Since its inception in 2010, the Wurtele Center for Work & Life has helped students develop the skills and habits of mind they need to thrive at Smith and beyond. We regularly collaborate with Wellness Education and the Lazarus Center for Career Development on workshops and events.
Each semester, we look at a wide range of topics on everything from leadership and careers to building meaningful friendships and communicating effectively with professors. Our programs motivate students to deepen their knowledge of themselves, explore their passions and personal capacities, and question predominant cultural expectations of women in order to forge new pathways and possibilities.
Three key initiatives anchor our mission to engage students in reflecting on what matters to them:
- The Women's Narratives Project, with its signature workshop "Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Junior and Seniors."
- The Integrative Knowledge Portfolio Project, in which students create a comprehensive online portfolio to articulate their goals and accomplishments.
- Regular workshops and events to inspire self-reflection and help students develop important life and leadership skills.