Harambee House Events

Signature Events

Harambee House Staff plan several events every semester for the Harambee House and greater Wellesley College communities. See descriptions of these events below.

First-Year Events

From the time first-years step on campus, Harambee organizes events to help them get acclimated to the Wellesley lifestyle, become more familiar - and possibly involved with - the four organizations under the Harambee umbrella, become aware of the resources available to them including the upperclass students of the Harambee community, and bond with their fellow classmates. Events include an open house, retreats, and talks on stress & time management.


Black Student, Faculty, & Staff Mixer

First-Year Retreat

Harambee House hosts the Black Student, Faculty and Staff mixer to give students, faculty, and staff of African descent a space to come together and get to know each other in a more casual setting. The goal is to not only help foster those relationships, but to also strengthen the bond of the community through them. The mixer usually takes place at the beginning of the Fall semester in September.


Holiday Soiree

Finals time can be a stressful and hectic time for Wellesley students, so Harambee House throws a holiday party for its students to attend where they can eat a delicious meal, enjoy the company of their Harambee House siblings, and participate in a festive holiday activities. This normally takes place during reading period and/or finals week in the fall semester.


Black History Month Series

Every February, Harambee House produces a calendar of events put on by various groups in the Wellesley community, the greater community, and Harambee itself.  Events in the past have included movie screenings, Black Jeopardy, Taste of the Diaspora (a large lunch or dinner for the community featuring foods from different aspects of the African Diaspora), and a range of speakers like Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond and social theorist and intellectual Patricia Hill Collins.


High Tea

To commemorate the end of the academic year, Harambee House hosts a Sunday brunch where students come in their garden-party attire and Sunday/Derby hats and take class pictures. Harambee also acknowledges and awards those students with high academic achievement, those who have served as leaders in one of the four umbrella organizations, and the winners of the superlative awards that recognize students who have done great things for the Harambee community.


Senior Reception

Before each senior class leaves to begin their post-grad lives, Harambee holds a reception for all graduating students of African descent and their visiting family & friends. Those seniors who have purchased stoles are draped in them during the stole ceremony and a faculty & student speaker selected by the class give speeches.