Major Global Initiatives

Hillary Clinton and Women in Public Service participants

Wellesley’s commitment to women extends beyond its own students to the women of the world.

Given that Wellesley has been so successful at educating women world leaders, it is no surprise that we are looked to for leadership in shaping higher education to benefit women and girls all around the world.

The Albright Institute

The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley is dedicated to solving global problems by training the Institutes student fellows to be tomorrow’s leaders. The Institute takes a fresh approach to teaching and learning—equal parts theory and practice—and provides the fellows with an intensive program of study on issues that will inform and shape our future. It brings to Wellesley experts from government, health, business, the military, and the nonprofit sector to share what they know about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Women in Public Service Project

Launched and sustained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ’69, the U.S. State Department, and members of the Seven Sisters colleges, the project works toward ensuring that women hold half of all civic and government leadership positions by 2050. The Women in Public Service Project provides emerging women leaders from around the globe a rich intellectual environment and intensive training. In 2012, Wellesley hosted the Project’s inaugural summer institute, bringing to campus 50 promising young women leaders to receive mentoring and coaching in the practical skills of governance.

The Wellesley Centers for Women

Wellesley is home to the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute. WCW has nongovernmental organization (NGO) status at the United Nations (U.N.) which facilitates its researchers’ participation in this international work. Occasionally, Wellesley College faculty and students have the opportunity to attend U.N. sponsored events under the auspices of WCW’s NGO status.  

The Davis United World Scholar Program

Wellesley is a member of the Davis United World Scholar Program, which, since 2000, has funded thousands of international students who have wanted to study at select U.S. colleges and universities. This program advances international understanding by providing the best possible education to promising future leaders, and by clustering these scholars at a handful of schools, which in turn are expected to create more diverse and globally engaged campus communities. Wellesley was one of only five schools initially invited to join the program.