Wellesley's Support

Dr. Filomina C. Steady

Wellesley's Role in Supporting Mastercard Foundation Scholars

“We are delighted to welcome Wellesley's Mastercard Scholars to Wellesley College, where they will receive an excellent liberal arts education, enjoy the historical and cultural heritage of the Boston area, and make lasting friendships with fellow students from the United States and around the world. Wellesley alumnae from Africa have gone on to outstanding careers, including medicine, law, education, diplomacy, business, social work, NGO work, as well as politics.”

—Dr. Filomina C. Steady, Professor Emerita of Africana Studies; Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Faculty Advisor, Retired (pictured above)

An on-campus team of staff and faculty provide ongoing support

Faculty Advisors help Scholars navigate the academic parameters of the College and assist them in course selection, development of effective study routines, and skills to access Wellesley's academic, social, and cultural resources. Faculty Advisors encourage Scholars to be involved in activities that will develop their leadership capabilities as well as good communication and inter-personal skills. In addition, they work closely with Scholars as they prepare for graduate school, post-graduate internships, or employment and will continue to assist them as they advance toward their path to leadership positions in Africa. The following team members assist Mastercard Foundation Scholars during the 2021-2022 academic year at Wellesley:

Tana Ruegamer: Director and International Student and Scholar Advisor, Slater International Center

Dean Ines Maturana Sendoya: Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Engagement, Office of Intercultural Education

Dean Patty Birch: Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education, Director of Harambee House, & Advisor to Student of African Descent  

Xiaoning Ding: Program Coordinator, Slater International Center

Mastercard Committee Members

Melissa Fletcher: AVP for Finance & Controller, Controllers Office

Karenza “Kari” DiFonzo: Director of Student Financial Services

Ariane Baker: College Career Mentor, Career Education

Dericka Cunningham: Mental Health Clinician - Cross Cultural Specialist, Stone Counseling Center

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Baafra Abeberese: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Dr. Liseli A. Fitzpatrick: Visiting Lecturer Africana Studies

MCF Student Representative

Bilqis Ayeni: Class of 2023, MCF Student Liaison