On Nov. 8, 2022, Massachusetts governor elect Maura Healey made history as the first lesbian governor in the United States. Healey is an established progressive politician in Massachusetts, having served as Attorney General since 2014. In this position, she gained a reputation for leading Massachusetts’ participation in major legal cases in a variety of spheres; notably, she investigated whether Exxon had contributed to misinformation about climate change, and also was one of the first state attorneys general to challenge President Trump’s 2017 Executive Order that banned entry from seven majority Muslim countries to the U.S. Healey also campaigned on LGBTQ+ rights and protecting reproductive freedom. 64.4% of Norfolk County, the county that Wellesley College is located in, voted in favor of electing Healey.
Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11, the Office of Student Success held First-Gen Celebration Week. The program included week-long and daily events and featured various departments such as the Stone Center Counseling Services, the Communications and Public Affairs Office, and the Office of International Studies. Additionally, the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) held first-gen spin, first-gen yoga, and first-gen belay lessons. Programming also included a Class Deans’ Raffle and several giveaways.
Thanksgiving dining hall hours
While all the residence halls will remain open for Thanksgiving break, every dining hall but Bates will be closed. The dining hall hours are as follows: continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 am; hot brunch from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, and dinner from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.
On Nov. 15, the College held its annual Tanner Conference which is meant to celebrate student engagement in the world outside of the classroom. Students who have interned, participated in research off-campus, volunteered, studied abroad or engaged in experiential learning were welcome to apply, and speak about their experiences to provide insight to fellow peers. Presenters shared how they were able to access their opportunity, described their work, reflected on their experiences and allowed audience members the chance to ask questions and contact them afterwards.