Newhouse Center to host International Symposium on Education and Gender Equality
From October 20 to 21, the Newhouse Center will partner with the Consulate of France in Boston and Sciences Po Paris to present an international symposium on Education and Gender Equality, an effort to engage in discussions and activism to further equal access to education and opportunities for all. The conference will feature a series of discussions and presentations by leading intellectuals from around the world, including former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, Tunisian physicist Zohra Ben Lakhdar, Senegalese activist Fifii Tamsir Cochery, and Wellesley President Paula Johnson. Many Wellesley professors will also participate in panels, both as presenters and as moderators. Indian filmmaker Mira Nair and American political activist Angela Davis will be featured as keynote speakers. The conference will also facilitate opportunities for audience members to interact with the speakers outside of formal sessions through ____emailed someone about this, will edit soon____. Events will be held at Alumnae Hall, and all members of the Wellesley community and greater public are encouraged to register and attend.
Wellesley honors coaches and diver Maura Sticco-Ivins ‘18 at Blue Nation pasta dinner
On October 13 nearly 500 members of the Wellesley athletics community gathered for this year’s Blue Nation pasta dinner at the KSC’s Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse. At the dinner, student-athletes, coaching staff, parents, and friends of the athletic community celebrated three-time NCAA national diving champion Maura Sticco-Ivins ‘18, and unveiled her most recent championship banner. Wellesley also honored Bridget Belgiovine, Wellesley’s Director of Athletics and Chair of the Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, Dorothy Webb, head coach for volleyball, and Bonnie Dix, head coach for swimming and diving for their dedication to the College’s athletic community.
Computer Science Club launches big-little program to foster diversity and inclusion
On October 11, the Computer Science Club kicked off a new big-little program to match first-year students with more experienced sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Bigs and littles met each other for the first time at the Science Center’s Human Computer Interaction lab, and were assigned to families named for various programming languages, such as Java and Python. The big-little program is one of several ideas that came out of recent diversity and inclusion conversations within the Computer Science department. In a survey distributed last Spring that was completed by nearly two hundred students who have taken Computer Science courses, 65% of those surveyed reported that they don’t feel connected to others in their Computer Science classes. The big-little program aims to help bridge this gap and foster a stronger sense of community and support among computer science students.