The University has announced the naming of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) after Ellen Jewett ’81, a former trustee and incoming co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. The center is located on the third floor of Allbritton and was part of the University’s Board of Trustees reception on Feb. 26.

“Ellen Jewett is a smart, accomplished woman who believes deeply in the liberal arts and the value of experiential learning,” said the Director of the JCCP Cathy Lechowicz in a University newsletter. “She is a champion of Wesleyan, and it is an incredible honor for our center to bear her name.”

Jewett told the University newsletter that she was humbled to receive the honor.

“The center’s commitment to actively engaging with the surrounding community through project-based learning and practical idealism helps Wesleyan students better understand the social challenges we all face and creates positive changes in our community,” Jewett said in the newsletter.

Jewett was a member of the Campaign Council for the Wesleyan Campaign, the Development Committee, and an original tri-chair of the This Is Why campaign. She has served as chair of the Investment and University Relations Committees, as a member of the Facilities Working Group, Finance Committee, and Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and as senior vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

The JCCP seeks to serve the development of the University community and the larger Middletown community. It houses the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, the Center for Prison Education, and WESU 88.1FM.

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