During my term as a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow, I was able to engage with the Wesleyan community on a whole new level. As someone who is interested in joining Academia professionally, it was exciting to have first-hand experience with promoting student-faculty collaboration and with implementing and developing co-curricular, interdisciplinary programming for the student body. Additionally, as a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow, I have received many opportunities to spend time with some of Wesleyan's most prestigious guests, which has truly been an honor. Overall, I have had an extremely positive experience with the program and would recommend my fellow Phi Beta Kappa members to seriously consider taking advantage of this opportunity to enrich their experience here at Wesleyan.
It was an honor to spend a semester in the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows program. This program afforded me many new occasions to build upon my leadership, event-organization, and technical skills (such as creating and formatting websites) and to participate in the Illinois Wesleyan community and other academic communities in new, meaningful ways. Especially enjoyable for me was the chance to learn more about social justice and nonprofit organizations in the local area through the “Unraveling Inequality” course cluster, and to put this knowledge to use in workshops that brought topics of social justice to light for other members of the IWU and Bloomington-Normal communities. Meeting people from nonprofit organizations and scholars from around the globe offered me a fresh perspective for which I am grateful. I would sincerely encourage fellow students to participate in the PBK Fellows program!
I find the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows experience very worthwhile in my senior year, as I am actually promoting real student participation here at Wesleyan. In organizing a Course Cluster Open House, I got to talk with many professors and learn about student engagements in inequality issue, and we are planning to build a shantytown in front of the Ames Library for every student and faculty to see and learn. How cool is that? And organization skills, webpage management, communication skills are some extras to pick up along the way.
This year, the fellows bring the theme "Unraveling Inequality"to the Course Cluster. Please find out more about the Course Cluster and calendar of events here.
March 26 - Inequality Portrayed: Depictions of inequality in the U.S. and abroad will be open to the public in the Ames Library. There will be student-presented posters about a Mexican American neighborhood in Chicago and how inequality plays out, meeting with community members, and a PROJECT SHANTY TOWN that PBK members alongside other classes will build in front of the Ames Library. Students from People in Culture of East Africa class will embody the life of street children in Kenya. Don't forget to see this amazing collection before coming. Student interested can sign up to be a part of the project here.
Tours and discussions last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Thursday, April 3, PBK members are invited to a round-table discussion led by Dr. Kearsley Stewart (Global Health Institute, Duke University), who will present on the topic of "Interdisciplinarity and Global Health: The case of Nodding Syndrome in Northern Uganda", 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium. There will be a wine and cheese reception following the discussion.
The 14th Annual Initiation Ceremony of PBK will be on Sunday, April 13, 7:00 pm, in the Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center. Dr. Mark Criley (IWU Philosophy) will give a congratulatory remark.