Harambee House

Welcome to Harambee House!

The purpose of Harambee House is to provide social, emotional, and academic support to students of African descent at Wellesley College. Additionally, Harambee House provides enlightening cultural activities for the Wellesley College community, as well as educational, cultural and social activities for students, faculty and staff of African descent. Named after the Swahili term for "working together," Harambee has been serving the Wellesley community of African descent and the college since 1970.

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Harambee House opened with the mission to provide a central location to meet the needs of Black students.

 

History

The history of Harambee House dates back to May 31, 1969, when the alumnae of Alpha Kappa Chi (AKX), the Wellesley classical society, voted to close their house and return it to the College. The members of Ethos, a student organization for students of African descent that had been established in 1968, and the College Administration began completing plans to convert AKX into the campus' Black Student Center, to be called Harambee [Swahili for "working together"] House. In September of 1970, Harambee House officially opened with the mission to provide a central location to meet the needs of Black students including studying, tutoring, and social events, while serving as a cultural resource for Black heritage to enlighten the college community at large.

 

Black History Month

Harambee House presents

2021 Black History Month

 

YANVALOU DANCE WORKSHOP

February 8 | 5-7PM EST

Join us for an evening of dancing and drums!

Sponsored by Yanvalou and Harambee House

 

LET'S DO SELF-CARE

February 9 | 6-6:40PM EST

Learn how to manage your stress and well-being as a member of the Black community. We will share our secrets to keep our sanity during the most difficult times. 

Sponsored by Harambee House

 

INTERGENERATIONAL BLACK EXPERIENCES ABROAD: A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 10 | 12-1PM CST

Join Senior Diversity Relations Manager Hernando Sevilla-Garcia for a virtual event featuring an intergenerational panel of IES aborad alums and partners. This dialogue focuses on the Black student experience and perspective as well as the impact of IES abroad study abroaf on personal and professional endeavors. 

Sponsored by Office of International Study

 

"SLAVERY AND THE DIS-ORI-ENTATION OF THE AFRICAN" WITH PROFESSOR LISELI FITZPATRICK

February 17 | 2:30-3:30PM EST

Please join us as we discuss slavery and the African diaspora with professor Liseli Fitzpatrick!

Sponsored by Africana Studies

 

DISCUSSION OF "CASTE" WITH PROFESSOR BRENNA GREER

February 18 | 6-7:30PM EST

Discussion of "Caste" with professor Brenna Greer! 

Sponsored by Harambee House

 

PAINT NIGHT

February 21 | 5-7PM EST

An evening of expression through painting. It's all about connecting and community.

Sponsored by Harambee House

 

A CONVERSATION WITH AJA MONET: POETRY AND ORGANIZING

February 23 | 7-8PM EST

Come join us as we talk with renowned poet and activist, Aja Monet, as she discusses how her activism shaped her writing. 

Sponsored by the Advisor to Students of Latinx Descent 

 

FILM SCREENING: "DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

February 25 | 7-9PM EST

Come join us as we screen the documentary about the death and life of Marsha P. Johnson!

Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ+ Programs and Services 

 

STUDY, STRUGGLE, AND RADICAL LOVE: AFRO-ASIAN SOLIDARITIES BUILDING TOWARDS LIBERATION BY DIANE FUJINO

March 3 | 7-8PM EST

Utilizing historical research, alternative archives, and activist practices, Diane C. Fujino discusses Afro-Asian solidarities as part of broader struggles for local and global liberation. 

Sponsored by the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent 

Our Space

Harambee House features a spacious reception area and living room on the upper level tastefully decorated with Africana-inspired paintings and sculptures. Adjacent to the living room is the library, a treasure trove of Africana resources and documentaries, featuring books, newspapers, and magazines, most of which are written by or relating to people of African descent. Because of its inspiring features, Harambee House is a meeting space for many organizations and departments on campus. The House also features a full kitchen and den on the lower level. In addition, there are computers available for Harambee House student use.

Harambee House remains an attractive space for students because it continues to be a comfortable and welcoming space, both physically and socially. A long standing hub of support for many generations of Wellesley students of African descent, Harambee House is still considered a "home away from home" for many students. Along with the magnificent study and relaxation space it provides, the house also hosts a variety of cultural events, lectures, and receptions throughout the year.

 

Reserving Spaces in Harambee House

Harambee House is a multi-use space with a spacious living room, full kitchen, and lower level den.  "The House" is an attractive and welcoming space, both physically and socially. Along with the magnificent study and relaxation space it provides for students, the house also is a meeting place for many organizations and departments on campus, and hosts a variety of cultural shows, lectures, and receptions throughout the year.

To request reservation of a space at the Harambee House for an event or meeting, go to 25 Live. Click on the "Event Creation and Editing" tab to go through the system's event creation process. You will be prompted to log in using your Wellesley domain username and password. We strongly suggest that you reserve your space at least two weeks in advance. You can also view events in the house via 25 Live and search "Harambee". Harambee House student organizations and students, faculty, & staff of African descent are given first priority with respect to space requests.

All parties who reserve the space must adhere to the rules of the house and be accountable for the space during their reservation time.

If you have any questions or concerns about reservations, please email harambeehouse@wellesley.edu or  call 781.283.2133.