November 2011   

New funding from Reebok for Physical Activity Study
Georgia Hall, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, will direct a multi-year Physical Activity Study in Natick Public Schools in Massachusetts, with a special investigation of the BOKS before-school physical activity program, formerly known as Fit Kids Get Up & Go. Funded by Reebok International LTD, the BOKS program aims to improve kids' academic performance and overall health using physical activity to jump start children's brains in the morning and better equip them for learning, increasing opportunities for kids to be physically active and fit, and creating healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness. Focusing on grades K-2, a team of NIOST researchers will examine and document child-level academic, social, nutrition knowledge, and physical outcomes associated with participation in BOKS over time.

Getting to the truths about race: Reflections on the politics of connection in "The Help"

The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women is hosting a special colloquium, "Getting to the truths about race: Reflections on the politics of connection in The Help" on Thursday, December 1 on the Wellesley College campus in Wellesley, MA. Maureen Walker, Ph.D., director of program development for JBMTI, and and Christina Robb, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will discuss The Help and relationships between African American and white women. Emmy Award-winning journalist Callie Crossley will moderate the program. 

A new paper, with one part authored by Walker, "Getting to the truths about race...and the stories we tell along the way," and another part authored by Robb, "Help for The Help: RCT Meets Theme-Park Segregation," is now available for purchase through the WCW Publications Office.The program is free and open to the public; please email to reserve seat(s). The colloquium will be recorded and posted online in early December. Preview or purchase the new paper from

Listen to WCW scholars      

Learn about new findings, works-in-progress, and resources   


headsetAudio recordings of several recent WCW lunchtime seminars, during which scholars from the Wellesley Centers for Women shared findings and expertise, are available online at: Files can be played automatically or the MP3 files can be downloaded.

Selections from the fall lunchtime seminar series line-up include:


"Snapshots from the Evaluation of a Comprehensive Sex Education Program" with Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D., Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., Ineke Ceder, B.A., and Sumru Erkut, Ph.D.; 


"Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning" with Peg Sawyer, B.S.Ed.;  


"Shifting Boundaries: Findings from a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program Evaluation in NYC Middle Schools" with Nan Stein, Ed.D. and Bruce Taylor, Ph.D.; and 


"Social Class from Adolescence to Adulthood" with Allison Tracy, Ph.D.  


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