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 (September 15, 4:00 to 5:30 pm; September 23, 6:00 to 7:30 pm; October 5, 5:00 to 6:30 pm) to engage with each other and a keynote speaker, alum Crystal M. Fleming (September 29, 6:00 to 7:30 pm). It will begin on Monday, September 7, and end Monday, October 5th, 2020.

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 Thursday, September 3 at 11:59 PM. Sign up here! Check out our flyer as well!

White Accountability Community

The White Accountability Community is an opportunity for White students to reflect on and deconstruct White racial conditioning. The program will take place over five 75 minute weekly sessions from Thursday, October 29th to Thursday, November 19th from 4 pm-5:15 pm. Most work will occur within these meetings, however, we will ask for participants to review short articles or videos in preparation for our discussions.  
 
The purpose of this program is for White students to increase their self-awareness, knowledge of racist systems, and efficacy in their anti-racism journey. Consistent with our Inclusive Excellence goals, this program aims to make our campus culture one dedicated to racial justice and centered around the needs and experiences of Black and POC students.
 
This project is a collaboration between the offices of Intercultural Education, Civic Engagement, Residence Life, and the Peace and Justice Studies Program.
 
If you have any questions feel free to email Emily Welden (Program Manager, Civic Engagement) at ewelden@wellesley.edu. Spaces will be filled on a rolling basis and we will maintain a waitlist.
 
Please register here.

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.

 

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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, understand the definition of intersectionality, identify the four I’s of oppression, and utilize the four I’s of oppression model to understand dynamics within Wellesley College.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here

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, utilize the four I's to understand covert and overt forms of white supremacy within Wellesley and beyond, and identify ways that you can combat racial oppression in your communities. 

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.

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.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.

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.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.

MODULE 5: IMMIGRANTS AND IMMIGRATION 

As a result of this module, participants will understand early messages they received about immigrants and immigration, demonstrate an understanding of aspects of the complexity of today’s climate-related to immigration, and understand how issues of immigration impact the Wellesley community.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.

MODULE 6: DISABILITY/ABILITY AWARENESS

As a result of this module, participants will be able to articulate different types of disabilities, gain more awareness of one’s socialization about disability and understand how privileges and oppressions related to ability/disability manifest at Wellesley.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.

MODULE 7: 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.

If you would like to schedule a workshop for this module, click here.