Wesleyan Intercultural Leadership Program (WILP)

About WILP

Intercultural leadership is where the head meets the heart. International and U.S. domestic students (both undergraduate and graduate) are invited to participate in Wesleyan’s Intercultural Leadership Program. This program is designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to take on issues they are passionate about, learn more about communities different than their own, and make a lasting impact at Wesleyan and beyond. Students accepted in WILP are given the opportunity to become a student mentor in their second year after completing the program.

Our Purpose 

The Fries Center for Global Studies is committed to helping all members of the Wesleyan community achieve the knowledge, language skills, and sensitivity each person will need in order to exercise effective and responsible citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world. WILP participants will advise the Fries Center for Global Studies on what Wesleyan students need in regards global education and take part in lead events related to the global education initiatives.

Our Core Values

WLIP is intended to help develop a cultural knowledge base that one can draw upon to help understand the impact of culture upon leadership and intercultural interactions; develop lifelong appreciation and respect for cultural differences; and develop intercultural leadership skills that value and include cultural differences. WILP is built upon these following core values:

  • Global awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative learning
  • Community building


Application and Selection Process

Current students enrolled at Wesleyan University are eligible to apply. Applications are being accepted immediately and will be reviewed until Sunday, September 9, 2018. Participants will be selected from a pool of undergraduate and graduate student applicants.