FACILITATED LEARNING FOR THE WELLESLEY COMMUNITY
Offered monthly, the Opening Conversation About Race, created by WRJI and facilitated by trained professionals, provides a brave and supported space for reflection and learning with other Alums. This is an invitation to begin or to re-ignite your anti-racism work. Register HERE for monthly online Conversations. .
Contact us to arrange an Opening Conversation for your Wellesley Club or Class. WRJI offers Next-Step Programs to help you continue your journey - both personal and institutional.
We recommend but do not require, that participants join a WRJI Opening Conversation prior to participating in one of the following programs, especially if you have not previously participated in frank conversations about racism and its impact on BIPOC.
A workshop created and presented bi-monthly by Tyree Oredein, DrPH, '98. Beyond blatant overt racism - slurs, defacing property, hate groups, racially motivated assaults - how do white people regularly (unwittingly, or even quite intentionally) harm and endanger BIPOC folx? From dismissing the lived experiences of BIPOC, to “playing devil’s advocate," to involving police unnecessarily, learn more about micro-aggressions and other dangerous acts, and explore how to counteract them. Register HERE
Have you missed out on important movie experiences - or watched them and wished for a place to discuss their messages? WRJI Movie Nights are designed to provide Alums with a welcoming space to do just that. We watch films together (virtually!), then discuss their themes and messages for an hour, led by movie lover Tyree Oredein, DrPH, 98. (If you have seen the film recently, you are welcome to join the final hour for just the discussion.) Register HERE.
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Join other Wellesley Alums each month to discuss an explosion of books being published on the history and experiences of racism, and guidance for racial justice work. Deepen your understanding of the power of racism in America, its roots, prevalence, and ways to fight it. Professionally led by avid reader and skilled facilitator, Fiona Oliphant, '93, third Sunday of every month, 3-4:30 p.m. Six books will covered in two 6-month cycles. Register HERE.
Created and led by Fiona Oliphant, Esq, '93, this new workshop explores what it means to be an ally. We will explore in depth the most effective ways to offer support, to intervene, to plan and execute action with and in solidarity with BIPOC folx. Through presentation and discussion, white alums will have the opportunity to challenge themselves: what are you willing to give, and give up, to dismantle white supremacy? BIPOC are invited to grow stronger allyship with one another. Register HERE.
The WAAT program is an intensive study group, developed by a group of WRJI leaders over a 2-year period of intensive study and facilitated by them. WAAT consists of 9- sessions, scheduled approximately 2 weeks apart, with reading and writing assignments in between, culminating in a personal anti-racism action plan. WAAT is intended for those who have participated in the Opening Conversation or another anti-racism experience. Interest alums will be contacted as future cohorts form. Interest Form.
In the "yet to come" aspect of our work, we would like to provide links and resources to take action recommended and developed by Wellesley Alums. Help us to build this by sharing your work at "Contact Us" on the Home page.
Sharing successful policies and practices that serve to fight white supremacy and institutional racism in workplaces, agencies, and civic organizations, recommended and developed by Wellesley Alums. Please use the Contact Form to express interest or share expertise in developing this project.
Models and resources to help Wellesley sisters and siblings to join and/or initiate action to achieve educational equity, criminal justice reform, and access to human needs. Please use the Contact Form to express interest or share expertise in developing this project.
This project is in the conceptual phase. A coordinated right-wing attack on Voting Rights is a national threat to democracy and the rights of BIPOC to be full participants in self-governance. Action is needed both at the national level and state by state. Please use the Contact Form to express interest or share expertise in developing this project.
All programs are developed by WRJI volunteers committed to ending racism, using the best models and resources we can find. We welcome your input, suggestions, recommended resources and programming. And we welcome YOUR leadership! Get in touch.
We grieve the victims of Anti-Asian hate: verbal attacks, physical assaults, discrimination, and murder. These horrific events must stop and perpetrators held accountable. We stand in support of our Asian siblings, offering comfort for your pain.
In honor of AAPI Month, our May Movie Night will screen and discuss "Minari," with guest facilitator Cathi Kim, '03. Learn more and register HERE.