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Student Leadership Program

WELFund’s new Women’s Leadership Program was inspired by the way Hartford College for Women (HCW) challenged, empowered and at the same time supported its students.   Designed to respond to the unique opportunities, challenges, and transitions experienced by female students at each stage of their undergraduate experience, it will ultimately be a four-year program. It was developed in collaboration with on-campus partners in academic and student affairs serve first- and sophmore- year students.  In addition to providing tools, training, and techniques students can use to navigate college and life’s opportunities and challenges,  the program aims to:  

  • Connect women to each other and a strong and supportive network of faculty,staff, and community mentors.
  • Inspire women to lead and take pride in their individual and collective achievements.
  • Empower women as leaders by promoting critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and problem solving skills.
  • Foster deeper understanding of women’s diverse roles and contributions to society.

WELFund launched its new women’s leadership program in 2012-2013, thanks to the generosity of Alison Gallagher Coolbrith ’65 and Barry N. Lastra, who made a very generous gift and offered to match every new or increased gift, and the greater WELFund community who responded.

WELFund’s Women’s Leadership Program is open to any women in the Class of 2016. This “come anytime, you're always welcome” program includes leadership, mentoring, and social programs. In addition, WELFund offers the:

WELCorps Program

Limited to 20 first-year female students, this program involves an application process and annual commitment but offers exclusive benefits. The WELCorps Leadership Program includes opportunities to interact with University leaders, faculty, staff, upper class students, and alumnae; personal and professional skill development; events and receptions with University leaders; and recognition of achievements.

  • Guided Discussions
  • Achievement and Resilience Coachin
  • One-on-One and Small Group Mentoring
  • Leadership Tools, Training, and Resources.
  • Meet and Greets
  • Fireside Chat with University President Walt Harrison at the Russell House
  • Dean's Brunch at Goldenberg/Bradley House
  • Membership Certificate
  • Celebrations of Achievements
  • Opportunity in Junior/Senior year to apply for Scholarships to Regional/National Conferences

If you've been looking for a reason to get more involved, the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives is a great reason. You can choose to be a sponsor at a variety of levels and there are many ways you can volunteer or serve as a mentor.  To explore what is right for you, please contact Amy Jaffe Barzach, WELFund’s director at 860.768.5471 or or Donna Haghighat, WELFund’s grants and programs manager at 860.768.5289 or

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