Civic Engagement

Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017
Students participate in Alternative Break trip with Rebuilding Macon, Spring 2017

Civic Engagement 

Built upon the foundations of Wellesley’s motto, Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare, Civic Engagement facilitates partnerships with community organizations and explores the role of social justice work across all career fields. The Civic Engagement program works to prepare Wellesley graduates to make a difference in the world. We offer opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective, and meaningful ways that enrich a liberal arts education.

Our programs include annual service opportunities on campus (including Day to Make a Difference and bi-annual Blood Drive), the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning, Alternative Breaks, and partnerships with community organizations throughout Boston and MetroWest, that offer students the opportunity to volunteer throughout the academic year. Our partner organizations have made a commitment to work with Wellesley students to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become change agents throughout their lives.

Highlighted Partner Organizations

South Middlesex Correctional Facility
Natick Community Organic Farm
Framingham

Explore Ways to Get Involved

Single Day Service Opportunities

Civic Engagement offers Days to Make a Difference, blood drives, donation opportunities, and more. Visit our events page and filter by "Civic Engagement" to learn about upcoming service days, and explore the resources below.

Weekly Volunteering

Throughout the academic year, Civic Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer with local partner organizations throughout Boston & MetroWest. Youth programs are offered as well, for students interested in teaching, tutoring, or volunteering with grades 1-12. Learn logistics and details through the resources below.

Immersive Service Experiences, Fellowships, & Internships

Looking for an in-depth way to engage with the community? Civic Engagement offers Alternative Breaks as immersive experience service experiences! For even more sustained, funded civic engagement opportunities, you could also pursue service fellowships, the Lumpkin Summer Insititute for Service Learning, or the Peace and Justice Studies Summer Internship. Browse the resources below to start exploring the possibilities.

Ministrare Council

The Ministrare Council leads Civic Engagement’s programs, working with community partners, faculty, staff, and students to help bring Wellesley’s mission and motto to life. 

Ministrare Council is a group of 30 civic-minded student leaders who are responsible for guiding, planning, and implementing community engaged work. Ministrare Council is lead by six Fellows, each with a specialized focus area. The remainder of the Council is composed of Coordinators who each focus on a specific program. 

Ministrare Council offers Wellesley students an opportunity to work closely with professional staff in community organizations to learn about community based work. Ministrare Council Fellows and Coordinators, also attend monthly professional development seminars and other specialized workshops to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become ‘women who will’ in every career field upon graduation.

2019–2020 Ministrare Fellows

Reach out to our Ministrare Fellows to discuss their program areas!

Contacts

The Ministrare Council organizes many aspects of Civic Engagement — you can make appointments with our Fellows (listed above)  to discuss Alternative Breaks, Community Partnerships, or Wellesley Partnerships. For all other topics, please email civicengagement@wellesley.edu or schedule an appointment with Emily in Handshake.

Weekly Volunteer Programs (Metrowest, Boston, & Youth Partnership Programs)

Caitlin Aguirre ’20
Caitlin Aguirre ’20

Throughout the academic year, Civic Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer with local partner organizations throughout Boston & MetroWest. Youth programs are offered as well, for students interested in teaching, tutoring, or volunteering with grades 1-12. Learn logistics and details about the program options here!

Civic Engagement Grants/Funding Guide

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Civic Engagement provides a variety of funding opportunities for Wellesley College students and groups for community engagement programs and projects. This resource provides descriptions of Civic Engagement Grants, Federal Work-Study and Service, the Katharine Timerman Wright Award, and the Beha Community Engagement Grant.

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

2018-19 Alternative Breaks

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

Dare to be Alternative, and spend your Wintersession or Spring Break making a difference! Join us on one of our Alternative Breaks to learn about social issues like environmental stewardship, health care through service, urban development, affordable housing, and more. Through hands-on volunteer work and group reflection, we hope to continue the Wellesley tradition of service.

Days to Make a Difference

Kiana
Kiana Stacy ’20

Days to Make a Difference (D2MAD) are invitations for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae to experience community service with a local community organization. These days of service serve as an introduction to the yearlong service opportunities, crafted specifically for Wellesley students, at every service site. Days to make a Difference are intended to act as the catalyst for conversations about what it truly means to be a woman who will make a difference in the world.