Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Jump in and have some fun! This year's theme is "Leadership for Community Mobilization."

Community Conversations are all about learning as a community. These sessions are a series of professional development sessions for Wellesley staff! In each session, participants will learn new things and practice new skills for increasing diversity and inclusion in their work areas and across our campus.

Why should I participate?

As colleagues will attest, these are highly interactive, fun and informative sessions aimed at attracting a wonderful mix of staff from across the College. The following are just a few of the testimonials shared by previous attendees:

“The workshops gave me the inspiration to continue doing the work that I do.”

“I really enjoyed these groups and I’m so appreciative that the College finds value in offering workshops and that other staff members take the time to attend.”

Come learn how to create a welcoming workplace, reconnect with friends and meet other folks from across campus, and discover how to make the most of our multicultural campus community. 


Sessions for 2017 - "Leadership for Community Mobilization"


Session #1: Exploring Leadership Through a Diversity Lens
June 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Harambee House
Leading change in support of diversity and inclusion is challenging, interesting, and potentially extremely satisfying. Often when we take on such leadership we focus almost exclusively on understanding and motivating our colleagues, neglecting to look inward at ourselves. This session explores how thinking about our own thinking as leaders can contribute to greater effectiveness.


Session #2: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks – A Conversation for Change Agents (and those who could be)
July 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Harambee House
Building on the previous workshop, this session offers unique perspectives on the fears and assumptions we carry about acting as courageous agents of change. Metaphors and visual imagery lead to re-imagining how we might claim the ways in which we can bring about change and provide opportunities for accessing new insights about how our actions align with personal values and strengths.


Session #3: Exploring Cultural Competency in the Higher Ed Space (What is it and why is it important)
August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Harambee House
The term “cultural competency” has gained greater acceptance in the past twenty years, but there remains a good deal of confusion about what exactly is meant by the term, and about its relevance to how we do what we do in a wide variety of fields. This interactive session will explore the concept and to its growing importance in our lives in an increasingly diverse world.


Session #4: Ready, Set, Go – Making Plans and Taking Action
October 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Library Lecture Room
This session will focus on strategies for taking action. Each person will develop a goal for action and a plan for how they will get there. Come ready to see how you can make a difference in whatever your area of your concern and interest might be. Together we will look at a spectrum of possibilities – and develop a plan to suit your interests and the time you have available to invest in your strategy.

Light refreshments will be served!


Session #5: CAMPUS WIDE EVENT: Exploring Immigration in the Context of Brave Spaces and Hope-filled Outcomes
November 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Library Lecture Room

The panel discussion is designed to be an interactive, thought-provoking, uplifting presentation that looks at the fall-out from today's immigration issues from a human perspective.  We hope that students, faculty, and staff will leave the presentation with some useful tools to support resilience, self-empowerment and belonging -- and the positive outcomes associated with that frame of reference.  We also hope all community members will leave thinking about the ways they can support one another in this regard.  We welcome you into this on-going conversation and look forward to another opportunity to learn together.


Madeline McNeely / CONDITIONING LEADERS (Facilitator, Coach and Educator)

Sarang Sekhavat / Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (Federal Policy Director)

Gaby Varela / Wellesley College Class of 2020 (Student Activist and Member - Working Group on the Effects of Immigration Policy on the Wellesley Community)

Lunch will be served, please RSVP 

Contact Information

If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a future workshop topic, please email or call 781-283-3289.