Intercultural Education

The Office of Intercultural Education offers a range of events and programs to engage and educate students.

The Inclusion Initiative

The purpose of the Inclusion Initiative is to promote peer-led cross-cultural conversations within the Wellesley College community around issues of identity. Each year, the program will train a cohort of paid peer facilitators to lead 90-minute workshops on topics such as oppression and privilege, racism, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, disability/ability awareness among others.


The Inclusion Initiative Modules


As a result of this module, participants will be able to articulate aspects of power/privilege in society and their lives, identify the four I’s of oppression, and utilize that oppression model to understand dynamics within Wellesley College.

Schedule a workshop for module 1. 


As a result of this module, participants will have a better understanding of how covert and overt racism infiltrates our communities, how respond to racial microaggressions, and how to combat racial oppression in your communities

 Schedule a workshop for module 2.


As a result of this module, participants will be able to become more conscious of the strengths and limitations of one’s own class background, understand the definitions of class and classism, gain more awareness of class differences and their impacts, and better understand the power and resilience in people who are poor.

Schedule a workshop for module 3.


As a result of this module, participants will be able to articulate the differences in definitions of sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, develop awareness of privileges and oppressions relating to gender and sexual orientation, and locate this conversation in the context of Wellesley.

Schedule a workshop for module 4.


As a result of this module, participants will be able to define the differences between different levels of allyship, recognize the differences between performative allyship and true allyship, practice authentic allyship in scenarios, and articulate actionable steps to become better allies. 

Schedule a workshop for module 5.


As a result of this module, participants will be able to deepen understanding of what implicit bias is, develop awareness about first messages we received about race, religion, socio-economic background, and gender, increase awareness of the impact of bias behaviors in interpersonal relations and practice strategies for countering implicit bias.

Schedule a workshop for module 6.

As a result of this module, participants will be more aware of how privilege exists within STEM at Wellesley, be able to apply intervention strategies during microaggressions, and identify ways that they can address oppression in STEM at Wellesley.



Thrive! is an interactive diversity transition program. The primary purpose of Thrive! is to assist students of underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds in navigating college by connecting them with resources and tools that will aid in their success. Our definition of underrepresented refers to individuals of African, Asian, and Latinx descent, Native American students, and biracial/multiracial students.

This half-day program consists of community building exercises, faculty, staff, and student networking opportunities, informative panels on how to navigate Wellesley, and cultural organization showcases. You will also get to know more about OICE, and the Assistant Deans who will support you during the next four years.


This year's Thrive is scheduled on September 16 and 17, 2023

Let Me Speak

Let Me Speak is an honest, monologue performance presented during orientation on issues of diversity and inclusion for first year students! Our monologues touch on topics such as socioeconomic status, race, age, learning disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and other identities that shape us all.

The performers want to set the tone for entering Wellesley students by sharing their stories in an environment where you can comfortably and respectfully learn about our diverse identities without worrying about asking the wrong questions. 


21 Days Against Racism

The 21 Days Against Racism Challenge is inspired by Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience; they follow the idea that if you do something for 21 days, you will create a habit. We built this program to provide you with the tools to learn and engage in the fight against racism in your various spheres of influence. You will receive daily emails with a variety of print and online resources about the topic for the day. These resources will take no more than 15 minutes. 


The Challenge will take place over a 21-weekday period.  It will begin on Monday, September 18, and end Thursday, October 19, 2023.  The deadline to sign up will be Wednesday, September 14 at 12 PM. Sign up here.

If you are interested in doing it individually, please email


This Challenge is targeted to those who are at the beginner and intermediate levels of anti-racism work, however, anybody who is interested and committed is welcome to participate. 

Building Intercultural Competence: An Introduction (EXT100H-01)

This seminar is the beginning, or a continuation, of a lifelong journey. You will learn about yourself and other students in the class and interacting with people in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Classes will consist of a presentation of theories or ideas and group discussion and exercises to put these theories into practice in real-life applications and situations. Self-reflection, experiential learning, and active participation are integral to this process. Cross-cultural studies can be emotionally and intellectually challenging, but you will be expected to try new ideas, experiment with new behaviors, and learn from your fellow students. You can use the knowledge and skills from this course to enhance your interactions with others outside the classroom and in your daily life.

This course is offered every spring semester.

Personal Skills for a Diverse Campus

This online course provides incoming students with information and skills on how they can contribute to and get the most out of their educational experience in any diverse community.