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.
November 14, 2019
Karen Craddock, Ph.D., shares findings from a case study centering the voices of women with Black-Indigenous American ancestry.
October 17, 2019
Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D discusses young people’s need for a “web of support.”
October 3, 2019
Dr. Linda Charmaraman, Wellesley’s Professor Catherine Delcourt, and student researchers discuss their efforts to design an app that promotes healthy social media use in middle school students.
September 19, 2019
Scholars discuss their journey in designing and implementing a science and art education program for students in Nigeria.
July 3, 2019
Senior research scientist Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., explains why having open conversations among family members about sex, dating, and relationships can help protect teens from risky sexual behavior.
April 18, 2019
Researchers look at what has and hasn't changed for gender equality in college basketball over the last ten years.
March 29, 2019
Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and Wellesley College student Anmol Nagar '21 discuss how conversations between teens and extended family can prevent teens' risky sexual behavior.
March 15, 2019
Hauwa Ibrahim discusses her hands-on work to tame the rising tide of extremism while fostering a culture of peace.
March 12, 2019
Researchers from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time examine workforce trends in the afterschool and out-of-school time field.
November 15, 2018
In this November 2018 lunchtime seminar led by LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., and Wellesley College student Vei Vei Thomas '21, participants examined how respectability politics influence the lived experiences of girls from diverse cultural backgrounds.
October 25, 2018
Linda Charmaraman,Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, and her student research assistants shared findings from two research projects - a 2016 post-election survey on media and identity, which had over 1500 participants, and a 2017-18 study on early adolescent social media use and wellbeing.
October 4, 2018
Autumn Green, Ph.D., and Sarah Galison discuss the unique challenges faced by students with children, particularly those who are low-income, single parents, and women of color, and share results from the nation's first comprehensive research study on student parents programs.
September 27, 2018
During her time as president of Wellesley College, Barbara Newell, Ph.D., an economist and ardent advocate for women's education and economic equity, founded what would later become the Wellesley Centers for Women. She shares the story of its founding during the September 2018 Lunchtime Seminar.
September 19, 2018
Jennifer Baumgardner, editor of Women's Review of Books shares themes and highlights from the September/October 2018 issue of the publication.
September 6, 2018
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., both of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and their colleague Megan Moreno, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin, discuss young adolescents’ use of social media.
May 10, 2018
As many as 13–20 percent of adolescents in the U.S. and other developed countries experience minor or major depressive episodes each year, according to Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). To address this problem, Gladstone developed a unique intervention, which she discussed during this May 2018 Lunchtime Seminar presentation.
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 4, 2018
In this May 2018 Lunchtime Seminar Spring Series, renowned human rights scholar Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D., discussed the challenges to reforming child marriage laws.
April 26, 2018
In this April 2018 Lunchtime Seminar presentation, Jim Strouse, a program manager at Open Circle, provided data and analysis of those resources along with an overview of the emerging research in the field of gratitude in education.
April 19, 2018
In this April 2018 lunchtime seminar, members of WCW's Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research team presented new findings of a recent study of sexual assault case attrition, which discovered that that most cases of rape reported to the police do not result in prosecution -- in fact one in three cases with probable cause did not result in arrest.
April 12, 2018
In this April 2018 lunchtime seminar, Robbin Chapman, Ph.D. presented a developmental framework for equitable development, access, and opportunity for scholars across higher education.
March 21, 2018
During the March 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, WCW hosted a parallel event during which panelists discussed how gender-focused research can support rural women and girls in Africa.
March 21, 2018
Emmy Howe, M.Ed., of the National SEED Project, explains the systems of dominance and oppression that each of us face, and how to be a change agent in these spaces.
March 5, 2018
In this March 2018 lunchtime seminar, focused on women in NCAA basketball, a team of researchers explored the social discrimination, policy, and bureaucratic issues that impede women's recognition and success within the organization.
November 30, 2017
In this recording of a November 2017 lunchtime seminar, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and her research team discuss results of a survey related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
November 24, 2017
Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., research scientist and co-founder of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellelsey Centers for Women offers a brief message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
November 9, 2017
Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., a Massachusetts-based author and editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books, read excerpts from her new novel, The Off Season during this November 2017 presentation at Wellesley College.
November 7, 2017
How can parents help teens make healthy decisions about dating, sex, and relationships? Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., offers some advice.
November 2, 2017
Byllye Y. Avery, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative shared her story, exploring the many influences in her life that led her to become a health activist.
October 26, 2017
Renowned scholar Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., discussed her final paper in the “Feeling Like a Fraud” series during this October 2017 presentation.
October 19, 2017
With assistance from Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., of WCW, a group of Wellesley College students came together to develop SeedKit, an affordable lab-in-a-box that can be used to teach hands-on science experiments in communities with few resources. The students -- Caleb Bercu '16, Isabella Narvaez '17, Mebatsion Gebre '18, and Mehak Sarang '18 -- along with Robeson, shared the story of how SeedKit came to be during this October 2017 presentation.
June 7, 2017
Watch highlights and full panel discussions recorded at our June 2017 research forum, From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women.
The Wellesley Centers for Women and the Wellesley College Class of 1967 joined together to celebrate 25 years of partnership.
From Malala to the girls of Chibok in Nigeria, in many parts of the world, there is a war being waged against girls’ education. Women’s human rights scholar and practitioner Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D. led a discussion on this issue during the presentation, Attacks Against Girls’ Education as a Tactic of Terror.
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., joined by Wellesley College student researchers, offered an overview of recent and emerging findings from the Media & Identity Project -- a series of ongoing online survey studies from 2013 through 2017, which to date have collected data from almost 5,000 individuals living in the U.S. and over 26 countries, ranging from 12 to more than 80 years old.
In April of 1979, a sixteen year-old boy, was tried as an adult and convicted of killing a professor in New Orleans, LA. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and sent to Angola, the bloodiest prison in the country, to live out his days. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct. In this recording of the April 6, 2017 lunchtime seminar, “Fighting Time: Exploring the Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction,” Amy Banks, M.D. discusses her personal connection to this case.
In this recording from the March 23, 2017 Grace K. Baruch Memorial Lecture, Catia C. Confortini, Ph.D. discusses the lessons she has learned from breast cancer advocates in Nigeria and how their work can inform global health and peace.
In a recent study, WCW scholars Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. and Ineke Ceder discovered that women and people of color face bias from selection committees on the pathway to leadership in non-profit theaters. In this video, Ceder offers an overview of their findings as well as some suggestions Erkut and Ceder have for theaters that are looking to change.
Over the past five years, the world has witnessed, in real time through social media, deaths of many Black youth and adults, often by the actions of police officers.
Physicians face complex and often subjective treatment decisions, and they are expected to make decisions in their patients’ best interest.
Studies show that the early years are important for children's growth and development, school readiness, and later life.
American Conservatory Theater and The Wellesley Centers for Women presented the opening session of the Women’s Leadership Conference livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from San Francisco on Monday 22 August at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 17:00-19:00 GMT / 6 p.m.-8 p.m. BST (London).
Charmaraman considers four areas around adolescent development as it relates to media literacy and media consumption in her presentation.
There has been a long history of disconnection between the art of psychodynamic therapy work and the information being discovered in neuroscience research labs all around the world.
Williams discusses her research on intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and gender-based violence, sharing insights and perspectives federal policymakers could consider more in the coming years.
Robeson discusses the value and need for quality early care and education, noting the significant wage discrepancies for educators in this field compared to other educators and other professions, and sharing recommendations for ensuring a well-compensated, skilled workforce to prepare children for lifelong learning.
Gladstone shares data on the alarming rates of depression in children and adolescents, providing insight and recommendations on ways practitioners and educators, with the help of policymakers, can help identify and prevent depression in more young people.
Gannett recommends ways policymakers and private industry can work together to create a stronger and more well-prepared workforce to meet the increased demands being placed on the out-of-school time field in order to contribute to both social/emotional and academic success of children and youth.
In her April 21, 2016 lunchtime seminar, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. read selections from her novel in progress Dot and Ralfie, which centers on a lesbian couple in their late sixties, who are facing some of the dilemmas of aging.
“Mind the Gap” is a well-known cautionary phrase from the London Underground, but it also offers an excellent picture of our child welfare system.
To say that health care is a community benefit and not simply an individual or national benefit, is to acknowledge that communities are critical moral actors in determining just and fair health care, argues Charlene Galarneau, Ph.D., in her forthcoming book
“Mindfulness” has become an increasingly popular term, especially when it comes to education.
In this video, Wellesley College student Huiying Bernice Chan discusses how the Media & Identity Study evolved over the 3 years she was involved with it, and what the project findings mean to her.
In this video, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., principal investigator of the Media & Identity Study, reviews the findings related to cyber harassment, which focused on cyber rumor spreading and being mean or rude to others online, and the implications for those findings.
In this video, Wellesley College student Huiying Bernice Chan, who has been a student research intern with the Media and Identity Study for three years, reviews the Study's social media findings related to young women of color and the implications of those findings.
In this video, Dr. Linda Charmaraman is joined by Wellesley College student research interns Huiying Bernice Chan and Budnampet Ramanudom to discuss why social science research with a focus on diverse groups is needed, and why the Media & Identity Project matters.
In this seminar, Dr. Kates presented two types of data focused on mothers admitted to substance abuse services by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The research team presented overviews of recent and emerging findings from the Media & Identity Project, a mixed-method online survey study of over 2,300 young people aged 12-25 in 47 states with 34 follow-up interviews.
April Pattavina, Ph.D. and Linda Williams, Ph.D. work with police, prosecutors, victim advocates, agencies, and victims themselves to research sexual assault case processing. In this video, they explain why their collaborative research style is needed to understand the complexities of justice systems and gender based violence.
In this seminar, Pattavina and Williams discussed their recent research for a multi-site federally funded study on police and prosecutor decision-making in cases of sexual assault, which revealed a pattern of “exceptional clearances”, rather than arrest, being used as a reason to close cases.
Laura Golakeh, M.A., shared personal reflections about how education enabled her to break the shackles of fear, pain and trauma in Liberia and gave her a new energy to give back to a "crying society.”
Talking with family about sex can protect teens from risky sexual behavior. Parents play a critical role in family sexuality communication, but today’s adolescents often rely on nontraditional communities for support, including extended family and “fictive kin,” who can serve as core parts of the family unit, particularly among African American and Latino families.
In this presentation, Kate Price, M.A. and Janelle Nanos, M.A. talked about their amazing journey together while investigating Price's history as a child sex trafficking survivor.
In this presentation Michelle Porche, Ed.D. and Myra Rosen-Reynoso, Ph.D. discussed findings from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, which they used to investigate prevalence of co-occurring chronic physical and mental health care needs that put youth at increased risk for obesity, and for poor academic performance in school.
In this presentation Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. and Amanda Richer, M.A. discussed the latest findings from the Media & Identity study and examined how the consumption of televised media and the use of social media affects young people.
In this presentation Layli Maparyan, Ph.D. discussed the Wellesley Centers for Women roadmap for the next decade to amplify WCW’s social-change impact, reinforce the Centers’ sustainability, and refine the organization's unique contributions to women’s leadership, Wellesley College, and the world.
One of the more insidious myths of post-racialism is that conversations about race and racism have no legitimacy in the cultural narrative of 21st century.