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Women of Wisdom and Action

Theological Leadership Formation for Women from Asia.
A unique initiative to empower women theologically in Asia.

This Initiative is possible by way of a collaboration between the Jesuit School of Theology and the USA province of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. It is generously sponsored by the Henry Luce and Conrad N. Hilton foundations.

About WWA

WWA in Berkeley: Sophia House

WWA International

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $92 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2013. The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.4 billion. For more information, please visit

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.  Funding from the Luce Foundation has enabled JST-SCU to begin building bridges with communities of religious women in Asia through the Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.  The Luce Foundation pursues its mission today through the following grant-making programs: American Art; East Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education and the Henry R. Luce Professorships; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs; Public Policy and the Environment; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering. For more information, please visit

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Julia D.E. Prinzimage

Director of the Luce Grant Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative

Julia D.E. Prinz
Phone: (510) 549-5051
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 328

Ellen H. Hessimage

Assistant to the Director of the Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative

Ellen H. Hess


Reyna Colimoteimage

Coordinator for the Sophia House community

Reyna Colimote