Throughout its history, Mount Holyoke has attracted students who aspire to make a positive impact on the world. MHC graduates go on to lead change in a wide variety of fields all around the globe — making scientific discoveries, spearheading political and social movements, creating lasting legacies. The Academic Centers at Mount Holyoke — the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Miller Worley Center for the Environments and the McCulloch Center — give today’s students the tools to become future leaders.
The Weissman Center for Leadership, located in Dwight Hall, is home to several programs that help students grow their leadership skills. One of the most popular is its Speaking, Arguing, and Writing program (SAW), which aims to “empower leaders who think critically and creatively and who write and speak persuasively.” Students looking for assistance are paired with a peer SAW mentor who helps them outline, edit and create compelling papers, presentations and projects. The Weissman Center is also home to the College’s Leadership and Public Service (LAPS) program, which connects students with relevant opportunities in public service, and its Community Based Learning (CBL) program, which encourages and facilitates student involvement in the local community where concepts learned in the classroom can be applied in a practical context.
The center is named after its benefactors, Harriet Levine Weissman ’58 and her husband, Paul Weissman, who in 1999 provided the generous funding to bring to life their vision of cultivating outstanding leadership on campus. Harriet Weissman has been an integral partner in advancing Mount Holyoke’s success over the past few decades. From 1998-2003, she served as co-chair of the $250 million Campaign for Mount Holyoke College: Advancing Our Legacy of Leadership, which raised more than $250 million to support the endowment, a new Science Center, renovations to art and music facilities, student scholarships and numerous academic initiatives. In November 2019, the Weissman Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a wide variety of events that recognized the importance of leadership and the global impact of Mount Holyoke students and alumnae.
The Miller Worley Center for the Environment aims to cultivate generations of environmental stewards and leaders. The Center offers support through resources such as national and local environmental internships, student organizations (including the Climate Justice Coalition, Food Justice Society, Outing Club and Students for Zero Waste), environmental grants for student and faculty research and work fellowships within the center itself. With approximately one-third of Mount Holyoke students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) discipline, the Miller Worley Center is also equipped with resources that help students connect their STEM studies across disciplines, to understand environmentalism and tackle complex issues.The center was named in 2010 for Leslie Anne Miller ’73 and her husband Richard Worley who made a $5 million endowed gift in support of environmental education and programming at Mount Holyoke College and to inspire other leadership gifts for this purpose.
Finally, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, established in 2004, helps prepare students for lives of thoughtful, effective and purposeful engagement in the world. One of the McCulloch Center’s main functions is to support study abroad programs for students who wish to spend a semester or year studying at an international university. The center also offers a wide array of international internships and research opportunities for students who wish to immerse themselves in the global community. Beyond employment opportunities, many grants and awards are offered through the center to encourage student-led global initiatives. Additionally, the center offers programming for the College’s growing population of international students to ensure that their transition to Mount Holyoke is smooth and that they have access to necessary resources, such as assistance with international tax documentation, residency issues and obtaining a driver’s license.
The center was named for Dorothy R. “Dotty” McCulloch ’50 and her husband, Norman E. “Sandy” McCulloch, Jr., whose generous donation enabled its founding. The McCullochs worked alongside the College for several years to develop a vision for the center. As a result of their generosity, numerous students have been provided opportunities to enhance their education through global experiences. The couple’s dedication to global education, which has remained at the center of their philanthropy, was inspired by their time in France, where they met during their junior year abroad.
For generations, the Mount Holyoke community has been leading the charge in advocating for change. We elevate and inspire one another to push boundaries, broaden perspectives and shape the future. The Academic Centers ensure that our students graduate as empowered to become agents of change — globally competent, environmentally responsible, ready to lead. Because the march — for community advocacy, environmental stewardship, global leadership — goes on.