetings and actively participate in a committee of the board while completing a project identified by the organization. Students will also meet regularly on campus with the instructor, Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, for readings and discussions about the nonprofit sector, boards of directors, reflections on the experience and more. Students will receive .5 credits per semester through CSPL280 and CSPL281. This course is POI and students must be willing to commit to the entire year.
Once students apply, they will be matched with a local organization.
April 12: Student applications due - student application
May 1: Organization applications due - organization application
Mid-April: Students selected for the course
Mid-May: Organizational matches made
Summer: Students may be in touch with organizations about project ideas (not mandatory)
September: Course meetings begin. Class will meet regularly at the beginning of the semester and less frequently as the board engagement increases (schedule will be provided at the first class meeting).
October: Attend first board meeting; on-campus kickoff event with organizations and students
November: Attend board meeting, start working on project
December: Attend board meeting; instructor will check in with organizations
January: Attend board meeting
February: Attend board meeting
March: Attend board meeting
April: Attend board meeting
May: Final meeting and closing event where students present their individual projects