Support your passions and connect with your Wellesley community!
Friends groups supporting art, the botanic gardens, the library, and athletics, along with religious and spiritual life, enable Wellesley students to gain knowledge and insight outside of the classroom.
These groups share a common mission: to enhance the Wellesley experience for students. Your gift provides program funding for unique, hands-on learning opportunities—from athletic team building to learning about environmental preservation to practicing wellness.
Keep reading to learn more!
Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Friends of WCBG provides funding for a number of programs and events, some of which include:
- field trips
- group tours
- educational opportunities for volunteer docents
- the Certificate in Botanic Art and Illustration program
- the New Student Plant Giveaway—first-year students are invited to take plants from the gardens back to their dorm rooms
- positions for student workers in the outdoor gardens
Construction is well underway on the Global Flora greenhouse project, where a revitalized permanent collection of subtropical plants will be housed in a series of mini-ecosystems monitored with environmental sensors, providing an exciting new platform for teaching and research year-round.
Friends of Wellesley Athletics
More than $700,000 in gifts and awards have been generously contributed by Friends over the past five years to a number of initiatives, including:
- training trips and gear for varsity athletes
- athletic training and travel costs for club sports
- staffing of wellness professionals—including a nutritionist and a sport psychologist
Friends of Athletics also fosters connections among the College community through newsletters and emails, invitations to homecoming, reunion gatherings, and special events.
Friends of Art at the Davis
Friends of Art directly supports learning and teaching programming, exhibitions, projects, and strategic acquisitions at Wellesley's Davis Museum—with collections that encompass paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts.
Faculty of all disciplines utilize the Davis to enhance the Wellesley educational experience. During the 2017-18 academic year alone, the museum hosted 98 classes for almost 1,400 students—more than half of the campus population.
Some of the programs that receive ongoing support from Friends of Art include:
- the Davis Museum Student Advisory Committee
- the Student Visitor Assistant Program
- the integration of Cuseum—a mobile app that highlights student content to enhance the visitor experience
As a member of the Friends of Art, you will receive special courtesies and invitations to unique, arts-related events organized by active regional chapters across the country.
Friends of Wellesley College Library
Friends of the Library provides annual support for the Margaret Clapp Library—where Special Connections, the Book Arts Lab, and the College Archives are also located—as well as the branch libraries for art and music.
Funding from Friends supports a number of initiatives, including:
- the acquisition of new collection materials
- preservation and digitization of Library and Archives collections
- the Student Library Research Awards—established to reward students who develop a thoughtful, methodical, scholarly, and creative approach to research using library resources
Your membership in Friends of the Library will ensure that the College's library—the academic heart of campus—keeps pace with the exponential growth of new information.
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life
Students have the opportunity to take a credit-bearing course on wellness and mindfulness, taught by Wellesley's Buddhist chaplain. In partnership with Residence Life, the Neighborhood Chaplain program connects each chaplain with dorm residents through weekly meals, teas, and meetings.
New in the 2018-19 academic year, ORSL has tripled the number of students who can explore the intersections of faith and justice through an alternative break program.
These and other ORSL programs equip students to be global citizens who build community across religious lines and engage energetically with difference. Students not only have access to the religious services and practices of their choosing, but also have abundant opportunities for devotional exploration and reflective contemplation.
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