Civic Engagement

Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017
Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017

Civic Engagement 

Built upon the foundations of Wellesley’s motto, Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare, Civic Engagement facilitates partnerships with community organizations and explores the role of social justice work across all career fields. The Civic Engagement program works to prepare Wellesley graduates to make a difference in the world. We offer opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective, and meaningful ways that enrich a liberal arts education.

Our programs include annual service opportunities on campus (including Day to Make a Difference and bi-annual Blood Drive), the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning, Alternative Breaks, and partnerships with community organizations throughout Boston and MetroWest, that offer students the opportunity to volunteer throughout the academic year. Our partner organizations have made a commitment to work with Wellesley students to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become change agents throughout their lives.

• Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
• Framingham Public Schools
• Natick Community Organic Farm
• South Middlesex Correctional Center
• St. Stephen’s Youth Programs


Ministrare Council

The Ministrare Council leads Civic Engagement’s programs, working with community partners, faculty, staff, and students to help bring Wellesley’s mission and motto to life. 

Ministrare Council is a group of 30 civic-minded student leaders who are responsible for guiding, planning, and implementing community engaged work. Ministrare Council is lead by five Fellows, each with a specialized focus area. The remainder of the Council is composed of Coordinators who each focus on a specific program. 

Ministrare Council offers Wellesley students an opportunity to work closely with professional staff in community organizations to learn about community based work. Ministrare Council Fellows and Coordinators, also attend monthly professional development seminars and other specialized workshops to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become ‘women who will’ in every career field upon graduation.

Sydney Stewart ’18
Many of the preconceived notions I had about people experiencing homelessness and poverty were transformed by my summer internship, particularly due to its direct service aspect. Much of what I learn as a Peace & Justice Studies major concerns multilayered analysis of conflict and my internship offered me an opportunity to consider how larger systems, like housing, banking, education, criminal justice, etc., influence social structures and perpetuate poverty for the underclass.
Sydney Stewart ’18
Lumpkin Summer Internship 2016, St. Francis House Moving Ahead Program, Boston, MA


The Ministrare Council organizes many aspects of Civic Engagement — you can make appointments with our Fellows below to discuss Alternative Breaks, Community Partnerships, or Wellesley Partnerships. For all other topics, please email or schedule an appointment with Alyssa or Erin in Handshake.

Ministrare Fellows

Reach out to our Ministrare Fellows to discuss their program areas!

Civic Engagement Partnerships

19 organizations partnered with Civic Engagement in 2016

Highlighted Partner Organizations