"Home Away from Home"


German Sports Presentation

Friederike Jandewerth discussed the differences between school sports and sports clubs at the IC this past week. Friederike Jandewerth is a Julius G. Blocker ’53 Teaching Fellow, and works in the German Area studies department at HWS. Many students attended this event to ask questions about the German culture and how it differs from the United States, particular revolving the world of sports.

As I’m studying abroad in Germany net year, I now have the knowledge of how to get involved in club sports once I get there. Cynthia Kellett, WS’17

Multicultural Career and Networking Conference Debriefing Meeting

After the Multicultural Career and Networking Conference, students met up with Darline Polanco, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs and Solomé Rose, CCL’s Program Manager for Global and Community to debrief and review the event. Darline Polanco, Solome Rose, Josiah Bramble H’19, Secretary of Sankofa,  and Yesica Bello WS’19, President of the Latin American Student Association, are all working together to plan future events with HWS alums, similar to this amazing weekend long conference.

Life at IC

Various students and guests spent some time in the IC kitchen discussing what they learned after Sarah Garcia WS’17’s presentation.

The Green Tea Connection: Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples: A Conversation with Sarah Garcia WS’17

The Green Tea Connection is a program that brings together members of the HWS and Geneva communities to discuss and act on social and environmental justice issues. The IC believes it’s important to see social justice and environmental justice as two sides of the same coin, as they go hand in hand together.

This conversation took place on April 26 at 5pm in the IC. HWS faculty, staff and students joined to discuss Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples, led by Sarah Garcia WS’17. Sarah covered important questions such as “who are they?”, “what have they confronted historically?” and “what are their issues connected to environmental justice?”

It was a really eye-opening research project that allowed me to integrate two important parts of who I am: an environmentalist and a Mexicana.

You never stop learning, even about your own heritage and culture and this is why I wanted to focus on México’s Indigenous peoples in my independent study with Professor Mauer: as a means to increase the knowledge of my own heritage as a Mexicana. 

Indigenous people are not given respect, power, nor autonomy in a lot of countries, but are rather stripped of their land, traditions, and even regarded as being lesser than; I hope that the way we view Indigenous people will change because their intimate knowledge of the land can help us lessen the impact that we, as industrialized countries, have on the environment. Sarah Garcia WS’17, Posse Scholar

This offered me an opportunity to learn new perspectives. I now have new discussion points for future discussions about this topic. Ian Tulloch H’17

Popular Culture is Rape Culture

This Staff Matter program was hosted by Tremayne Robertson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Katie Stiffler, Prevention and Education Coordinator of the Title IX Office on campus. The discussion revolved around the idea of how pop culture and its nods to rape culture. The speakers reviewed films, ads and songs and addressed the need to cultivate a “critical awareness” that these constant messages have on us. Pop culture shapes expectations along gender and sexuality. The impact of these consequences were also discussed in regards to the rape culture on college campuses, such as HWS.

If you need anymore information about the Title IX office, check out their website here.

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I will be much more consciously and critically aware of my environment and be vocal when I see something questionable. Also, I will start up conversations with other individuals about this topic and be challenging notions. Kaylah Tucker, WS’20

Alums: Coming Home!

Alums Jericsson Pichardo H’15, Dolian Garo H’15 and Joy Gitter WS’15 paid IC a visit at the Admissions Open House on Saturday, April 8. We were thrilled to welcome them back and to learn about their life after HWS. Jericsson is working as a science teacher at Visa Academy in New York City, Dolian works at Gelt in New York City as an Accounts Payable Associate, and Joy is a Research Associate at Hanover Research in Washington, DC. All of our alums have gone on to do incredible things, and we were so happy to welcome them back home.

Poetry Workshop with Professor Juan Manuel Portillo

Students gathered at the IC this past April 12 to participate in a poetry workshop with Professor Portillo of the Spanish department. Professor Portillo is a poet, scholar and translator, and known for his volumes of published poetry. He has given poetry workshops in México and the U.S., and was the recipient of the David Alfaro Siqueiros Fellowship in poetry, in México. The workshop consisted mainly in some writing exercises. Each of these exercises applied a specific technique. Participants just needed to bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. There was no need to bring previous work, although the techniques learned were useful for participants’ other work. Participants acquired some new resources to stimulate language creativity and to gain more confidence in dealing with words both in their material and also to serve as windows or doors to many possible worlds (imaginary, inner life, memory, history, etc). “I was moved by the way in which participants engaged the experience. It was truly rewarding to hear them read the texts that they produced during the workshop.” Professor Juan Manuel Portillo


HWS Impact


Kaylyn O’Brien (Centennial Center for Leadership), Jeremy Wattles (CESSL), Professor Donna Davenport (Dance & Social Justice), Denise Polanco (Student Activities) & Darline Polanco Wattles (Intercultural Affairs)

HWS Impact is a program which touches upon issues of race, gender, class, ability, privilege & power through dialogue. The annual program is organized by a group of HWS staff and faculty members from a variety of departments across campus. The goal of HWS Impact is to enhance discussions and deeper thinking through sharing personal stories about how students’ identities, both seen and not seen, have impacted their college experience.

This year the HWS Impact planning committee is hoping to expand our committee to include Student Ambassadors who will help with the planning and implementation of the event. We’re also planning on hosting a table in Scandling during the last week of classes to help spread the word about the theme for HWS Impact 2017 – the power of a single story. We’ll have cards with prompts for students to fill out so that they can share the single story that gets told about them and juxtapose it with their authentic narrative. We’re also going to start recruiting storytellers soon! HWS Impact 2017 is shaping up to be another great success. Kaylyn O’Brien, Centennial Center for Leadership

IC’s Friends & Collaborators

We are always honored to welcome our friends and collaborators from different offices to support them in their efforts to make HWS an inclusive and welcoming campus. We value our friendships with everyone and love to collaborate and help whenever possible!


Stephen Walker H’20, Darline Polanco Wattles (Intercultural Affairs), Solomé Rose (Diversity and Inclusion), Professor Justin Rose (Political Science) & Chaplain Maurice Charles (Religious Life)

German Dinner

Monday, April 3, the German club invited HWS students to experience a German dinner at the IC. Various foods were prepared and served to help students experience a true German tradition. The IC believes in the importance of food and culture as a community builder and conversation starter, so the office loves to host events like this one. We also welcomed back Yvonne Brieger, last year’s German Department’s Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, so this dinner was a very special one!

It was so great to attend German Abendbrot again – but this time as a guest! Besides the tasty food, it was beyond amazing to reconnect with people from HWS and spend time at the IC, one of my homes away from home! Yvonne Brieger, 2015-2016 Fulbright Teaching Assistant