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

Community Gathering & Facilitated Dialogue

Date: October 22, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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What are our community core values? Join us for an evening of sharing & building community with:

  • Dr. David Lussier, Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools
  • Chief Jack Pilecki, Wellesley Police Department
  • Meghan Jop, Wellesley Town Executive Director
  • Linda Chow, Wellesley School Committee
  • Ann Mara Lanza, Building a Better Wellesley
  • Diane Seaborn, Associate Pastor, Wellesley Village Church
  • Michelle Chalmers, World of Wellesley
  • Adriana Voci, World of Wellesley
  • Sadhana Mandala, World of Wellesley High School Liaison
  • Moderator, Associate Rabbi Rachel Saphire, Temple Beth Elohim

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

Claude Kaitare

All are welcome for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 PM. The speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

Claude Kaitare was born in the early 80’s in Rwanda. He spent his childhood primarily in Kigali until the Rwandan president was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. This provided the catalyst for what is known as the genocide against Tutsi.

Claude’s began an odyssey that separated him from his family in an orphanage, led him to live with an aunt and some family members in Portland Maine. He went on to attend high school and graduated from Clark University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. In January, he complete graduate level Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program at Salem State University. Claude has travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and most recently visited Rwanda with Salem State University in 2015, 16 and 17.

Claude continues to testify about the tragedies that he witnessed in the genocide to different high schools and universities in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves for whom he has been a resource speaker since the early 2000s. He aims to educate others on genocide and war crimes since unfortunately history does repeat itself. His objective is to continue raising awareness in hope of minimizing ignorance about the human catastrophe of genocide.

This is a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellesley.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 1: The Difference Between Us

Date: January 16, 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 1: The Difference Between Us
Episode one in this three-part series follows a dozen students, including African American athletes and Asian American string players, who sequence and compare their own DNA. The results surprise them—and us—when they discover their closest genetic matches are as likely to be with people from other “races” as their own. Much of this episode is devoted to understanding why. Looking at skin color differences, disease, human evolution, even genetic traits, we learn there’s not one characteristic, one trait, or even a single gene that distinguishes all members of one “race” from another. One by one, our myths about race—including “natural” superiority and inferiority—are taken apart.

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.

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!

Community Connections