White Alum Anti-Racism Training (WAAT) Interest form

The WAAT consists of seven 3-hour sessions, spaced two weeks apart. Each cohort is limited to 16 participants. In consultation with BIPOC leadership, this training was designed by and for white Wellesley alums who seek to be pro-actively and reflectively in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and other people of color in the Wellesley alum community and beyond, and who are working to dismantle white supremacy and racism. The intensive classwork focuses both on dismantling our own internalized racism, through mind, heart and body-centered practices; and developing an anti-racist action plan as an accountable ally. Each 3-hour class focuses on a theme, designed to unlearn racism and build up our “upstander” and allyship/co-conspirator muscles. This multi-generational space encourages white alums to create a caring culture of risk-taking and deep learning.

The curriculum was developed by Wellesley alums over the last several years through a process of intensive study and self-reflection under the direction of the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative, and draws many anti-racist sources addressing epistemological, intellectual, social, political, economic, cultural structural/institutional, historical and embodied aspects of racism & white supremacy.

Two full books are required for this course: How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo. The course expectation is 4 - 6 hours of homework every two weeks.

We intend to cultivate a safe but courageous caucus that is both a learning/processing and a practice space. As we set and pursue goals around using our particular skill sets within our own spheres of influence to challenge racism and white supremacy, we will reflect on and learn from our own mistakes.

If you are unable to attend the course dates this fall, please complete this form and check “Unavailable” under course dates. You will be put on a list to notify for future course dates.

If you have further questions or would like more information, please contact Sherry Zitter, '77 at sherry@gnomesteading.com.

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Name *
Phone number *
Name when student *
Class Year *
Current city & state *
For which of these class dates would you be available? (All Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm ET) NOTE: Final January class date will be determined by group.
11/2/21 (Election Day alternate 11/3/21)
11/3/21 (as election day alternate)
Definitely can make it
Will try to reschedule and make it
Definitely need to skip this class
Cannnot make this course; please put me on the waiting list for the next one.
Please check the time zone you are in (or will be in during the majority of the sessions): *
Previous participation in WRJI programming or other anti-racist training is a pre-requisite for the WAAT. Please indicate your participation in WRJI programming or non-WRJI anti-racist training(s) (check all that apply). If you have not yet participated in any of the below, please go to wrji.org and sign up for one of our upcoming programs! *
What is your goal/interest in taking this racial justice training?
The $300 cost of the course is not intended to exclude anyone, so please let us know below if you need a payment plan or other arrangements. (We also welcome additional tax-deductible donations to the work of WRJI.) We offer accommodations for anyone who cannot pay the full course fee at this point. There may also be one or two optional Afroflow Yoga class offered by donation.
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