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An enthusiastic, intergenerational crowd lines up to get their book signed by Dr. Peggy McIntosh. December 6, 2019

Members of the WCW community gathered at the Wellesley College Club in November 2019 to celebrate the publication of a new book by activist and changemaker Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Group photo from November 2019 event in Atlanta on work-life balance November 26, 2019

The Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley Club of Atlanta, and The Lola, a women-focused coworking space, joined together in Atlanta, GA, in November 2019 to discuss women's entrepreneurship, the gender pay gap, and work-life balance.

Washington, DC, autumn November 13, 2019

Visiting Scholar Karen Craddock, Ph.D., participated in a symposium in Washington, D.C., on religion, spirituality, and mental health for youth of color.

Jonathon Zaff

October 17, 2019

Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D discusses young people’s need for a “web of support.”

basketball

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.

Headshot photos of the student interns who will work at WCW in 2019-20. From left to right, Row 1: Nora Pearce, Jessica Abowitz, Ninotska Love. Row 2: Dhanya Nageswaran, Sandra Riano 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.

basketball

September 19, 2019

Scholars discuss their journey in designing and implementing a science and art education program for students in Nigeria.

middle school age kids work on laptopJuly 29, 2019

Dr. Linda Charmaraman turned her research into action when she co-led a workshop teaching middle schoolers to use social media in healthy ways.

Jennifer Grossman

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.

Dr. Sari Kerr, economist and senior research scientist, testifies in front of CongressJune 26, 2019

Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., economist and senior research scientist, testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget at a hearing on the economic benefits of immigration.

basketball

April 18, 2019

Researchers look at what has and hasn't changed for gender equality in college basketball over the last ten years.

adult woman and young girl in conversation

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.

Lady JusticeMarch 21, 2019

A DOJ-funded study from our Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative highlights the striking number of sexual assault cases that never lead to an arrest or trial.

hauwa ibrahim speaking

March 15, 2019

Hauwa Ibrahim discusses her hands-on work to tame the rising tide of extremism while fostering a culture of peace.

older afterschool worker with teen girl

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.

Sitara Zoberi

March 1, 2019

Three Wellesley students share what they enjoy about working at WCW.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D.

January 30, 2019

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the effects of online video game Fortnite on teen health and wellbeing.

Afterschool Matters 2018 FallNovember 23, 2018

Afterschool Matters reflects on the out-of-school time field's ability to provide students with experiences outside of the classroom that give them opportunities to stretch their skills, grow friendships, and challenge limits. 

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.

November 15, 2018

In this November 2018 lunchtime seminar led by LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, 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.

Linda Charmaraman

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. 

Sabina Unni, Stephanie Cobas, Linda Charmaraman, Cynthia Serrano NajeraOctober 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.

Autumn Green and Sarah Galison

October 4, 2018

Autumn Green, Ph.D., and Sarah Galison discuss the unique challenges faced by students with children, particular 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.

Barbara Newell, Linda Wertheimer, Layli Maparyan

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.

Jennifer Baumgardner

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.

upset teen girlSeptember 18, 2018

The Wellesley Centers for Women will partner with University of Illinois at Chicago on a $7 million, multi-year project to evaluate and compare depression prevention programs for teens.

Linda Charmaraman, Jennifer Grossman, and Megan Moreno

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.

child drawing with colored pencilsAugust 22, 2018

Researchers at WCW investigate and eliminate cultural biases in assessment tool to ensure that results accurately indicate the quality level of youth afterschool educational programs.

Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

June 27, 2018

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at WCW, explains how research informs the afterschool field.

June 26, 2018

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has selected the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) as one of NAA’s 2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation. Honorees are distinguished for their contributions to research and evaluation on youth and adolescent development.

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, Linda Charmaraman, Layli Maparyan, and LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis at the Women of Color Conference August 6, 2018

Self care, rejuvenation, creativity, and empowerment were promoted throughout the Women of Color Conference held in partnership by WCW and The Home for Little Wanderers in June 2018 at Wellesley College.

Dana Rudolph and Katie Couric June 18, 2018

WCW staff member Dana Rudolph '88 and award-winning journalist Katie Couric were recognized for their commitment to the LGBTQ community.

young girl baking cookiesJune 13, 2018

Summer isn’t just about basketball hoops, sprinkler parks, and popsicles. It’s an ideal time to help adolescents and children catch up on building their reading, writing, and math skills.

Nurah Ali, Shukri Ali, Ashley Anderson; Row 2, from left to right: Anmol Nagar, Kathryn Pundyk, Olaide Sode 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.

Tanushree Mohan

May 16, 2018

For Tanushree Mohan '18, getting involved with WCW during her four years at Wellesley College gave her tremendous opportunities. This year she was awarded The Morse Fellowship, an endowed WCW internship, and is studying under Dr. Sari Kerr.

Tabia Smith

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.

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., stands at a podium delivering her presentation on preventing youth depression.

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. 

Deborah HolmesMay 10, 2018

The Wellesley Centers for Women is mourning the death of Deborah Holmes, Chair of the WCW Council of Advisors and a passionate activist committed to the lives of women, people of color, equity, and social justice across the world.

Kamaria Kaalund

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.

Elinor Higgins

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.

title slide for this presentation - Unfinished Business: Old Challenges to New Law Reform on Child Marriage

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. 

An Attitude of Gratitude

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 24, 2018

The newest issue of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, reflects on the field’s commitment to the value of the life of every student, in school and out—a timely focus as youth and young adults rally for safety and equity nationwide and educators strive to provide the highest quality environments that encourage learning and growth.

Speaker presenting this lunchtime seminar

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.

Robbin Chapman presenting this lunchtime seminar

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. 

Emmy Howe

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 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.

Linda Charmaraman

March 19, 2018

Does social media activism decrease in-person activism? Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses this in relation to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.

March 19, 2018

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., explains the cultural shift in mental health conversations within communities.

Jennifer BaumgardnerMarch 5, 2018

The Wellesley Centers for Women and Old City Publishing are pleased to announce that feminist writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner has been named editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books, the long-running publication that provides a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women.

Georgia Hall, Bridget Belgiovine and Lisette DeSouza

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. 

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester

February 22, 2018

Director of Open Circle Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, explains the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) for students.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.

February 20, 2018

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., discusses her research, which examined the population of Black women in STEM fields.

Rebecca Leu and Katie Madsen

January 10, 2018

Wellesley College students share what they've gained from working with a WCW research scientist mentor.

Linda Williams

January 8, 2018

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., discusses how one of her major findings changed how we understand memory loss and childhood trauma.

Research & Action Annual Report 2017


While not always a pressing domestic priority for all Americans, early childhood care and education (ECCE) for young children has been in the forefront for many working families for decades. In order to work or go to school or training, parents need someone to watch their young children before they are old enough to go to school. Sixty-one percent of children under the age of five are in some type of regular ECCE arrangement, and ECEE serves dual purposes. It not only allows parents to be employed or be in school or training, it also helps prepare children for school and academic success—this is especially true for children from families with low incomes. Even quality afterschool care or out-of-school-time care for school-age children can be hard to obtain. Finding the kind of care mothers and fathers want for their children and then learning they can’t afford it has broken many parents’ hearts and budgets. What are they to do? 

Georgia Hall

January 3, 2018

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., explains the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for kids.

December 13, 2017

Research Scientist LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., explains why we need more diverse dolls that show different skin tones, eye shapes, and hair textures.

Sari Kerr

December 8, 2017

Sari Kerr, Ph.D., economist and senior research scientist at WCW, explains how marriage affects the gender wage gap.

Linda Charmaraman

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.

Linda M. Williams

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.

Amy Hoffman

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.

Jennifer Grossman

November 7, 2017

How can parents help teens make healthy decisions about dating, sex, and relationships? Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., offers some advice.

Byllye Avery

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.

By Linda M. Williams, Ph.D.

On October 30, 2017, the Joint Committee on Public Health and Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators held a public hearing on domestic violence as a public health issue. Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., co-founder of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, offered a written testimony that highlighted the need to build or enhance community readiness to deal with domestic violence in all communities.

Peggy McIntosh

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.

Wendy Wagner Robeson

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.

Sarah Gladstone and Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.

A mother daughter duo share how a bat mitzvah project transformed into a five year journey in research and action combatting obstetric fistula and its mental health implications in Ethiopia.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

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.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis speaking at the Lunchtime SeminarOver 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.

Erin JohnsonPhysicians 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).

Linda Charmaraman Charmaraman considers four areas around adolescent development as it relates to media literacy and media consumption in her presentation.

Ceder discusses research on women's leadership in nonprofit theaters and how other trends in women's leadership in elected office and on corporate boards, reflect the need for more female representation and participation.

Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2016

By Jennifer Grossman Ph.D.

Think about it—in many of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there was little family conversation about sex. Often, for religious and cultural reasons, family communication about sex was considered taboo. Many teens did not know what sex was or how to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This has changed in many families, as cultural expectations have shifted and there is growing recognition that teenparent sexuality communication can protect teens from early pregnancy and STIs. Many parents also have reflected on the potentially harmful effects that ignorance about sexuality had on their own teenage years and lived experiences. Parents now often commit to talking with their children about sex, breaking from traditions of family silence from past generations, as a way to support their children’s healthy development.

Amy Banks speaking at Lunchtime SeminarThere 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.

Linda M. WilliamsWilliams 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.

Wendy Wagner Robeson 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.

Amy Hoffman Hoffman shares some of the titles and authors that were recommended by invited contributors to the Women's Review of Books, to be on the reading list of the next U.S. President.

Tracy Gladstone 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.

Ellen Gannett 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.

We are more alike than we are unalike – or so says the often quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also ranks them as indicators of human worth.

Prioty Sarwar and Jennifer GrossmanFor both teens and parents, talking about sex can be uncomfortable, but often teens and parents disagree about whether or not they have talked about sex at all.

Amy HoffmanIn 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.

Linda Charmaraman

In this video, Dr. Linda Charmaraman discusses where the Media and Identity Study is headed, and what issues she is hoping to understand through the study's results.

 
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