Like many of you, our hearts are heavy from the injustices of racism and the systemic patterns of violence against the Black community. The New York Wellesley Club supports our Black siblings in every way. As New Yorkers, Americans, individuals, and members of the Wellesley Community- we can and all must do much, much better. Wellesley College President Paula Johnson recently wrote an opinion article about the failings that led to the untimely death of NY Wellesley alum, Rana “Zoe” Mungin.
President Johnson also wrote in her letter to the Wellesley community:
“As an institution committed to educating students to make a difference in the world, our first responsibility is to name the problems we see and interrogate their root causes. We must find ways to stand up to the racism we see fully on display in our society and face it down. Among many actions, we can march, we can peacefully protest, we can use our voice, and we can vote.”
The New York Wellesley Club is working in the following ways with the purpose of helping the community learn and grow together- to engage as individuals and intentionally as a community towards systemic change.
Opening Conversations on Race:
We are organizing a community town hall and workshop to hold space for the NY Wellesley community to come together, support racial healing and strengthen dialogues and connections across the Wellesley community. Resources and models for engagement, promoting racial justice, and strengthening inclusive cultures will also be discussed.
Resources on How to Engage:
We have started a conversation on our Facebook group to share resources, donation links or wellness tips that would help educate and improve our community.
We will be updating our website with resources on how to learn, support, and enact change.
We commit to learning and growing as a community, noting that it is not the responsibility of our Black siblings to educate us but that we must all do the work ourselves.
New York Wellesley Club