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is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College.
Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.

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Wellesley Centers for Women

Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS)

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Ongoing since 2006
Assessing Quality Afterschool Programs

APAS is an assessment system that helps programs link quality and youth outcomes together in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. It was developed to help address the accountability challenge that faces afterschool programs.

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Providence After School Association

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Ongoing since 2012
Evaluation of the PASA Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholar Programs

This study evaluates the Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholars programs.

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Boston Summer Learning Project

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Ongoing since 2010
Evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project

This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program.

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Women's Leadership in Resident Theaters

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Completed 2018
Women's Leadership

The Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) to study gender equity in leadership opportunities in the nonprofit American theater.

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Risk and Resilience of Media and Social Networking use in Vulnerable Adolescent Populations

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Ongoing since 2013
Media and Identity Study

Charmaraman will interview a subset of 30 participants from the larger online survey study of over 1,300 young people aged 12 – 25 from the U.S. and abroad.

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Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color: A Multi-level Strategy

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Ongoing since 2011
Educational Equity

The goal of this collaborative project is to invite public discourse about overcoming barriers to educational equity for girls of color in order to affect educational policy and practice. The specific goal of the project was to create a multi-media strategy in two phases in order to stimulate conversation almongst multiple constituencies.

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Media and Identity Study

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Ongoing since 2011
Studies

The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact young people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.

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Open Circle

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Ongoing since 1987
Social and Emotional Learning: Kindergarten - Grade 5

Open Circle provides evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and professional development for elementary schools.

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Growth and Scaling Grants Program for Social and Emotional Learning Program Providers

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Ongoing since 2013
Social and Emotional Learning

Funding will support refining plans for growing and scaling Open Circle to serve large school districts across the U.S.

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Gratitude Project

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Ongoing since 2015
Open Circle

Open Circle will develop, pilot, and assess new gratitude components for its student curriculum and teacher professional development program.

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