"Home Away from Home"

  • Oluwaseun Adetola (Sankofa), Ifunanya Okeke (Hip~NotiQs Step Team), Molly Bell (Women’s Collective), Jasmine Gonzalez (Latin American Organization), Lauren Workman (HWS Girl Up)
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  • Bradley Grayson H'18 and Bandeja Munir WS'18 meet with Brandi Ferrara
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Planning Meeting with CGSJC

The Social Justice, Cultural and Global Awareness Club leadership met at the IC to discuss possible collaborations, planning and other organizational topics. The clubs and leaders present at this meeting include: Oluwaseun Adetola (Sankofa), Ifunanya Okeke (Hip~NotiQs Step Team), Molly Bell (Women’s Collective), Jasmine Gonzalez (Latin American Organization), Lauren Workman (HWS Girl Up).

Sankofa is the Black Students’ Union and is organization open to those of all races, ages, and sexual orientations. We are dedicated to educating others about past and present events that affect those of African-America, Afro-Cuban & African descent through multiple events & meetings.

Hip-NotiQ’s is an organization/team devoted to creating a positive energy on campus by merging the arts of dance and step to create unique routines and performances.

Women’s Collective is an all female-identified space that strives through various events on campus to create a dialogue for change within the HWS community on issues related to gender, and its intersection with race, class, and sexual orientation.

The Latin American Organization provides awareness and knowledge of Latin American culture, heritage, and community for the HWS campus as well as the Geneva community.

HWS Girl Up is a chapter of the worldwide United Nations Foundation campaign for adolescent girls. Girl Up raises awareness and funds for girls to be educated, health, and safe.

Intercultural Affairs historically has worked with the cultural, global awareness, and social justice clubs in the following ways publicity, providing meeting space (though not all meet here) and informal advising/mediation/advocacy/support. I host bi-annual Club Planning Dinners because I think it’s important for student leaders in these clubs who have similar goals to meet and network; they often times find ways to garner support within each other and its helpful for everyone to know what’s happening in the semester. Darline Polanco Wattles WS’09, Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs

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Pre Valentine’s Day Self-Care Work Shop


The Women and Men of Color Support Group met February 13 at 7pm for a workshop facilitated by the Counseling Center. Tasha Prosper, the leader of this group, is a counselor on campus and met with students to address the diverse concerns of the HWS Student of Color Community, and to practice Self-Care and Self-Love.

The Counseling Center strives to enhance the wellbeing of students through facilitating their emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual development. They provide emotional support, impart life skills and encourage self-reflection all with the purpose of empowering students to navigate their way toward greater autonomy and effectiveness. For more information about the Counseling Center visit their website. All counselors are available by appointment online or by phone.

German Club Meeting

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The German Club brings together students at the IC House to celebrate the culture of German-speaking Europe and its culture. Club meetings are dynamic and reflect the interests of its members. Meetings can consist of music exchanges of contemporary German-language music, to conversations about German cars, to celebrations of holidays, to filed trips to local German restaurants. The Club helps to organize the regular “Stammtisch” German language hour at the Cellar Pub, where the first drink is on the German Department!

To be placed on the German Club’s email list, email club president Lauren Carr at lauren.carr@hws.edu.

Career Chat

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The IC hosted Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experimental Education, for a Career Chat. Students dropped in to talk with Brandi and ask questions on scholarships, internships, fellowships, career choices and graduate school.

The Salisbury Center for Career Services offers a comprehensive Career Development Plan called Pathways, individualized career counseling, career assessments, access to the Career Network (a network of alumni/parent contacts for informational interviews and networking), Internship/Job search strategies, career workshops and winter break networking programs. Every program is available to all HWS students and we encourage your use of their resources! Learn more here.

Alum Spotlight: San-Fan Hong WS’16


It felt great to take a break from graduate school applications and go on a glacier hike in Iceland. San-Fan Hong WS’16

San-Fan Hong was an orientation mentor during the International Student Orientation program, and worked as a Writing Colleague while her time at HWS. San-Fan was a key in our office’s outreach to the international students on campus, and demonstrated her outstanding leadership skills as a President of the Asian Student Union (ASU), one of the most active student organizations on the HWS campus.

Under her leadership, ASU participated in Geneva’s annual Festival of the Nations; she also coordinated her organization’s planning and implementation of the annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. ASU also collaborated with several student organizations: the Domestic Violence Awareness House, the Asian and Insertional Houses, Pride House and Pride Alliance, the South Asian Culture Club, and UNICEF.

Through San-Fong’s leadership and collaborative effort, she brought campus events that increased the awareness on Asian cultures and helped carve a space in which international students and other students shared and learned from their experiences.

International Student Association’s Meeting


Shari Shirzai H’17, Duniya Syed WS’20, Tameera Mccarty WS’18, Lan Yao WS’19, Hamdan Ahmed H’20

ISA is a group of active people on campus who try to raise awareness about the diversity of this campus and the cultural diversity that we have. We try to bridge differences by shattering stereotypes and bringing people together regardless of their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender and political affiliations. We meet every Friday at 5pm in the IC, if you could join us, that would be awesome! – Shafi Shirzai H’17

Families at IC

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Nagina Ahmadi (WS’20)’s mother, Marzia Ahmadi, came to visit Geneva, NY and stopped by the IC while on the HWS campus. The mother-daughter duo spent time at the house and met Darline Polanco and Professor Molina.

I am so glad that our international students have amazing people like the IC staff and other in their IC home—it brings me lots of happiness to know that kind people take care of my daughter  .. It gives me lots of comfort in knowing that my daughter whom I’ve worked so hard to raise is in good hands …I was so excited to hear that Nagina even gets to practice her Farsi with her friends at IC! Maria Ahmadi, Nagina’s mother

Multicultural Career and Networking Conference Committee Meeting

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Solomé Rose, Program Manager of the Global and Community Leadership Programs, Darline Polanco, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs, Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning, and Christine West, Associate Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations, have been organizing a Multicultural Career and Networking Conference for HWS students.

Saturday, February 11 from 10:30 – 4:45pm, HWS students are invited to meet and network with alums visiting the campus. Sessions include valuable information and experiences, such as the “Life After HWS” panel, the Honorable Laura G. Douglas ’79, 2017 Recipient of the William Smith Alumna Achievement Award as the Keynote Speaker, a Speed Networking Session, Non-Profit Career Panel, Business Career Panel and Grad School/Law School Panel. This is a wonderful opportunity to collect information about post-graduation career paths.

Lunch will be provided to all students attending, and dress is business casual.

Education Department’s Information Session


Hobart and William Smith’s Education Department offers programs leading to New York State initial certification, which is also recognized in many other states. All candidates for teacher certification in NY State must also pass the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and be fingerprinted at their own expense.

Childhood Teacher Certification (grades 1-6)

Students can prepare to teach at this level by completing the elementary teacher certification program. Student teaching must be completed at the first through sixth grade levels.

Childhood and Students with Disabilities Teacher Certification (grades 1-6)

The students with disabilities certification program at the Colleges is intended to prepare students to work in a variety of school settings with children with a range of disabilities. In addition to the requirements for the Childhood Teacher Certification, students must also take four courses in special education and two additional teacher seminars in special education.

Adolescent Teacher Certification (grades 7-12)

Students prepare for this certification by attending teacher seminars and by tutoring and student teaching in secondary schools. The Colleges are licensed to prepare teachers of English, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, French, Spanish, Latin, and mathematics.

Teacher Certification in Art (grades P-12)

Students may prepare to teach art in preschool through grade 12. In addition to the distribution requirements, students pursing certification in art must also complete a 12-course major in studio art with the proviso that the major includes either four art history courses, or three art history courses and a course in aesthetics (PHIL 230); and that the art history courses address at least two historical periods or cultures.

Distribution Requirements for Certification

In addition to completing the education practice and teacher seminars, all students must fulfill the following distribution requirements:

  • One natural science course (biology, chemistry, geoscience or physics, lab recommended),
  • One social science or history course (two recommended),
  • One fine arts course (art history is acceptable),
  • One literature course (English, French, Spanish, German or classics) and
  • Two courses in a language other than English

Click here for more information on the program.

Justice League Meeting


The Justice League is composed of five HWS faculty members, Jeremey Wattles (CCESL), Kristen Tobey (Student Activities), Darline Polanco (Intercultural Affairs), Solome Rose (CCL) and Maurice Charles (Office for Spiritual Engagement). The group meets every other month to share ideas for programming and identify ways they can work together. Their goals are to address 21st Century changes such as demographic changes/increases in diversity, competition for increasingly limited natural resources, and communities reckoning with increasing inequality and dwindling social mobility. By addressing these problems, there is hope for meaningful change.

College campuses often have fragmented, peripheral offices and initiatives focuses on these three strands of service, sustainability, and social justice/diversity, are truly just microcosms of these large scale national and global problems. By working together to combine forces and passions, there is the possibility of greater reach, efficiency and power, with the ultimate goal of moving conversations that have existed on the periphery to the center.

A few examples of the programs the Justice League has collaborated on thus far include: Earth Week, Food Week, and the Grateful Plate.