wrjiRESCHEDULED:  Opening Conversation About Race

Sunday, February 2, 4:00 - 6:30 pm at the home of Jessica Strauss '77

You are warmly invited and enthusiastically urged to join us for Opening Conversation About Race, a program created by the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative (WRJI), an independent effort by alums committed to transforming our culture and its institutions of power.  In these perilous times, it is often hard to see our way through to becoming “the change” we so long for.  Where should we turn to examine our hearts, speak honestly, and gain new insights and skills to address the racial divide? How can we be an instrument of transformation -- as a person of color or as an ally and face bravely a system of white supremacy, in which we all unwittingly participate? If we believe “it starts with me,” what do we need to learn, say, and do to move our country towards racial justice?

     Opening Conversation is a facilitated dialogue that has been piloted and refined over the past year at the Boston Club, the New York Club, and at Reunion 2019, where 75 alumnae participated.  It is a place to start, a way to enter or further the work we are doing, both on ourselves and in our families and communities. This project will be followed by next-step dialogues and action projects that will be offered to clubs and individual alums over the next year or more-- projects that speak to the needs and interests of Wellesley graduates, whatever their interest and skill level may be.

     Baltimore Wellesley Club will hold its first Opening Conversation on Sunday, February 2, from 4-6:30.  It will be hosted and facilitated by Jessica Strauss ‘77, one of the founding members of the WRJI Leadership Collective, at her home in the neighborhood of Oakenshawe in Baltimore City. There is ample street parking surrounding the home.  Refreshments will be offered. Please RSVP to Jes.extra@gmail.com.  The address will be shared with those who RSVP.   Jessica would gratefully welcome an alum of color to co-facilitate this event with her.  If you are interested, please call her at 410-336-0333.