To encourage greater understanding among all cultures through personal association and cooperative endeavor.
This was the purpose of the Center, as established by the benefactors Priscilla Allen Slater ’16 and her husband Ellis Dwinnell Slater in the 1970s. Today, the Center continues to focus on the advancement of this mission through its activities, services, and involvement in the larger College community.
Slater International Center is the focal point for international activities on campus and a space for anyone in the community with the desire to increase intercultural understanding and establish global connections. It is a place where students from diverse backgrounds gather informally and create long-lasting friendships. Student organizations and academic departments use Slater International Center regularly for meetings, events, and cultural celebrations.
Programs and Services
The Slater staff works closely with the Slater International Student Organization and other offices and departments at Wellesley College to provide a variety of services to support international students and scholars. These services include advising, and referrals, and programs related to immigration, employment, academic, social and cultural adjustment issues. The Slater International Center also supports international and cultural student organizations and promotes global student leadership by encouraging collaboration and inclusion.
Slater International Student Organization
The Slater International Student Organization strives to encourage a greater understanding among cultures through events and community building. The Slater Executive Board works closely with the Slater International Center staff and meets weekly to plan activities or events that support international students and promote intercultural awareness. Membership in the Slater International Student Organization is open to all Wellesley students. Members have access to Slater and can use the Center to study, gather with friends, watch films, or cook something that reminds them of home. To learn more about the different cultural organizations on campus, click here. You can also visit our Google or Facebook group.
Faculty and Research Scholars
The Slater International Center assists academic departments that invite/sponsor international scholars and visiting international faculty members to the U.S. Slater provides support for the scholars throughout the visa application process and offers them a brief orientation upon their arrival to the U.S. The Center also offers these international visitors opportunities to connect with students, faculty, and staff through the many activities and events that take place at the Center.
The Slater International Center houses the offices of the Director of the Slater International Center/International Student & Scholar Advisor, and the Assistant to the Director. The Center's facilities also include a large living room, a dining room; a multi-purpose student activity room for meetings and student computer use, and two kitchens. Click here for more information about using the Slater International Center for your next meeting or event.