Wellesley College Disorientation Guide May 2018

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WELLESLEY
COLLEGE
DISORIENTATION
GUIDE
MAY2018
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I I DISORIENTATION
GUIDE

what's

a disorienation
guide?

Adisorientationguideprovidesan altnerativeviewon a college's community.
Thisis to spreadinformationthat is not
typicallyprovidedat a first year orietnationevent. Thisis
the historyand practicesof the insitutionas throughthe
lens of current students.
Thisguidewascomplied
byRachelKisken( classof 2020)as a
project in ECON
PoliticalEconomy
of Race, Gender, and Class
taught by ProfessorMatthaei.

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TABLEOF CONTENTS
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WELLESLEY'S
SETTLERCOLONIAL
HISTORY
INEQUALITY
/ SOLIDARTY
WELLESLEY'S
RADICAL
HISTORYTIMELINE
WHAT'SNEXT??
DIVESTMENT
HELPFULTERMS
LIVINGDOCUMENT
GUIDELINES
WORKS
CITED

I I DI SORIE
NTATIONGUI DE

WELLESLEY'S
SETTLER
COLONIALHISTORY
LandwhereWellesley
is located is granted to a groupof
12 Europeanmenby a court
in present-day Cambridge.

Priorto colonization,Wellesley
College's 1
landwasonceunderthe controlof of
"sachemMagos
" (pronounced
Mau-gus).
Maugus
wasconvertedto Christinaityin
1652.Hisland controldecreasedas more
settlers cameto the area.
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..,..

.......

1881

Wellesley
the townis incorporated.

1635

---.......

1826
1672

Nonativesremain
inthearea.Most
of their bloodlineshavedied.

Controlof the Indian Village is changedfromNative
control to Settler control.

1651
Natives from different communities in the area are forced
to relocate to an "Indian village. " Lake Waban is named
after a respect native leader, knownas Wabanto the settlers, wholived in this village.

Wemustacknowledge
our
settler colonialoccupationof
these stolennativelands.

2

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INEQUALITY??
ThoughWelle
sley may at timesfeel like it exists in a "bubble, " this doesnot exclude it fromreproducing the inequalities pervasive elsewherein American
society. The1dMtltles
wepruJectto thewotldareortenattached,10rebn>adJy,to
a ~ Nhere
different
1dentlths
arevatued
10rethanottlers.A pervasive bias for white,wealthy, able-bodied identities creates barriers against the success of students who do
not fit this mold.Welle
sley is not a post- racial utopiancommun
ity.
Asstudents
we111sta---1t•1ta-""'•ir
engage
lfttJIhoW
reproduces
onthe bas'5orablllty,rate,aender,
and
cJ&.

&&SOLIDARITY
Thankfull
y, Welle
sley students are mobilizingand challenging
the inequalitie
s reproducedby the institution and its community. !ltdents areva1lmgthede"«8oed
andrethe
stabsquo.
Together , the communit
y can becomea force to break systems
of inequality.

I I

DISORIENTATI
ON GUIDE

WELLESLEY'S
RAC
A NationalStudentStrike

Hillelmeets
Students maeh against Trusteesat
overcowded
classrooms cerns abo1


19826
Wellesley
students participate in
the NationalStudent Strike as
encouragedby the NationalBlack
Anti-War. Anti-Draft Union.

A joint strike betweenstudents
and IMSBJA
protests the gendered
paygapbetweencustodialworkers.

19681

19734
HarambeeHouseopens. a result
of Ethos•s organizaingefforts.

First "TakeBack
The Night..rally is held.

19827

19703

19682
In a letter adressedto the Col-

lege President and Board of
Trustees.Ethosissuesa list of
demandsincludingthe recruitmentof moreblackstudentsfor
the incoming
class. and increase
in black faculty. the creation
of an African-American
Studies
major. Theythreatena hunger
strike and involvinglocal media if the demandsare not met.

Ethosmeetswith the college
presidentto increasepressure
forBlackStudiesdepartment.

19 48
Senate holds sit
protesting Acac
Council·s denial
an academic mf

Studen
ees
to

Ethosworkshop
duringNational
StudentsStrike

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)ICAL HISTORY
Wellesley
Organization
ofLesbians
andFriends
protestsROTC
becausetheir discrimination
policydoes not protect against discriminationon the basis of sexual preference.

198511
withthe Boardof
'ter raising conJt anti-semitism

19849

C

Students host die-tn for
Sout Africandivesment.Students form human blockade after Board of Trustees
votes against divestment.

198613

SouthAfricanDivestment
Die-In

Student sponsored teach-in
abut divestmentand racism.

198915

198814
in
:iolic
for
inor

19 6u

Studentsorganizeafter lesbian
pridechalkingsare vandalized.

Ethos withholdsdass gift
in protest of the college·s
investmentin South Africa

ts pressure Board of Trustto add "sexual preference"
poticy.
anti-discrimination

I I DISORIENTATION
GUIDE
WellesleyAcademicAction Movement-Siblings Leading Action
tor Multiculturalism
(WAAMSLAM
11) threatens hunger-strike
if demands are not met.

20018
Diversityworkshopsheld in dorms
after on-campus hate crime

ASIAN

19973
Studentsprotest
ing hallworkers,
outsideof Green

Multiculutral Affairs
coordinator
position created.

20
WAAMRally

20 06
2002
9
students
circulate
pe19 5 2
tition tor full- time
students protest the ~
Wellesley LesbiAsian students Adusa
Smile
casting
that
ans, Bisexualsand
ivsor during family
eluded actors of co·,
2000
5
Friends senator
AndFriendsweekend.
Ethos
'
WASA'
and
positon created.
wcoprotests at sen20 1 7
ate after SOFCdeWellesley
AsianActionMovenies funding tor
ment (W
AAM)presents denext academicyear.
mands to senate, hosts a
teach-in, and conducts a
sit- in at GreenHallto draw
19994
attention to the concerns
WASAand Ethos protest south
of AsianAmerican
students.
African Benefit Concert after
not being allowed to perform.

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SOACconstitutedorgs donatetheir allocated funds to various funds (like
health care grants and the student Aid
Society) to shoulder the college's
economicdownturn
, raising $40,000.

200912

the layoff of dinby living in tents
, Hallfor weeks.

08

PAC, MEZCLA
. LGBTQIA.
and Cielito Lindocirculate petition after they
conducts
abruptly loss their storage space. Fossil FreeWellelsey
die-in outsideof Lulufor fossil fuel divestmentcampaign
2013
14

201315

10

'\ona

201013

"Shop-In" at the CollegeBookstore held after bookstore
tor.
employeeracially discriminated against a black student.
MAC
writes a letter callingfor
2009ll
more staff diversity training.
Students organized
tor a full-timequeer
student advisor.

ex-

FossilFreeWellesley
Die- In

I I DISORIEN
TATIONGUIDE

ACORNSopens'
WAAM-SLAMS

a

(more )recen ·
Ra1z. The WellesleyAsian Alliance.
Wellesley
Studentsfor Justice in Palestine, Wellesley'sAfricanStudentsAssociationand Babson's Originsof Necessary Equalityholda rally in response
to PresidentTrump·
s Immigration
Ban.

result of
organizing.

20174

20 7 3

JewishVoicesfor Peace(JVP).
Justice for Palestine ( JFP)
and the Wellesley
ArabWomen
Association(WAWA)
hold silent demonstration
protesting
a talk given by MiriEisin. a
formerspokespersonfor the
Israeli DefenseForces( IDF).

20161

Wellesley-Babson Solidarity Marchheld in response
to on-campus hate crime.

e

er

iNAI.

~OA

A

Wellesley-Babson
Solidarity
March

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t movements
RENEW
holds rally outside CollegeClub
during Board of Trustees meeting to
pressureboard to vote for an energy
planthat encouragesrenewableenergy.

20188

RAs and HPCorganize campaignafter unexplained payment delay.
B HP/RAMobilize

2017
Davis Museumprotests Immigration Ban through
its "Art-Less" campaign.

20 8 7

5

blackOUT.familia.TeaTalks.
QTPOCC
(Queer and Trans
Peopleof Color Collective).
QCAB
(QueerCouncilAdvisory
Board)and SAGA
protest talk
given by AliceDreger. known
for her transphobic views.

·• 1<1eour

cEST/NfA
N
lEBANESE
>ME
N?

CHEMICAL WEAPON S

-

WAR CRIME
WOMANHOOD DOES
NOT EXCUSE YOU

PALESTINE IS
A FEMINIST

issue
C

MiriEisinProtest

I I DISORIENTATION
GUIDE

• •

.NOWIT'S

- JOJM
ORGS
ALREADY
FIGHTJNG
FOR
CHANGE
I

- STAND ,.....,

WITH
YOUR
FELLOW
Sl8S
I

~ SPEAK
UPAGAINST
JUJ

ONCAMPU
I

-OIALLENGE
THE
STATUS
QUOI
Studentmovements
on campushavecreatedtangible
change,evenwhenit seemsthat it seemsmountainousto overcome
the obstacles.CurrentWellesley students haveculturaladvisorsand homesdue
to the organizationof past Wellesley
sibs.
Theadministration
listenswhenweshout loud
enough.Somehavevoicedconcernsthat adminonly
listenswhenit is timelyfor them,but this should
not dismayyour courageto challengethe status
quo. If Wellesley
doesnot hear us shoutout disagreement,then the institutioncancontinueits
unjustpracticeswithoutfear.

MAY/2018 \ \

W & DIVESTMENT
Wellesley
as an institutionhas
a powerfultool for change:

dlvatllWhat's dive s tment?
Divestment
has cometo be understood
as whenan investorsells its shares
motivatedon a changein moralunderstandingon whatwasoriginallysupported by its investmen
t.

What divestment movements
have happened at Welle s ley?
Thetwolarget divestmentmovements
havebeen the SouthAfricandivestment
and fossil fuel divestmentmovements.

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"TheBoardof Trustees has decidedthat divestment
[fromfossil fuels]is not a goodoption for Wellesley
Therehas beena changein the admin· s College.TheBoard, andI, donotS-CIP(,I
Lthe 'Idea
of
tone on divestmentsincethe first
uSliitbetd'4!"sendcWntasI 'lalr11br
56':lil
movemen
t regardingSouthAfrica.Re- dlMII!anddmiatitd 11111.sucb111111.tbi~
~
cent statemen
t s madebythe adminhavefill 111111
the PIIPOSI
of~ endcWnt.~his dec,s,on
indicatedresistanceto divestment. wasbasedon the conclusions
of th~ workinggroup,
researchon t he consequences
of divestment,and a
discussionwiththe Boardof Trustees. "
H. KimBottomly
March7, 2014

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Officially,
community
members pushing for W
divestment are encourage to submit a letter
to the chair on Subcommittee on Investment Responsibility
. .. letter
parameters include:

Wha
t social injuryor socialbenefit willbe
addressedbyendowment
action?
Wha
t are the specificsof the proposedaction?
Wha
t effect and howsignificantan effect would
the proposedactionhave?
Whatis the likelycost of the proposedaction?
Howwilladdressingt he social injuryor addressingt he social benefit contribute to
achievingthe College'smission?

I I DI SORIENTATIONGUI DE

Have an issue? You're not al one. Here's

WHERE
TO COMPLAIN:
MONEY
lROUBLE
• ••
- STUDENT
FINANCIAL
SERVICES
discussyour aid
statement. Challengeit whenit is still too
high. Explainyour circumstancesand howyou
needmoreaid to be able to attend Wellesley.
- STUDENT
AID SOCIETY
offers a variety of
loans, including short term loans that can be
paid back using a paymentplan.
-DEPARTMENTS
usuallyhavegrants that can fund
internshipsor other educationopportunities

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NEED
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. ..
- DEANS
discussyour strains, use themas a
route to meetingwith professorsand letting
themknowabout issuesaffecting your classroomperformance
- PROFESSORS
let themknowwhenyou are
struggle, be clear about your abilities and
limits, be a self advocate
- PLTC
class-specifc tutors, writing tutors
( for all classes), SI instructors ...
-DISABILITY
SERVICES
can help you get accomdations for classor evenaid in getting you tested for a disability you maynot be awareof.

MAY
/ 2018 \ \

Just as weare alwaysdeveloping
and changing, so is the landscapeon campus
. Add
on to this guideso wecan shareall of our
knoweldge
together. In an effort of solidarity sharethe tips youthriveby, history
youknow,and yourperspective!

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page 4
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Boston: The Pi.lgri.m Press, 1917 .
(2-7)
provides all timeline information
2. Hi.nchli.ffe, Eli.zabeth M. Five Pounds Currency, Three Pounds of Corn: Wellesley ~s Centennial Story. Wellesley: Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts,
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6. Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves.
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8. Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves.
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B. Wellesley Archives Image Database (Ethos teach in during Student Strike)
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9. Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves.
10 . Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves.
11 . Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves .
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13 . Al-Ferzly, Mi.chelle, Catheri.ne B, Dhi.vya Perumal, Whi.tney Sheng, Laura Wong. "DIVESTMENTTHENANDNOW:A HISTORYOF WELLESLEY'SSOUTHAFRICANDIVESTMENT
MOVEMENT"
last modi.fied May 12, 2014 . http://thewellesleynews
. com/2014/05/12/di.vestment-then-and-now-a-hi.sto
ry-of-wellesleys-south-afri.can-di.vestment
- movement/ .
14 . Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves .
15 . Unpubli.shed ti.meli.ne compi.led by Wellesley College Archi.ves.
C. Wellesley Archives Image Database (Die - In)
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page 9

Archi.ves.
Archi.ves.
Archi.ves.
Archi.ves.
Archi.ves.
Archi.ves.
Archi.ves .

MAY/2018 \ \
10 . Unpublished timeline compiled by Wellesley College Archives.
11. Unpublished timeline compiled by Wellesley College Archives.
12. Unpublished timeline compiled by Wellesley College Archives.
13. Unpublished timeline compiled by Wellesley College Archives.
14. Unpublished timeline compiled by Wellesley College Archives.
15 . "FOSSIL FREE WELLESLEY:
2016 ANDTHE FUTURE
. " Wellesley Solidarity
Economy online.
Accessed May 5 2018. https://wellesleysolidarityeconomy.com/fossil-free-wellesley-2016and-the-future/
B. Fossil Free Wellelsey online. Accessed May 5 2018.
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1. Sanchez, Jacqueline.
"MARCH
FOR PEACEREVITALIZESWELLESLEY-BABSON
SOLIDARITY." The
Wellesley News. Published December 1, 2016 . http://thewellesleynews.com/2016/12/01/
march-for-peace-revitalizes-wellesley-babson-solidarity/
.
2. "New Spaces in Freeman Hall, Acorns, and Pendleton West." Wellesley College online.
Published February 22, 2017. https://www.wellesley.edu/news/2017/node/111691
3. Otero, Alexandria. "STUDENTSUNITE TO PROTESTFORMER
ISRAELI DEFENSEFORCESSPOKESWOMAN. " The Wellesley News. Published March 9, 2017 . https://thewellesleynews
. com/2017/03/09/
students-unite-to-protest-former-israeli-defense-forces-spokeswoman/.
4. Otero, Alexandria . "STUDENTORGANIZERS
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COMMUNITY."
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.
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5. Meisenzahl, Mary, Maya Nandakumar. "DAVIS MUSEUM
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. " The Wellesley News. Published February 25, 2017 . https://thewellesleynews.com/2017/02/25/davis-museum-veils-immigrant-artwork-to-challenge-executive-actions/.
6. Hurwitz, Sophie. "ALICE DREGER'SSPEECHINCITES PROTESTFROMWELLESLEY'S
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8. Interview between the author and Emily Lashelle on May 1, 2018
B. Wellesley News Online. RA/HPCmobilize against late payment .
C. Wellesley News Online.
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"Divestment." Wellesley College.
president/mytake/divestment.

Accessed April 29, 2018. http://www.wellesley.edu/about/

"Policy Statement of the Subcommittee on Investment
Board of Trustees, June 2015 .

Responsibility

. " Wellesley College

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