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.
This documentary is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Discuss how this event ignited an unstoppable international movement. Screening 6-7:45 p.m., discussion 8-9 p.m., facilitated by Tyree Oredein, DrPH, '98.
Third Sunday of every month.
Begins FEBRUARY 21st with:
Mediocre: The dangerous legacy of white male America.
From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us socially, economically, and politically.
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.