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Duffy Partnerships

“What makes a good society?” is the guiding question of the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships.

“Hands-on!  Heads-engaged!” is our motto, as students combine experiential and classroom learning. 

This sociology elective (Sociology 285) is open to second, third and fourth year students in all disciplines. Field sites include business, education, health care, government and social service organizations.

The Duffy Partnerships give the students both a macro and micro understanding of how institutions interact within society. At each site students learn from community leaders about the culture, goals, structure, resources and strategies available, and then they focus on a specific project within the organization. All the while they are practicing civic engagement and developing professional competencies.  During the weekly seminar they broaden their focus to examine how the various institutions intersect and interact, considering ethics, economics and more.


Carol Wickersham head shot

Carol Wickersham

Instructor of Sociology, Director of Community-Based Learning
Office: Career and Community Engagement Center
Duffy Partnerships News

Three Duffy Alums are VIPs at 2019 Commencement and Reunion

“What makes a good society?” is the guiding question of the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships.  Three Duffy alums, Ruth Hamilton’07, Erika Weiss Moczulewski’09, and Mauricio Sosa Cardenas’19 give compelling answers in terms of the work they do to make the world a better place. They were honored for their accomplishments at the 2019 Commencement and Reunion.
At left:
Duffy student Uzma Sayed

Observing Help and Hope During a Pandemic

When field experiences ended suddenly, students continued to learn from the world around them, wherever they were, by observing social reactions to COVID-19.

Seniors Kelly McLean and Andrei Pridhodko with their Duffy internship supervisors at Kerry Ingredients and Flavors

Interns Learn and Add Value

Two Business and Economics who interned through the Duffy Community Partnerhships with their supervisors at Kerry Ingredients and Flavor: Kelly McLean, in Brand Marketing with Abhisek Trivedi and Michael Wheeler and Andrei Pridhodko, in Consumer Insight and Marketing with Soumya Nair and Sian Cummingham ’16–Sian got her start as Kerry as a Duffy student!


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