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WOW celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Recently, the World of Wellesley (WOW) organized three very successful free events that were open to the public in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. An Indigenous Peoples Day Land Clean Up, co-sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley, took place on Saturday, October 12. The event saw Wellesley residents meeting at Longfellow Pond to clean it....
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WOW to host community gathering/dialogue

World of Wellesley is set to host a community gathering and facilitated dialogue, “What Are Our Community’s Core Values?”, on Tuesday, October 22, from 7-9 p.m., at the Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington St). The evening will include storytelling, small group discussions, and action steps. Among those scheduled to participate in the evening of sharing and...
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WOW hosts spirited MLK Breakfast

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The World of Wellesley (WOW) and Massachusetts Bay Community College had their Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast last Monday, bringing songs, dances and speeches to a tightly-packed library atrium. The Wellesley High School cheerleading team performed their Missy Elliot-inspired routine, which won awards at a Boston dance contest and inspired...
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Selectmen, community discuss diversity

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By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday, January 14, a panel of eleven community leaders and members addressed the Wellesley Board of Selectmen in an open meeting to discuss the state of diversity in Wellesley. Speakers covered topics ranging from diversity initiatives in local schools, the difficulties of assimilation facing immigrant families, local programs...
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WOW’s Chalmers encourages civic coordination

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By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter World of Wellesley (WOW) President Michelle Chalmers addressed the Rotary Club of Wellesley last Tuesday night as part of a developing mission to unify the resources of Wellesley’s many civic groups. “There’s a lot of amazing organizations doing amazing things,” Chalmers said at the outset of her speech, “and nobody...
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World of Wellesley steps up programing

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy While it can be said that the power of a community to sustain change comes from its ability to discover what it cares most about, Wellesley points to the World of Wellesley to light the way. Over the fall, one of the programs WOW featured was the critically acclaimed documentary,...
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Wellesley hosts Songs of East India

By Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Community Center, along with World Of Wellesley (WOW), recently co-sponsored local artist-vocalist Maitreyee Chakraborty, who led and performed "The Songs of East India" to positive reviews from a diverse audience. This concert was also made possible, in part, by a grant from Wellesley and Natick Cultural Councils. Some attendees confessed...
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WOW discusses ‘Color of the Law’

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The World of Wellesley (WOW) and the Wellesley Community Center (WCC) sponsored their third Annual Community Book Discussion on "The Color of the Law - A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" by Richard Rothstein. Weeks prior to the community conversation, which was lead by Rothstein and special...
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Wellesley Multicultural Festival expands worldviews

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter They are residents of Wellesley, but citizens of the world. On May 10, elementary school students from all of the town’s public schools took charge to bring the Wellesley Multicultural Festival to the community. “This is our first ever Wellesley Multicultural Festival,” said Rama Ramaswamy, excitedly. She had spent the last...
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Wellesley celebrates legacy of MLK

By Rama K. Ramaswamy According to attendees of Wellesley's MLK 2018 events, organized by the World of Wellesley, part of the rationale behind observing this national holiday was to reflect and be inspired by the legacy of the man behind the movement for racial equality. Last week, MLK day had it's intended effect - not only...
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WoW holding MLK Day celebration

World of Wellesley will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration for children and families on Monday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The celebration will feature games, music, and food; pizza lunch and birthday cake will be served. The event is scheduled for Hardy Elementary School on 293 Weston Rd. Attendees are...
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MLK Breakfast set for Monday

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by World of Wellesley and Wellesley College, will be held on Monday, January 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., at Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Layli Maparyan, Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana...
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Diversity Summit inspires culture of inclusivity

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The Wellesley Community Center opened its doors for all to enjoy, learn, and grow at the World of Wellesley’s fourth annual Diversity Summit on October 21. The World of Wellesley (WOW) aims to make the town a more welcoming and inclusive place by understanding and celebrating diversity. At the annual...
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WOW celebrates community in Wellesley

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Over the weekend, the World of Wellesley held a summer gathering at Warren Park to celebrate community. Boston families and new families were welcomed alike over sandwiches, fruit and other refreshments. Over 200 people were in attendance, welcomed by organizers Allison Britton, Kate Griffith, Sajida Khudairi, Russ Cramer and WOW...
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Wellesley community rallies in Boston

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Members of the Wellesley community were present at last weekend’s counter-demonstrations in Boston. Among the many groups attending were Wellesley community members from World Of Wellesley (WOW), including President Michelle Chalmers, high school students from Wellesley High School and the Dana Hall School. Grant Hightower, METCO coordinator for WHS and teacher...
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Hardy School holds first Multicultural Festival

By Rama K. Ramaswamy John D. Hardy Elementary School’s debut Multicultural Festival (HMF) was organized by the school’s parents, PTO and the World Of Wellesley (WOW). Members of the planning committee ranged from Hardy staff and teachers to WPS staff and teachers as well as employed the diversity and benefitted from commitment of the parent community:...
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World Of Wellesley leads annual MLK Breakfast

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The 17th annual World of Wellesley MLK Breakfast was called “a huge success” by attendees, who were estimated at over 100. Among this year’s highlights were keynote speaker Chuck Collins, the Harvard College Kuumba Singers, and an announcement by WOW President, Michelle Chalmers, that the non-profit organization intends to roll...
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WoW’s third annual Diversity Summit

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The World of Wellesley was founded in 1991 by Wellesley resident, Tere Tedesco. Since then, it has spearheaded the discussion about diversity via a variety of interactive programs. According to World Of Wellesley, “the principal purpose [of WoW] is to provide opportunities to experience and celebrate various kinds of diversity,...
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Solidarity gathering against racism

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy As part of Theodore Roosevelt’s Paris speech in 1910, he said, “it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in...
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World of Wellesley holds peace vigil

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The day after the tragic Pulse attack in Orlando, World of Wellesley President Michelle Chalmers organized and invited friends and neighbors to gather at Wellesley Town Hall green. The invitation read: “Wellesley community, neighbors and friends, please join us at a community peace vigil, honoring those who tragically died or...
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