"Home Away from Home"


“Design Your Life” Workshop


Richie Ramrati H’18 and Cliff Chan facilitated a “Design Your Life” workshop based on the course created by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The course is founded on the application of design thinking to address planning your life, goals, and career. Topics include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace, and practices that support vocation formation throughout your life. If you are interested in future workshops and/or information on the program contact Richie at Richie.Ramrati@hws.edu .

“This was a very informative and much needed workshop. It brought up obvious questions that we don’t always consider when we reflect on our decisions, goals and values.” -German Veras H’ 17

Intercultural Affairs welcomes this years’ HEOP Classes!

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The IC welcomes HEOP students for the annual intensive summer academic program. Students spend 6 weeks taking a number of college courses for which they get credit in preparation for their upcoming first year. We are excited to welcome them and wish them all the best with the hope they will find in the IC a home away from home!

Geneva Community Compact Meets at Intercultural Affairs!


Deborah Woody, Hobart and William Smith Colleges’, Kim Reisch, Center for Dispute Settlement (Canandaigua), Lucile Mallard, Geneva’s NAACP, met at Intercultural Affairs to plan an upcoming workshop on youth and the criminal justice system sponsored by Geneva’s Community, a committee whose primary goal is to address issues stemming from the Geneva community’s racial relations

Professor Molina Teaches in Tokyo, Japan

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Director of Intercultural Affairs, Alejandra Molina, presenting to students at Technos International College in Tokyo, Japan, during its International Week is to promote international exchange and understanding between the international guests and the members of the host institution, as well as to offer the guest group the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. Hobart and William Smith Colleges  is one of 10 colleges and universities from around the world to participate.

“International Week at Technos International College widened my global outlook:  this extraordinary experience re-taught me that cross-cultural understanding helps us strengthen the global community that unites us all.”  Alejandra Molina,Director, Intercultural Affairs

HEOP Office Welcomes NYC High School Counselors


HEOP director James Burruto and Assistant Director Edith Wormley welcomes High School Counselors from the New York City Area. They were joined by Allison Cohen from Eleanor Roosevelt H.S, Emily Colman from Irvington H.S, and Sharon Holden from the James Baldwin School.

“The HEOP office met with college counselors from James Baldwin, Eleanor Roosevelt and Irvington high schools from the New York City area.  We hope to partner with these schools and their counselors to recruit students for the Higher Education Opportunity Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It is extremely important that we partner high school college counselors in order to create meaningful links to students for our recruitment efforts. This further helps streamline the process and further encourages students and counslers to trust that HWS is heavily invested in their success.”
​​​-James Burruto

Summer Academy High School Students Visit The IC

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A number of Geneva High School students participate yearly in HWS’ Summer Academy which gives students the opportunity to engage in college preparatory activities and academic instruction for two weeks. These are high school juniors and seniors looking to prepare for their post-secondary education and for many this is the first time they have an opportunity to work academically in a college setting. The students visited the IC to learn about HEOP programs in general and hear about college life from Benny Calderon H’17 as they ate lunch. The talk went for about 45 minutes and included a number of questions from the students. Mr. Burruto of the HEOP office also stopped by and delivered very useful information and tips towards the application process. We hope to continue to be a place for students to learn more about post-secondary education.

“It is truly a pleasure to be able to speak with high school juniors and seniors about such an important stepping stone in their life. I am pushed to always give back what I received from so many mentors, family, and friends. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak to students about such an important access to college such as HEOP/EOP/AOP.” – Benny Calderon H’17.

“The HWS Summer Academy had the opportunity to sit down with Benny Calderon, H ’17, for lunch to discuss the application process and the HEOP program. The students absorbed a lot of information and were also inspired by Benny’s own path, we left both charged and determined.” – Rebecca Czajkowski WS’18

HWS Reunion 2017

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We were happy to host a number of Alumni during Reunion Weekend 2017. The classes of ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07,and ’12 were featured at this years reunion but many members from other classes expressed their desire to attend and bid farewell to President Gearan. Alumni took the chance to look through yearbooks, catch up and dialogue with students and other alumni. Many alumni were also asked to be interviewed about their time at HWS, their relationship with the Intercultural Affairs House, and their current take of the colleges among other things. The Intercultural Affairs House continues to be a place for alumni to visit and connect with other friends. The IC will always have their door open! Check out photos from the the weekend at the link below!