Our Upcoming Events

International Women’s Day Wellesley 2020

Date: March 8, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Village Church

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Wellesley Women’s Initiatives in partnership with the World Of Wellesley invites the community to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. There will be music, dance, art activities and speakers to inspire girls and women of all ages. This year’s theme is to celebrate women and support equity, regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, socio-economic or political, and acknowledge that women must gain full and equal participation in global development. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rama K. Ramaswamy, Darlene J Howland or Melinda Arias-Voci at wellesleywomensinitiatives20@gmail.com.

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!

Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade 2020

Date: May 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Wellesley

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World of Wellesley will participate in the annual Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend parade. Join our parade marching group or watch the parade and cheer us on. The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

30th Anniversary Gala Event

Date: June 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Alumnae Hall and Patio, Wellesley College

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Let’s Celebrate Together 30 Years of Building Community

Please join us for appetizers, wine/spirits, music, dancing and celebration! Recognition for our community leaders, past and present board members and members of the community will be honored. Please bring a friend and let’s celebrate for striving to make Wellesley a welcoming place for everyone.

Race Amity Day 2020

Date: June 14, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: TBD

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Come celebrate Race Amity Day, a celebration of diversity and mutual understanding. Please join us for a community pasta dinner with the Wellesley and Needham Communities.

Why Race Amity? Race relations in America will not substantially improve unless the public discourse on race moves beyond the blame-grievance-rejection framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity and collaboration. While the tradition of racial oppression was unfolding, a parallel tradition, largely hidden and poorly understood, was demonstrating some of the most positive qualities to be found in American history. This “other tradition” of close collaboration, amity and love has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history.

Co-hosted annually with the Needham Diversity Initiative and Needham Human Rights Committee.

Wellesley Community Gathering 2020

Date: August 30, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

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Everyone is invited to celebrate the start of school at the 4th annual family gathering. ​The World of Wellesley is excited to invite all Boston and Wellesley families and friends to join in the fun. ​​A special welcome to all the new Boston families and welcome back to our Boston friends! ​

This FREE event brings the entire community together for fun, music, games and refreshments. Meet new friends before the school year begins!

Our Past Events

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.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 2: The Story We Tell

Date: January 23, 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 2: The Story We Tell
The second episode in this series questions the belief that race has always been with us. Ancient peoples stigmatized “others” based on language, customs, and especially religion, but they did not sort people into “races.” This episode traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas, including the development of the first slave system, where all slaves shared a physical trait: dark skin. Ironically, it was not until slavery was challenged on moral grounds that early prejudices—emboldened by the need to defend slavery in a nation that professed a deep belief in freedom—crystallized into a full-blown ideology of white supremacy. By the mid-19th century, race had become the “common sense” wisdom of white America, explaining everything from individual behavior to the fate of whole societies.

MLK Family Event 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Bates Elementary School

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Come celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Wellesley. Join us for crafts, games, activities and pizza! Escape the cold weather. Please RSVP now to let us know you plan to attend.

Co-sponsored by the World of Wellesley and the Wellesley High School Diversity Club.

MLK Community Breakfast 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College

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Annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “A Dream Deferred” featuring an inter-racial and inter-ethnic panel of social justice advocates who will provide insights on Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream and the fight for civil rights of Blacks, Indigenous People and Latin X. Where we are, where should we be and how can we get there; together. Special performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard and the Wellesley High School Cheer Team.

$30 per person for buffet breakfast and program
$10 per student and child
$300 per table of 10 specially reserved

Co-sponsored by World of Wellesley and Wellesley College.

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.

Help Wellesley with Signs of Love

Date: November 6, 2019

Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St)

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In response to the hurtful expressions that have recently wounded members of our middle and high school communities, ALL are invited to participate in a healing and compassionate community response.

From 11:45-1:00 pm on November 6 (public school half day), Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St) invites you to come and make posters as expressions of care and of commitment to creating the kind of community we desire. PIZZA, music, and supplies will be provided. At 12:45 a group photo of participants and their posters/signs will be taken on the Washington St. steps, and then individuals are invited to take their posters and signs and put them anywhere in Wellesley they wish.

WHS and WMS youth, community members, and families with children of any age are invited. Join us in peppering Wellesley with SIGNS OF LOVE!

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

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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.

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

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

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Please join the World of Wellesley in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with a children and family event that will explore Indigenous culture, traditions, and history. Professional educator Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein)​, will lead our engagement together with a presentation centered on Native American (First Nations People) identity, culture, and history. Indigenous food options and pizza will be served. Opening ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. FREE and open to the public.​

See video clips and photos from this event.