Wellesley College and the Wellesley Centers for Women are committed to advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of this work, Wellesley embraces its role as a leader, convener, and catalyst, including regularly hosting speakers and events on these, and other important topics. Sponsorship of an event does not imply College approval or endorsement of a speaker’s views.
Research Associate, Higher Education Access for Parenting Students Research Initiative
The Wellesley Centers for Women offers a number of opportunities for Wellesley College students to work with our research scientists, project directors, and administrative staff. These students serve as research assistants, as administrative assistants, or as interns through the Class of 1967 Internship Program and other Wellesley College internship programs. Students who work with our research scientists have opportunities to help with data collection and analysis, contribute to academic journal articles, attend conferences, and present alongside their mentors. Students in administrative roles get a behind-the-scenes look at social justice work while supporting our action projects, external relations initiatives, and other WCW teams.
Working at WCW is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to get firsthand experience with research and action that drives social change. Learn more about the work students have done at WCW:
January 19, 2023
The interdisciplinary course is focused on social technologies and adolescent development.
December 14, 2022
October 24, 2022
At the start of the academic year, five Wellesley College students began internships at WCW through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.
September 8, 2022
At the beginning of my summer research internship, I’ll admit that I didn’t fully understand the impact of fathers talking to their teens about dating and sex. Why would fathers have a significant impact on teens’ sexual health if someone else, like their mother, already has the situation under control? However, after taking a deeper dive into Senior Research ...
August 11, 2022
This post was written by Jennifer Miranda and Bri Vigil, recent graduates of Wellesley College who took a Calderwood Seminar on public writing taught by WCW Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph...
July 18, 2022
Digital communication systems, such as social media platforms, are created for the masses but aren’t often designed for a large scope of their user base: adolescent girls from marginalized communities. The Youth, Media & Wellbeing (YMW) Research Lab, ...
March 15, 2022
Starting in the fall of 2021, I began working as a research intern for Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., on her Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Heading into the year, I was unsure of what to ...
March 3, 2022
This piece was written by Carolyn Bacaj and Mikhaela Andersonn, students at Wellesley College who recently took a Calderwood Seminar on public writing taught by WCW Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. As...
November 24, 2021Senior Research Scientist Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and WCW Intern Charnell Jones ’23 co-authored this op-ed.
November 15, 2021
Last fall, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc in the U.S. and across the world, the class of 2021 carried on attending Wellesley but in a fragmented way for our senior year. We attended our remote classes on Zoom and connected with friends through FaceTime or other forms of social media. And without really any choice, our entire lives had become entirely dependent on ...
October 28, 2021
Conversations centered around dating, relationships, and sex take place in classrooms, on social media, in households, and even in mainstream news outlets. Policymakers, educators, and parents alike realize the benefits of teaching adolescents about these topics instead of leaving teens to learn on their own via the internet, friends, and other less-than-ideal sources. However, one ...
October 13, 2021
Jacqueline Brinkhaus ’22 discusses her experience as an intern with our Family, Sexuality, and Communication Research Initiative.
October 8, 2021
On October 11, International Day of the Girl Child, Intern Simone Toney and Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., discuss how USA Gymnastics exemplifies what happens when an institution places a girl’s achievements above all else, and how Simone Biles is driving change for the better.
September 22, 2021
At the start of the academic year, five Wellesley College students began internships at WCW through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.
September 20, 2021
As a Class of 1967 intern at the Wellesley Centers for Women, I had the opportunity to spend the past year working with Dr. Linda Charmaraman in ...
September 1, 2021
This article examines how sexual minority middle schoolers use social media, who they are connected to and for what purposes, and the associations between these behaviors and mental wellbeing, compared to their heterosexual peers. Dr. Charmaraman, Hodes, and Richer surveyed 1,033 early adolescents aged 10-16 from four middle schools in the Northeast U.S., comparing the responses of ...
July 26, 2021
Imagine that it is March 2020 and you are hearing increased reports about COVID-19’s U.S. path. Meanwhile, it’s a Monday—a workday—and you feel ill with symptoms that align with ones reportedly associated with the new virus. You know that if you attend work, you may infect your fellow coworkers with whatever illness you are experiencing, COVID-19 or not. Your ideal ...
July 26, 2021Eshika Kaul, a Wellesley College student who interned at WCW, discusses her passion for WCW's mission.
June 9, 2021
Several new studies from Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D., help us understand more about the experiences of LGBTQ+ teens.
May 21, 2021
Students from the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab share findings from ongoing studies during a Wellesley College Ruhlman Conference presentation.
May 20, 2021
Students in the 2020-21 Class of 1967 Internship Program at WCW discuss what they learned during their internships.
May 17, 2021
Wellesley College student Rachel Hodes worked with Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., during the 2020-21 academic year.
February 9, 2021
Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, discusses research findings from a journal article she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Grossman.
February 8, 2021
Sex education in the American public school system varies from state to state and from school district to school district. The lack of standardized sex education makes family education and conversations about sex and relationships all the more important for teenagers and their development. It is often assumed that parents are the default—that they are the only family members ...
December 17, 2020
I spent the past semester working with Professor Sari Kerr as a research intern, and greatly enjoyed the experience. Our weekly Zoom meetings were welcomed as constant reminders of my connection to Wellesley, despite studying off campus. My work with her focused on the role of entrepreneurship and how it affects social mobility ...
December 12, 2020WCW Research Scientist, LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., describes the kind of work she has done with Peace and Justice Studies major Vei Vei Thomas ’21 of Wellesley College.
November 25, 2020
Today, the International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls, we call for a renewed commitment to this work in the U.S. The UN Women’s executive director has called for governments to make visible at the highest level a “commitment to addressing violence against women and...
September 24, 2020
Six Wellesley College students recently began internships through the Class of 1967 Internship Program at the Wellesley Centers for Women.
June 4, 2020
Despite the need to leave campus, WCW mentors and interns found ways to continue their collaborations.
May 29, 2020
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Dhanya Nageswaran, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2021, worked with mentor Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., to study the ways colleges and universities respond to sexual assault on campus.
May 28, 2020
Sage Carson was raped by a graduate student in her sophomore year of college. In an article for VICE in 2018, she recounts the grave trauma she endured as a result. Unable to transfer schools and experiencing a steady decline in her GPA, Carson ...
May 28, 2020
Jessica Abowitz, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, studied student activist movements against sexual harassment in K-12 schools with mentor Nan Stein, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.
May 27, 2020
Ninotska Love, a Wellesley College student and Davis Scholar in the class of 2020, reflects on her internship with Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.
May 26, 2020
Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, reflects on her internship with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.
May 19, 2020
I never knew that I would have the opportunity to do social science research as an undergraduate until I got to Wellesley College. Towards the end of my first year, with my academic interests starting to gravitate toward Sociology and South Asia Studies, I knew I wanted to connect the concepts I was learning in the classroom to action-oriented research that produced tangible results for ...
May 14, 2020
Undergraduate student research assistant Katie Du reflects on her work with our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, and her experience as an international student at Wellesley during a pandemic.
May 6, 2020
It is the spring of 2020, and my senior year at Wellesley College is not at all what I imagined it would be like. Before concerns about COVID-19 led schools around the country to close their doors, I was student teaching at a nearby ...
September 20, 2019
Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, five Wellesley College students will gain hands-on social science research experience and mentorship from a WCW research scientist through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.
August 29, 2019
My name is Anmol Nagar and I’m a junior at Wellesley College, originally from the California Bay Area. Over the past year I’ve done research at the Wellesley Centers for Women with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., through The Class of 1967 Internship Program. Our ...
March 1, 2019
Three Wellesley students share what they enjoy about working at WCW.
October 17, 2018
NIH awarded WCW $450,000 over three years to study social media use of early adolescents while providing Wellesley College students with hands-on research opportunities.
July 12, 2018
This article was originally posted by Natália Marques on her Medium blog on June 4, 2018. I landed in Cape Verde on June 17th. I’ve been here for a while already, but as someone who has just spent the last four months ...
May 23, 2018
Six Wellesley College students have been accepted to a hands-on social science research internship program at the Wellesley Centers for Women during the 2018-2019 academic year.
May 16, 2018
For Tanushree Mohan '18, getting involved with WCW during her four years at Wellesley College gave her tremendous research opportunities.
May 14, 2018
For Wellesley College student Tabia Smith '19, working in communications at WCW is a way to explore her passions for social justice while developing technical skills, like video production and social media management.
May 9, 2018
What is it like to work at the Wellesley Centers for Women? You're surrounded by activists, social justice workers, and researchers, says Kamaria Kaalund '20.
May 7, 2018
Elinor Higgins '18 has been working at the Wellesley Centers for Women since her first year at Wellesley College. While at WCW, she says she had access to great mentors that created a very supportive environment throughout her undergraduate career.
February 5, 2018
The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is now accepting applications from Wellesley College students for five paid research internships/fellowships -- one during summer 2018 and four during the 2018-2019 academic year, through The Class of 1967 Internship Program. Over 100 students ...
January 23, 2018
By the end of my first year at Wellesley College, I knew that I wanted to explore the world of research. I had taken the first of many gender studies courses to come, and left class with a head full of questions that I not only wanted answers to, but wanted to take a stake at answering. A stroke of luck brought me to an event for students to meet with research scientists at the Wellesley ...
June 1, 2017
The Wellesley Centers for Women and the Wellesley College Class of 1967 joined together to celebrate 25 years of partnership.
January 17, 2013
Happy National Mentoring Month! Since 2002, each January has been a time to give mentoring a boost nationwide through the recruitment of individuals and organizations. The documentary, It’s Our Time: The Empathy Gap for Girls of Color, by Wellesley Centers for Women Research Scientist...
December 8, 2006
Each year, the Wellesley Centers for Women offers five to six paid internships to Wellesley College students through the Class of 1967 Internship Program. Throughout the academic year, students who participate in the program: Gain hands-on social science research ...
Research Administrator and Operations Director, Depression Prevention Research Initiative
First, worries regarding the huge influx of migrants from low-income countries do not seem warranted: the share of immigrant from low-income countries (as percentage of the total immigrant stock residing in the U.S.) is rather small (around three percent) and has remained steady over the period 2001-2017, both among the recent arrivals and the broader immigrant population.
On the other hand, there is a definite downward trend in the share of immigrants who originate from high-income OECD countries, as well as a similar downward trend for Mexicans, with the latter being particularly prominent among recent arrivals. There is a corresponding increase in the number of migrants from lower- and upper middle-income countries, especially from India and China.
We know that since the Great Recession, most immigrants are at least as likely to be employed as the average American native.
Conditional on being employed, immigrants are also more likely to work full time (30 hours or more per week) than employed natives, with the exception of high-income non-OECD country immigrants in the post-recession years, as well as Chinese immigrants in the last few years of the data.
Even if we account for the immigrant – native differences in education, occupations, geographic locations, and other reasons that explain the pay gap, we still see all immigrant groups except for those from high-income OECD countries earning less than comparable natives.
So then, are immigrants from low-income countries poorly educated and not succeeding in the U.S. labor market? Perhaps surprisingly, origin country income and the average education level of the immigrant group are not as highly correlated as one might think.
While immigrants seem to find employment, most of them are not earning wages as high as the average American.
Celebrating Emily Style’s 30 Years of “Curriculum as Window & Mirror” & Willa Cofield’s 90 Years of Living Social Justice
October 4, 2018
The Wellesley Centers for Women hosted a special event during which several practitioners affiliated with the National SEED Project offered testimony and tributes in recognition of the 30th anniversary of Emily Style’s 1988 essay, “Curriculum as Window & Mirror,” and to celebrate educator, filmmaker, and social justice advocate Willa Cofield’s 90th birthday.
September 27, 2018
Wellesley College President Paula Johnson and Layli Maparyan, the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), welcomed former Wellesley President Barbara Newell and award-winning journalist Linda Cozby Wertheimer ’65 back to campus for a seminar, “WCW in Retrospect: A Conversation with Barbara Newell, Wellesley College President (1972–1980).”