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Campus Pulse: 60 Seconds with Jennifer O’Neil

The Campus Pulse is a video series initiative by the Office of Intercultural Affairs designed to engage the campus on issues related to social justice, culture, and difference, by showcasing different initiatives, programs, and events that HWS community members (faculty, staff, students) are a part of. Each week we will be featuring different voices of the HWS campus community, so stay tuned!

This episode of The Campus Pulse features Jennifer O’Neil, Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Program Coordinator for the Center for Global Education. O’Neil talks about the Global Cafe program and what the program seeks to do with students who study abroad, those who are interested in studying abroad, and others in the HWS community.

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French and Francophone Club Crepe Night!

As one student pours the crepe mix onto the flat iron surface, another finishes cutting bananas, the delicious smell of soft crepes goes throughout the room as another student shares directions in French. The scene described is Crepe Night, hosted by the French and Francophone ClubA night where students all come together to learn more about French cuisine and language, through cooking savory crepes. The goal of this Crepe Night is to get students comfortable talking French in a casual setting, such as the kitchen. As students chop, stir, and fry away in the kitchen, the students are being brought together in one of the most fun ways possible.

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Conversation on Empowering LGBTQ+ Students (and their Teachers!)

By the age of 18, a student will have been in school for 13 to 14 years, depending on early education access. At kindergarten a young child entered school, and at high school graduation, a scholar stepped into the world. Although the process of education can be luminary, if curriculum and knowledge isn’t accessible, it can be detrimental to a child’s self and their wellbeing. Today, educators are working hard to make knowledge more accessible and inclusive of marginalized voices. In the Finger Lakes region, Chelsea Snyder WS’11, the LGBTQ Program Coordinator at the Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes is ensuring that students in Geneva and the Finger Lakes are learning their own history and have a safe space that is supportive of their lives and presence. As LGBTQ Program Coordinator, Chelsea works with teachers to make sure the classroom is a safe space where students feel comfortable participating and learning and also creates materials for teachers to make social school spaces supportive of LGBTQ+ youth. Snyder provided tips and resources for future (and current) educators and also helped us all become allies and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, especially its younger members. Thank you Chelsea for your hard work to make school spaces more accessible!

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Campus Pulse: 60 Seconds with Reinaldo Llano H’99

The Campus Pulse is a video series initiative by the Office of Intercultural Affairs designed to engage the campus on issues related to social justice, culture, and difference, by showcasing different initiatives, programs, and events that HWS community members (faculty, staff, students) are a part of. Each week we will be featuring different voices of the HWS campus community, so stay tuned!

This episode of The Campus Pulse features Hobart alum Reinaldo Llano class of 1999. Reinaldo was the President of the Latin American Organization 1998-1999 and also was the founder of LAO’s annual event, Extravaganza. Reinaldo came back to campus to celebrate the 50th anniversary and shares reflections on the event’s beginnings.

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Potato Salad the German Way!

Food is more than taste and texture, food is a way to connect across borders and spaces. Hosted by Tatjana Broeker, the German Fulbright Teaching Fellow, students came together to make potato salad, the German way! Students learned that potato salad derives from Germany, which then went throughout Europe and then the European colonies. Students also learned the norms around potato salad, such as that potato salad is never the main dish, but rather a hearty side dish. Students had fun learning while mixing fresh ingredients and enjoying each other’s company. Tatjana Broeker said “Our small event was a nice alternative to our usual “Stammtisch” meetings in the pub. As we prepared potato salad together and tried some other typical German dishes, the students had the chance to learn more about the German cuisine and practice their German in a relaxed setting at the same time. I was happy to see more students than usual and enjoyed playing a German game and chatting with them a lot in the IC, which was the perfect location for our get-together. Thanks for having us!​ Eine große Umarmung!”

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Another Successful (and Last for Spring 2019) Chat and Chew with Student Government!

From talking about the blue light initiative, more sustainable food service practices, sexual assault awareness, and a pilot program that provides free, accessible feminine hygiene products on every HWS campus bathroom, the William Smith Congress and the Hobart Student Government completed many initiates this year. But this great year had to come to an end, so finally after several Chat and Chews, the WSC and HSG hosted their last C&C at the IC. Students came to eat pizza and wings one last time, and were able to share their voices and express their gratitude. The IC is very grateful to the William Smith Congress and Hobart Student Government for considering us as a meeting space, we hope we can contribute this collaboration for many years to come!

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Jerlin Garo WS’17 Returned to Visit and Give Back!

What does it mean to graduate from HWS? Jerlin Caro WS’17 answered that question when presenting “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: From HWS to Genome Editing.”  Now starting her Cancer Research Training Award Post Baccalaureate Fellowship at the Daar Lab, which is part of the National Cancer Institute. Jerlin shared her own experience at HWS, balancing coursework and cultural clubs, ensuring to do excel academically. Garo didn’t just share her biology department’s lecture series, but also gave students tips to be successful. The IC wishes Jerlin Garo WS’17, the best on her future endeavors!

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