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Weissman Center for Leadership

Celebrating 20 years of inspiring transformational leaders

The Weissman Center for Leadership

At the Weissman Center, we are dedicated to supporting Mount Holyoke students in developing the skills and strategies they need to become inspiring and effective leaders. We define leadership broadly and know that each student can find their own way to influence and change the world.

Explore and expand your leadership capacities through internships, courses, mentoring, and networking opportunities that span our core programs.

Core Programs

Students at a leadeship networking event

Leadership and Public Service (LAPS)

Explore opportunities for leadership seminars (PLEN), site visits, and internships in public service.

Three students working together on a writing project

Speaking, Arguing, and Writing (SAW)

Empowering students who think critically and creatively and who write and speak persuasively.

A group of students working on a community project

Community Based Learning (CBL)

Get involved in the community — connect academic work and purposeful engagement with the world.

Featured Content

Harriet and Paul Weissman

Weissman Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Hundreds gather to honor Harriet and Paul Weissman
Harriet Weissman ’58 and Paul Weissman in Chapin Auditorium during the celebrations of the Weissman Center for Leadership’s 20th anniversary.

Paul Weissman, 1931–2020

Paul Weissman, benefactor of Mount Holyoke College, died on September 30, 2020, at the age of 89.
Mathilda Scott ’20 presented her project “Agriculture on a Rampage: The Last Stand of the Agrarian Democracy” entirely online.

Senior Symposium highlights student research

Mount Holyoke College’s Senior Symposium showcases the intellectual passions and scholarly research of its students.

Our Mission

The Weissman Center for Leadership, established in 1999, supports students, faculty, and staff in the development of leadership skills. 

We are committed

To supporting inclusive excellence in all facets of our programming

To developing students’ capacity to become leaders and to recognize and foster leadership in others - in our campus community, local communities, and, around the globe 

To preparing students for meaningful work in public service, from advocacy to policy, to social justice

To providing extraordinary opportunities for all Mount Holyoke students to expand their vision of what is possible and then to achieve it

To support the visions and projects of students, faculty, staff, alumnae and community partners in order to build true partnerships across our campus community and beyond