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Wellesley: Women Who Will

 

Wellesley College is a small, women’s liberal arts school in Massachusetts. Students attending there are often seen as radical-- sometimes radical reformers, sometimes radical extremists. Either way, it’s a campus of “women who will” change the world.

This attitude means that the majority of students, (93 percent, according to a 2019 poll on campus) don’t want to cancel speakers. Wellesley students want to be academically challenged. They want their small class sizes to spark critical conversation, rather than forming mini echo chambers. Despite protests and violence in response to emotionally challenging topics, the average student still pushes for tolerance and encourages critical thought.

It worked in small groups-- time to scale up

A group of Wellesley undergraduates and alumnae founded Multiplicity after seeing that in small groups, academic freedom and critical thought can thrive. Places like the Freedom Project at Wellesley, the Abigail Adams Institute in Harvard Square, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford have found effective, powerful ways to encourage a multiplicity of perspectives. 

When properly supported, these organizations change their campus cultures. At Wellesley, Alice Dreger was brought to speak on academic censorship. She was met with intense protest, chants, and a refusal to engage in conversation:

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After learning from the challenges 2018’s lecture provided, the Freedom Project focused more on dialogue, discourse, and necessitating a critical approach to lectures. A year later, Dreger returned, to campus acclaim. Through this and similar experiences over four years, Multiplicity staff learned what proper multiplicitous support looks like. Now they’ve perfected how to provide it.

We research and tailor approaches to encourage critical thought.

There is a right way and a wrong way to encourage multiplicity. By studying these examples -- both successful and unsuccessful attempts at campuses across the country-- they have created a series of developmental guides for corporate and academic audiences that give people the best chance to encourage critical thought.

 

By creating the Multiplicity Portal to congregate multiplicitous organizations, they simultaneously provided a resource exchange to support current efforts, and a data mine to inform future decisions. Using this data, they’ve developed corporate programming proven to produce results.

Critical thinking is data driven, so encouraging critical thought should be too. Multiplicity has created a tested, proven developmental approach to spreading and cementing multiplicitous cultures across American society.

“Faust shared that she asked the question because at a Freedom project Seminar [developed by Multiplicity staff], fellows learned the importance of establishing definitions when having difficult conversations." (Source)

 

Critical thinking is data driven, so encouraging critical thought should be too. Multiplicity has created a tested, proven developmental approach to spreading and cementing multiplicitous cultures across American society.

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