Wellesley in the World

Wellesley in the World Working Group


  • Carol Bate
    Co-chair; Associate Dean of Students 
  • Anjali Prabhu
    Co-chair; Professor of French 
  • Laura Adamczyk ’87
    Senior Development Officer
  • Pat Berman
    Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art
  • Stacie Goddard
    Professor of Political Science; Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
  • Peggy Levitt
    Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Sociology 
  • Kathryn Mackintosh ’03
    Executive Director of the Alumnae Association
  • Liz Mandeville ’04
    Director of Exploration and Experiential Learning, Career Education
  • Layli Maparyan
    Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Tara Murphy
    Chief Communications Officer
  • Jenny Musto
    Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies 
  • Vicky Ncube
    Class of 2021
  • Smitha Radhakrishnan
    Luella LaMer Associate Professor of Women's Studies; Associate Professor of Sociology 
  • Esmé Stribling-Hough
    Class of 2020
  • Jennifer Thomas-Starck
    Director of International Studies

Strategic Rationale

We recognize that the complex problems of today’s world will have to be addressed in new and different ways, and we embrace that Wellesley, both in its education and in its scholarship, needs to engage more fully in the world beyond its walls in order to effect the most robust learning and lasting change.

Working Hypothesis

Our connection to the world is mission driven. Students, funders, and others want to be in the world and to be part of an institution that both engages with and reflects the world around it. The liberal arts, with an integrated focus, uniquely equip students to face the challenges of today’s world.

Key Questions

  • As an institution with a distinguished track record of educating women leaders:
    • How does Wellesley become more intentional about its approach to developing leadership?
    • How will faculty, staff, students, and alumnae collaborate to leverage the knowledge they already have to develop students as leaders?
  • As an institution committed to the education and empowerment of women beyond its walls:
    • How will Wellesley effectively engage and connect the global network of our alumnae and partners to advance our mission and increase impact?
  • As a convener, catalyst, advocate:
    • How can Wellesley learn from and partner with other organizations to extend its mission in the world?
    • How would it articulate a broader agenda around women’s empowerment and leadership?

What We Are Working On Now

The working group is focused on assessing the current state of Wellesley’s engagement with the world in several important ways:

  • Exploring Wellesley’s existing approach to developing students’ leadership— how leadership is defined and cultivated. 
  • Examining the systems and processes that are in place for communicating and engaging with our global network of alumnae and considering ways to optimize them.
  • Evaluating how Wellesley’s various affiliated organizations and institutions (WCW, Davis, Albright, Newhouse, etc.) work together and what possibilities exist for greater collaboration.
  • Assessing Wellesley’s external communications—how is the College currently using traditional and social media, thought leadership, editorial content, and events to reach and engage external audiences in ways that advance women’s education and empowerment? 

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