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About

Meaningful Action

Our mission is to promote an intelligent interest in political questions of the day by translating thoughts into meaningful action, and providing platforms for political advocacy. In executing this mission, the sisters of Agora uphold the pillars of Sisterhood, Citizenship, Politics, and Service.

Each year we vote upon a political and/or social issue that we believe is relevant both domestically and internationally–dedicating the fall semester on the domestic aspects of the topic and shifting to an international focus in the spring. During each semester, we seek to make a difference with regard to our chosen issue by fostering discussion, hosting lectures, organizing a fundraiser, and performing community service.

A  gora, Wellesley College’s Political Society, was founded in 1890 as a freshman club named “The Cottage Street Political.”  In 1892 the founding members applied to the Academic Council and were granted recognition as a Wellesley College Society alongside the Shakespeare Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, Zeta Alpha, and Tau Zeta Epsilon.

First led by Abigail Laughlin ‘1894, who later led the first successful fight for women’s suffrage in California, the society focused solely on political issues of the time including a protective tariff, free trade, and women’s rights. The society discussed political issues of the day and, over time, developed an interest in social welfare. Thus in 1896, the society began addressing issues of social justice in addition to political affairs.

In 1898, Mr. Capen, father of Agorite Mary Capen ‘1898, donated funds to build the Agora house, which has since been renovated on multiple occasions. Later in 1918, General John J. Pershing, whose wife Frances Warren also an Agorite, was made a member of the society and sent his staff flag to Agora. Each academic year, the sisters of Agora focused on a different political and/or social justice issue, including “Our Relations with England” (1898), “Labor Problems in the U.S.” (1924), “Facism in Germany & Italy” (1935) and recently, “The Prevalence of Hunger.”

Agora disbanded in 1971 due to both financial strains of maintaining the house and a changing political climate in which women were gaining and exercising more political rights. The members donated the Agora house and its contents to the college, and the building is now the Slater International Center, a vibrant component of the Wellesley College community. In 2011, Agora was revived by 7 sophomores concerned with the lack of non-partisan political discussion in combination with meaningful action and sisterhood at Wellesley.

Today, Agora embodies the same virtues of the its original predecessor of 1892: Sisterhood, Citizenship, Politics and Service. Reviving its original mission, the society continues to promote intelligent interest in the political questions of the day by translating thought into meaningful action, and providing a platform for advocacy.

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Sisterhood | Citizenship | Politics | Service

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Members

Amal Cheema

Amal Cheema

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Position: Political Events Coordinator
Major: Political Science

Brooke Fieldman

Brooke Fieldman

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Mathematics

Emily Loucks

Emily Loucks

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Chemistry

Grace Hu

Grace Hu

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Isabelle Styslinger

Isabelle Styslinger

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Economics

Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel

Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Psychology and Economics

Liza Arias

Liza Arias

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Maggie Dalton

Maggie Dalton

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Abroad
Major: Economics

Rene Chan

Rene Chan

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy

Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Psychology

Anna Mynick

Anna Mynick

Class of 2017

High Five
Position: General
Major: Neuroscience

Hannah Bledsoe

Hannah Bledsoe

Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Biological Sciences & History

Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Wang

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Undeclared

Lauren Rondestvedst

Lauren Rondestvedst

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Psychology

Madelena Collins

Madelena Collins

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Peace and Justice Studies & German

Olivia Joslin

Olivia Joslin

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Environmental Studies & Computer Science

Sarah Nealon

Sarah Nealon

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Undeclared

Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Computer Sciences

Sydney Stewart

Sydney Stewart

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Peace & Justice Studies and Psychology

Caroline Morris

Caroline Morris

Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Environmental Science

Rachel Dodell

Rachel Dodell

Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Media Arts and Sciences

Siobhan Finlay

Siobhan Finlay

Class of 2019

Five Buds
Position: Merchandise Mistress
Major: Architecture & Economics

Chris Wang

Chris Wang

Class of 2018

Dimes
Major: Economics

Adrianna Tan

Adrianna Tan

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Computer Science

Chika Egbuzie

Chika Egbuzie

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: International Relations

Danica Kim

Danica Kim

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major:

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Computer Science & Math

Karen Su

Karen Su

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: International Relations-Political Science

Kele Alfred-Igobkwe

Kele Alfred-Igobkwe

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Economics & Political Science

Maggie Rivers

Maggie Rivers

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Physics

Tarini Miglani

Tarini Miglani

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Economics

Maddie Conway

Maddie Conway

Class of 2018

Half-Baked
Major: Economics

Isabella Tighe

Isabella Tighe

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Emma Carter-LaMarche

Emma Carter-LaMarche

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: History

Simone Archer-Krause

Simone Archer-Krause

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Maya Nandakumar

Maya Nandakumar

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Classics

Amal Cheema

Amal Cheema

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Position: Political Events Coordinator
Major: Political Science

Brooke Fieldman

Brooke Fieldman

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Mathematics

Emily Loucks

Emily Loucks

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Chemistry

Grace Hu

Grace Hu

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Isabelle Styslinger

Isabelle Styslinger

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Economics

Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel

Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Psychology and Economics

Liza Arias

Liza Arias

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Maggie Dalton

Maggie Dalton

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Abroad
Major: Economics

Rene Chan

Rene Chan

Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy

Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Psychology

Anna Mynick

Anna Mynick

Class of 2017

High Five
Position: General
Major: Neuroscience

Hannah Bledsoe

Hannah Bledsoe

Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Biological Sciences & History

Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Wang

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Undeclared

Lauren Rondestvedst

Lauren Rondestvedst

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Psychology

Madelena Collins

Madelena Collins

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Peace and Justice Studies & German

Olivia Joslin

Olivia Joslin

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Environmental Studies & Computer Science

Sarah Nealon

Sarah Nealon

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Undeclared

Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Computer Sciences

Sydney Stewart

Sydney Stewart

Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Peace & Justice Studies and Psychology

Caroline Morris

Caroline Morris

Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Environmental Science

Rachel Dodell

Rachel Dodell

Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Media Arts and Sciences

Siobhan Finlay

Siobhan Finlay

Class of 2019

Five Buds
Position: Merchandise Mistress
Major: Architecture & Economics

Chris Wang

Chris Wang

Class of 2018

Dimes
Major: Economics

Adrianna Tan

Adrianna Tan

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Computer Science

Chika Egbuzie

Chika Egbuzie

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: International Relations

Danica Kim

Danica Kim

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major:

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Computer Science & Math

Karen Su

Karen Su

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: International Relations-Political Science

Kele Alfred-Igobkwe

Kele Alfred-Igobkwe

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Economics & Political Science

Maggie Rivers

Maggie Rivers

Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Physics

Tarini Miglani

Tarini Miglani

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Economics

Maddie Conway

Maddie Conway

Class of 2018

Half-Baked
Major: Economics

Isabella Tighe

Isabella Tighe

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Emma Carter-LaMarche

Emma Carter-LaMarche

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: History

Simone Archer-Krause

Simone Archer-Krause

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Int’l Relations-Political Science

Maya Nandakumar

Maya Nandakumar

Class of 2019

Half-Baked
Major: Classics

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Executive Board

Anna Page

Anna Page

President | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: History

Jackie McGrath

Jackie McGrath

Vice-President | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Women and Gender Studies

Delaney Ugelstad

Delaney Ugelstad

Treasurer | Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Economics & Spanish

Alezeh Rauf

Alezeh Rauf

Special Events Coordinator | Class 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Political Science

Madeline Whitesell

Madeline Whitesell

Membership Coordinator | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Membership Coordinator | Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Economics

Talia Tandler

Talia Tandler

Special Events Coordinator | Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Biology

Bridget Walsh

Bridget Walsh

Secretary | Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Neuroscience

Lucy Tiblier

Lucy Tiblier

Social Chair | Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Political Science & English

Michaela Rhile

Michaela Rhile

Social Chair | Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Economics & Cinema and Media Studies

Anna Page

Anna Page

President | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: History

Jackie McGrath

Jackie McGrath

Vice-President | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Women and Gender Studies

Delaney Ugelstad

Delaney Ugelstad

Treasurer | Class of 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Economics & Spanish

Alezeh Rauf

Alezeh Rauf

Special Events Coordinator | Class 2018

Cloud Nine
Major: Political Science

Madeline Whitesell

Madeline Whitesell

Membership Coordinator | Class of 2017

Baker’s Dozen
Major: Political Science

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Membership Coordinator | Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Economics

Talia Tandler

Talia Tandler

Special Events Coordinator | Class of 2018

Five Buds
Major: Biology

Bridget Walsh

Bridget Walsh

Secretary | Class of 2017

High Five
Major: Neuroscience

Lucy Tiblier

Lucy Tiblier

Social Chair | Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Political Science & English

Michaela Rhile

Michaela Rhile

Social Chair | Class of 2019

Dimes
Major: Economics & Cinema and Media Studies

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Teaing

Agora Fall 2016 Spam 4

FALL 2016 Tea SEASON POLITICAL ABSURDI-TEAS

The sisters of Agora welcome all students to apply for membership. If you are interested in joining our society, you are required to partake in the process of “teaing.”

Historically, Wellesley College organizations have hosted teas as a way to come together and form a community outside of the classroom. At the beginning of each semester, societies on campus host their own open houses and teas as part of the application process.

During this period, prospective members are encouraged to visit all of the societies before deciding which are the best fit for them. As the political society, we discuss current political matters at our weekly meetings. Each semester we choose a specific charity that is related to our central theme for that year, and as a society, we dedicate personal time to take action in the community through fundraising, spreading awareness, hosting lectures, and providing services to those in need. Based on our commitment to turning thought into action, Agora seeks candidates who are passionate about politics as well as those willing to make a difference.

Together, we to provide a creative and positive environment that promotes teamwork alongside individual initiative. If Agora sounds like the society for you, please consider taking the following actions:

  1. Come to our Open House. Doing so will give you a chance to meet the current members, gain a better understanding of what do, and receive more information about the society itself
  2. Attend the teas. Not only is attendance of at least two of three teas required for candidacy, attendance at these teas will also allow the members to get to know you
  3. Complete the written application and the project. The written and project portions of the application are anonymous and together they will give members an unbiased look at your political passions, general interests, and creative genius. Express yourself!

*Note: You must be in your second semester of Wellesley (or higher) to apply. However you are still welcome and encouraged to attend the teas!

For individual questions, please email agorasocietywellesley@gmail.com