Weissman Center for Leadership

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At Mount Holyoke College, our students are bursting with idealism and a passionate desire to make a difference. The Weissman Center for Leadership  supports students who aspire to become inspiring and effective agents of change in their chosen professions and communities.

We invite you to join us for public events and lectures that focus on diverse contemporary and historical issues and involve substantive discussion and meaningful reflection.

Our student leadership events include seminars, workshops, annual conferences, and grants designed to support and enhance leadership development and action.

Located in Dwight 208, the Weissman Center and its four affiliated programs – Speaking, Arguing, and Writing (SAW); Community-Based Learning (CBL); English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); and Teaching and Learning Initiatives (TLI) – enrich both the academic and co-curricular aspects of college life and prepare students for leadership in the 21st Century. The center collaborates with faculty, students, alumnae, student organizations, College offices, and community advocates in order to: provide critical engagement with important issues; foster students' commitment to public and civic life; build their abilities to analyze, argue, and promote their views; and better understand the ways in which women can and do take action and create positive change in the world.

The Weissman Center was established in 1999 through a generous gift from Harriet Levine Weissman ’58 and her husband, Paul M. Weissman. The College’s Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy merged at that time with the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program and became the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.