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Black Alumni Welcome Table
Open Friday, 1–8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Office of Admission, Stewart M. Reid House
All attendees should stop by to pick up your nametags, meal tickets, and weekend packets.

Friday, October 27

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    The Pathways to Public Health

    With Joyce Hall ('78) DrPHc, MPH
    12:15–1:15 p.m.
    Usdan University Center, Rm 108

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    Over the past two decades, Public Health, Population Health, and Global Health have increased in popularity. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased everyone’s knowledge and awareness of the importance of public health and community health in keeping communities and people healthy and safe. As a result, many students have expressed interest in these areas. Join two public health practitioners, Joyce Hall (’78) MPH, DrPH, and Brian Gilchrist, PhD, MPH, who have experience and expertise in the areas of adolescent health, maternal and child health, academia, community health, social and behavioral health, local government, and organization capacity building, as they speak about their pathways in public health. These panelists will speak about their educational paths, their decision to pursue a public health career, and past/current public health practice and specialization, shedding light on the scope and importance of public and community health programs along with opportunities within these two important fields of practice.

    Presented by:
    Gordon Career Center—Health Professions Program

    American Medical Student Association
    Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students
    National Organization on Rare Diseases Student Association of Connecticut
    Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
    Wesleyan Pre-Dental Society
    Black Undergraduate Medical Association
    EMT Club

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    Welcome Happy Hour

    4–5 p.m.
    The Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies
    Appetizers and refreshments will be served

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    Welcome home to Wesleyan! Join us for a happy hour as we celebrate coming back together as a family. We'll reconnect amidst an exhibition of creative works by Black alumni. Alumni are encouraged to bring a copy of their creative works to display. (Note: A few books by Black alumni authors will be available for purchase at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore on Main Street throughout the weekend.)

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    Black Alumni and Ujamaa/Black Student Union Dinner and Meet + Greet

    5–7:30 p.m.
    Malcolm X House, Basement
    Dinner and refreshments will be served

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    We will break bread with current Black students in the newly renovated Malcolm X House basement. Come for the fellowship and grab a bite to eat too!

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    Black Raspberry Live Student Performance

    7:30–9:30 p.m.
    Malcolm X House Basement
    Featuring Black Raspberry, Wesleyan's first and only Black arts collective

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    Jam to the sounds of the all-Black student-run band known as Black Raspberry, composed entirely of current Wesleyan students.

Saturday, October 28

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    Hip-Hop Zumba with Brianna Johnson '24

    8–8:45 a.m.
    Fayerweather Dance Studio, Room 108
    Join Brianna Johnson '24 in a Zumba style hip-hop dance session for some morning movement!

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    Wesleyan Black Alumni "Human Library" (unofficial) + Continental Breakfast

    9–10:30 a.m.
    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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    Members of the Wesleyan Black Alumni community want to have an honest conversation about the journey to success—not the destination thereof, per se. You can fail the Medical College Admission Test and still someday make chief resident. You may be a sociology major now but decide to work as a Hollywood producer later. Plans change too and that's okay. This gathering is about the embrace of a journey you design as well as the courage to take some chances to have the life that you desire. So come, let's talk it over.

    Rather than a traditional alumni career panel—wherein we (or you) amplify our successes–we're going to open up about the crazy-beautiful journey we're on (or were on), the impossible decisions we made, surprising detours we took or the crystallizing moment when we finally figured out what we wanted to do with our adulting lives.

    Each Wesleyan Black alumni will be positioned at their own bistro table with a placard that speaks to the experiences they are there to share. Sample placards: "Quit my dream tech job, started a regenerative farming business and play with dirt all day now," or, "Was an RA at WES, worked for the U.S. State Department, and am now a stay-at-home parent."

    We welcome you to hear and then briefly engage with the personal-professional stories of participating Wesleyan Black Alums—our veritable "human books"—in small groups or one-on-one.

    Current students, seniors and recent alums are encouraged to come "check out" a "human book" from our WBAC Human Library (unofficial event); and stay open-minded about your post-WES path too.

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    31st Dwight L. Greene Symposium

    Striving for Access and Opportunity in Education
    11 a.m.–noon
    Memorial Chapel and on Zoom

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    Participants include:

    • Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez '96, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
    • Clifford Thornton, former Associate Dean of Admission, Wesleyan University
    • Shereem Herndon-Brown '96, Author, The Black Family's College Guide to Admission
    • Tanya Greene '91, Director U.S. Programs, Human Rights Watch
    • Theodore Shaw '76, Hon.'14, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina

    The Supreme Court's recent decision to end affirmative action has real-world implications for Black and other under-represented students seeking to pursue their higher education goals at Wesleyan and at colleges/universities around the country. Some are projecting that the Supreme Court's decision is likely to devastate the number of Black students admitted to colleges and universities in the coming years.

    In this year's Dwight L. Greene Symposium, experts in this space will not only reflect on the SCOTUS decision and impact on families but also share their views on ways that Wesleyan might work to build and also protect a more racially diverse, equitable and inclusive student body in the future.

    Now entering its 31st year, the Dwight L. Greene Symposium honors Dwight L. Greene '70 as a memorial and tribute to his life and work as a professor of law, mentor and friend. Each year, presenters are selected from among Wesleyan's alumni, faculty, and friends who have distinguished themselves in their professions, to share on topics of importance for Black alumni, alumni of color, and the Wesleyan community at large.

    This symposium provides an opportunity to hear from a diverse set of voices while facilitating networking and reconnecting with members of the Wesleyan community. with each other and ensures that diversity remains an important part of the Wesleyan experience.

    Historically sponsored by the Black Alumni Council and Alumni of Color Council, the symposium serves as a long-standing campus tradition and a time to reflect on where we were, where we are, and most importantly…where we are headed.

    Overflow seating will be available in Judd Hall, room 116. The symposium can also be watched on Zoom.

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    Watch last year's Dwight L. Greene Symposium which took place virtually on November 15.

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    Celebration Lunch

    Noon–1:30 p.m.
    Welcome and Overview of Programs in the Office for Equity & Inclusion

    April Ruiz, dean for academic equity, inclusion and success and Demetrius Colvin, director of the Resource Center

    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

    Registration is closed for this event.

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    Gallery Exhibit: No Title: Relays + Relations

    Works by Renée Green '81 and Sol LeWitt
    Noon–5 p.m.
    Ezra and Cecila Zilkha Gallery

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    This exhibition brings together artworks by Renée Green ’81 and Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). As a student at Wesleyan, Green participated in a course taught by Professor of Art History Emeritus John Paoletti that focused on LeWitt’s art collection, which resulted in the exhibition NoTitle: The Collection of Sol LeWitt in the Davison Art Center (October 21 through December 20, 1981). Describing this experience as a seminal moment in her experience as an emerging artist, Green is also interested in what similar acts of aesthetic exchange and support could be offered to younger artists today, thereby extending the transmission of conceptualism in new directions. For the exhibition, Green will place some of her recent work. The exhibition will also feature three wall drawings by LeWitt with installation by current students at Wesleyan. An array of public programs and engagement opportunities will accompany the exhibition.

    All are welcome at curator talk and walkthrough on Saturday, October 28 at 2 p.m.

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    Black Alumni Photo

    1:30 p.m.
    North College steps
    Photo taken at 1:45 p.m. sharp

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    David Robinson '85 Memorial Tailgate Party

    2–3:30 p.m.
    Andrus Field by third base of the baseball diamond.
    Refreshments available

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    Join us as we cheer on the Cardinals! During half-time, Wesleyan will honor and recognize members of the 1990s All-Decade football team, including the following Black alumni:

    • Brother Rome Riddick '00 (Posthumously)
    • Brother Terry Sears '00 (Captain 1999)
    • Brother Ross Stafford '99 (Captain 1998)
    • Brother Christopher Richardson '93 (Captain 1992)
    • Jon-Rene Glover '92 (Captain 1991)
    • Scott Hatter '92 (Captain 1991)
    • Greg Baldwin '91 (Captain 1989–1990)
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    Resource Center Open House

    2–3 p.m.
    167 High Street

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    Come and meet Demetrius Colvin, director, to learn more about the ways the Resource Center provides resources and support to underrepresented and marginalized students on campus.  

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    The Launch of Something Big

    Join us at the McKelvey Green Tent
    4–6 p.m.
    All are invited to this very special community-wide event. Join us for performances, remarks, and refreshments as we celebrate the launch of something big!

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    Black Alumni Dinner and Private Meeting

    6–7:30 p.m.
    The Forum, Public Affairs Center
    A catered family-style dinner meeting and discussion to be facilitated by Melinda Weekes Laidlow '89.

    We are at capacity for the dinner, but you are welcome to attend the meeting.

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    Flashback Dance Party

    Featuring alumni DJs Ian Friday '87 and Marc McKayle '88
    7:30–10:30 p.m.
    Beckham Hall
    Hosted by the Black Alumni Council, Ujamaa/Black Student Union, and the Alumni of Color Council

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    It's an old school Malcolm X House "basement" Dance Party in a new school location. Join us at Beckham Hall to dance to the incredible sounds of TWO alumni DJs! DJs Ian Friday '87 and Marc McKayle '88 will share the night. Dress to sweat!

Sunday, October 29

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    Mindfulness Yoga with Kailer Brothers '25

    9–10 a.m.
    Fayerweather Dance Studio, Room 108

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    Incorporating elements of breathing exercises and bodily movement, join Kailer Brothers, class of 2025, for a morning movement session designed to bring awareness to the mind and body.

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    Closing Brunch

    10–11:30 a.m.
    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center
    Advance registration required

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    Nicole L. Stanton, Wesleyan University's provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, professor of dance, professor of African American studies, and professor of environmental studies, will headline the Black Alumni Celebration’s Closing Brunch. Come bid farewell to your fellow alums and hear from Dr. Stanton.

Michele Barnwell '89 and Joy Rhoden Lewis '92, P'25

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Co-Chairs

Save the Dates: Future Alumni of Color Celebrations

Wesleyan Latine Alumni: November 1–3, 2024

Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni: October 24–26, 2025

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