Shaping Wellesley’s Future

The Campaign to Advance the Wellesley Effect: an Overview

Shaping Wellesley’s Future

Wellesley’s mission to educate women who will make a difference in the world hasn’t changed. But the world students and alumnae engage with, as well as the resources and programs required to prepare graduates for their life work, have changed. The initiatives to be funded by the Campaign to Advance the Wellesley Effect are broad and deep. They will shape the College, its faculty and academic offerings, as well as the student experience, for many years to come.

The campaign rests on four pillars, as shown below. They represent a wide array of opportunities for giving—from endowments and large renovation projects to funds for current use through annual giving.

Overall goal: $500 million

Intellectual Community

$100 Million


  • Strengthen faculty recruitment and retention
  • Expand support for faculty research and new academic initiatives
  • Increase funded opportunities for student research, internships, and study abroad
  • Support global initiatives, such as the Albright Institute

Research to Shape a Life Path

For the last two summers, chemistry major Maggie Klureza ’17 has done research in the lab of Associate Professor Megan Núñez, studying an oxidative lesion that can occur in DNA. This year, she and another student presented their research at the Biophysical Society and American Chemical Society conferences. “It was incredibly exciting to realize that we actually could participate in the exchange of ideas at an adult level,” Klureza says. She adds that her first summer in the lab made her want to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry after graduation. “My second summer made me realize that I could.”

Maggie Klureza ’17 photographed by Richard Howard

Affordability and Access

$100 Million


  • Increase endowed funding of Wellesley’s financial-aid program
  • Extend admissions outreach efforts domestically and internationally, focused primarily on underrepresented populations

Keeping Wellesley Affordable

Thanks to a generous financial-aid package, “Wellesley was more affordable than any other school I was accepted to, public or private,” says Dylan McGarvey ’16, a history major from New Fairfield, Conn. In 2001, 100 percent of Wellesley’s financial-aid program was supported by endowed and restricted funds. Today that figure has dropped to 61 percent. In addition, the College has many more qualified international applicants with demonstrated financial need than it has funds to support. The campaign seeks to increase endowed financial-aid funds for both domestic and international students.

Dylan McGarvey ’16 photographed by Richard Howard

A Sense of Place

$100 Million


  • Reimagine and renovate key academic facilities in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities
  • Renovate living spaces and strengthen residential community
  • Re-envision and renovate athletic and wellness spaces
  • Promote sustainability on campus

Nature Brought Indoors

The Global Flora project will rebuild the core of the 90-year-old Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses, reinventing the “botany museum” by getting plants out of their pots and into a series of subtropical landscapes. Technology will enable real-time monitoring of the plants and ecosystem functions, and the structure will be designed to minimize dependence on fossil fuels and be self-sustaining for water, energy, and nutrients. Global Flora will be a place where students of science, art, and sustainability come together to study nature brought indoors.

21st Century Impact

$100 Million


  • Increase funded support for teaching innovation
  • Integrate fluency with new media into academic programs and support state-of-the-art campus technologies
  • Develop programming to equip students to succeed in any career

Thriving After College

The College to Career program (C2C) will reshape Wellesley’s career services and empower women to lead successful, productive, and satisfying lives. Its aim will be to engage students from the moment they arrive on campus, encouraging them to think broadly about their academic work and how it might lead to career and service opportunities. C2C will also harness the Wellesley network—not only bringing alumnae to campus to inspire and mentor students, but also supporting alumnae in their own exploration of career paths, life transitions, and issues around work-life balance.

The Office for Resources plans to raise an additional $100 million through the Wellesley Fund and friends groups.

Campaign Co-Chairs


  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins ’68
  • Sidney R. Knafel
  • Laura Russell Malkin ’82
  • Susan L. Wagner ’82

To learn more about the Campaign to Advance the Wellesley Effect, visit

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