Harambee House

Welcome to Harambee House!

The purpose of Harambee House is to provide social, emotional, and academic support to students of African descent at Wellesley College. Additionally, Harambee House provides enlightening cultural activities for the Wellesley College community, as well as educational, cultural and social activities for students, faculty and staff of African descent. Named after the Swahili term for "working together," Harambee has been serving the Wellesley community of African descent and the college since 1970.

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Harambee House opened with the mission to provide a central location to meet the needs of Black students.

 

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History

The history of Harambee House dates back to May 31, 1969, when the alumnae of Alpha Kappa Chi (AKX), the Wellesley classical society, voted to close their house and return it to the College. The members of Ethos, a student organization for students of African descent that had been established in 1968, and the College Administration began completing plans to convert AKX into the campus' Black Student Center, to be called Harambee [Swahili for "working together"] House. In September of 1970, Harambee House officially opened with the mission to provide a central location to meet the needs of Black students including studying, tutoring, and social events, while serving as a cultural resource for Black heritage to enlighten the college community at large.

 

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Black History Month

Harambee House presents

2020 Black History Month

      “The Black Vote”

 

Monday, February 3, 5:00pm, Collins Cinema

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Screening 

Speaker: Akua Sarr, Vice Provost, Boston College 

Co-sponsored by Human Resources and Rho Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

 

Tuesday, February 4, 5:00pm, Harambee House

Welcome BLACK Community Gathering 

 

Friday, February 7, 7:00pm and 9:15pm, Collins Cinema

Harriet and Queen & Slim 

Co-Sponsored by Harambee House and the Film Society

 

Saturday, February 8, 7:00pm and 9:15pm, Collins Cinema

Queen & Slim and Harriet 

Co-Sponsored by Harambee House and the Film Society

 

Tuesday, February 11, 4:30pm, Newhouse Center

Losing Laroche: The Story of the Only Black Passenger on the Titanic

Speaker: Professor Kellie Carter Jackson 

Sponsored by Newhouse Center for the Humanities 

 

Wednesday, February 13, 4:30pm, Library Lecture Room

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth

Speaker: Professor Dana-Ain Davis

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies 

 

Wednesday, February 19, 4:30pm, Newhouse Center

Brown Eyed Handsome Men: Sex, Race, and Rock ‘n Roll in the West

Speaker: Professor Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona

Sponsored by History Department and Newhouse Center for the Humanities 

 

Thursday, February 20, 12:30pm, Davis Museum

Black History Month Tour

 

Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm, Harambee House

Cypher - Electoral Politics: Young, Black, and Undecided 

Co-Sponsored by Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

 

Saturday, February 22, 5:00pm, Jewett Auditorium 

Caribbean Expo 

Sponsored by Wellesley for Caribbean Development (WCD)

 

Monday, February 24, 6:00pm, Harambee House

BHM Read-In

The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates

 

Friday, February 28, 7:00pm, Harambee House

BHM Coffeehouse 

Featuring Poet Danez Smith 

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WASA’s Africa Week 

Sunday, February 9, 7:00pm, Harambee House

Open Meeting + Vision Board Making

 

Monday, February 10, 6:00pm, Harambee House

Film Viewing

 

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00pm, KSC

Afrobeats Zumba Class 

 

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm, Harambee House 

Cornrow Workshop 

 

Thursday, February 13, 6:00pm, Harambee House

Cooking Dinner with WASA 

 

Friday, February 14, 6:00pm, Slater

Film Viewing + Spa Night

 

Are you registered to vote? Do you have questions about absentee voting for your state? Please contact harambeehouse@wellesley.edu for more information.

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Our Space

Harambee House features a spacious reception area and living room on the upper level tastefully decorated with Africana-inspired paintings and sculptures. Adjacent to the living room is the library, a treasure trove of Africana resources and documentaries, featuring books, newspapers, and magazines, most of which are written by or relating to people of African descent. Because of its inspiring features, Harambee House is a meeting space for many organizations and departments on campus. The House also features a full kitchen and den on the lower level. In addition, there are computers available for Harambee House student use.

Harambee House remains an attractive space for students because it continues to be a comfortable and welcoming space, both physically and socially. A long standing hub of support for many generations of Wellesley students of African descent, Harambee House is still considered a "home away from home" for many students. Along with the magnificent study and relaxation space it provides, the house also hosts a variety of cultural events, lectures, and receptions throughout the year.

 

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Reserving Spaces in Harambee House

Harambee House is a multi-use space with a spacious living room, full kitchen, and lower level den.  "The House" is an attractive and welcoming space, both physically and socially. Along with the magnificent study and relaxation space it provides for students, the house also is a meeting place for many organizations and departments on campus, and hosts a variety of cultural shows, lectures, and receptions throughout the year.

To request reservation of a space at the Harambee House for an event or meeting, go to 25 Live. Click on the "Event Creation and Editing" tab to go through the system's event creation process. You will be prompted to log in using your Wellesley domain username and password. We strongly suggest that you reserve your space at least two weeks in advance. You can also view events in the house via 25 Live and search "Harambee". Harambee House student organizations and students, faculty, & staff of African descent are given first priority with respect to space requests.

All parties who reserve the space must adhere to the rules of the house and be accountable for the space during their reservation time.

If you have any questions or concerns about reservations, please email harambeehouse@wellesley.edu or  call 781.283.2133.