Civic Engagement

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Civic Engagement at Wellesley

Civic Engagement at Wellesley College provides students, faculty and staff with opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective and meaningful ways that enrich a liberal arts education.

For more detailed information about our programs, please visit the Civic Engagement Handshake page or email

  • Alternative Winter and Spring Breaks: Week long civic engagement experiences that take place during wintersession and spring break throughout the country in partnership with community partners focused on an array of social justice issues. Through meaningful engagement and reflection, students learn about active citizenship, social justice issues affecting our society, and nonprofit organizations that are having a positive impact on their communities.

  • Civic Engagement Student Organizations: Wellesley students lead a variety of organizations that collaborate with other universities and nonprofit organizations to support the Greater Boston Community through volunteering. The Civic Engagement program at Wellesley supports these student organizations through transportation, grants and other resources.

  • Civic Engagement Federal Work-Study Program: The Civic Engagement Federal Work-Study Program allows students eligible for Federal Work-Study funds to volunteer at a local community organization.  This program allows students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience while contributing to the mission of local organizations.

  • Civic Engagement Student Advisory Council: Student leaders from each civic engagement student group provide feedback to the community engagement program each month and participate in training workshops.

  • Day to Make a Difference: A one day of civic engagement event for students to volunteer with community partner organizations in the greater Boston Area.

  • Lumpkin Institute for Service-Learning: A small group of selected student interns are placed at nonprofit organizations in Boston, live together and attend weekly seminars about social justice topics affecting the Boston community.

Questions about civic engagement at Wellesley? Email