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Pre-College Exploratory Workshops

Workshop Descriptions | July 26-31, 2020


Below is a list of sample workshop offerings from Summer 2019.  Updated workshops will be posted in December.

🎓 Leadership Workshops

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Leadership for Young Women | Forging Your Path

There’s no better place to discover your voice, your strengths and who you are as a leader than at Wellesley.  In this workshop, we’ll begin by taking a look at successful women leaders and role models throughout history to better understand leadership and some of the barriers women have faced. Then we will explore many different types of leadership behaviors such as relationship building, teamwork, empathy, resilience, self-expression, navigating conflict, communication styles, learning from mistakes and more. During the week, you will participate in a variety of self-assessments, and fun yet thoughtful activities designed to help identify interests and strengths. You will learn a lot about yourself and your impact on those around you. You’ll leave with a visual representation of your pathway and some great insights about yourself as a present and future leader.

Instructor: Nancy Coleman

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Adulting 101 | The Business Etiquette & Financial IQ Advantage

Gain social confidence and competence with foundational skills that will not only carry you through life, but also provide you with a competitive advantage as you kick start your grown-up life.

This hands-on workshop includes interactive activities and role-playing to help you polish your presence and build basics in financial literacy.


Lessons will cover a broad range of topics, including college & career interviewing skills, email writing, social media etiquette, table manners, budgeting basics, hand-shakes and introductions.

Instructor: Julie Alexander

🔬 STEM Workshops

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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

This workshop will provide an introduction to the topic of abnormal psychology. Specifically, we will first discuss how to diagnose mental illness, including ethical considerations, and then we will cover several different categories of mental disorder (e.g., neurodevelopment disorders such as autism and attention deficit disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, personality disorders), with an emphasis on diagnosis and intervention (prevention and treatment). We will use video clips, movies and stories to highlight the way that different forms of mental illness are expressed. We will conclude the workshop by exploring current mental health legislation.

Instructor: Tracy Gladstone

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Math and Politics

How can a candidate in a political race win the majority of votes yet lose the election? How can two competing candidates interpret the same statistic as being in their favor? Can we measure and quantify the power the President of the United States has? In this workshop, we will look at the mathematics behind these and related questions that arise in politics. We will touch upon topics such as fairness, voting paradoxes, social choice, game theory, apportionment, and data interpretation. The goal of the workshop will be to illustrate the importance of rigorous reasoning in various political processes while providing a fun introduction to some fascinating mathematics. The prerequisite is a solid command of algebra. No background in political science is required.

Instructor:  Ismar Volić

✍ Writing

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Flash Fiction | Writing the Very Short Story

Flash fictions (sudden fiction, micro fiction) are short stories 750-2000 words in length. We will practice writing flash fictions, revising, and editing them for a final polish. At the end of the week, writers will have a solid portfolio of work. This workshop offers an intensive opportunity to work as real writers work: real writers write, show their work to friendly readers, and revise. This course is for young women who already write fiction and for those who have never written a story, but are ready to take a chance.The class takes as its focus the genre of flash fiction, a very popular contemporary form of the short story. A flash fiction can be only one paragraph or several pages long. Our work together will move back and forth between reading brilliant examples of flash fiction from around the world and writing our very own flash fictions.

Instructor:  Marilyn Sides

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Poetry is an elemental force of language. Taking Rita Dove’s idea that, “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful,” we will explore all forms of poetry, both formal and informal. This workshop is both for young women who have already written poetry, as well as those who never have and would like to try.Through writing a range of forms, as well as some free verse, students will get the opportunity to select their preferred forms. Each student will put together a small collection of poems, which represent her best work. This course will offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in writing poetry; we will work in many different forms; we will share poems, and we will also explore publishing opportunities and produce a final anthology.

Instructor: Heather Bryant

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Are We What We Eat? Writing About Food & Culture

This workshop will explore food as an essential ingredient in the making of selves, families, communities, regions, and nations. We will explore the ways that we celebrate food traditions, create new habits and tastes, and also respond to food problems (e.g. food scarcity and safety, climate change and land use, and the complex networks of food producers, servers, and consumers). Our readings will draw on literature, sociology, and environmental studies, and we'll study various genres of food writing, including the personal essay, the recipe, the restaurant review, and scholarly essays on the intersections between food and culture.

Instructor: Anne Brubaker