Established in 1993, the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) provides advocacy, mentoring and training for University women and community women of color in the Five College area. In addition, WOCLN functions as a source site for internships connecting students to those organizations whose focus includes social justice work, outreach, economic and health issues for communities of color. The program works independently and in collaboration with many campus and community groups and organizations.
The mission of WOCLN is to connect women of color to each other for mutual support and learning. Through mentoring, workshops, events and programming WOCLN raises women’s consciousness around issues of social identities, self-care, and self-expression. This program provides a comfortable space where women of color can discover who they are while achieving academic success. At the WOCLN, women of color gain leadership skills necessary to make a difference in the communities of which they are a part.
- Program of the Center for Women and Community (January 2010 - Present)
- Program of the Center for Student Development (2005-2009)
- Program of the Everywoman's Center 1993-2005 -Originally called the Women of Color Program (1993-1997), the program was created through activist efforts of International women to re-instate funds and resources dedicated to supporting and retaining women of color.