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Welcome to Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent 

Connect with each other and the College based our common identities and shared experiences at Wellesley and in the world. Alums of African descent from all class years and across the globe are welcome to join us. We look forward to bringing everyone together and sharing Wellesley bonds.

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Honoring the Trailblazers: Dr. Harriet Rice, 1887

During this year’s annual meeting, we wanted to highlight a true trailblazer - Dr. Harriet Rice, the first woman of African descent to graduate from Wellesley College. Rice was born just one year after the Civil War ended in 1866. A talented student, Rice achieved the highest class ranking in Greek at Newport’s racially integrated Rogers High School. After graduating in 1882, she matriculated at Wellesley a year later and was one of only three black students.

50 Years of Ethos on StoryCorps

During Ethos’ 50th anniversary celebrations, alumnae representing the five decades of Ethos’ history came together to reflect upon their experiences as women of color at Wellesley. Part of the College’s StoryCorps series, the podcast captures conversations between fellow classmates and good friends.

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