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WRJI is encouraged by the passion that has been ignited for racial justice and for a tidal wave of participation in our anti-racism work. We need your financial support to help each and every Wellesley alum take up the work of racial justice - personal, relational, and systemic.
Dear White People, 2014
Directed by Justin Simien
Watch this American comedic-dramatic film about racial tensions at a fictitious, prestigious Ivy League college, then join a lively discussion. Facilitated by fellow alum, Tyree Oredein, DrPH, '98.
(All times Eastern.)
Wednesday, December 6th, 7-10 p.m.
White Caller Crimes
(aka What is "amycoopering"?)
An exploration of painful, even dangerous, forms of racism. Created and presented by Tyree Oredein, DrPH, '98
(All times Eastern)
Wednesday, January 6th, 6-8 p.m.
The mission of the WRJI is to actively promote racial justice in our national culture and practice, as well as the wider world community, advancing inclusion and eliminating both institutional and internalized racism. We provide resources to inform and promote the work, and amplify the work of Wellesley Alums of Color to further their impact.
We seek to:
EDUCATE ourselves and the Wellesley network through courageous dialogue and informative resources;
AMPLIFY the voices of those who are working to end racism;
ACTIVATE the Wellesley network to bring about equity in their families, communities, and institutions;
TRANSFORM ourselves and our world.
NEW LEADERSHIP! WRJI is happy to announce the hiring of our first Executive Coordinator Michele Leonard, MA, '77. One of the founders of WRJI and a Class Co-President, Michele brings her passion and commitment, along with years of organizational experiences, anti-racism activism, and a firm, gentle leadership style to the role of managing a lot of volunteer leaders and keeping us all on course.
Our leaders are passionate about doing the work ourselves - together, in our families and communities, at work and in our own hearts. Our leaders move forward and back - taking on pieces of work as their lives permit, supported by one another, staff and committed volunteers. Until Fall 2020, members of the Leadership Collective have self-funded all of the work of WRJI.
We began as a small group of alums dissatisfied with "business-as-usual" at Reunion 2017, in a time of true racial crisis and awakening. Growing slowly, we have been continuously developing our approach, pursuing our own interpersonal anti-racism work, and offering programming to Clubs.
Then came Spring 2020, when the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor (speak their names) amplified national interest in anti-racism, and vastly increased interest shown by Wellesley alums in our work. Simultaneously, the pandemic has opened up direct online access for our programming.