Wellesley's Role

Wellesley's Role and the On-Campus Faculty and Staff Supporrt
"We are delighted to welcome Wellesley's Mastercard Scholars to Wellesley College, where they will receive an excellent liberal arts education, enjoy the historical and cultural heritage of the Boston area, and make lasting friendships with fellow students from the United States and around the world. Wellesley alumnae from Africa have gone on to outstanding careers, including medicine, law, education, diplomacy, business, social work, NGO work, as well as politics.” —Dr. Filomina C. Steady, Professor Emerita of Africana Studies; Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Faculty Advisor (pictured above)

An extensive campus team provides ongoing support, even after Wellesley

Faculty Advisors help Scholars navigate the academic parameters of the College and assist them in course selection, development of effective study routines, and skills to access Wellesley's academic, social, and cultural resources. Faculty advisors encourage Scholars to be involved in activities that will develop their leadership capabilities as well as good communication and inter-personal skills. In addition, they work closely with Scholars as they prepare for graduate school, post-graduate internships, or employment and will continue to assist them as they advance toward their path to leadership positions in Africa. The following team members, assist Mastercard Foundation Scholars throughout their years at Wellesley: 

Tana Ruegamer, Advisor to International Students and Scholars; Director of Slater International Center

Dean Ines Maturana Sendoya, Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Engagement, Office of Intercultural Education

Karen Ossen, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (Office for Resources)

Dr. Elizabeth Siwo, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Advisor

 

Mastercard Committee Members

Ama Agumeh, Career Community Advisor

 

Dr. Tracey L. Cameron, Assistant Dean of Office of Intercultural Education; Director of Harambee House; Advisor for Students of African Descent

 

Karenza “Kari” DiFonzo, Director of Student Financial Services;

Assistant Dean of Administration and Financial Aid

 

Dean Rebecca A. Garcia: Dean of the Class of 2020 (M-Z) and Director of Wellesley First

 

Dr. Pamela L. Taylor, Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment

 

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Ama Baafra Abeberese, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

 

Dr. Liseli A. Fitzpatrick, Visiting Lecturer, Africana Studies

 

Dr. Filomina C. Steady (Professor Emerita), Africana Studies Professor