In March 2023, the Wellesley DEI Task Force partnered with The Racial Equity Group on a foundational training workshop for the Wellesley community. This effort helped provide provide important background for the Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias resolution and equity audit article (Article 17) proposed by the DEI Task Force that will be considered at Wellesley’s 2023 Annual Town Meeting.
Presented by Bird Guess, president of The Racial Equity Group, the two-hour training, Bigger Than Racism: Understanding Racialization and Structural Advantage in Wellesley and Beyond. helped lay a foundation for ways in which Wellesley can work to ensure equal opportunity for everyone.
Key workshop objectives included:
- To explain what racialization is and how it can create structural advantages that lead to sustained inequalities even without the presence of racism
- To identify the mechanisms of structural advantage that reproduce racial disparities and shape communities such as Wellesley
- To discuss how a town can address inequity in a way that supports everyone
The workshop was co-sponsored by Babson College and the League of Women Voters of Wellesley.