The Women’s College Coalition (WCC), the association and voice of women’s colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, moved its headquarters to Mount Saint Mary’s University in July 2019. Emerald Archer, PhD, the director of the Center for the Advancement of Women and an associate professor at the Mount, was appointed the new WCC executive director, and she has been advancing its presence during a period of strategic planning and growth.
“It is an honor to work on behalf of the Coalition, and I look forward to continuing to bring WCC’s priorities to life,” says Archer. “Women’s colleges and universities play a very important role in today’s higher education landscape by providing unique college experiences designed with women at the center.”
During this last year, WCC has expanded its footprint with an updated communication and advocacy plan involving more media engagement, strategic partnerships and Congressional outreach. As part of its strategy to raise the public profile of women’s colleges, the Coalition hosted a town hall during the summer with U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and student panelists from various WCC institutions. More than 400 students and representatives from the WCC joined the powerful conversation on women’s leadership, gender equity and racial injustice. In addition, WCC co-sponsored this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference hosted by the Mount in September.
“We are honored to have WCC on our campus and to support the important work of this organization to ensure that women’s colleges and universities continue to thrive,” said President Ann McElaney-Johnson, who has been the chair of WCC’s Board of Directors since 2014.
WCC currently serves a diverse group of 36 institutions, including public, private, historically Black, secular, and faith-based colleges and universities.