WISE was founded by a group of multicultural, first generation immigrant women in 1995 as a vehicle for educational, leadership, social and economic empowerment for immigrant and refugee women and girls. WISE's founding members experienced the hardship of learning a second language with limited access to education.
The mission of the agency was built around empowering immigrant women and girls to succeed by using education and the development of leadership skills to increase their economic self-sufficiency. The overall goal was to break the chain of poverty and provide the necessary support and education for immigrant women to seek leadership positions in the workforce and in their communities.
WISE is a truly intergenerational organization that harnesses the strength of women and girls cross-culturally. By doing so, WISE creates a safe gathering place for women and girls from every walk of life, every nationality, culture, ethnicity, religion and age.
Empower immigrant and refugee women and girls to succeed through advocacy and culturally competent services
A world where immigrant and refugee women are honored for their wisdom, celebrated for their leadership and empowered to create change