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Wellesley College

Wellesley College is one of the most academically challenging institutions of higher education in the country and is widely acknowledged as the nation's top women's college. Known for its intellectual rigor and its remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders in every arena, Wellesley prepares women to realize their own highest ambitions and compete in any setting. Offering more than 1,000 courses in 54 established majors, the College also supports more than 100 student clubs and organizations (as well as 14 varsity teams) that serve a wide range of interests. Wellesley--only 12 miles from Boston--is home to some 2,300 undergraduates from every state and 75 countries.

About Wellesley College Government: We hail from a tradition of strong women leaders. It wasn't long after Wellesley College opened its doors in 1875 that students set forth to form a concrete governing body to handle student affairs. Since the first banging of the gavel in 1901, College Government (CG) has aims to advocate for and legislate in the name of students' interests, be they related to student life or general college policy.

CG is comprised of a Cabinet of nine elected students, body of Senators (who represent the interests of residence halls and on-campus organizations), and various members of the administration, who often provide commentary at weekly Senate meetings. Senate is a vital link between students administration, a link that secures change. It was through the work of Senate that students fought for and earned a shuttle bus on the weekends from Wellesley to Boston and Cambridge (christened the "Senate Bus"), and in the early days of CG, the creation of the economics department. The work of Cabinet impacts every student on campus, whether the Director of On Campus Affairs orchestrates of student life events on campus or the Student Bursar allocating funding to campus organizations, students are more often well-aware of the power and responsibilities of College Government. Wellesley College Government, and the College itself, is driven by its students. Student before us have set a precedent of empowerment, and we carry on that legacy.