Intercultural Education

The Office of Intercultural Education offers a range of events and programs to engage and educate students.

Thrive!

Thrive! is an interactive diversity transition program. The primary purpose of Thrive! is to assist students of underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds in navigating college by connecting them with resources and tools that will aid in their success. Our definition of underrepresented refers to individuals of African, Asian, and Latinx descent, Native American students, and biracial/multiracial students.

This half-day program consists of community building exercises, faculty, staff, and student networking opportunities, informative panels on how to navigate Wellesley, and cultural organization showcases. You will also get to know more about OICE, and the Assistant Deans who will support you during the next four years.

 

Let Me Speak

Let Me Speak is an honest, monologue performance presented during orientation on issues of diversity and inclusion for first year students! Our monologues touch on topics such as socioeconomic status, race, age, learning disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and other identities that shape us all.

 
The performers want to set the tone for entering Wellesley students by sharing their stories in an environment where you can comfortably and respectfully learn about our diverse identities without worrying about asking the wrong questions. 

 

21 Days Against Racism

The 21 Days Against Racism Challenge is inspired by Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Experience; they follow the idea that if you do something for 21 days, you will create a habit. We built this program to provide you with the tools to learn and engage in the fight against racism in your various spheres of influence. You will receive daily emails with a variety of print and online resources about the topic for the day. These resources will take no more than 15 minutes. 
 
The Challenge will take place over a 21weekday period including three zoom discussions to engage with each other and a keynote speaker. It will begin on Monday, September 20, and end Monday, October 18, 2021.  
 
This Challenge is targeted to those who are at the beginner and intermediate levels of anti-racism work, however, anybody who is interested and committed is welcome to participate.  


Deadline to sign up will be Wednesday, September 15 at 11:59 PM. Sign up here!

21 Days of Gender and Sexuality Inclusion (GASI)

The 21 Days for Gender and Sexuality Inclusion (GASI) Challenge is a program to provide participants with the tools to learn about gender and sexuality as it impacts their experiences. This challenge is inspired by Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Experience; they follow the idea that if you do something for 21 days, you will create a habit. 21 days for GASI was created after Wellesley student, staff, and faculty feedback from ‘21 Days against Racism’ in the Fall 2020 requesting more content addressing gender and sexuality as a community. 

This is one of the many ways that our Wellesley community is showing up for the LGBTQ+ community members. Various Wellesley departments and offices saw the significance of this challenge in continuing the shift of the Wellesley community's values to be more inclusive and collaborated with OICE and the LGBTQ+ office to produce this program.

The Inclusion Initiative

The purpose of the Inclusion Initiative is to promote peer-led cross-cultural conversations within the Wellesley College community around issues of identity. Each year, the program will train a cohort of paid peer facilitators to lead 90-minute workshops on topics such as oppression and privilege, racism, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, disability/ability awareness among others.

 

The Inclusion Initiative Modules

MODULE 1: PRIVILEGE, OPPRESSION, AND IDENTITIES 

As a result of this module, participants will be able to articulate aspects of power/privilege in society and their lives, identify the four I’s of oppression, and utilize that oppression model to understand dynamics within Wellesley College.

Schedule a workshop for module 1. 

MODULE 2: RACE AND RACISM 

As a result of this module, participants will have a better understanding of the definitions of race and racism, be able to articulate the four I's of oppression, and identify ways that you can combat racial oppression in your communities. 

Schedule a workshop for module 2.

MODULE 3: EXPLORING CLASS AND CLASSISM

As a result of this module, participants will be able to become more conscious of the strengths and limitations of one’s own class background, understand the definitions of class and classism, gain more awareness of class differences and their impacts, and better understand the power and resilience in people who are poor.

Schedule a workshop for module 3.

MODULE 4: GENDER IDENTITIES AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION

As a result of this module, participants will be able to articulate the differences in definitions of sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, develop awareness of privileges and oppressions relating to gender and sexual orientation, and locate this conversation in the context of Wellesley.

Schedule a workshop for module 4.

MODULE 5: FROM AWARENESS TO ALLYSHIP TO ACCOMPLICE

As a result of this module, participants will be able to define the differences between different levels of allyship, recognize the differences between performative allyship and true allyship, identify where they are in the Ally Continuum in relation to various topics, and articulate actionable steps to move further in the Ally Continuum.

Schedule a workshop for module 5.

MODULE 6: IMPLICIT BIAS

As a result of this module, participants will be able to deepen understanding of what implicit bias is, develop awareness about first messages we received about race, religion, socio-economic background, and gender, increase awareness of the impact of bias behaviors in interpersonal relations and practice strategies for countering implicit bias.

Schedule a workshop for module 6.