Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Smith College are proud to have co-hosted “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development,” a two-week Institute from May 25–June 6, 2014. The Institute brought together emerging women leaders, primarily from Asia, who are working to rebuild their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods following political violence and human rights violations. The Institute was made possible in partnership with the Women in Public Service Project.

Reflections from Delegates
Read selected quotes here.

WPSP Institute in the News
Read selected stories in The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and more.

WPSP Video Highlights
Watch the Opening Ceremony at Mount Holyoke College, Gloria Steinem (Smith ’56) at Smith College and more.

WPSP Institute in Photos
View photo galleries of the Opening Ceremony, Massachusetts State House visit, WPSP sessions at Simmons College and more.

A Student Ambassador’s Perspective
Read about a student’s first-hand experience of the Institute here.


“I’ve had the privilege of hearing the stories of many of the delegates. They are powerful narratives that not only move us, but also move the world.”
—Smith President Kathleen McCartney


Photo by Ben Barnhart