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Politics & Law
International Relations Council
The International Relations Council is designed to advance an interdisciplinary approach to foreign affairs.
Wellesley Mock Trial competes in the nationally administered American Mock Trial Association circuit.
Model UN sends delegations throughout the year to compete in national and international conferences. Their focus is on public speaking and knowledge of current affairs, which they develop through weekly training sessions and fun trips, like to the UN in New York City.
The Wellesley College Pre-Law Society is the only pre-professional organization on campus that serves students who have a legal interest. Along with Wellesley College's pre-law advisor, the Pre-Law Society hosts events ranging from panels to law school fairs. Our goal is to supply students with the resources to prepare for law school and the legal field.
The Agora Society
Agora is Wellesley's political society, utilizing the pillars of Family, Citizenship, Politics, and Service to uphold a combined social and academic niche on campus.
Wellesley College Democrats (WCD)
The Wellesley College Democrats help elect Democrats in Massachusetts and across the country by phone banking and volunteering in other ways for candidates!
Wellesley College Republicans
Wellesley College Republicans help students get right-leaning job opportunities and internships, support in working on conservative campaigns, connections with conservative alumni, trips around and out of state to right-leaning events, such as Liberty-Con, CPAC, and academic conferences. We also host open lectures with conservative military leaders, politicians, and public figures.
Wellesley College for Biden
We are dedicated to campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nominee to ensure Trump is a one term president.
Social Justice & Student Activism
Active Minds is a student run mental health organization that raises awareness of mental health stigma, educates students on these issues, establishes a peer support network, and advocates for the needs of students with mental health difficulties. As a student org with close ties to the administration we hope to represent individuals feeling unsupported by the college. During the COVID-pandemic it's more important than ever to advocate for students.
Advocates for North Korean Human Rights
ANKHR is a social justice organization that promotes awareness of the North Korean human rights crisis and inspires positive change.
Amnesty International is a global movement campaigning to end abuses of human rights. We work to tackle the most pressing human rights violations including police brutality, voter suppression, sex trafficking, and mass incarceration in the United States and abroad.
Community Organizing Resource Collective (CORC)
CORC is a college government organization aimed to support student organizers by providing resources and training, and fostering an environment conducive to organizing.
EnAct's mission is to engage students and the broader Wellesley community in direct action to combat climate change and other local and global environmental issues, by committing to using a broad range of skills and approaches–including volunteering, education, protesting, and working at intersections of environmentalism with other social justice movements–to make the most of the power we have as individuals and as a community.
The International Student Union (ISU)
The International Student Union (ISU) advocates for the needs of international students and undocumented students at Wellesley.
The Justice Choir Songbook: Wellesley Chapter
The Wellesley Chapter of the Justice Choir Songbook aims to engage with powerful protest music while making space for discussion of the various issues it raises through the guidance of rotating speakers.
Wellesley Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
Wellesley Jewish Voice for Peace is rooted in Jewish values, working for social justice and human rights in Palestine and at home.
Native American Student Association (NASA)
We are an organization dedicated to supporting Native students and to educating the greater Wellesley community about Native experiences and issues. We welcome our Native sibs and allies.
The PERIOD chapter at Wellesley is an organization dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity and quality of life for people who menstruate.
Renew Wellesley is a student organized campaign pushing for the Wellesley Board of Trustees to vote for renewable energy and ethical divestment from fossil fuels.
Students for an Accessible Wellesley (SAW)
SAW seeks to build community for disabled and neurodivergent students, advocate for accessibility on the Wellesley College campus, and expand conversation regarding disability in the greater Wellesley College community.
Wellesley Against Mass Incarceration (WAMI)
Primarily abolitionist group focused on ending mass incarceration, interested in limiting the scope of the Prison Industrial Complex and exploring and building a society without prisons/policing that protects Black lives and redistributes resources to create community-based accountability models.
Wellesley Creating Animal Rights Everywhere (WeCARE)
WeCARE raises awareness of animal welfare concerns in our diet, education, fashion, entertainment, and research, and advocates for the more ethical treatment of animals by encouraging students and the Wellesley dining halls to adopt plant-based diets.
Wellesley Leftist Student Union (WLSU)
Here to amplify anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist voices on campus, encourage local direct action, and empower students to bring about radical change at Wellesley and beyond.
Wellesley Students for Justice in Palestine (WSJP)
We are a group of students dedicated to raising awareness about the dire situation in Palestine and supporting human rights for everyone.
Wellesley for UNICEF
Wellesley for UNICEF advocates for the rights of children both in our local community and around the world. We host several fundraisers, lectures, and events throughout the year, including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and our Holiday Treat Box fundraiser. We meet weekly to plan for such events and also volunteer locally during the semester.
Political Cultural Orgs
Bangladeshi Students Association (BSA)
Bangladeshi Students Association seeks to create and promote enthusiasm for Bangladeshi culture, history and language among the Wellesley College community through educational lectures, social bonding events, and campuswide cultural events & historical memory projects.
Chinese Students Association (CSA)
Wellesley Chinese Students' Association serves to raise awareness and build community, by cultivating interest in and promoting the understanding of Chinese and Chinese American culture, affairs, and issues. In addition to reaching out to our members, we work with members of the Greater Boston community by participating in community service and projects.
Ethos exists to provide support to students of African descent and to amplify our voices on Wellesley's campus.
A community of students dedicated to compassionately exploring and advocating for important mixed-race/mixed-identity issues and experiences. We provide a supportive space for raising awareness for mixed-identity issues, with an important emphasis on cultural and political intersectionality.
GenerAsians is an Asian and Asian American magazine dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of cultural, social, and political issues affecting Asians and Asian Americans, increasing communication within the Asian/Asian American community, and demonstrating the diversity of Asians and Asian Americans while dispelling myths of homogeneity and invisibility.
Wellesley College Japan Club strives to promote and share Japanese culture on campus. We have many events throughout the year, including Yuki Matsuri, our annual culture show, fall and spring lectures, study breaks, and intercollegiate activities.
Korean Students Association (KSA)
Wellesley Korean Students Association (KSA) seeks to cultivate and promote the culture, history and other areas of the Korean/Korean-American experience. We provide various opportunities for students to come together on a social, cultural, political and educational level.
Mezcla is an organization devoted to the academic, political and social interests of students of Latinx descent at Wellesley College.
Pakistani Students Association (PSA)
The mission of Wellesley Pakistani Student Association (PSA) is to represent and serve students with a Pakistani heritage and those interested in Pakistani culture. Our goal is to promote awareness of the culture and history of Pakistan and South Asia. PSA is a cultural, political, and social organization that also aims to provide a support system for students of Pakistani descent and share Pakistani culture with the larger community.
Slater International Student Organization
Slater International Student Organisation aims to encourage greater understanding among all cultures through personal association and cooperative endeavors, to address the needs and concerns of Wellesley College's international students, and to increase intercultural awareness and global student leadership in the community.
Taiwanese Cultural Organization (TCO)
Wellesley TCO seeks to address issues about Taiwan in the college community and encourages open discussions on all topics, cultural, social, political, and beyond. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about Taiwan and celebrating Taiwanese culture.
Wellesley African Students Association (WASA)
WASA exists to promote the discussion, both within and beyond the Wellesley College community, of contemporary social, cultural, and political issues affecting Africans and Africans in the Diaspora. Our aims will be achieved through activities such as discussions, lectures, cultural celebrations, panels, community service projects, articles, news publications, and participation at Africa-focused conferences.
Wellesley Arab Women Association (WAWA)
WAWA is a cultural organization for anyone in the Wellesley Community interested in the Middle East and our cultural, social and political atmosphere.
Wellesley Asian Alliance (WAA)
Founded in 1992, WAA comes from a long history of student activism at Wellesley to address the lack of institutional support for Asian and Asian American students. We advocate for Asian American Studies (AAS) at Wellesley while keeping a larger goal of Ethnic Studies in mind. In line with those efforts, we also cultivate community among Asian and Asian American students.
Wellesley Asian Student Union (ASU)
Wellesley's Asian Student Union serves to foster community for students of Asian descent and those interested in Asian affairs through hosting events for the Wellesley community.
Wellesley Association of South Asian Cultures (WASAC)
WASAC represents and serves the interests of the South Asian and South Asian American community on campus and promotes awareness of the culture and history of South Asia. WASAC is a cultural, political, and social organization that also aims to provide a support system for students of South Asian descent.
Wellesley Southeast Asian Student Association (SEASA)
SEASA exists to promote economic, political and cultural awareness of the Southeast Asian community at Wellesley and beyond. It aims to foster unity among students of Southeast Asian descent of diverse backgrounds and interests by gaining a better conception of geopolitical identity. Southeast Asian Student Association is open to anyone, whether they are Southeast Asian or simply interested in Southeast Asia and its culture.
This is a list of the cultural organizations at Wellesley that engage in politics or activism. For a comprehensive list of Wellesley organizations:
Organizations in the Greater Boston Area
MassVOTE is a nonpartisan organization that works to increase voter participation in Massachussetts to promote political and social justice.
Black Lives Matter Boston
BLM Boston galvanizes our communities to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people, supports the development of new Black leaders, as well as create a network where Black people feel empowered to determine our destinies in our communities, and follows a queer Black feminist theory of creating change within the Black communities.
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. This includes working towards the empowerment of all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/or fair treatment because of their gender expression or identity. MTPC does not engage in campaign or electoral politics.
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