Fall is in the air, and with the seasons changing comes new changes for the Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD). In the past month, we have installed our new WAAD Board and have had our first official Board meeting, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to collaborate over the next three years with this dynamic and talented group of Wellesley women towards our mission: “To strengthen the connections of alumnae of African descent with each other, the College, as well as current and prospective students."
Along with Treasurer Benita Harris Perkins ‘80 and Vice President of Communications Cheryl Seraile ‘81, I have recently returned from attending Alumnae Leadership Council on our beautiful Wellesley campus, and we all return to you invigorated and inspired, with numerous thoughts and ideas of how we can continue to foster our sisterhood and connections across geographic space and time. While we don’t have details on everything just yet, we would love to share with you a few exciting plans in development that the Board is working towards in our first year:
- WAAD/WLAN Election Night Watch Parties: Can’t make it to the College? Club party sold out? No one to watch the election results with? Participate in or host a watch party! The Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent and the Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN) are working together to host a number of election watch parties across the country. Watch your email for a message to come soon with details. Not located in one of the watch party areas? Contact WAAD VP of Programs, Tania Peters ’95 at email@example.com, to put your party on the map. Remember, where three or more WAAD and WLAN sisters are collected, it’s always a celebration!
- Celebrating President Paula A. Johnson: Many alumnae were able to share in the historic Inauguration of President Paula A. Johnson, a momentous and significant event for the entire Wellesley community. However, as Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent, we recognize the specific importance to our community, and as such, we are working towards a way to welcome and celebrate President Johnson as well as to honor her. As we would like this event to be as momentous as her presence on campus, and to allow for sufficient planning of an event of this magnitude, we are planning towards an event in 2017. If you are interested in participating in the planning for this event, please let me know!
- WAAD Night at the Movies: Many of you may have heard of the upcoming movie, Hidden Figures, that chronicles the story of "three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit”. WAAD is planning a Night at the Movies, where WAAD women can gather across the country with their friends and family to view this Hollywood account of the historic contributions of these three great Black female mathematicians. Keep your eyes out for an announcement about this January 2017 event that can take place at a movie theater near you!
- WAAD Literary Circle: Interested in reading literature for and by Black Women? Would you like to coordinate a bimonthly online book club? WAAD is exploring the idea of having a WAAD Literary Circle. If you are interested in participating (or leading) the Literary Circle, contact Tanis Peters '95.
As Wellesley alumnae, we are connected in so many ways, by our experiences at Wellesley and beyond. We are unified by our shared community background and strengthened by our diverse experiences as Women of African Descent. It is my great pleasure to have the honor to serve you as WAAD President, and I look forward to enhancing our connections, with one another, with the College,with the larger alumnae community, and with the student body over the next three years. Should you have a concern, question, or just want to say hello, feel free to reach out to me. Till next time...
Dorothy Jones-Davis, ‘98