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.

Tentative Timeline:

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