The mission of the Office of Intercultural Education is to promote the cultural competence development of students through intercultural activities and programs. It also provides support and advocacy for students of color and students who identify as LGBTQ+ through Acorns and Harambee Houses and the LGBTQ Programs and Services.
Mared Alicea-WestortAssistant Dean of Intercultural Education and Advisor to Latinx Studentsmaliceaw@wellesley.edu781.283.2958Acorns House
Téofilo BarbalhoAdministrative Assistant to the Office of Intercultural Educationtbarbalh@wellesley.edu781.283.1270Billings 307
Patricia BirchAssistant Dean for Intercultural Education, Director of Harambee House, and Advisor for Students of African Descentpb100@wellesley.edu781.283.2133Harambee House
AJ GuerreroCoordinator for LGBTQ+ Programs and Servicesag100@wellesley.edu781.283.2682Penthouse (Billings 4th floor)
Dean Inés Maturana SendoyaAssociate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Engagementimaturan@wellesley.edu781.283.2330Billings 310
Karen ShihAssistant Dean of Intercultural Education and Advisor to Students of Asian Descentkshih@wellesley.edu781.283.2959Acorns House
We strive to act with empathy
We believe that open-mindedness is essential to educational excellence
We believe that personal growth is a lifelong process
We believe in building competence in our professional areas
We value collaboration through relationship building
We believe in supporting our communities
We strive to act with integrity
We believe in the power of communication
We value engaging in dialogues for understanding
Develop students’ knowledge and skills to enable them to engage one another across social identities.
Develop a vibrant and inclusive sense of community on campus by affirming social identities through the support of particular cultural communities.
Enable students to participate in experiences to develop the skills to lead in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.