Window on Wellesley

Sophomore economics major Tenzin Yangchen ’25 is exploring career options. “Investment banking caught my eye,” she says, but there was a lot the first-gen student didn’t know.More
A photo portrait of Nina McKee '16
Perhaps Nina McKee ’16 was fated to be involved with the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. “Madeleine Albright was always this figure in my life because I was a young redhead who liked negotiating and wanted to be a diplomat,” says McKee, who became the Albright Institute’s program director in December 2022.More
A photo portrait of Crystal Daugherty
After a national search, Wellesley selected Crystal Daugherty to join the College as vice president for development. “As a senior officer of the College, Crystal will be a strategic partner and contributor to developing and achieving institutional priorities,” said President Paula Johnson.More
A photo of Tekla Carlén ’24 on a balcony in Aix-en-Provence, France
Tekla Carlén ’24, a medieval and renaissance studies and French major, spent her junior year in France through the College’s Wellesley-in-Aix program. “I chose this program because I wanted a language immersion program and to be able to take classes at a French university alongside French students,” she says.More
A photo portrait of Peggy McIntosh in Cheever House
In January, Peggy McIntosh, a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and its former associate director, received an exciting call from Jean Kilbourne ’64. “Welcome to the National Women’s Hall of Fame,” Kilbourne told McIntosh, notifying her that she would be inducted in September.More
Wellesley seniors scrub the library steps during a May Day celebration after the College Hall fire, date unknown.
If you’ve heard of the old May Day festivities, it’s probably because Hooprolling and, later, Stepsinging, took place as part of the celebrations. But over the decades, May Day fell away, along with one of its quirkier traditions: scrubbing campus statues and steps.More
Kellie Carter Jackson, Michael and Denise Kellen ’68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Wellesley’s third TEDx featured alum, student, and faculty speakers, including Kellie Carter Jackson, Michael and Denise Kellen ’68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies (above), whose talk, “Why Black Abolitionists Matter.” focused on the overlooked role of Black abolitionists in the Civil War era.More
Jenn Yang '12 stands among plants in the Global Flora greenhouse.
“When you start to recognize plants, I think you really start to feel like there’s family around,” says Jenn Yang ’12, associate director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and Friends of Botanic Gardens. “You start to feel like a place is home.”More
Ann Velenchik, associate professor of economics and writing
Ann Velenchik, associate professor of economics and writing, drew on her own experience as a working mother to teach a first-year writing class, Having It All? The Problem of Women and Work. In it, her students grappled with questions about the economic and social roles they will face as they move into the world and decide how, when, or whether to start families of their own.More