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.
We seek to: educate ourselves and the Wellesley network through courageous dialogue and informative resources; amplify the work of Wellesley Alums of Color to further their impact; activate the Wellesley network to bring about equity in their families, communities, and institutions; transform ourselves and our world.
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. Leaders head up 6 work teams: Administration, Volunteer Coordination, Partnerships, Program Development, Fundraising, and Communications/Technology.
Until Fall 2020, members of the Leadership Collective have self-funded all of the work of WRJI. As a new 501(c)(3), we can begin to seek wider sources of funding.
A small group of alums were dissatisfied with "business-as-usual" at Reunion 2017, a time of true racial crisis. WRJI was born there and grew slowly and deliberately. In May of 2020, when the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor (speak their names) amplified national interest in anti-racism, Wellesley alums turned to WRJI; hundreds have participated in online programs.
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 stead, gentle leadership style to the role of managing a lot of volunteer leaders and keeping us all on course.
3rd Sunday each month, 3-4:30 p.m. (ET)
Next session: March 21st
White Tears/Brown Scars: How white feminism betrays women of color
By Ruby Hamad
An explosive book of history and cultural criticism that argues that white feminism, from Australia to Zimbabwe to the United States, has been a weapon of white supremacy.
In 2020, interest in anti-racism exploded. In 2021 giving to WRJI is one way to take action, promoting programs that advance the anti-racism work of all Wellesley alums.
WRJI, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible, 100% under the extended by the CARES Act.
"Building Back Better" - for Black folks?...
Sustained struggle for Racial Justice?
Only if we invest - ourselves and our dollars -
in anti-racism work.