Stories

Leslie Andrews ’82, director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, leads a golf lesson with undergraduate students in a summer program.
Leslie Andrews ’82, director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, leads a golf lesson with undergraduate students in a summer program.

Wellesley’s Contemporary Women’s Leadership Program Inspires Young Women

August 15, 2018

With activities that range from thought-provoking discussions about gender inequality to golf lessons with the director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, Wellesley’s Contemporary Women’s Leadership Summer Program strengthens the leadership skills of college students from across the world.


On a map of the world, lines connect cities across the globe with Wellesley.
On a map of the world, lines connect cities across the globe with Wellesley.

Alumnae Club Summer Send-Off Parties Welcome Incoming First-Year Students

August 14, 2018

In two weeks, students from around the world will arrive on campus for orientation. But before they do, many of Wellesley’s 100-plus alumnae clubs will host send-off parties for the class of 2022.   


Aerial view of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, located on Santiago island.
Aerial view of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, located on Santiago island.

Wellesley Student Reflects on Her Time in Cape Verde’s Bela Vista

August 9, 2018

Thanks to a partnership between the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family at the University of Cabo Verde, Natália Marques ’19 spent her summer working to empower and bring more women into the formal labor force in Praia, Cape Verde.


A student stands in a Wellesley shirt in front of a mountain range in Spain. Text reads, "Greetings from Santander, Spain"
A student stands in a Wellesley shirt in front of a mountain range in Spain. Text reads, "Greetings from Santander, Spain"

Dear Wellesley: Julia Simon ’19 Writes From Santander, Spain

August 13, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Sixth in our series is Julia Simon ’19, who shares her internship experiences at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain.


A student explains her summer research, which focuses on teaching bioethics to elementary school students.
A student explains her summer research, which focuses on teaching bioethics to elementary school students.

Celebrating a Summer of Science Research at Wellesley

August 8, 2018

Teaching bioethics to elementary school students (pictured), blooming phytoplankton off the coast of Iceland, gut microbiomes in babies, and how songbirds learn to sing were all part of Wellesley’s annual poster fair celebrating a summer spent doing science research.


Dawn on Wellesley College's campus with Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban in the background.
Dawn on Wellesley College's campus with Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban in the background.

Wellesley’s Lake Waban and Galen Stone Tower at Dawn

August 10, 2018

In the early morning, the sun creates a stunning palette of color as it rises over Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban. #WellesleyPlaces


A module reception station for a particle physics detector with its protective case removed.
A module reception station for a particle physics detector with its protective case removed.

Catherine Nicoloff DS ’19 Awarded the 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Physics Research

August 7, 2018

Catherine Nicoloff DS ’19, recipient of a 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Physics Research, plans to study and research experimental particle physics this year at Wellesley. This summer she focused on creating a module reception station (pictured) to test silicon detector modules for use in the ATLAS experiment at CERN.


Star gazers watch the night sky during a meteor shower.
Star gazers watch the night sky during a meteor shower.

Summer Night Sky Features a Total Lunar Eclipse, Meteor Shower and a Close-up Look at Mars

July 26, 2018

Though the July 27 lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America, other celestial occurrences like meteor showers and a closer look at Mars, will.  Kristina Punzi from Wellesley’s Whitin Observatory explains.


Student researchers use wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean in order to better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes.
Student researchers use wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean in order to better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes.

Wellesley Student Research Team Investigates How Gases Pass From the Air Into the Ocean

August 2, 2018

Student researchers are using the country’s largest wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean and better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes during high-speed winds.


Three women walk a labyrinth inside Houghton Chapel.
Three women walk a labyrinth inside Houghton Chapel.

The Labyrinth Project Continues to Support Campus Wellness

August 3, 2018

The indoor canvas labyrinth provides students an opportunity to get lost in meditation and self-reflection.


A Wellesley Professor paints a wall-sized mural.
A Wellesley Professor paints a wall-sized mural.

David Teng Olsen Completes One Mural on Campus and Starts Another

July 31, 2018

With his mural “Inclusive Excellence” completed in Green Hall, David Teng Olsen, associate professor of art, paints a new mural project in the creative writing suite.


On a postcard, a student sits on a swing that overlooks Los Angeles.
On a postcard, a student sits on a swing that overlooks Los Angeles.

Dear Wellesley: Alicia Olivo ’19 Writes From Los Angeles

August 6, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Fifth in our series is Alicia Olivo ’19, who shares her internship experiences with CASA 0101 Theatre in Los Angeles.


Student Interns use augmented reality technology at the Davis Art Museum.
Student Interns use augmented reality technology at the Davis Art Museum.

Collaboration Between the Davis Museum and the HCI Lab Reveals Tools that Can Change the Way We View Art

June 25, 2018

At the Davis Museum, students explore the intersection between art and technology in a joint workshop.


A student stands in front of her artwork in Jewett Art Gallery.
A student stands in front of her artwork in Jewett Art Gallery.

Wellesley’s Comprehensive Campaign Gives Students like Anjali Benjamin-Webb ’18 the Resources to Support Their Unique Talents

August 1, 2018

For Anjali Benjamin-Webb ’18, Wellesley’s Campaign has made it possible for her to pull artistic inspiration from multiple mediums in collaborative spaces like Pendleton West, helping her define her voice as a storyteller. Listen to how the campaign to advance the Wellesley Effect has influenced her experience.


On a postcard, two students stand in front of a waterfall in Buenos Aires. It reads, "Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!"
On a postcard, two students stand in front of a waterfall in Buenos Aires. It reads, "Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!"

Dear Wellesley: Clare Doyle ’20 and Lucí Navas-Sharry ’19 Write From Buenos Aires

July 30, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Fourth in our series are two students, Clare Doyle ’20 and Lucí Navas-Sharry ’19, who share their internship experiences with Fundación Poder Ciudadano.


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak speaks in an interview.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak speaks in an interview.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak presents “A Few Thoughts on Teaching Reading”

March 6, 2018

As part of the Suzy Newhouse Center’s Distinguished Thinkers Program, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak presents “A Few Thoughts on Teaching Reading.”


StoryCorps
StoryCorps

Wellesley Celebrates 2018 with Nine New StoryCorps Podcasts

January 12, 2018

Celebrate 2018 with nine new StoryCorps podcasts featuring alumnae conversations focusing on three themes: the ways Wellesley prepares its students to lead in any field, the lifelong friendships women make here, and what it means to be part of the Wellesley community.


snow removal truck
snow removal truck

A Wellesley Winter ‘Thank You’ Poem

January 18, 2018

A few inches (or feet!) of snow are no match for our dedicated grounds crew. Thank you, snow removal team, for all you do for this community.


Wellesley students sort clothing in a Baltimore warehouse on an Alternative Break.
Wellesley students sort clothing in a Baltimore warehouse on an Alternative Break.

Alternative Break Brings Student Volunteers to Asheville, N.C., and Baltimore

January 29, 2018

Wellesley student volunteers participating in the Alternative Break program spent a week learning about educational equity in Baltimore and promoting environmental sustainability in Asheville, N.C.


Excitement exudes from a young Dr. Miranda Bailey as she tells her parents she got into Wellesley. Text: "Blue Pride, Baby!"
Excitement exudes from a young Dr. Miranda Bailey as she tells her parents she got into Wellesley. Text: "Blue Pride, Baby!"

In an Episode about Women’s Heart Health, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Character Reveals Wellesley Background

February 6, 2018

Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy recounts receiving her acceptance letter from Wellesley in an episode highlighting women’s heart disease.


An illustration of people sitting in three boats on a dark ocean.
An illustration of people sitting in three boats on a dark ocean.

Immigrant Journeys: How Six Alumnae Came to the United States to Build New Lives

March 5, 2018

Six alumnae featured in the winter issue of Wellesley magazine share their stories of coming to the United States as immigrants.


Kitty Gladstone sits with Wellesley student Margaret Calmer ’18 in her home.
Kitty Gladstone sits with Wellesley student Margaret Calmer ’18 in her home.

How Peace and Justice Studies Came to Wellesley

March 16, 2018

Kitty Gladstone ’50 recalls the inspiration for the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley.


Alumnae Valley under a blanket of snow in 2016.
Alumnae Valley under a blanket of snow in 2016.

On the First Official Day of Spring, Winter’s Grip Hangs on

March 20, 2018

With more snow in the forecast for Wellesley, Lisa Scanlon Mogolov ’99 remembers the April Fool’s Day storm of 1997.


Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 competes in three-meter diving last winter at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 competes in three-meter diving last winter at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 Dives into NCAA Division III Championships for Fourth Time

March 23, 2018

Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 is the first swimmer or diver in Wellesley history to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships all four years of her career.


Tatiana Moise ’21 marches with four of her classmates in Boston. They hold signs reading, "Enough" and "The Time is now."
Tatiana Moise ’21 marches with four of her classmates in Boston. They hold signs reading, "Enough" and "The Time is now."

Wellesley Alumnae and Students Add Their Voices to the March for Our Lives Movement

March 27, 2018

Wellesley community members participated in March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., Boston, and across the country.


Wellesley Blue field hockey player teaches two people how to play field hockey in Greece.
Wellesley Blue field hockey player teaches two people how to play field hockey in Greece.

NCAA Division III Week Celebrates Student-Athletes in the Wellesley Community and Beyond

April 5, 2018

Video: Wellesley and Division III institutions highlight student-athlete opportunities, such as the field hockey team’s trip to the Netherlands and Greece in partnership with the Special Olympics, that have a positive impact on communities and define the Division III experience.


A Wellesley student runs with four teammates. They are dressed in Wellesley gear and cheer for her.
A Wellesley student runs with four teammates. They are dressed in Wellesley gear and cheer for her.

Wellesley Field Hockey Player to Run Fourth Boston Marathon

April 11, 2018

Video: Arielle Mitropoulos ’19 continues the tradition of Wellesley women who have run the Boston Marathon. This year she’ll run her fourth in four years.


A group of perspective students and their families take a tour of Wellesley during Open Campus.
A group of perspective students and their families take a tour of Wellesley during Open Campus.

Wellesley Welcomes Class of 2022 at Open Campus

April 12, 2018

Four hundred and seventy-nine prospective members of the class of 2022 took a guided tour of life at Wellesley during Open Campus early this week.


U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Named Wellesley’s 2018 Commencement Speaker

April 13, 2018

Tracy K. Smith, poet laureate of the United States, prize-winning author, and passionate advocate of broadening access to poetry, will be Wellesley’s 2018 commencement speaker.


Emily Hamilton is carried by classmates after winning the 2018 Hooprolling competition.
Emily Hamilton is carried by classmates after winning the 2018 Hooprolling competition.

Emily Hamilton ’18 Wins Wellesley’s 123rd Annual Hooprolling Contest

April 17, 2018

Dating back to 1895, Hooprolling is one of Wellesley’s longest-running traditions. Wellesley congratulates Emily Hamilton ’18 (center), this year’s winner.


Emily Moss sits in conversation with a woman in an office.
Emily Moss sits in conversation with a woman in an office.

Emily Moss ’19 Wins Truman Scholarship, a Prestigious Award for Future Public Service Leaders

April 20, 2018

Emily Moss ’19, winner of a 2018 Truman Scholarship, plans to work in urban policy and affordable housing.


Two students and two professors play musical instruments on a stage.
Two students and two professors play musical instruments on a stage.

Symposium Celebrates Four Years of Wellesley’s Innovative Blended Learning Initiative

April 23, 2018

Attendees at the Wellesley Blended Learning Initiative’s 2018 symposium learned about the creative use of technology in courses ranging from Renaissance music to anatomy.


Clare Egan sits with two students talk to a crowd of people.
Clare Egan sits with two students talk to a crowd of people.

First Wellesley Alumna to Compete in Olympics for the United States Returns to Campus

April 24, 2018

Olympic biathlete Clare Egan ’10 (right) shares her experience in Pyeongchang after competing for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Students sit in the audience at the Camellia Awards ceremony.
Students sit in the audience at the Camellia Awards ceremony.

Inaugural Camellia Student Leadership Awards Honor Outstanding Leaders at Wellesley

April 25, 2018

The Camellia Student Leadership Awards recognize student leaders for their positive impact on the Wellesley community.


The Wellesley Out Loud team poses on a stairwell.
The Wellesley Out Loud team poses on a stairwell.

Wellesley Out Loud Places Fourth in National Slam Poetry Competition

April 30, 2018

Wellesley’s slam poetry team placed fourth at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, making it the second women’s college team in competition history to reach the final round of the tournament.


The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement. Join us on May 2, 2018.
The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement. Join us on May 2, 2018.

Annual Ruhlman Conference Highlights Student Achievement at Wellesley

May 2, 2018

During the May 2 Ruhlman Conference, now in its 22nd year, more than 350 students will present their research projects to a campus-wide audience.


Wellesley College President Nannerl Overholser Keohane ’61, Barbara Bush, and Rasia Gorbachev at commencement in 1990.
Wellesley College President Nannerl Overholser Keohane ’61, Barbara Bush, and Rasia Gorbachev at commencement in 1990.

Wellesley Remembers Barbara Bush’s Words to the Class of 1990

April 19, 2018

The White House called the commencement address Barbara Bush delivered at Wellesley in 1990 “a job Wellesley done.”


Tight shots of a bird, bison and otter with the letters A, B and C, respectively.
Tight shots of a bird, bison and otter with the letters A, B and C, respectively.

As Wellesley Prepares for Its New Science Center, We Revisit Keepsakes Found in One of the Quirkiest Buildings on Campus

May 4, 2018

How well do you know the Science Center? Our digital scavenger hunt pays tribute to a few of the gems that enrich Wellesley’s scientific collections.


Ray Acheson sits with students at El Table
Ray Acheson sits with students at El Table

Steering Committee Member of ICAN, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Awardee, Discusses Nuclear Disarmament with Students

May 7, 2018

Before lunch with students at El Table, anti-nuclear activist Ray Acheson talked about her work and offered advice to the next generation of women leaders.


Five Wellesley students sit on bleachers discussing strategy at BOW Datafest
Five Wellesley students sit on bleachers discussing strategy at BOW Datafest

Wellesley Students Take Top Prizes at BOW’s DataFest

May 8, 2018

On April 6, teams from Wellesley, Babson, and Olin competed in the American Statistical Association’s DataFest, in which students extracted new insights from complex data sets.


Tiny yellow ducks line a walkway leading to Clapp Library
Tiny yellow ducks line a walkway leading to Clapp Library

Wellesley Makes Way for Ducklings on Second Annual Duck Day

May 10, 2018

What’s up with the ducks?  The Office of Student Involvement and the Wellness Outreach Committee surprised Wellesley students by scattering hundreds of candy-filled plastic ducks across campus.


Members of the Class of 2018 sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.
Members of the Class of 2018 sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.

Students Mark End of Spring Semester with 119th Annual Stepsinging

May 14, 2018

Members of the class of 2018 celebrate the last day of classes in true Wellesley style—with Stepsinging at Houghton Chapel, of course!


An old movie poster, an image of the moon and mars and ancient etchings of soldiers
An old movie poster, an image of the moon and mars and ancient etchings of soldiers

New Webpage Highlights Faculty Research at Wellesley

May 15, 2018

The Office of Sponsored Research is developing a new webpage, the Faculty Research Spotlight, highlighting the important work of Wellesley faculty (pictured).


Faculty and staff recognition awards shaped as a globe sit on a table.
Faculty and staff recognition awards shaped as a globe sit on a table.

Wellesley Salutes Staff and Union Members During Recognition Celebration

May 16, 2018

College employees were recognized for many years of service, innovation, and collaboration in a ceremony at Alumnae Ballroom.


Four benches made of wood and by students overlooking Severance Green
Four benches made of wood and by students overlooking Severance Green

Wellesley Students Build Benches Made from Recycled Campus Trees

May 18, 2018

Students put principles of sustainability to work by building four benches from fallen trees on campus for a class project.


Faculty and staff sit at tables discussing diversity and inclusion at Wellesley
Faculty and staff sit at tables discussing diversity and inclusion at Wellesley

Wellesley Faculty Gather for Day-Long Retreat to Advance Work on Inclusive Excellence

May 21, 2018

Student concerns helped inform workshops and dialogues at a faculty retreat aimed at creating greater inclusion and equity at Wellesley.


Six leaders of Ethos at Wellesley wearing black stand against a black backdrop looking directly at the camera.
Six leaders of Ethos at Wellesley wearing black stand against a black backdrop looking directly at the camera.

Generations of Ethos Leaders Share Insights about the Group’s History and Significance

May 22, 2018

As Ethos turns 50, its former leaders reflect on how the organization continues to serve as a source of inspiration, support, and comfort for black students on campus.


A student sits at a picnic table in the academic quad looking at the screen of a laptop that reads, "Welcome to Transmission"
A student sits at a picnic table in the academic quad looking at the screen of a laptop that reads, "Welcome to Transmission"

Transmission, an Online Diversity Training Platform Created by a Wellesley Student, Expands Its Mission and Outreach

May 23, 2018

The success of Transmission, a patent-pending website designed by a student to facilitate discussions about gender identity among Wellesley community members, leads to launch of The Source University.


Three professors stand on stage at Wellesleys commencement exercises.
Three professors stand on stage at Wellesleys commencement exercises.

Wellesley Award Recognizes Exceptional Teaching in Music, Political Science, and Astronomy

June 4, 2018

The 2018 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Wellesley’s highest teaching honor, has been awarded to Wesley Andrés Watters (astronomy), Paul MacDonald (political science), and Jenny Olivia Johnson (music) (left to right).


A student wearing a lab coat works in a science lab with another student.
A student wearing a lab coat works in a science lab with another student.

The Historic Success of Wellesley’s Comprehensive Campaign Supports the Aspirations of Students Like Caitlin Aguirre ’20

July 25, 2018

For Caitlin Aguirre ’20, the Wellesley campaign has made possible the inspiration and preparation that she will need for a career devoted to serving others. Aguirre is one of the voices in our video series exploring the impact of the campaign to advance the Wellesley Effect.


On one of Pendleton West's exterior walls Chemistry is engraved in script.
On one of Pendleton West's exterior walls Chemistry is engraved in script.

So Why Does the Outside of Pendleton West Read, “Chemistry”?

July 27, 2018

With a building that blends the past with the present, Pendleton West illustrates the value of a Wellesley liberal arts education. #WellesleyPlaces


A rendering of the new science center.
A rendering of the new science center.

Investing in the Next Generation of Women Scientists: Wellesley’s New Science Center

June 26, 2018

VIDEO: The lead design architect for Wellesley’s new Science Center—conceived as a flexible, sustainable hub of integrated instruction and research—recently discussed plans for the building complex.


Wellesley College students work in a lab with anatomical skeletons similar to those found at the archeological site.
Wellesley College students work in a lab with anatomical skeletons similar to those found at the archeological site.

Wellesley Anthropology Project on the Former Site of College Hall Yields a Surprising Find

July 24, 2018

Archaeology excavation turns up bone fragments from a skeleton believed to have been used in anatomical classes more than 100 years ago.


The American and Russian flags stand outside a conference room where members of the international press take photos.
The American and Russian flags stand outside a conference room where members of the international press take photos.

After Trump-Putin Summit, Wellesley Professors Discuss What’s Next for U.S.-Russia Relations

July 19, 2018

Wellesley faculty members Nina Tumarkin and Igor Logvinenko weigh in on US-Russia relations in the wake of the Trump-Putin summit earlier this week.


Kathy Moon
Kathy Moon

Media Outlets Ask Wellesley Professor Katharine H. S. Moon to Weigh In On the Summit Meeting in Singapore

June 15, 2018

Wellesley Professor Katharine H.S. Moon, expert on U.S.-Korea Relations, underwhelmed by the results of the summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.


Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 lean on each other.
Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 lean on each other.

Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 Answer Questions About Their Podcast, Identity Politics, in Interview

June 20, 2018

Have you heard of the Identity Politics podcast? Learn more about two Wellesley alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11, and the inspiration behind their podcast focused on race, gender, and Muslims in America.


Members of the Wellesley Repertory Theatre during a performance of A Piece of My Heart
Members of the Wellesley Repertory Theatre during a performance of A Piece of My Heart

Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart,” and Marks Longtime Director Nora Hussey’s Last Production

June 13, 2018

After 28 years at Wellesley, Nora Hussey, director of Wellesley College Theatre and Artistic Director of Wellesley Rep, says goodbye with a production of Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart, a play about the effects of the Vietnam War on six women. 


Two Wellesley faculty are interviewed in an Irish radio station.
Two Wellesley faculty are interviewed in an Irish radio station.

Immersive Summer Writing Course on Work of Ireland’s Master Writers Inspires Wellesley Students

July 3, 2018

Highlights of a two-week, immersive writing course in Connemara, Ireland, include a local Irish radio interview with Wellesley Writing Program lecturers Heather Corbally Bryant and Lynne Viti about the students’ experience and the inspirational writers they learned more about.


Graphic that reads: 33 schools selected in 2018, 1M$ five year grant, Catalyzing a Culture of Inclusion in Science Education
Graphic that reads: 33 schools selected in 2018, 1M$ five year grant, Catalyzing a Culture of Inclusion in Science Education

Wellesley College Awarded a $1 Million Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Support Inclusive Excellence on Campus

June 21, 2018

With a $1 million grant, Wellesley joins the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Initiative, focusing on equity and inclusion in science education.


A student stands by a white board, writing and holding a computer
A student stands by a white board, writing and holding a computer

In Essay for Refinery29, Wellesley Senior Explains How She Learned to Love Computer Science

May 30, 2018

Once discouraged from studying math and science, a Wellesley senior shares her journey to a major—and a future career— in computer science with Refinery29.


Two students and a visiting professor collected geological data from a boat on Lake Waban.
Two students and a visiting professor collected geological data from a boat on Lake Waban.

Wellesley College’s Lake Waban Gives Clues About the Environment and Climate Thousands of Years Ago

July 17, 2018

To better understand how Wellesley College’s Lake Waban was formed, a professor and students conduct a geophysical survey into its depths. 


A architectural rendering of Global Flora, consisting of a greenhouse and green space
A architectural rendering of Global Flora, consisting of a greenhouse and green space

Wellesley’s New Global Flora Greenhouse Wins International Sustainable Design Award

May 24, 2018

Global Flora, Wellesley’s new greenhouse project, is selected from more than 5,000 other projects from around the world for a LafargeHolcim Design Award, in recognition of its architecture, function, and sustainable design.


Tracy K. Smith talks with Paula A. Johnson and Dan Chiasson.
Tracy K. Smith talks with Paula A. Johnson and Dan Chiasson.

Media Covers Wellesley’s Commencement and Speaker, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

June 7, 2018

Tracy K. Smith, Wellesley’s 2018 commencement speaker and U.S. Poet Laureate (center), caught up with President Paula A. Johnson and friend and fellow poet Dan Chiasson, professor of English, after an interview with NPR station WBUR, which covered her career and mission to use poetry to connect with one another.


A student wearing a Wellesley hat stands beside the ocean in a postcard.
A student wearing a Wellesley hat stands beside the ocean in a postcard.

Dear Wellesley: Riann Tang ’19 Writes from Beijing

July 23, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students are writing postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Third in our series, Riann Tang ’19 describes her internship with the ABC News Beijing bureau.


Flowers on campus
Flowers on campus

Preparations Have Already Begun to Welcome Incoming Class of 2022

July 20, 2018

Even in the summer months, the Wellesley campus prepares itself for the arrival of the new members of the purple class. #WellesleyPlaces


A student works on an art project in a studio in Pendleton West, "We Did It!" is written in text next to the image.
A student works on an art project in a studio in Pendleton West, "We Did It!" is written in text next to the image.

Wellesley Completes Record-Setting Fundraising Campaign, Raises More Than $500 Million—One Year Ahead of Schedule

July 18, 2018

Wellesley College has raised more than $500 million, surpassing its ambitious campaign goal—a full year early—in the largest fundraising effort to be undertaken by a women’s college.


The Butler Boathouse
The Butler Boathouse

At the Edge of the Green Landscape, the Butler Boathouse Beckons #WellesleyPlaces

July 13, 2018

A Wellesley gem, the Butler Boathouse is a favorite communal space on campus that during the school year allows the community to explore activities like canoeing, sailing, rowing, and even sunset yoga.


Elisabeth Clemmons ’20 describes her internship with the UB Post
Elisabeth Clemmons ’20 describes her internship with the UB Post

Dear Wellesley: Elisabeth Clemmons ’20 Writes from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

July 16, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students are writing postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Second in our series, Elisabeth Clemmons ’20 describes her internship with the UB Post in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


Manager Lori Davidson and baker Jesus Reyes prepare cupcakes for the oven
Manager Lori Davidson and baker Jesus Reyes prepare cupcakes for the oven

Claflin Bakery Satisfies Wellesley’s Sweet Tooth

July 12, 2018

With cupcakes and cookies, bread and muffins, Claflin Bakery satisfies Wellesley’s sweet tooth.


A post card of Jericko in Mexico City
A post card of Jericko in Mexico City

Dear Wellesley: Our Summer Postcard Series Begins with Jericko Torres-Leschnik ’20 Writing from Mexico City

July 11, 2018

Wellesley students write postcards to the Wellesley community about their internship experiences across the world. First up, Jericko Torres-Leschnik ’20, sends her thoughts on interning at the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City.


The Supreme Court is seen at dawn.
The Supreme Court is seen at dawn.

Wellesley Professor Weighs In on SCOTUS Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018

Thomas Burke, Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science at Wellesley, weighs in on the recent Supreme Court nomination by President Trump.


Wellesley student Eva Paradiso ’20
Wellesley student Eva Paradiso ’20

Wellesley Student Uncovers the Secret Lives of Tree Roots

July 9, 2018

Think twice about the world of tree roots beneath you in a forest, Wellesley student Eva Paradiso ’20 is learning as part of her summer research project.


An image of the purple roof of Houghton Chapel, framed by a purple plant.
An image of the purple roof of Houghton Chapel, framed by a purple plant.

Houghton Chapel and the Multifaith Center Provide a Place for Reflection, Study, Worship, and Education #WellesleyPlaces

July 6, 2018

Since 1899, Houghton Chapel has served as a center of community life at Wellesley College, providing an inspirational venue for ceremonies and traditions. 


Karley Bussow ’18 and Wellesley archery coach E.G. LeBre prepare for the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships.
Karley Bussow ’18 and Wellesley archery coach E.G. LeBre prepare for the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships.

Wellesley’s E.G. LeBre Named 2018 National Collegiate Archery Coach of the Year

June 27, 2018

Wellesley archery coach E.G. LeBre (right) was named National Collegiate Archery Coach of the Year after a great season for the archery team; other club sports teams also had a stellar year.


A student places a wooden birdhouse on a campus tree.
A student places a wooden birdhouse on a campus tree.

Wellesley Students Build Birdhouses from Recycled Pallets

July 5, 2018

Students build and install 14 bird boxes across campus made from recycled wood.


Characters from the Wizard of Oz stand on the yellow brick road in front of emerald green Galen Stone Tower.
Characters from the Wizard of Oz stand on the yellow brick road in front of emerald green Galen Stone Tower.

Wellesley’s Davis Museum Opens Summer Film Series June 28 with The Wizard of Oz

June 28, 2018

Off to see the wizard! Wellesley offers free family-friendly movies for warm summer nights at Davis Museum.


Nicole Ntim-Addae sits in front of a computer screen at her internship.
Nicole Ntim-Addae sits in front of a computer screen at her internship.

Wellesley Student Writes for Global Magazine that Covers Human Rights Abuses

July 2, 2018

Nicole Ntim-Addae ’20 is a summer intern at “Index on Censorship,” the flagship publication for an organization of the same name that protects free expression and the free press around the world.


Eight images of the US Postal Service's Forever Stamps depicting scenes of Spacious Skies and Waves of Grain across the U.S.
Eight images of the US Postal Service's Forever Stamps depicting scenes of Spacious Skies and Waves of Grain across the U.S.

The U.S. Postal Service Releases“O Beautiful” Forever Stamps, Featuring Scenes Inspired by Wellesley Alumna Katharine Lee Bates’ “America the Beautiful”

July 4, 2018

Melinda Ponder ’66, biographer of Katharine Lee Bates, class of 1880, consulted on the U.S. Postal Service “O Beautiful” Forever stamps, released on July 4. The images on the series of 20 stamps correspond to five phrases in Bates’ poem “America the Beautiful.”


Three Wellesley alumnae skate by LuLu Chow Wang Campus Center at Reunion 2013.
Three Wellesley alumnae skate by LuLu Chow Wang Campus Center at Reunion 2013.

They’re Back! Wellesley Welcomes the 3s and 8s Home for Reunion 2018

June 8, 2018

My, how quickly five years flew by! This weekend Wellesley turns yellow, red, purple, and green as the College welcomes the 3s and 8s to Reunion 2018. #WellesleyReunion


Lilies in front of Billings Hall greet the morning sun of a new day.
Lilies in front of Billings Hall greet the morning sun of a new day.

Wellesley’s Campus Finds the Light After Thursday’s Storm #WellesleyPlaces

June 29, 2018

After Thursday’s heavy rain and thunderstorm, the lilies in front of Billings Hall greet the morning sun of a new day. #WellesleyPlaces


Founders Hall in the summer.
Founders Hall in the summer.

#WellesleyPlaces Summer Photo Series Begins

June 22, 2018

On the heels of the official first day of summer (June 20), Founders Hall soaks up some sun. #WellesleyPlaces


Liz Walker speaks at a podium as the keynote speaker at Wellesley's first ever Women of Color Conference.
Liz Walker speaks at a podium as the keynote speaker at Wellesley's first ever Women of Color Conference.

Wellesley Centers for Women and Boston’s Home for Little Wanderers Host Women of Color Conference at Wellesley College

June 19, 2018

Liz Walker, a former television news anchor and now the senior pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, gives the keynote speech at the first Women of Color Conference held at Wellesley, co-sponsored by Wellesley Centers for Women and Home for Little Wanderers.


Emily Pearson ’20, Olivia Postel ’21, Dayna De La Cruz ’21, and Saanthia Vivekanand Bulchandani ’21
Emily Pearson ’20, Olivia Postel ’21, Dayna De La Cruz ’21, and Saanthia Vivekanand Bulchandani ’21

How I Got to Wellesley

June 18, 2018

Wellesley students describe their journeys to 106 Central Street.


Paula A. Johnson
Paula A. Johnson

Groundbreaking Report on Sexual Harassment of Women in STEM Urges Higher Ed to Work Harder to Change Culture, Climate

June 14, 2018

Findings of pervasive sexual harassment of women in STEM and recommendations to change culture and climate in academia make up a groundbreaking new report from a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee co-chaired by Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson.


Alumnae gather at a Career Ed event
Alumnae gather at a Career Ed event

Even After Wellesley, Alumnae Continue to Support and Mentor Each Other

June 12, 2018

Wellesley alumnae help their sisters navigate both early career searches and work transitions later in life.


Annual alumnae parade is a joyful display of Wellesley pride.
Annual alumnae parade is a joyful display of Wellesley pride.

Reunion 2018 Closes with Colorful Parade of Classes

June 11, 2018

Wellesley alumnae showed their class spirit during Sunday’s traditional reunion parade.


A Wellesley alumna sits in front of a bookcase. Text on screen reads: wellesley.edu/careereducation
A Wellesley alumna sits in front of a bookcase. Text on screen reads: wellesley.edu/careereducation

Jennifer Ritvo Hughes ’06 Explains How Wellesley’s New Career Education and Its Interactive Website Can Help Alumnae Move Ahead in Their Careers

June 6, 2018

VIDEO: Wellesley’s new Career Education offers resources for alumnae at any stage of their career—and Career Education’s new interactive website makes it easy for alums to access.


The Wellesley Blue Crew team holds up trophies after placing in national competition
The Wellesley Blue Crew team holds up trophies after placing in national competition

Wellesley Athletics Celebrates the Past, Present, and Future as the 2018 Academic Year Closes

June 5, 2018

At the close of the academic year, the Wellesley Blue celebrates the success of this year’s athletic teams, including the Blue Crew team that finished second at the 2018 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships.


Students work to spruce up the labyrinth on campus.
Students work to spruce up the labyrinth on campus.

Wellesley Welcomes Spring at the Labyrinth

May 9, 2018

Wellesley students and staff work to spruce up the Botanic Garden labyrinth as spring arrives on campus.


Members of the class of 2018 celebrate their graduation with Champagne.
Members of the class of 2018 celebrate their graduation with Champagne.

Commencement Day 2018

June 1, 2018

Commencement Day is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 2018.


Lake Waban in spring.
Lake Waban in spring.

Survey Measures Wellesley Community’s Attitudes about Sustainability

February 8, 2018

Wellesley’s Sustainability Committee and Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative have surveyed community members and hope to use their answers to help shape long-term sustainability policies at the College.


LED light lamp post
LED light lamp post

From the Classroom to the Campus, Wellesley Increases Sustainability Efforts

February 23, 2018

Midway through Sustainability Year, 80 percent of the College’s walkway lamps now use sustainable LED bulbs, and classes reflect the importance of sustainability.


A male red-winged black bird displays its wings to establish territory.
A male red-winged black bird displays its wings to establish territory.

Paulson Initiative’s Winterfest 2018 Connects Students with Wellesley’s Landscape

February 27, 2018

Students connect with their natural environment during a winter bird-watching walk sponsored by the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative. 


Two hands hold soil and a single sprouting plant.
Two hands hold soil and a single sprouting plant.

Wellesley Kicks off “Earth Month” with Campus-wide Forum on Sustainability, and Insights on Environmental Practices from Faculty Author

April 2, 2018

Sustainability continues to be a top priority at Wellesley—from discussing sustainability issues at a community forum on April 3, to diving into Professor Elizabeth DeSombre’s recently published book, “Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things.”


Al Gore and Sue Wagner sit on stage in front of a packed audience.
Al Gore and Sue Wagner sit on stage in front of a packed audience.

Former Vice President Al Gore Addressed Packed House at 2018 Wilson Lecture

April 26, 2018

Former Vice President Al Gore, a leader in the fight against climate change, in conversation with Wellesley College Trustee Sue Wagner ’82, spoke on campus on April 25 at the 2018 Wilson Lecture. 


Student marshals lead the baccalaureate procession outside Green Hall during 1972 commencement ceremonies.
Student marshals lead the baccalaureate procession outside Green Hall during 1972 commencement ceremonies.

Wellesley Will Honor the Class of 2018 at Commencement on June 1

May 31, 2018

#TBT Student marshals lead the baccalaureate procession outside Green Hall during 1972 commencement ceremonies.


Goslings sit by Paramecium Pond .
Goslings sit by Paramecium Pond .

Spring Brings New Life to Wellesley’s Campus

May 29, 2018

Though finals were finished on May 22, these goslings resting together by Paramecium Pond still have some learning to do.


Head shots for 18 Wellesley Commencement speakers on a blue background
Head shots for 18 Wellesley Commencement speakers on a blue background

Quotes from 18 Memorable Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Class of 2018

May 25, 2018

With just one week until Commencement 2018, Wellesley looks back at 18 inspiring speeches delivered to its graduates.


Students practice taekwon-do with their instructor.
Students practice taekwon-do with their instructor.

Taekwon-Do Boosts Students’ Confidence and Resiliency in a New Class at Wellesley

May 17, 2018

Wellesley students discover the mental and physical benefits of taekwon-do in class offered for the first time this spring.


class of 2018 senior prank, purple spaceship in science center
class of 2018 senior prank, purple spaceship in science center

Wellesley’s Purple Class of 2018 Celebrates Last Day of Classes with Traditional Senior Prank

May 11, 2018

#Wellesley2018’s purple spaceship adorns the Science Center.


Three Wellesley students who won the Watson Fellowship sit on campus, laughing.
Three Wellesley students who won the Watson Fellowship sit on campus, laughing.

Three Wellesley Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson Fellowships

May 3, 2018

The Watson Fellowship will allow Nisreen Abo-Sido ’18, Carol Hundal ’18, and Hans Han ’18 to travel around the world to study creative projects of their own design.


 A combination of antiretroviral drugs keep patients with HIV live longer than ever before.
 A combination of antiretroviral drugs keep patients with HIV live longer than ever before.

Student and Two Alumnae Awarded 2018 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing

May 1, 2018

This year’s Calderwood Prizes were awarded to Brianna Ruffin ’17, humanities; Grace Chow ’17, social sciences; and Alexandra Beem ’18, sciences. Beem’s work looks at the long-term effects of the HIV drug-treatment regimen, antiretroviral therapy (ART), and what those effects mean for the HIV epidemic moving forward.


Poet Ariana Brown recites poetry before a crowd.
Poet Ariana Brown recites poetry before a crowd.

Wellesley Celebrates Latinx Month 2018

April 27, 2018

Wellesley Latinx Month celebrates the culture, heritage, and history of Latinx students, including a spoken-word performance by poet Ariana Brown (right).


Frank Bidart sits at the front of a lecture room, reading from his Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems.
Frank Bidart sits at the front of a lecture room, reading from his Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems.

Wellesley English Professor Frank Bidart Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

April 18, 2018

Video: Frank Bidart, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and professor of English, has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Many in the community had the privilege of hearing the poet read a selection of his work yesterday, including Guilty of Dust from Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.


Aben Danan Synagogue interior located at Fez, Morocco.
Aben Danan Synagogue interior located at Fez, Morocco.

Professor Frances Malino to Deliver 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

April 4, 2018

Frances Malino will deliver the Distinguished Faculty Lecture today, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. Titled “Jewish Voices: Muslim Lands,” her talk will focus on the lives of Jewish women teaching in a network of schools from Morocco (pictured) to Iran in the early 20th century. 


A figure of a man stands next to a stack of coins and a figure of a woman stands next a smaller stack of coins.
A figure of a man stands next to a stack of coins and a figure of a woman stands next a smaller stack of coins.

Wellesley Professor Joins WGBH Radio’s Callie Crossley ’73 to Discuss the Gender Wage Gap

April 10, 2018

On WGBH’s Under the Radar, Wellesley professor Rosanna Hertz joined a discussion on gender pay equity in honor of Equal Pay Day.


President Paula A. Johnson moderates a discussion with Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, Partners in Health founders.
President Paula A. Johnson moderates a discussion with Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, Partners in Health founders.

President Paula A. Johnson Moderated Conversation with Partners In Health Founders to Recognize World Health Day 2018

April 9, 2018

In recognition of World Health Day, President Paula A. Johnson moderated a discussion between Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl ’94 on the state of global health. The event was hosted at Babson College as part of the BOW (Babson-Olin-Wellesley) collaboration.


Two members of the Ethos Choir sit in the Houghton Chapel in 1973.
Two members of the Ethos Choir sit in the Houghton Chapel in 1973.

Ethos Celebrates 50th Anniversary

April 6, 2018

This weekend, the campus community joins Ethos in celebrating 50 years of culture, activism, and pride at its anniversary gathering, titled “Sankofa: Remembering Our Past, Planting Seeds for Our Future.”


The keyboard of the Wellesley carillon with a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at a podium.
The keyboard of the Wellesley carillon with a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at a podium.

Carillon Bells to Toll at Wellesley and Across the World in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 3, 2018

At 7:05 pm on April 4, the Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs will join bell ringers around the world in paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death.


A woman sits at a desk, writing.
A woman sits at a desk, writing.

Two Wellesley Professors Named 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows

March 26, 2018

Wellesley professors Katherine Grandjean and Helena de Bres will spend a year at the University of Connecticut and Stanford University, respectively, as they pursue research projects on the violent legacy of the American Revolution and self-life narration's connection to a meaningful life.  


Wellesley junior Laura McGeary ’19 fights for a ball in a February 2017 game against Babson College.
Wellesley junior Laura McGeary ’19 fights for a ball in a February 2017 game against Babson College.

Wellesley Centers for Women Discusses March Madness and Collegiate Sports

March 29, 2018

A Wellesley Centers for Women panel, featuring Wellesley basketball player Laura McGeary ’19 (center) and other speakers, discusses college basketball’s “March Madness” and the sociological and gender issues raised by college sports. 


Jada Wiltz reads on a computer that she was accepted to Wellesley and celebrates with her family and friends.
Jada Wiltz reads on a computer that she was accepted to Wellesley and celebrates with her family and friends.

Jada Wiltz ’22 Receives Warm Welcome to Wellesley

March 30, 2018

Viral video of Jada Wiltz ’22 finding out she was accepted to Wellesley is met by an outpouring of support from the College community and garners national media attention.


The Girl of Enghelab Street stands on top of a utilities box, waiving her white headscarf that hangs from a stick.
The Girl of Enghelab Street stands on top of a utilities box, waiving her white headscarf that hangs from a stick.

Women Scholars at Wellesley Weigh In on World Issues

March 28, 2018

Wellesley thought leaders lend their expertise on a range of global issues, including Freedom Project visiting fellow Delaram Farzaneh who works to defend women’s and human rights in Iran. 


Students study in a space in Harambee House.
Students study in a space in Harambee House.

Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Events

February 5, 2018

Harambee House, a cultural and educational center for students of African descent, will offer events, lectures, film screenings, and discussions for the entire campus community during Black History Month. 


Olga Shurchkov ’01 stands before her class at Wellesley College
Olga Shurchkov ’01 stands before her class at Wellesley College

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Glass Cliff Phenomenon on “Freakonomics” Podcast

February 22, 2018

Olga Shurchkov ’01, associate professor of economics at Wellesley, offered listeners a potential solution to a problem facing female heads of companies. 


Rosa Parks (center) sits on a bus speaking to another woman.
Rosa Parks (center) sits on a bus speaking to another woman.

Natalie Ornell ’12 Launches Effort to Honor Rosa Parks on Public Buses in Massachusetts

March 7, 2018

A Massachusetts State House committee is reviewing a legislative initiative started by a Wellesley alumna to place Rosa Parks decals on MBTA buses.


Student guides look at exhibitions in the Davis Museum.
Student guides look at exhibitions in the Davis Museum.

The Davis Museum’s Spring 2018 Season Starts February 13

February 13, 2018

As part of its spring 2018 season, Wellesley’s Davis Museum presents the first retrospective exhibition of photographer Clarence H. White’s work in several decades, Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925. 


Students faculty and staff gathers to honor victims of Parkland, Fla., High School tragedy.
Students faculty and staff gathers to honor victims of Parkland, Fla., High School tragedy.

Wellesley Community Gathers to Honor Victims of Parkland, Fla., High School Tragedy

March 14, 2018

Wellesley joins the unprecedented national protest against gun violence in tribute to the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.


A group of Wellesley students wearing purple gear welcome the Wellesley Class of 2022.
A group of Wellesley students wearing purple gear welcome the Wellesley Class of 2022.

Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2022

March 21, 2018

Video: Wellesley welcomes new first-years from the largest applicant pool in the College’s history.


Nicole Tay ’14 watches as Tina Xu ’17 works with a videographer on the set of their short film, Tomato & Eggs.
Nicole Tay ’14 watches as Tina Xu ’17 works with a videographer on the set of their short film, Tomato & Eggs.

Two Wellesley Alumnae Direct a Queer Asian American Short Film

March 21, 2018

Nicole Tay ’14 and Tina Xu ’17 co-direct Tomato & Eggs, a short film about a Chinese American woman whose decision to marry her girlfriend leads to a clash of cultures.  


A branch of witch hazel covered in snow.
A branch of witch hazel covered in snow.

Campus Springs Forward under Inches of Snow

March 12, 2018

As Wellesley digs out from another snow storm, witch hazel is in full bloom on campus.


A group os students sit around a large, wooden table, talking to one another in a Calderwood Seminar.
A group os students sit around a large, wooden table, talking to one another in a Calderwood Seminar.

Wellesley Program that Teaches Students to Write for the Real World Expands to Five Top Schools

January 31, 2018

Amherst, Bard, Georgetown, Middlebury, and Wesleyan are adopting Wellesley’s Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing.


Wellesley student Natalie Catalan '18 stands by a staircase near Wellesley's academic quad with a look of panic in her eyes
Wellesley student Natalie Catalan '18 stands by a staircase near Wellesley's academic quad with a look of panic in her eyes

Wellesley Launches Innovative New Website for Career Exploration

March 1, 2018

VIDEO: Natalie Catalan ’18 explains how Career Education’s new site gave her the resources she needs to succeed as a Wellesley senior planning for life after college.


A colorful and bright logo that reads: African Women's Leadership Conference at Wellesley College
A colorful and bright logo that reads: African Women's Leadership Conference at Wellesley College

African Women’s Leadership Conference at Wellesley Kicks Off on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

On International Women’s Day, Wellesley presents a first-of-its-kind gathering in the United States of some of the most influential voices in African women’s leadership.


Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson listens to Agnes Binagwaho on stage at the African Women's Leadership Conference
Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson listens to Agnes Binagwaho on stage at the African Women's Leadership Conference

Wellesley Welcomes Inspiring Guests to Campus for the African Women’s Leadership Conference

March 9, 2018

Yesterday, and continuing today, women from around the world gathered at Wellesley for the African Women’s Leadership Conference. Tune in to wellesley.edu/live to hear today’s speakers.


A professor and student sit outside Tower Court working at an archeological site.
A professor and student sit outside Tower Court working at an archeological site.

March 17 Marked the 104th Anniversary of the College Hall Fire

March 19, 2018

Wellesley faculty member leads archaeology class that excavates the grounds of the historic 1914 College Hall fire to find artifacts and learn about daily life. 


Ambassador Michele Sison '81 presents her credentials to the president of Haiti.
Ambassador Michele Sison '81 presents her credentials to the president of Haiti.

Michele Sison ’81 Named U.S. Ambassador to Haiti

March 2, 2018

Wellesley alumna recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Haiti presented her credentials to the country’s president in February.


A student stands at a desk looking for help from someone in the Wellesley Career Education office.
A student stands at a desk looking for help from someone in the Wellesley Career Education office.

Wellesley Career Education’s New Website Helps Students Take the Next Step

March 15, 2018

VIDEO: Ashley Amoabeng ’21 wanted to find internship opportunities. Career Education’s website gave her a place to start looking.


snow-covered Alumnae Valley after the blizzard
snow-covered Alumnae Valley after the blizzard

Wellesley Reopens After Record March Snowfall

March 14, 2018

Three Nor’easters later, Wellesley is a winter wonderland.


The Wellesley tower in the snow.
The Wellesley tower in the snow.

Wellesley College Closed Tuesday, March 13 Due to Snowstorm

March 13, 2018

Wellesley College will be closed today, Tuesday, March 13 due to the snowstorm. All classes are cancelled. Stay safe!


From Left to Right: Wendy Sherman, Madeline Albright, and Paula Johnson
From Left to Right: Wendy Sherman, Madeline Albright, and Paula Johnson

Madeleine Albright ’59 and Wendy Sherman Speak to PRI’s “The World” in Conjunction with Their Visit to the Albright Institute’s Wintersession 2018

January 26, 2018

PRI’s The World and WBUR’s Radio Boston interviewed Madeleine Albright and Wendy Sherman about globalization, North Korea, #MeToo, and educating the next generation of women leaders at Wellesley, where they participated in a panel discussion on campus moderated by President Paula Johnson.


Two Wellesley students record an interview with a Snapchat Reporter on a iPhone in the LuLu Dining Hall.
Two Wellesley students record an interview with a Snapchat Reporter on a iPhone in the LuLu Dining Hall.

Wellentine’s Day, a Celebration of Wellesley Students and Their Communities

February 14, 2018

Snapchat Reporters give Parks and Recreation’s Galentine’s Day a Wellesley spin.


Students and their family members join hands outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, FL.
Students and their family members join hands outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, FL.

Student Activism and the Legacy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Class of 1912

February 24, 2018

“The students find themselves activists fighting for a cause they believe in, very much like the woman whose name adorns their school.”—USA Today on the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, whose namesake graduated from Wellesley in 1912.


Volunteers load food into the back of a truck from a Wellesley dining hall.
Volunteers load food into the back of a truck from a Wellesley dining hall.

Wellesley Helps Provide Fresh Meals for People in Need

February 28, 2018

Wellesley contributes to a program that supplies nutritious food to individuals and households in the area.


Hundreds of people stand in line at a transportation hub waiting to cross a boarder.
Hundreds of people stand in line at a transportation hub waiting to cross a boarder.

Wellesley Sociologist Advocates for Transnational Social Protections

February 21, 2018

UA Magazine has published an opinion piece by Wellesley professor Peggy Levitt in which she advocates for labor rights and social protections that cross borders. 


Wellesley Aiko club performing at Yuki Matsuri
Wellesley Aiko club performing at Yuki Matsuri

Wellesley Japan Club Hosted Annual Yuki Matsuri

February 20, 2018

Every year Wellesley Japan Club presents Yuki Matsuri, a festival that brings together the Wellesley community in celebration of Japanese culture.


Melissa Ludtke holds her daughter, Maya, as a young child.
Melissa Ludtke holds her daughter, Maya, as a young child.

In Search of Missing Girlhoods: A Wellesley Mother and Daughter Discuss Their Journey on WBUR

February 16, 2018

Melissa Ludtke ’73 and her daughter, Maya Ludtke ’19, are teaching others about identity and contemporary China through their personal stories. They spoke with WBUR’s “All Things Considered” about a curriculum for students from middle school through college.


Students playing bingo at the festival
Students playing bingo at the festival

“WellNESSt” Festival Prompts Students to Learn about Healthy Lifestyle Habits

February 15, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, students learned about healthy eating and sleeping habits at an event sponsored by Wellesley’s Balance Health Educators.


Clare Egan '10 skis in a biathlon event
Clare Egan '10 skis in a biathlon event

Wellesley Congratulates First Alumna U.S. Olympian

February 9, 2018

VIDEO: Biathlete Clare Egan ’10 is the first Wellesley alumna to represent the United States in the Olympics.


A student on a donkey pulls a group of students on skis at Wellesley College
A student on a donkey pulls a group of students on skis at Wellesley College

Wellesley Snow Inspires Winter Games

February 12, 2018

Whether on campus or across the world, winter games make a cold and snowy February go by a little faster.


Protesters stand outside the Capitol building holding signs that read DREAM.
Protesters stand outside the Capitol building holding signs that read DREAM.

Wellesley Faculty Cited in Articles on Immigration Policy

February 7, 2018

As Congress continues to grapple with immigration policy in an attempt to avoid another federal shutdown, two Wellesley faculty members who have researched the topic are mentioned in the news.


The original Rosie the Riveter and modern day takes on the iconic pose.
The original Rosie the Riveter and modern day takes on the iconic pose.

Wellesley Professors Reflect on the Message of Rosie the Riveter

February 1, 2018

After the recent death of the woman whose photograph inspired Rosie the Riveter, Wellesley faculty ponder the famous “We Can Do It!” poster.


A group of students march outside of Green Hall on May 1, 2017 with signs supporting Immigrant rights
A group of students march outside of Green Hall on May 1, 2017 with signs supporting Immigrant rights

DACA/TPS Presentation and Law Clinic This Week at Wellesley

January 30, 2018

On January 30 and February 1, the Wellesley community will host a series of presentations to help students, faculty, and staff understand how changing immigration policies may impact our community, friends, and loved ones.


Jieun Baek, Katharine H.S. Moon, and Melissa Hanham
Jieun Baek, Katharine H.S. Moon, and Melissa Hanham

North Korea Experts Join Albright Fellows for Panel Discussion

January 22, 2018

A January 16 panel discussion titled “Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Korea” and moderated by Wellesley professor Katharine H.S. Moon featured Jieun Baek and Melissa Hanham, who spoke about their experiences living in and working with the people of North Korea.


A group of female students stand looking at a painting on a red wall in the German Historical Museum.
A group of female students stand looking at a painting on a red wall in the German Historical Museum.

Students Document Wintersession in Berlin Using Instagram Stories

January 25, 2018

See highlights from this year’s Wintersession in Berlin and explore the daily life, language, history, and culture of Germany through the eyes of student Instagram reporters.


Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson in Mudbound.
Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson in Mudbound.

Mudbound, Based on Novel by Wellesley Alumna, Earns Four Oscar Nominations

January 24, 2018

Hillary Jordan ’84 is the author of Mudbound; Netflix released a movie adaptation of the novel in November that has received four Oscar nominations.


students attending Freedom Project winter session
students attending Freedom Project winter session

Freedom Project Begins Its Sixth Annual Wintersession

January 23, 2018

This year’s 23 Adam Smith fellows, Wellesley students participating in the Freedom Project Wintersession, will engage in discussion and debate about freedom of speech. 


Know Your Rights
Know Your Rights

Wellesley Offers “Know Your Rights” Immigration Clinic and Q&A for College Community

January 19, 2018

All Wellesley community members are invited to attend “Know Your Rights,” a presentation, Q&A, and free law clinic that seek to provide a space for understanding the changing landscape of immigration policy relating to DACA and TPS.


Sally Yates
Sally Yates

Boston Globe Highlights Sally Yates’ Keynote Speech at Wellesley’s Wintersession 2018

January 17, 2018

Sally Yates, former acting U.S. attorney general, encouraged Wellesley students to be their authentic selves.


Dr. Martin Luther King makes a speech at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights at Soldier Field
Dr. Martin Luther King makes a speech at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights at Soldier Field

The College and World of Wellesley Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Annual Breakfast

January 16, 2018

In her keynote talk for Wellesley’s 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Professor Layli Maparyan examined the civil rights movement through the lens of #MeToo gender politics.


Wellesley lamp reflection in a puddle of water
Wellesley lamp reflection in a puddle of water

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2018

Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1967 remarks, “Where do we go from here?”