Alumnae Lives

Kera Washington '93 sits among the African drums that Yanvalou members play.
Spring 2019
Kera Washington ’93 didn’t come to Wellesley for music—but music captured her. Washington is a music teacher in the Boston Public Schools and the director of the College’s Yanvalou Dance & Drum Ensemble. She’s also its founder.More
Kay Lehman Schlozman ’68
Spring 2019
For decades, when Kay Lehman Schlozman ’68 teaches political parties and elections she tells her students, “We’re going to deal with political matters, and we’re going do it civilly,” she says. During her long tenure at Boston College—and her two semesters at Wellesley this year as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science—those rules have held up.More
An illustration depicts Wellesley College buildings enclosing a flourishing garden in which several students are sitting, walking, and speaking in a group.
Spring 2019
“Inclusive excellence” might sound like a catchphrase. But not at Wellesley College. Here, the words have become a touchstone. As President Paula Johnson says, “… [T]rue excellence really requires equity, inclusion, and intellectual openness at all levels of learning and in all aspects of our community, from our academic program to our students’ experience of campus life.”More
Collage of images related to Haiti and Japan, with maps and people
Spring 2019
Alumnae in the U.S. Department of State say that in spite of its challenges, they were drawn to life in the foreign service because fostering constructive dialogue between nations appeals to their sense of Non Ministrari sed Ministrare.More
Anne Madden, wearing red rain boots, crouches in a field
Spring 2019
When most people learn about bacteria or fungi around them, they grab the cleaning spray. Anne Madden ’06 grabs a petri dish and hopes to discover a new species, a novel antibiotic, or even a way to brew a better beer.More
A photo shows an open paperback book, splayed face down.
Spring 2019
Mere days before I turned 3, my parents and I got on a plane from Beirut to New York City. We were only supposed to be in America for a year and a half. By…More
A photo portrait of Tisha Gomes CE/DS ’98
Winter 2019
As the executive director of MIT’s Seminar XXI for over 16 years, Tisha Gomes CE/DS ’98, manages an elite program designed to educate and connect national security leaders.More
A black-and-white photo portrait shows Wendy Chen '14 in a tight close-up.
Winter 2019
Being a storyteller comes naturally to Wendy Chen ’14, who grew up hearing her grandparents’ stories of the past and of traditional Chinese myths. Telling those stories—of family, history, culture, identity—is exactly what she does through her poetry.More
A photographic portrait of Susan Richards Windham-Bannister ’72
Winter 2019
In 2008, soon after Susan Richards Windham-Bannister ’72 agreed to lead the newly created $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, her mother asked her an understandable question: “This is a big job. … Do you know how to do this?”More
Two students wearing hijabs (head scarves) enjoy food at the Al-Muslimat 30th anniversary celebration.
Winter 2019
Al-Muslimat (“the Muslim women,” or ALM) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a vibrant organization that serves students from many different cultural backgrounds, countries, and religious traditions—comprising roughly 6 percent of the student body.More