Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Community Engagement at Wellesley

Community 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 Community Engagement Handshake page or email

  • Alternative Winter and Spring Breaks: Week long community 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.

  • Community 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 Community Engagement program at Wellesley supports these student organizations through transportation, grants and other resources.

  • Community Engagement Project Grants: Students that engage in projects that are addressing a community or social need or that would like to volunteer over a break can apply for Community Engagement grants to support their experience.

  • Community Engagement Federal Work-Study Program: The Community 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.

  • Community Engagement Student Advisory Council: Student leaders from each community 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 community 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.



Victoria Rines"The Career Education programs I participated in while at Wellesley really defined much of my Wellesley experience. I learned so much about how to engage sensitively and effectively with different communities of people. These programs absolutely deepened my commitment to service and pushed me to think critically about myself and the world around me."