"Home Away from Home"

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  • Professor Babbitt and Djeneba Ballo WS'20
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  • Darline Polanco & Marissa Miller
  • Cheyenne DeVaney, Jaren Weeden, Kathy Regan WS'82, P'13, Darline Polanco, Jackie Matos WS'19
  • Professor Tarah Rowse, Environmental Studies & Office of Sustainability, and Cody Rivera, H'17
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IC Hosted Programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters Thanksgiving Dinner

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer program that matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in supported one-to-one relationships. HWS helps with community-based mentoring in which Bigs and Littles meet for an hour a week in their community to share activities and stories.

The IC hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for HWS students and their littles.

My experience as a mentor for Big brother Big Sisters is one that I would like to integrate into my life by finding an organization with similar values as BBBS’s. If I cannot find an organization like BBBS, I will create one by finding people in the community who like kids and who want to give back. Matthew Santiago

IC Programs: Writing Table

Professor Babbitt and Djeneba Ballo WS'20

Professor Babbitt and Djeneba Ballo WS’20

Professor Babbitt of the Writing and Rhetoric department met with students at the IC. Opportunities like the Writing Table are constantly offered on campus to provide students with the ability to get feedback on their work, brainstorm ideas and work together to improve their writing.

Other than the Writing Table, there are various other resources on campus such as the Writing Colleagues and CTL. The Writing Colleagues help students with class essays and writing assignments. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers student Writing Fellows who support and help students with all stages of writing assignments. For more information on scheduling an appointment, check here!

Dreamcatcher Workshop

The IC hosted a Dreamcatcher Workshop and invited all HWS students to come and learn a bit about the Native American heritage. Dreamcatchers are handmade objects based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.

Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people and were later adopted by some neighboring nations through intermarriage and trade. Native Americans believed that the harvest would be bountiful that season if the feathers ruffled more than 5 times in one night.


Mark Curiel '17, Sydney Gomez WS'17

Mark Curiel H’17, Sydney Gomez WS’17

Life at IC

Marissa Miller, former Area Coordinator at HWS Residential Education, came to visit the IC.

Darline Polanco & Marissa Miller

Darline Polanco & Marissa Miller

It feels like I never left home as I visit former colleagues and buildings I frequented as a staff member. I enjoyed seeing the lake and the boathouse. This was my first stop for my visit. Then the IC – to look at the bricks of graduates and students! I am glad HWS still treats me like family. My mentor and friend Dr. Streeter keeps me connected to HWS as I left sever years ago. I hope to never loose this connection. Marissa Miller, former HWS Area Coordinator at Residential Education

Multicultural Career and Networking Conference

The Multicultural Career and Networking Conference will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This is the second annual event, hosted by Sankofa, Salisbury Center, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, Office of Advancement, and African and Latino Alumni Association (ALAA). The event is known to include several panel discussions and workshops with alumni and alumnae of color.

During the conference meeting I felt really eager. I am excited to be able to be a part of planning this event for the alums and students of color. I think that this event will give students of color hope for success after college. Jackeline Matos, WS’19

I am very happy to ‘be home.’ Look forward to haring more about ALAA and how we hope to reconnect/connect with alums and students in the next few months. Cheyenne Devaney, WS’95, Office of Institutional Advancement

Life at IC

Professor Tarah Rowse visited the IC this past week to discuss environmental consciousness and open the conversation regarding sustainability and forward movement on campus. On campus, Professor Rowse taught a Freshman Seminar, Consuming the World, as well as an Environmental studies course, Energy, in the Fall of 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Professor Rowse also taught Environmental Science.

Professor Tarah Rowse, Environmental Studies & Office of Sustainability, and Cody Rivera, H'17

Professor Tarah Rowse, Environmental Studies & Office of Sustainability, and Cody Rivera, H’17

The Office of Sustainability is working to advance environmental consciousness, equity and economic viability. We work on climate and energy issues as well as water, transportation, waste and sustainability education. Any students interested in getting involved with campus and community sustainability should reach out to sustainability@hws.edu. There is so much to be done and each of us can play a part in finding sustainable solutions! Professor Tarah Rowse, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

IC Hosted Programs: Sister Circle

The Sister Circle is a safe space for caring and sharing among women of color.

This dynamic group focuses on the issues and concerns of women of color as they strike to reach their goals. The focus of the meetings will be to uplift the well-being of women of color and to provide a safe space for peer reflections and support. Please join us as we start each week off the right way surrounded by positive reflections of ourselves! Tasha Prosper, Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

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Community Programming: Harvesting Justice Symposium and Dinner: In their Shoes

Students Lauren Workman WS’19, Kevin Collado H’19 and Elisa Garrote Soto, an exchange student from Spain, all attended a Harvesting Juice symposium and dinner. The 2016 theme was the Farmworker Women, which consisted of Farmworker women from across New York who shared personal stories of their lives working on the farms and taking care of their families. The moderator of the event was Betty Garcia Mathewson, the director of the Opening Doors Diversity Project.

Dinner included music, a live performance by Papalotl Mexican Folkloric Dance School, as well as a silent auction.

This conference on farmworkers’ rights and women’s experiences in the NY region was the highlight of the month for me. We had the great privilege of listening first-hand to the personal experiences of women farmworkers throughout their years of working in the farming industry in the USA. Their stories were very powerful and moved many of us in the audience. The whole event in general was done with utmost care, thought and respect. The speakers were wonderful, the food was delicious and the company was wonderful: a full crowd of committed, aware and awaken, passionate, activists citizens from different parts of the USA and the world. Elisa Garrote Soto

Find more information regarding this organization here.

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Caribbean Student Association (CSA)’s Trip to the Tropics

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The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) hosted their annual semi-formal Trip to the Tropics dinner in the Bartlett Theatre on Saturday, October 29 from 430-730pm, which featured various different performers and an animal show.

The theme “Deep Roots. Solid Ground” was portrayed well throughout the evening. The keynote speaker, Professor Gail, helped us to tie it into our theme with her take on the history and the heritage of Caribbean tradition. I thought her speech was the highlight of the night. I would also describe it as an engaging event as well because most people in the audience seemed in tune with performers especially the animal show (Zoo Mobile). Sadeek Walker H’18, Secretary of Caribbean Student Association ‘

IC Programs: Breakfast and Conversation

On Tuesday, November 1 from 9-10am students enjoyed breakfast with Verdant Nyiramana, the Executive Secretary of the Benimpuhwe Organization. Nyiramana held a conversation touching on the themes of healing and coming together in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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