If you are not one of the following, please read on:

  • ·         Studying Abroad
  • ·         Accepted a Program House or CBLV bid
  • ·         Will be a CA or RA next year, or living with a CA
  • ·         Selected a Copenhagen
  • ·         Not returning to Wesleyan

All students need to be registered for GRS by Monday, April 11, 2011 by 11:59 p.m.  We cannot make any exceptions for students who register late.  If you do not register by Monday, April 11, 2011 by 11:59 p.m., you will not be able to go through GRS and will be placed on a waitlist for an assignment over the summer.

How to Register:

  1. 1.       Log into your Portfolio
  2. 2.       Find “Student Life at Wesleyan”
  3. 3.       Under  “Student Life at Wesleyan” locate “Room Selection”
  4. 4.       On the Right side of the screen you will see a large GRS page – you must scroll down and accept the Housing Contract and Lead Paint Agreement before you register (two pink button)
  5. 5.       Next, in the bottom left corner you will see “Administrative Options”
  6. 6.       Look for “General Room Selection”
  7. 7.       If you are going through GRS as an individual or starting a GRS group, you will click on “Create New Group” .   If you are an individual – you are considered a group of 1 and have to register
  8. 8.        If you are joining a group you need the groups GRS number (a number starting with GRS).  You will select “Add to a group” and you will be expected to enter the GRS number to find the established group, including the letters GRS.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at or 860-685-3550.


Internship Positions on Campus Next Year — Apps due Tues., April 5

Looking to Create Change on Campus Next Year?

Are you interested in any of the following:
providing programmatic and networking  opportunities for various activist groups on campus, facilitating difficult dialogue conversations between students and fostering meaningful connections between students, faculty and staff on campus?

If you answered yes to any of those questions please consider applying for one of the following internship opportunities:

 Dwight Greene ’70 Internship
  University Organizing Center Internship

 For more information about either one of these internships please click on the links below

 Please note the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Dawn Brown, or (860) 685-3163. 


Introducing the Writing Workshop Blog for Student Writers

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Writing Workshop Blog. The Writing Workshop Blog is a resource for student writers and students who write. Affiliated with the Writing Workshop, where students can meet one-on-one with a trained peer tutors, this blog is meant to serve as a space to discuss, promote, and improve our writing.

Topics range from the academic to the personal, the practical to the fantastical. With student interviews, advice, events, and suggestions, the blog is updated daily and will provide a hub for discussions and information about writing at Wesleyan.

The blog is entirely student-written and student-run.  We encourage you to all check it out!  

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email us at Happy reading!

Run for WSA Pres or Vice Pres

Interested in making your voice heard at Wesleyan, both on the WSA and the Board of Trustees?

Want to steer policy at Wesleyan?  Run for either President or Vice-President of the WSA.

The Student Body President and Vice-President set the direction of the WSA.  They play a vital role in regular talks with the administration and serve as the lead student voices on budgetary issues, campus policy, and every issue that impacts students.

If you’d like to run, just print out a petition at or pick one up from the WSA Office in Usdan. If you have any questions, please email the WSA at


Nandita Vijayaraghavan (Chair of Elections Committee and WSA Coordinator)

Categories WSA

First Generation College Student Coalition Open Meeting — 4/9, 4 p.m.

First Generation College Student Coalition Open MeetingPlease come out to our open meeting on Saturday April 9th at 4pm in Usdan 110 to learn more about our group!
Our mission is:
To create a safe space and foster a community of support for first-generation college students of all backgrounds. This is an opportunity for any first-gen on campus to share and feel empowered by their experiences and struggles. This is also an outlet for us to make our presence known on campus and to inform the larger community about issues surrounding first-generation college students, specifically pertaining to class. All self-identified first-generation college students are encouraged to be part of this essential network. Together we will be each others’ safety net in this oftentimes difficult environment.

As first-generation college students at Wesleyan, we feel that it is necessary to create a safe space for us to celebrate our experiences, and do more to help future first gen students adjust to and celebrate their Wesleyan experiences with us. We also feel that it is necessary to finally address issues of class existing at Wesleyan. For these reason, we have created the first-generation college student coalition.

If you are a self-identified first-generation college student or ally, and cannot attend the meeting, please e-mail us at


Take Back the Night! Thurs. at 7 p.m.

Take Back the Night is an annual march for survivors of sexual violence that began in the 1970s. Today at Wesleyan we carry on this work through our own march. The march will include two speak out circles and a candle lighting ceremony and will be followed by debriefing session in Usdan 110. We invite you to give survivors a voice and to show as a community that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus.Thank you.

Where: Olin Steps
When: Thursday, April 7th, 7 P.M.

From the Olin Steps, we will be marching to the CFA Courtyard and then to Andrus Field where survivors can share their stories. Please feel free to join us late. We hope we can count on you to join us for this important event!

Shasha Seminar: Prof. Nell Irvin Painter–“What the History of White People Can Tell Us about Race in America” Sat., 4/9–8 p.m.

The 9th Annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns

Keynote Address by Nell Irvin Painter

“What the History of White People Can Tell Us about Race in America”

Saturday, April 9, 2011    8:00 p.m.

Memorial Chapel

 Americans are likely to think first and only of black people when the topic of race arises.  But in the past Americans considered as white were assigned to a hierarchical spectrum of different white races.  This fascinating history suggests some ideas about the functions of racial categorization in science and in everyday life.   

Nell Irvin Painter is Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. The former president of the Organization of American Historians  and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the author of seven books, including Standing at Armageddon (1987), Sojourner Truth (1996), and The History of White People (2010). In addition to her scholarly life, Nell Painter currently is pursuing an MFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Lecture: Prof. Daniel Kim–“Black Korea, 1950-53: African Americans & the Conflict in Korea” Wed., 6 p.m.

English Department Lecture Series
Daniel Kim
Associate Professor of English, Brown University

“Black Korea, 1950-53: African Americans and the Conflict in Korea”

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm
Downey House, 113

The talk is taken from Professor Kim’s current book project, The Korean War in Color.  In it, Kim examines U.S. cultural representations of the Korean War in an interracial and transnational framework, focusing on depictions of Asians, Asian Americans and African Americans.  Working against the historical erasure of this event, the book returns us to novels, films, and journalistic accounts from the 1950s to bring into focus the watershed role that the war played in the framing of dominant liberal narratives of race and empire.  

Daniel Kim is the author of Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity (Stanford University Press, 2005). Generated at the intersections of feminist, gender, gay/lesbian and ethnic studies, this book examines literary representations of racialized masculinity, and it is the first study to do so in a comparative – African American and Asian American – context. He has published essays in American Literary History, Criticism, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

Students and faculty from across the university are warmly welcome for what we hope will be a convivial and exciting event.

For more information, please contact Amy Tang (x3595 or

PTIR Talk: Prof. F. Christine Fair on Lashkar-e-Taiba & Pakistan — 4/7

Dr. F. Christine Fair, Georgetown University

“Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistan”

Thurs., April 7, 2011   4:30-6:00 p.m.    PAC 001

Reception to Follow

Dr. Fair is an assistant professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, she has served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and a senior research associate in USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. She is also a senior fellow with the Counter Terrorism Center at West Point. Dr. Fair holds a B.S. in Biological Chemistry, an M.A. in Public Policy, an M.A in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, all from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses upon political and military affairs in South Asia. She has authored, co-authored, and co-edited several books including Treading Softly on Sacred Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations on Sacred Space (Oxford University Press, 2008), The Madrassah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan (USIP, 2008), Fortifying Pakistan: The Role of U.S. Internal Security Assistance (USIP, 2006); among others, and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles covering a range of security issues in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

This event is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. For more information, please contact Erica Chenoweth at Click here for information on future PTIR Speaker Series events.

FGSS Diane Weiss Memorial Lecture: The Queer Art of Failure — 4/7

The 24th Annual Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture: 

“The Queer Art of Failure ”

J. Jack Halberstam, Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Gender Studies, USC

Thursday, April 7, 2011  —  8:00 p.m.  —  PAC 001


J. Jack Halberstam is Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures.  Her work on female masculinity refutes the notion that butch lesbians are just imitations of “real men” and instead locates gender variance within a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders. Her ground-breaking 1998 book, Female Masculinity, tracks the impact of female masculinity upon hegemonic genders. Halberstam’s last book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), described and theorized queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and the emergence of transgender visibility. The book explores queer uses of time and space that have developed in opposition to the institutions of family, heterosexuality, and reproduction. She also blogs at and has just finished a book, the title of which is also the title of her Weiss lecture. The Queer Art of Failure will be published by Duke University Press.