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Working collaboratively with other institutions and organizations to host events, projects and programs that will foster an anti-racist and anti-bias community where diversity, equity and inclusion are fully embraced

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Building Cultural Bridges Program

Start date: April 11, 2021

End date: June 1, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Zoom

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The Building Cultural Bridges Program (“BCBP”) is a Wellesley High School student-led virtual cultural exchange program for 4th and 5th graders in the Wellesley community. The program consists of two main parts for the students: a regular after school group meeting and a bi-weekly call with their “bridge” partner. 

  • The after school Zoom meetings will last for around an hour at 4pm every other Friday from late March until May. There will be an assigned culture to learn about each meeting. Volunteer speakers from Wellesley who identify with the culture of the day will host short presentations followed by interactive activities such as crafts, dances, or easy cooking recipes.
  • The Zoom calls with a student’s “bridge” partner will occur every other week for 15 mins at a set time for each child. The Wellesley students will be paired with a buddy from one of the well-established schools abroad that is connected with BCBP. A parent or high school student proctor will be present on both sides of the Zoom calls at all meetings. 

 

The mission of the BCBP is to increase global awareness and familiarize students with ways of life abroad, all from the comfort of home. Many children are so disconnected from foreign cultures that they have very little to no grasp of the world around them. The personal connection of the BCBP will show students that life in other countries is similar to their lives and very real.

 

For more information find the BCBP website https://sites.google.com/view/buildingculturalbridgesprogram/home 

 

Or Follow the BCBP Instagram Page: bcbpwellesley

 

For more information or to volunteer with BCBC contact bcbpwellesley@gmail.com 

 

 

Wellesley Free Library is accepting Book Donations pertaining to AAPI Community Education

Start date: May 1, 2021

End date: May 31, 2021

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, in recognition and acknowledgement of contributions towards, and influence upon, our national history and culture. The One Book One World fundraiser, sponsored by the Wellesley Chinese Language School (WCLS) in partnership with Wellesley Free Library (WFL) seeks to encourage the donation of AAPI related book and multimedia materials to the WFL, will support the creation of a special edition, annual newsletter with title recommendations featuring AAPI literature and multimedia resources, as well as film titles streamed via the library’s Kanopy subscription; and will enable ongoing resource sharing, community dialogues, a webinar lecture series and developing new partnerships with the greater Wellesley community to share best practices about integrating AAPI studies into secondary schools and college curriculum.

Click here to learn more information about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month at Wellesley Free Library.

The Musikavanhu Wellesley High School-WOW Unity Essay Awards 2021

Start date: May 1, 2021

End date: May 20, 2021

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Calling all High School Students in Wellesley!

Here is an opportunity to win your share of over $2000 of prizes and make your voice heard against Racism, by submitting a Tik Tok video, a YouTube video or a written Essay!

Last year, World of Wellesley’s celebrated its 30th Anniversary. In recognition of this, for the first time, we will be offering three categories of competition for this year’s 4th Musikavanhu-WoW WHS Unity Essay Competition!

Select one prompt as described below and decide how best to respond to it in one of the following three formats (Please read the specifications at the end as they are very important):

  1. Written – Awards will be given for essay submissions that are no longer than 750 words. Submissions must include all necessary citations, otherwise they will be disqualified.  Qualifying submissions will be scored/judged and ranked as below;
  2. Audio / Visual (Short) – Tik Tok – Awards will be given for videos no longer than 60 seconds and no shorter than 45 seconds. Submissions must include all necessary citations, otherwise they will be disqualified.  Qualifying submissions will be scored/judged and ranked as below;
  3. Audio / Visual (Long) – YouTube – Awards will be given for videos no longer than 5 minutes and no shorter than 1 minute. Submissions must include all necessary citations, otherwise they will be disqualified.  Qualifying submissions will be scored/judged and ranked as below;

 

Here are the 2021 Prompts

1.  Why Everyone (Conservative, Liberal or Otherwise) Needs to Unite in Defeating Racism in America.

2.  Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor To Name of Few Were Shot and Killed Primarily by a Continual Undervaluation of Black Lives. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indigenous People Are More Likely Than Any Other Race To Be Victims of Police Brutality. Recently, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Have Faced A Spike in The Number of Violent Attacks Against Them, Even by Other People of Color, Due to A Misplaced Blame for COVID19’s Devastation. If You Were in a Position of Leadership, What Would You Do to Stop the Blatant Disregard for The Lives and Rights of People of Color in America?

Send your written submission or the link to your TikTok/YouTube submission to whsunityessay@gmail.com

 

All submissions are to be in by May 20th 2021.

Here are the Prizes:

Essays (Written) ;

Gold Medal – $400 and certificate;

Silver Medal – $200 and certificate;

Bronze Medal – $100 and certificate;

4th and 5th place: certificates

Short Audio / Visual – (To be submitted on Tik Tok) ;

Gold Medal – $400 and certificate;

Silver Medal – $200 and certificate;

Bronze Medal – $100 and certificate;

4th and 5th place: certificates

Long Audio / Visual – (To be submitted on YouTube)

Gold Medal – $400 and certificate;

Silver Medal – $200 and certificate;

Bronze Medal – $100 and certificate;

4th and 5th place: certificates

 

Specifications:

Criteria for judging the essays and the presentations include quality of the written essay both in form and content and student delivery qualities for the video submissions. Accuracy of facts, demonstrated mastery of the topic, effective communication of concepts, thoughts, and ideas, proper use of voice and articulation, and originality all are important. Plagiarism is not acceptable. Credit must clearly be given to any source where borrowed material is directly used or quoted.

Students will be marked and potentially rewarded, regardless of the conclusions they come to, per se, on the following:

Written

*  Thoroughness and accuracy of the research into the topic;
*  Clarity of reasoning and presentation of the data, opinion and facts unearthed by the research process; and
*  The practicality of solutions and actions to be undertaken by the student in ensuring that the following from the US Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” can be implemented to the elimination of racism in the Union, and in time, the world beyond;

 

Audio / Visual – Short (Tik Tok) Long (YouTube)

*  Thoroughness and accuracy of the research into the topic;

*  Clarity of reasoning and presentation of the data, opinion and facts unearthed by the research process;

*  Creative Impact; and

* The graphics, sound / music and or animation assist in presenting an overall theme that is appropriate and informs the audience, enhancing the concepts researched with a high impact message (in line with the chosen prompt).

Screening of “All In: the Fight for Democracy”

Date: May 11, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Online

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Join for a group watch party of the documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy”. This documentary, featuring Stacey Abrams, takes a look at the history and current activism against voter suppression. Afterwards, we’ll have 15 minutes of social time in break out rooms/small groups. Hope you can make it!

Hosted by Wellesley Town Democratic Committee.

Webinar: The Importance of Ethnic Studies for Education

Date: May 19, 2021

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Virtual Event

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May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The Wellesley Chinese Language School, in partnership with the Wellesley Free Library, New England Chinese American Alliance and the World of Wellesley invites the community to attend “The Importance of Ethnic Studies for Education” Webinar featuring esteemed speaker and award winning author, Min Hyoung Song, Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Boston College. As part of his most recent, published article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Song will discuss the importance of incorporating Asian American studies into the curriculum of secondary schools and colleges and understanding the rise of rampant racism in the US today.

This event is free, virtual webinar, open to the community. Registration is required.

National Race Amity Conference (A Virtual Event)

Start date: May 21, 2021

End date: May 23, 2021

Location: Virtual Event

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The National Center for Race Amity is hosting a virtual event; National Race Amity Conference. The conference will be held from May 21, 2021 (Friday) through May 23, 2021 (Sunday).

The registration fees are as follows:

  Registration- May 1-15 Late Registration- May 16-23
High School $85 $105
Senior Citizens 65+ $105 $150
College Students $125 $150
Regular $175 $225

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