"Home Away from Home"

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Fall Break Programs & Trips

HWS had a long weekend mid-October to help recover from the craziness of the beginning of the semester. Although some students left campus for a change of scenery, many students stayed at the Colleges. The IC hosted various programs throughout the break to celebrate the break from work and forget about any academic stress. These programs all helped build a sense of community and created time for students to go out into nature to celebrate the fall foliage and participate in seasonal activities.

Apple Barrel Orchards in Penn Yan

“The apple picking trip was a fun way to get off campus, meet new people and eat delicious apples!” Colleen McGowan WS ’20

Seneca Art and Culture Center Trip

“Learning about Arctic Revival tattoos was very interesting. It was interesting to learn that accounts or trades were documents by the peoples’ tattoos to distinguish who traded.” Cody Rivera H ’16


LAO’s Heritage Dinner

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The Latin American Organization hosted their annual Heritage Dinner on October 15. The Heritage Dinner is an annual event held by the LAO in order to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, the theme was EL JARDIN DE LATINOAMERICA: “En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas.” There was Latin American food as well as several performers throughout the evening.

The Latin American Organization of HWS works to spread cultural awareness and diversity. They host events for the HWS and Geneva community.


Black Lives Matter Vigil

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The HWS community gathered for a non-violent procession, performance and eulogy earlier this month in honor of Michael Brown, the Missouri teen killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. After a three month investigation, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

“We are very interested in ensuring that we recognize people are affected by the grand jury decision and by an ongoing history of loss of black lives in the U.S. and to make sure that we stand up for that and show that we are listening,” says Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May. May organized the event with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rodmon King and Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Rose.

Participants gathered on the steps of Scandling Campus Center and proceeded through campus and concluded at the Barn where student theatre group Mosaic NY performed a social justice piece in protest of the events in Ferguson. The performance was followed by eulogies by Denisse Cotto ’15 and King for Michael Brown and the other black men and women who have not received justice during their lives. This was followed by an open forum for reflection and discussion.

“The march was very powerful,” says Dominque Miller ’15. “It not only informed students, but it provided a forum for voices of the HWS and Geneva community to be heard. These expressions, I believe, made those who attended very comfortable with sharing their own perspective, and even brought one young man to tears.”

Name Traore, a William Smith junior, was one of the founders of the “We the Unheard” club on campus. Traore worked closely with the other club founders, Josiah Bramble, Jocelyn McKenzie, Jackeline Matos and Tansha Genao, as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the IC house, Student Activities and Campus Safety to put this event together. The mission statement of We the Unheard is “to address the failures of the institution regarding racial inequalities that can intersect with both gender and sexuality while offering solution that foster an inclusive community at HWS.”

“Violence is often the recourse of, as Martin Luther King would say, the voice for the unheard,” Rose says. “So what we are trying to do is provide an outlet for people to be heard without having to have any recourse to violence.”

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Trip to Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY


This past weekend a few students joined the IC in a field trip to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester to celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage. All Fulbright Teaching Fellows and Rico Montulet, a student from the Netherlands, also attended the museum. The Memorial Art Gallery is the civic art museum of Rochester, NY. It’s part of the University of Rochester and is the focal point of fine arts activity in the region. The Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States. This month is a time when people recognize and reflect upon the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture.

“This trip was great because I got to experience Hispanic/Latino Heritage celebration with 11 people from 4 different cultures. This added diversity, perspective and understanding from around the world into 1 trip.” Cody Rivera, Hobart ’17, Architecture major

Reception & Meet and Greet with Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Wednesday, September 28, the HWS community welcomed Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor from Princeton University to campus. Professor Kenanga-Yamahtta was visiting to give her lecture, “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation: Black Women’s Housing int the 1970s,” however the IC hosted a meet and greet reception prior to the event. Kenanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and is also the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. At the reception, she spoke about her work and offered her perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of social movements as well as possible strategies to sustain social movements on college campuses. She also stressed the importance for students to establish alliances with other student groups.

The Fisher Center hosted Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta and included her lecture as one of their 2016-2017 Speaker series. The topic this year is “No Place Like Home.” When millions of people are currently seeking refuge, what does “home” index and for whom? Can we continue to imagine home as a place of security, comfort, intimacy, and identity production, the place that determines who we are? The Fisher Center hopes to discuss and research this topic through their speaker series.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Men and Women brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice contemporary society.

Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara

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Brandi Ferrara met with students at the IC center to help answer any questions they might have about their career goals, scholarships, application essays, alum connections and job opportunities. Brandi is the Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning.As a Johnson & Wales University alum with a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Brandi helps students explore career options and works with those interested in applying to graduate school. This event is one of the many that she conducts to help students with all of their career goals.

“I’m so thankful that HWS offers such amazing workshops like this to students. As a first year, I haven’t attended them all, but am so excited to explore all of the amazing opportunities offered here at the Colleges!” – Katie Taylor, WS 2020

Seniors Speak Out

HWS seniors met with underclassmen this past Thursday, September 22 to pass on advice that they’ve learned over the course of their past few years on campus. This was a great opportunity for younger students to meet with seniors to introduce themselves and ask any questions they may have about classes, programs and insight regarding HWS life. The event was hosted in the Wasey Lounge in the Scandling Dinner, and dessert was shared.

“As a first year, I feel much more confident moving forward.” Katie Taylor, WS ’20

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LGBTQ and Allies Meet and Greet

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The LGBTQ & Allies group on campus is a collection of faculty and staff who together work toward improving the campus culture around LGBTQ issues. The main goal is to increase support, inclusivity and awareness.

The HWS community offers many different forms of support in order to create a safe space for all students and faculty. Beginning this Fall 2016, there is now a Queer People of Color and Allies (QPoC) theme house offered on campus, founded by Chanel Andrews ’19, Denzel Degollado ’19 and Ethan leon ’19 to create a safe and inclusive space for the entire LGBTQ+ community. There is a list online offering the names and forms of contact of the LGBTQ members, which is always accessible for students. The IC is also always a welcoming, inclusive space for all students. Read here about more resources and support groups on campus.

Snack & Share

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The Snack and Share at the IC house was hosted over Parents Weekend, welcoming all students and their families to stop by. The Strategic Diversity Planning Committee, a group of HWS students and faculty, also attended the event to help promote diversity and awareness.

“Creating a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for all students has to be a priority here at HWS. The Strategic Diversity Planning Committee is working to insure that the voices and momentum calling for change from students, faculty and staff is put into action. President Mark Gearan has charged the SDP with synthesizing and prioritizing goals for a more inclusive, diverse, equitable campus. The HWS Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the SDP Committee will be hosting a series of Town Hall meetings in October. Please join in the conversation! Your insight into setting the goals and priorities for HWS is essential.” Mary Kelly, Associate Professor of Education, Strategic Diversity Planning Committee member

Summer Time Happenings & Experiences

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This past summer Cody Rivera, H’17, interned at the Foster Club All Star headquarters in Seaside, Oregon. The Foster Club works with young people in and from foster care to help inspire them to be the greatest they can be. Their Mission is to help young people, “become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life from their peers.” The All-Star Internship is based on the idea that those who successfully transitioned through foster care are able to connect with younger people still trying to transition. The interns receive leadership training, help improve foster youth outcomes, educate peers and industry professionals and work to change public perceptions about foster youth.

“During this past summer, I interned at the Foster Club All Star headquarters in Seaside, Oregon. The Foster Club All Star Internship is an internship program for foster youth who have successfully transitioned out of foster care and who can assist in the transition for other foster youth out of foster care in America. For the two weeks that I have been at the Foster Club Headquarters, I have gone through intensive leadership and public speaking training, while also learning about the foster care system at the federal level. Next week I will be attending my first conference, in Los Angeles, where I will be leading a workshop on sibling connections and youth-adult partnerships, to foster youth who are transitioning to college.” Cody Rivera, Hobart 2017