International Educator - March/April 2016 - 48

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FOREIGN STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Karen Doss Bowman

Empowering International Women
All-Women's Colleges Cultivate Confidence and Leadership Skills
in International Students
FOR SAVITRI RESTREPO ALVAREZ, the idea of attending an all-women's college was a new

concept when she began her college search. She didn't know of any institutions exclusively for
women in her native Colombia, South America.

Across
the globe,
more women
than ever
before are
pursuing
a college
education.

But when an official representing Wellesley College
visited her high school, Li Po Chun United World College
of Hong Kong, Restrepo Alvarez fell in love with pictures
of the campus. She also was intrigued by the institution's
mission of empowering women.
"That mission to empower women who will make a
difference definitely impressed me," says Restrepo Alvarez, a senior majoring in international relations-political
science with a minor in Chinese language and literature.
"I think Wellesley attracts women who are interested in
prioritizing self-growth and very focused on the development of their intellectual capacities."
When she first arrived at Wellesley four years ago, Restrepo Alvarez struggled to adapt. But as she participated
in classroom discussions and became involved in campus
activities, she began to feel at home. A 2016 fellow of the
Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs

Winter Session and recent intern at the Clinton Foundation, Restrepo Alvarez is grateful for the opportunities
Wellesley has provided to expand her knowledge and develop leadership skills.
"I really started to like being at Wellesley when I saw
myself pushing further and started meeting amazing
women," says Restrepo Alvarez, who recently was selected for the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars-a
program established by Blackstone Group cofounder
Stephen Schwarzman that will give her the opportunity
to live and study next year at Beijing's Tsinghua University. "The dynamics in a classroom with all women was
definitely different than my experience at a co-ed high
school, but I started to realize that women, including
myself, were much more open to say what we think-
to criticize and to engage in conversation regardless of
who's listening."

Savitri Restrepo Alvarez, from Colombia, attends Wellesley
College.

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M A R + A P R .16

Across the globe, more women than ever before are pursuing a college education. In 2011 some 45 percent of
all international students coming to study in the United
States were women, according to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors report from that year,
which is an annual report funded by a grant from the U.S.
Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs. And according to the latest Open Doors report
(2015), three women's colleges ranked in the top 10 of
the list of Top 40 Baccalaureate Colleges Hosting International Students: Mount Holyoke College, Smith College,
and Bryn Mawr College. Wellesley ranked in the top 20.
Mount Holyoke has a solid international presence
on campus. With international students comprising 27
percent of the student body (down slightly from 30 per-

COURTESY OF SAVITRI RESTREPO ALVAREZ

Women Worldwide Attending College
in Greater Numbers



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