In partnership with local institutions and organizations, we organize events, projects, and programs that emphasize the value in exploring our many cultures, religions, and ways of life.

Join Us at an Upcoming Event

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 3: The House We Live In

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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Community viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary “RACE – The Power of Illusion.” Check out the preview or read more about the series. Join us for one, two or all three parts: January 16, 23, and 30. Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.

Part 3: The House We Live In
This final episode focuses not only on individual behaviors and attitudes, but also on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. Who is white? In the early 20th century, the answer was not always clear. Often, the courts had to decide, and they resorted to contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II, whiteness increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies that helped whites and hindered nonwhites. European “ethnics,” once considered not quite white, blended together as they reaped the advantages of whiteness—including increased equity as property values rose dramatically—while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Forty years after the Civil Rights Movement, the playing field is still not level, and “colorblind” policies only perpetuate these inequities.

No Place Like Home: Attainable, Affordable, Sustainable Housing—In Our Town?

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library

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Many young families, seniors, and people of middle, moderate, or fixed incomes are unable to move to — or stay in — our town. What does this mean for Wellesley’s future? Our expert panelists will provide an overview of the challenges and benefits of creating diverse housing. Bring your questions and comments and join us to discuss how we can develop a
broader range of housing choices for the long-term health of our community. Panelists include:

  • Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)—Describing the state of housing in MA.
  • Amy Dain, Consultant, Dain Research—Reporting on two years of research into the regulations, plans and permits in the 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston.
  • Shelly Goehring, Senior Program Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership—Sharing the benefits and challenges for our community.
  • Rebecca Winterich-Knox, Net Zero Organizer, Massachusetts Climate Action Network—Focusing on sustainable considerations and impact on climate.

Presented by League of Women Voters of Wellesley and Wellesley Free Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Multicultural Festival 2020

Date: April 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Middle School

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Explore activities showcasing the wide range of cultures represented by Wellesley elementary school students. Food, demonstrations, games, performances, arts and more! This is NOT a drop-off event. FREE admission.

This event is organized in partnership with PAWS, Hardy, Hunnewell, Schofield, Sprague, Fiske, Bates and Upham elementary schools.

Help us make the 2020 Wellesley Multicultural Festival a huge success by signing up to share your cultural experience. Conduct a workshop, organize a performance, present a poster exhibit and/or contribute a cultural food item. All cultures are welcome! Exhibit set up will start at 5 PM. Sign up to exhibit now!

Support Our 2020 Marathon Runner

Running the Boston Marathon for the third year in a row and excited to support World of Wellesley! In 2016, my family and I were targeted by some students in our town and surrounding towns in a racially motivated incident. Click here for national public radio (WBUR) news coverage. Our town’s response completely surprised us—people from across the political spectrum stood against racism and supported our family stance of confronting the scourge of racism with courage, grace and determination. It is with those three virtues I will run to celebrate all the people, who live in our town and beyond, regardless of race. That is why I am running for the World of Wellesley in their aim to make “Wellesley, Massachusetts a welcoming community where diversity is celebrated.” 2020 also happens to be their 30th year!

What Do Wellesley High School Students Think About Race?

Support Indigenous Peoples Day

World of Wellesley, together with other community members, invite you to participate in a community signature drive. Your signature would support a resolution being created and accepted, by the Wellesley Board of Selectman, for Wellesley to honor Indigenous Peoples Day and no longer recognizes Columbus Day, on the second Monday of October.

We as people who reside, work, and engage in Wellesley acknowledge this town is located on the traditional territory of the Massachusett People. Learn more about Native Land.

Blog Posts

2019 Program Book

Coming to your home on October 10th with the Wellesley Townsman or download your copy now.

See our full calendar of events for the year along with notes about World of Wellesley from institutions across the town. Thanks to our sponsors for making this book possible and supporting all of our work!

In the Media

Read about World of Wellesley in the June 2019 issue of Living Well Wellesley magazine.

Thank you Hometown Weekly Newspaper for your continued support of World of Wellesley!

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