|Timestamp||Username||First Name||How are you connected to the Wellesley College Community?||Last Name||What title would you use to describe your display?||Tell us what you would like to display in 500 characters or less.||Would you like to include pictures in your display?||Please provide a wellesley email address for those who are interested in learning more about your work.||Email address or on-campus contact information||Is this a group or individual effort?||If you answered "group" to the previous question, please tell us the name of your group.|
|10/3/2012 12:12:email@example.com||Jane||Administrative Staff||Jackson||Newhouse Center for the Humanities||The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College creates a dynamic and cosmopolitan intellectual community that extends from Wellesley College to the wider Boston-area community and beyond. The Center hosts research fellows and visiting professors and generates an exciting and diverse array of programming and performances, including the Mary J. Cornille Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, the Newhouse Distinguished Writers Series, the Elizabeth Jordan Lecture and Colloquium, and more.||Yesfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Newhouse Center for the Humanities|
|10/4/2012 11:55:firstname.lastname@example.org||Jim||Administrative Staff||Wice||October Is Disability Awareness Month!||There are two more disability awareness events scheduled for October. Please join us at the Newhouse Ctr., Wednesday October 17, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM or a Disability Discussion. Feel free to come to talk or listen.|
The second remaining events is a documentary film titled "Lives Worth Living" being shown in Cazenove Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM. This film lasting a little over an hour chronicles the disability rights movement through firsthand accounts. There will be a discussion immediately after the film. Refreshments will be served.
|10/5/2012 8:48:email@example.com||Carolyn||Administrative Staff||Slaboden||Minority Recuitment, Hiring and Retention|| |
The mission of the MRHR committee is to provide effective, sustained and timely advice on the recruitment, hiring, development and retention of minority faculty. Working closely with the Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, MRHR strategically promotes faculty diversity and inclusion to enhance the educational mission of Wellesley College and benefit the entire community. The MRHR committee researches issues related to minority faculty well being and advancement and communicates its findings to the College leadership, Academic Council and greater Wellesley community.
|Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Robbin Chapman, Carlos G Dorrien, Stanley S. Chang, Tamar Barzel, Veronica Darer, Brenna L. Greer, David R. Haines, Michael P. Jeffries, Sun-Hee Lee, Irene Mata, Salem Mekuria, Carolyn M Slaboden|
|10/8/2012 14:12:firstname.lastname@example.org||Robbin||Administrative Staff||Chapman||Faculty Dense Networking Lunches||Junior Faculty Networking Lunches|
Hosted by the Associate Provost Chapman, Dean French, and Dean Lynch.
Bi-weekly lunches where junior faculty and hosts break bread and talk about whatever is on their minds. These lunches form the basis for making new connections with faculty from across disciplines and across the College.
These new connections may lead to new faculty feeling more connected and included in the Wellesley College community. The lunches first started in Spring 2012 and continue this fall with an edition for associate faculty.
As the program moves forward, the hosts will look for ways to incorporate a broader variety of our faculty, so they may share experiences, make connections, and think together about how to create a more inclusive Wellesley College campus.
|Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Robbin Chapman, Richard French, Kathyrn Lynch|
|10/9/2012 16:39:email@example.com||Angela||Faculty||Bahns||Studying Attitudes Toward Diversity Among Friends||Our social psychology research group is studying attitudes toward diversity as a predictor of diverse friendships. We know from decades of research in support of the Contact Hypothesis (Allport, 1954; Pettigrew, 1998) that exposure to people who are different from ourselves can be an effective strategy for reducing prejudice. This work suggests that schools, workplaces, and communities that profess to value diversity are trying to create an environment of enhanced tolerance. In stark contrast to this ideal, our field research on attitude and prejudice similarity in friendship pairs reveals an ironic finding: As environments become more and more diverse, friendships become more and more homogenous. This summer we investigated how neighborhood norms and individual beliefs about the value of diversity affect attitudinal similarity within friendship pairs. We surveyed friendship pairs in Boston—specifically in Jamaica Plain and the North End—about their social and political attitudes and beliefs about diversity. On average, friends were more attitudinally diverse in Jamaica Plain, where people placed higher value on diversity compared to people in the North End. Friends who highly valued diversity were less similar to each other in terms of their social and political attitudes compared to friends who did not value diversity. We also found that people who highly value diversity count a greater number of diverse friends among their closest friends. These findings have important implications for schools and workplaces that seek to promote diversity. Simply bringing together a diverse group of people will not necessarily promote diverse friendships. Future research should focus on strategies that will increase how much people value diversity, in order to foster the formation of diverse friendships as a means of prejudice reduction.||Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Bahns Social Psychology Research Group|
|10/10/2012 10:19:firstname.lastname@example.org||Kevin||Administrative Staff||Chamness||Committee On Diversity, Administrative Council||The Committee On Diversity, Academic Council promotes diversity at Wellesley College by supporting members of the administrative staff. We strive towards maintaining a workplace that values differences that we all share and provide support in making the workplace inclusive and welcoming. The Academic Council Committee on Diversity works with the Chair of the Diversity Coalition and The Partnership for Diversity and Inclusion in their campus-wide initiatives.||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Committee On Diversity, Administrative Council|
|10/10/2012 15:31:email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ethos - Our Herstory||Ethos was conceived in the back of a taxi, December, 1966, by five Black Wellesley College students, returning from a conference of Afro-American students held at Columbia University. They realized that there were no existing organizations on our own campus that adequately represented the needs and obligations of the Black student on a white campus. Ethos, which is defined as 'the pervasive characteristic that distinguishes a group of culture' was formed to meet those needs. Our objectives are manifold: 1) to serve as a common and effective voice on matters that concern Black students on and off campus, 2) to establish and maintain a meaningful relationship with the Black Community, 3) to study our own history and traditions, and 4) to prepare ourselves, as Black women, to approach the challenges of a crucial era.||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Ethos|
|10/10/2012 15:32:email@example.com||Administrative Stafffirstname.lastname@example.org||Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD)||Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD) builds on the rich legacy of the community of women of African descent -- from the trailblazers who came before the founding of Ethos in 1968 to the most recent graduates.|
WAAD is one of the first affinity groups incorporated under the umbrella of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. We organize with the purpose of strengthening the connections of alumnae of African descent with each other, the College, as well as current and prospective students. We also hope that WAAD will supplement our connections to our Wellesley alumnae classes and local clubs.
|Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD)|
|10/10/2012 15:36:email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN)||The Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN) is in the process of being created and will be one of the first affinity groups to form under the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. We hope this network will provide opportunities for Latina alumnae to connect with each other, with current students, and with Wellesley College.||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN)|
|10/11/2012 0:53:email@example.com||Aryanne||Student||de Silva||Women for Caribbean Development (WCD) Annual Caribbean Exposition||WCD hosts an annual Caribbean Exposition to share with the entire Wellesley community the food, music, and art of the Caribbean, which are a source of pride and comfort for students involved in the organisation. With English, Dutch, Spanish and French speaking islands, and the historical influx of Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, and West African immigrants, the Caribbean is a melting-pot of cultures. WCD’s Caribbean Exposition, therefore, celebrates with the Wellesley community, not just one culture, but the diversity inherent in the multicultural region of the Caribbean.||Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Women for Caribbean Development|
|10/11/2012 10:55:firstname.lastname@example.org||Kelly||Administrative Staff||Stone||Christian Feminist Circle||The Christian Feminist Circle is an informal gathering on Tuesday afternoons. Together, we read feminist theologians and discuss their contributions to the Christian faith. Co-sponsored by the Catholic and Protestant Chaplaincy||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Christian Feminist Circle|
|10/11/2012 11:25:email@example.com||Karen||Administrative Staff||Zuffante Pabon||Slater Global Teas||Global Tea Series- Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 at Slater International Center. |
Slater International Center offers a time and an open space for dialogues around global issues. Each week a different theme is highlighted and the community is invited to participate in informal discussions.
|Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Slater International Center|
|10/11/2012 15:54:firstname.lastname@example.org||Kristina||faculty & admin. staff||Jones||Diversitree - a new take on the Edible Schoolyard||"Diversitree" project at Ashland Middle School - the result of a partnership between the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Botanic Gardens, the students of Biology 108, and the Director of Nutrition Services for the Ashland Public Schools. We have designed and mostly planted a mini "edible ecosystem" garden in a traffic circle in front of the school. 108 students made a great sign for the garden and videos explaining the project to the middle schoolers, and I have photos of the team at work in the garden.||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||partnership among groups named above|
|10/11/2012 16:42:email@example.com||Sumru||Administrative Staff||Erkut||Food for thought||A quotation|
"There were never in the world two opinions alike; anymore than two hairs or two grains. The most universal quality is diversity."
Michel de Montaigne ( French essayist)
|10/12/2012 9:27:firstname.lastname@example.org||Hannah||Administrative Staff||Townsend||Expressions of the Davis||In our display, we want to touch upon the ways in which the Davis Museum serves the community at large, encompassing myriad exhibitions, events, and programs, while highlighting our manifold permanent collections. Looking at the comprehensive elements of diversity—from our varied media in exhibitions and collections, to the approaches and backgrounds of our artists and participants—we’ll offer insight to these various facets through text and visual representation.||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Davis Museum at Wellesley College|
|10/12/2012 9:55:email@example.com||Lee||Faculty||Cuba||Diversity from the Students' Point of View||For the past several years Wellesley has been collaborating with six other selective liberal arts colleges on a longitudinal study of the college experience. The general goals of this collaboration—the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL)—are to understand how students make important academic, social and personal decisions throughout their time in college, to assess the extent to which institutional policies and practices foster student learning, and to modify those policies and practices to improve the educational experiences of students.|
One study we have conducted explored students‘ perceptions of their college‘s commitment to and effectiveness in promoting diversity and how their perceptions may change over the four years of their college experience. Using data from interviews conducted with students from four liberal arts colleges during their first and senior years, we examined the roles they see diversity playing in their social and academic lives. Our findings suggest that students saw their colleges as more committed than effective in promoting diversity—working on it but not there yet—and that the majority of students did not change their positions on these issues while they were in college. Our findings also indicate that academic experiences exerted a greater effect on students‘ perceptions of diversity over time, while the effect of social interactions decreased. Finally, we call attention to the potency that negative experiences, even though they may be infrequent, had on students‘ views of diversity on campus. This study was published in Change, 2011, 43(4), 32-38.
For more information about the NECASL collaboration, please go to www.wellesley.edu/NECASL.
|Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL)|
|10/12/2012 11:03:firstname.lastname@example.org||Tracey||Administrative Staff||Cameron||TASTE OF THE DIASPORA||TASTE OF THE DIASPORA serves as the kickoff event to our annual Black History Month celebration. It is designed to foster engagement among all faculty, staff, and students. The event features a diversity of food from the African diaspora and drumming by Wellesley's own, Yanvalou. Food! Fun! Fellowship!||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Harambee House|
|10/12/2012 16:57:email@example.com||Amanda||Student||Zhang||Wellesley Asian Alliance Poster Campaign||Wellesley Asian Alliance is an Asian American political organization. Our three main goals are to advocate for Asian American Studies in the College's curriculum, to foster greater awareness of Asian American issues within the student body, and to build alliances with organizations of students of color. We hold annual events such as the Asian American Studies Lecture and an Asian American Film Festival, and we hold WAA lunches several times a semester. In the spring semester, WAA invites first years and sophomores on a retreat at an off-campus site to learn more about Asian American history and issues, as well as the history of Asian American activism at Wellesley College. |
One of our most visible campaigns for raising awareness about Asian American issues is our poster campaign during March, when Wellesley College celebrates Asian Awareness Month. We print thought-provoking statements, facts, and questions on brightly colored paper and post them everywhere on campus. This way, the Wellesley community is confronted with central issues relevant to the Asian American experience: stereotypes of the model minority and the perpetual foreigner, under representation in politics and mainstream media, startling disparities in health and economic situations, and much more. The poster campaign disrupts the typical framework for thinking about race in black and white terms, and promotes critical thinking about Asian Americans' place in society today.
|Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Wellesley Asian Alliance|
|10/12/2012 17:58:firstname.lastname@example.org||Amanda||Student||Zhang||Wellesley Asian Alliance||Wellesley Asian Alliance is an Asian American political organization. Our three main goals are to advocate for Asian American Studies as a major in the College's curriculum, to foster greater awareness of Asian American issues within the student body, and to build alliances with organizations of students of color. We hold annual events such as the Asian American Studies Lecture and an Asian American Film Festival, and we hold WAA lunches several times a semester. In the spring semester, WAA invites first years and sophomores on a retreat at an off-campus site to learn more about Asian American history and issues, as well as the history and current status of Asian American activism at Wellesley College. |
One of our most visible campaigns for raising awareness about Asian American issues is our poster campaign during March, when Wellesley College celebrates Asian Awareness Month. We print thought-provoking statements, facts, and questions on brightly colored paper and post them everywhere on campus. This way, the Wellesley community is confronted with central issues to the Asian American experience: stereotypes of the model minority and the perpetual foreigner, under representation in politics and mainstream media, startling disparities in health and economic situations, and much more. The poster campaign disrupts the typical framework for thinking about race in black and white terms, and promotes critical thinking about Asian Americans' place in society today.
This year is very exciting for WAA due to the arrival of the American Studies Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Professor Alex Orquiza. In the past few years, WAA conducted surveys, met with candidates, and worked with faculty and administrators to increase the course offerings in Asian American Studies at Wellesley. Starting Spring 2013, Professor Orquiza will be teaching Introduction to Asian American Studies, Contemporary Asian American Immigration through Food, and The United States and the Philippines, 1898-1946. In WAA's overall goal of establishing and maintaining an Asian American Studies major, our next step is establishing an Asian American Studies minor. This year we look forward to be actively involved with hiring academic departments and constructing the requirements for an Asian American Studies minor.
In addition to our behind-the-scenes advocacy, WAA seeks to foster community among Asian Americans and promotes visibility of our shared history and identity. During WAA lunches, we facilitate discussions around topics such as racial/ethnic identity, mental health, literature, and activist history in the Asian American community. In November, we are collaborating with CSA, KSA, TCO, WASAC, Japan Club, Generasians, and ASU on a lecture series about eating disorders, body image, and mental health for Asian American women, issues that are very pervasive yet unaddressed in the Asian/Asian American community. Also in November, we are collaborating with Ethos and Mezcla to host an ethnic studies panel to inform students about the importance and relevance of ethnic studies as a discipline, and to inform what ethnic studies courses are available in the spring.
|Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Wellesley Asian Alliance|
|10/15/2012 8:14:email@example.com||Victor||Administrative Staff||Kazanjian||Difficult Dialogues||Wellesley’s Office of Intercultural Education in partnership with the Public Conversations Project has developed a program to train cohorts of faculty, student and staff facilitators to lead an ongoing series of complex conversations on controversial topics on Wellesley’s campus called Difficult Dialogues. Under the leadership of the Initiative on Diversity and Inclusion for Student Life (IDIS), and in particular the working groups on Diversity and Inclusion Education, and Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, the first pilot program held in the spring of 2012 involved 20 students, 5 faculty and 5 staff members who were trained as difficult dialogue facilitators and led a public difficult dialogue conversation on soci-economic background and status in April 2012. More than 150 students, faculty and staff participated in this difficult dialogue program. |
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) in Watertown, Massachusetts, is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization that provides a distinctive blend of services. PCP’s offerings include dialogue facilitation; customized and open enrollment trainings; consultation to facilitators, organizations, and networks in conflict; and print resources. Although PCP specializes in fostering dialogues about polarizing public issues, its methods have been effective in situations characterized by chilly disconnection and suspicious silence as well as in heated and noisy conflicts. Since its founding in 1989, PCP has worked on a range of divisive issues including abortion, forest management, religious differences, same sex marriage, the use of animals in research, the so-called US red/blue divide, and the conflict in the Middle East.
In the fall of 2012 a second cohort of Wellesley students, faculty and staff will be trained as campus difficult dialogue facilitators and together with the first cohort offer opportunities throughout the year for campus-wide dialogue and swill be available on campus to facilitate dialogue programs hosted by others.
|Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Office of Intercultural Education|
|10/15/2012 8:30:firstname.lastname@example.org||Kelly||Administrative Staff||Stone||White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge||Wellesley’s President's Challenge Team including 75 students, 13 members of the faculty and 14 staff, planned and led a program involving 9 academic departments, 16 administrative departments and 36 student organizations featuring four areas of interfaith service and engagement: Interfaith Service at Wellesley and in the World; The Environment as Sacred; Interfaith Education and Community Engagement and Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Society. Bolstered by the legitimacy afforded by the White House and Department of Education's sponsorship of this program, partnerships with academic and administrative departments, student organizations and community partners, has moved our interfaith work from being seen as programs of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to being programs that support the core educational mission of the College. |
Interfaith Service at Wellesley and in the World
1. 350 students, staff, faculty and alumnae engaged in an Interfaith Service Day on the theme “What Inspires you to Serve” working with 10 community organizations. Participants engaged in pre and post experience structured dialogue and recorded responses to "What inspires you to serve?”
2. 30 students and 10 staff and faculty members took part in a day of service at the September11th citywide program in Boston
3. 19 members of the Multifaith Student Council participated in a service project at a local community farm, helping to harvest crops and put the farm to bed for the winter
4. During the month of January, Wellesley ran three President’s Challenge affiliated Wintersession service programs involving 45 students and 6 staff/faculty members including an interfaith trip New Orleans, an interfaith trip to Uganda to visit Muslim, Christian and Jewish coffee growers, and a Peace & Justice Studies program in India focused on interreligious conflict and cooperation in Varanasi, India.
The Environment as Sacred
The President’s Challenge team partnered with SCOOP, (the Sustainability Coop on campus) and the Environmental Studies Program faculty to create the Environment as Sacred program which included creating an Edible Ecosystem model garden at Wellesley that can be visited as a resource for local school and congregations and developing a tree planting guild educational program for the Ashland public schools. The first trees were planted by Wellesley College and Ashland students in April (28 students, faculty and staff).
Interfaith Education and Community Engagement
1. A campus interfaith gathering of remembrance on September 11th (55 students, faculty
2. Screenings of “Beyond Belief” a documentary film that tells the story of two 9/11 widows followed by visit to campus by Susan Retick co-founder Beyond the 11th (210 students attending)
3. Training programs on interfaith understanding and dialogue for Residence Hall Directors and student Residence Life Assistants. (15 staff and 85 students participating)
4. An educational program on interfaith understanding and cooperation for all Student Life staff (65 staff participating)
5. A roundtable discussion on interfaith understanding and cooperation at the annual Tanner conference on service learning (45 students, faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees attended)
6. A series of educational programs and celebrations featuring different religious and cultural traditions that were open to the entire community as an opportunity to learn about the diversity of religious, spiritual and humanistic traditions reflected in American society. These included:
• Flower Sunday Interfaith Celebration – 1250 students
• Sukkot – 300 students, faculty and staff
• Diwali – 250 students, faculty and staff
• Eid – 175 students, faculty and staff
• Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering – 75 students
• Christmas Vespers – 800 students, faculty, staff and alumnae
• Parandas – 300 students, faculty and staff
7. Planting Seeds for Seven Generations a program on indigenous views on the environment featuring three members of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers’ Council - 400 students, faculty, staff and local community members.
Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Society
The President’s Challenge team
1. worked with the student Multicultural Affairs Coordinator, Multifaith Student Council, and the student Campus Wide Diversity Initiative to host programs on religious diversity featuring a film and discussion on stereotypes of Islam in America. (80 students)
2. sponsored a talk by Dr. Susan Abraham on Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism ( 47 students)
|Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||White House Initiative Planning Team|
|10/15/2012 8:41:email@example.com||Victor||Administrative Staff||Kazanjian||IDIS - The Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion for Students||The Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion for Students supports Wellesley College’s commitment to educating students for national and global citizenship by implementing an integrated program of intercultural education that equips students with the knowledge and skills they will need for leadership and life in a diverse and interdependent world. The Office of Intercultural Education in the Division of Student Life works in partnership the Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Employment, Diversity and Inclusion, and with faculty and staff colleagues and student leaders, in the development and leadership of activities, trainings and programs focused on intercultural education and multicultural competency that educate and promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community. 25 students, 18 faculty and 19 administrative staff are part of these working groups. The wok of the Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion for Students is carried out through four strategic areas:|
1. Diversity and Inclusion Education – develop campus-wide capacity in areas of diversity and inclusion among students and within the Division of Student Life through programs of intercultural education, multicultural competency and structured dialogues that enable all students to engage one another around issues of diversity and inclusion and deepen their competency in addressing issues of identity, culture and community. Featured programs in this area include: Difficult Dialogues Program and a proposed first year experience Diversity and Education Program.
2. Affirmation and Collaboration – develop a vibrant and inclusive sense of community on campus by affirming social identities through the support of particular cultural communities, while at the same time building stronger connections across differences through programs which foster mutual understanding and collaboration among all students and student organizations. Featured programs in this area include: The support of Multicultural President's Council and campus-wide discussions on critical topics. The topic for spring 2012 was socio-economic background and status.
3. Student Success – work in partnership with faculty and student life staff to ensure that all Wellesley students reach their full potential through a vibrant educational experience that includes academic excellence, leadership development, interpersonal engagement and individual fulfillment. The first task of this working group was to collect and assess data from past studies and determine what research will be helpful moving forward.
4. Multicultural Leadership Development – enable students to develop the knowledge, experiences and skills necessary to lead in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world by bringing people together with different histories, cultural legacies, and values in a manner that recognizes and addresses the tensions stemming from different social identities and builds community through the development of shared principles. This year the Multicultural Leadership working group will be working on a proposal to start an intercultural education fellows program training students to engage the campus community around diversity and inclusion issues.
|Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||Office of Intercultural Education|
|10/15/2012 8:55:firstname.lastname@example.org||JiHyang||Administrative Staff||Padma||ART and SOUL||The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) strives to embody the College's historic belief that education is an intellectual, relational and spiritual journey. With this mission in mind, ORSL has developed ART & SOUL, a series of monthly programs that foster community exploration of the diversity of human experience and expression through spirituality and the arts. Now in its fourth year, ART & SOUL has brought extraordinary programs to Wellesley including, The Poetry of Mary Oliver, Universal Sounds of Love ~ Nawang Khechong; The Afro-Semitic Experience; Circles of Healing, Circles of Peace: A Tibetan Sand Mandela with the Nuns of Keydong Nunnery in Kathmandu; Faye Alibiocus; The Spoken Word Art of Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo; Poetry in Motion, Afro-Flow Yoga with Leslie Salmon; East Meets West, Classical and Contemproary Indian Music.||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||The SPirituality and Education Progam of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life|
|10/15/2012 9:10:email@example.com||Kelly||Administrative Staff||Stone||Multifaith Council||The Multifaith Student Council is a core leadership team in Wellesley’s Religious and Spiritual Life Program. This group is comprised of students from the various religious, spiritual and humanistic traditions on campus. These groups include: African Religious Traditions, Agnostic, Atheist, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant), Hindu, Humanist, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Quaker, Pagan/Wiccan, Secular, Sikh, Spiritual, Unitarian Universalist, Zoroastrian Student religious organizations either elect or select students for the council in consultation with the Chaplains, the Director of Multifaith Programs and the Dean. Representation is based on equity of voice not proportional representation (more like the US Senate than the House of Representative.) The goals of the council are as follows: |
• to engage in an exploration of the possibility of religious pluralism at Wellesley College as people from different religious and spiritual traditions.
* to provide leadership for Wellesley's multifaith community celebrations such as Flower Sunday and Baccalaureate
• to serve as an advisory council for the Dean Religious and Spiritual Life and the Religious Life Team
• the council meets weekly for dialogue and discussion and convenes in times of community crisis.
• plan programs relating to religious, spiritual, ethical issues for the college community to act as a liaison between the sending religious community on campus and this multi-faith work. It is essential that each member of multi-faith council have an active and engaged relationship with their own community and its leadership
• to provide advice on issues related to student religious activities by advising on complaints filed under the code for religious organizations
• To work with College Government, Senate and Multicultural President’s Council on issues related to religious diversity on campus and in the world
|10/15/2012 9:23:firstname.lastname@example.org||Victor||Administrative Staff||Kazanjian||Communications Task Force||In an effort which began in 2009, this group of students known as the “Communications Task Force” representing Wellesley Arab Women, Wellesley Friends of Israel, Al Muslimat, Hillel, J-Street and Justice for Palestine has come together for weekly dialogue meetings in an unprecedented collaborative effort to better understand how these six organizations can be a force for dialogue and peacebuilding rather than isolation and perpetual conflict on campus. The group meets weekly to engage questions related to conflict in the Middle East in an intentionally self-reflected process of talking, getting stuck, and then pausing to reflect on what happened and how best to move forward. In our work, we continue to identify barriers to communication between each other and our organizations, and develop best practices for planning programs and discussion around these sensitive problems The group has become a powerful mediating force in issues that have arisen regarding programs, speakers and films shown on campus. Whereas in the past, the result of these events would have been flame-wars and alienation of these groups from one another, the Communications Task Force continues to provide forums for discussion prior to and following such events which have served to transform these situations into positive learning opportunities.||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Group||Communications Task Force|
|10/15/2012 10:25:email@example.com||Geofred||Faculty||Osoro||Swahili Club||1. Swahili language and culture group.|
2. Swahili language program
|10/15/2012 11:01:firstname.lastname@example.org||Leah||Independent Contractor||Fygetakis||LGBT Diversity||Robbin - Please check your personal email for LGBT photos and content||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Individual|
|10/15/2012 15:06:email@example.com||Kris||Administrative Staff||Niendorf||Thursday Happy Hour||Every Thursday evening at Punch's Alley (1st floor of the Campus Center) the doors open at 4:30pm to encourage faculty and staff to gather after a day of work to have a drink with friends and colleagues. It is a great way to meet new people and to spend time with old friends. You can declare it a special night if you wish, i.e. glbtq fac/staff night, LTS night, or whatever you like to encourage colleagues to join you. Whatever your reason, just take a break and come on over to relax and mix with others at the College. All are welcome!||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Group||All faculty and staff|
|10/16/2012 15:55:firstname.lastname@example.org||Patti||Religious Life Staff||Sheinman||Hillel and ORSL||Hillel is the Jewish organization on campus for all students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Hillel is pluralistic and supports the pursuits of meaningful Jewish experiences. Through a variety of programs and celebrations, Hillel provides the Wellesley community ways to connect to Judaism personally and comunally.|
Hillel is a Chaplaincy of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The College has developed a Multi-faith approach to Religious and Spiritual life on campus. The program strives to nurture the religious and spiritual life of all community members and engage significant questions involving religion and spirituality in society. The Religious and Spiritual life team is comprised of Chaplains from the Muslim, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Catholic, Hindu, Envangelical Christian, Buddhist and Protestant Faiths. Offices are in Billings 3rd floor, a space that we share with the Cultural Advisors..