PERA's mission is to foster a "culture of fitness" for students, faculty and staff at Wellesley College.

PERA Department Mission

The Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics charged with developing students’ skills and knowledge in physical activities. This base of knowledge and skills is considered an essential component of a liberal arts education at Wellesley College and is required of all students for completion of their degree.  The department provides three approaches to develop students’ skills and knowledge.
 
Physical Education: instructional classes
Recreation: club sports, intramurals, and leisure activities
Athletics: intercollegiate teams
 

For faculty and staff, PERA supports the Wellness program, which offers a variety of fitness classes for employees, and is an active partner in Wellesley's Healthy You Initiative .