Mission & History

The Miller Worley Center for the Environment (formerly the Center for Environmental Literacy) was established in 1998 with the goal of making environmental literacy a central part of Mount Holyoke students’ education through the use of the campus as a natural laboratory.

In 2010, in recognition of a generous gift from Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, the Center was renamed the Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Center for the Environment. Leslie and Richard saw their gift as one that would help Mount Holyoke take the lead in environmental studies and progress both on campus and around the world. Leslie’s sister, Sarah G. Miller ’75, affirmed her commitment to the Center and its activities through a gift to endow the Leslie and Sarah Miller Directorship of the Miller Worley Center and to establish an interdisciplinary professorship in environmental policy. We are grateful for their foresight, wisdom and support, which have allowed the Center to reiterate its guiding principle: the integration of teaching, research and community service.

Leslie Miller ’73 and Richard Worley

Photo of Leslie Miller and Richard Worley
“Richard and I are honored to play a part in the Center’s influence in the life of the College. We believe that this gift will position Mount Holyoke as a leader in environmental studies and advocacy and help the College fulfill its mission to educate its students to grapple with current pressing concerns.” — Leslie A. Miller ’73