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Summer Academy Lunch Program

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The lunch program for the students participating in the Summer Academy took place at the Intercultural Affairs Office (IC) on Friday, July 1st. It was organized by Lesly Rivero ‘17 and her co-worker Shayne Feinberg. The students were greeted by a variety of food as they made their way to the game room, one of the common rooms within the IC. After the students have had their fill, the environment became an open-discussion with the floor available to all. Students Lesly Rivero ’17 and Neill Jaico ’15 shared personal stories, as well as advice, for the high school students – with Shayne chiming in every now and then to add emphasis in certain comments regarding topics such as: cooperation with the guidance counselor, common app, Higher Education Opportunity Program/Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP/EOP), financial aid, interview dos and don’ts, etc… With Lesly, Neill, and Shayne speaking on their experiences and topics that are typical to encounter within an institution for higher learning, the high school students were given the chance to propose questions. After a successful and productive lunch program, the lunch came to an end as the students made their way to their next activity: essay workshop.

Summer Academy Students Lunch Program

Jamel Jackson, Geneva High School Senior

“The program has helped me see college in a different light and it helped me to see that there are different routes, but still successful in the end.”

Kiara Pabon, Geneva High School Senior

“It actually opened my door to a lot of opportunities. Even with the common app, it fits my needs. And then hearing people talking about it is beneficial as well. The program has the ability to open doors.”

Anilette Mantes, Geneva High School Senior

“It helped me. Period. I didn’t know if I wanted to go to a college, university, or a community. Hearing about the different scholarships/programs gave me a new perspective to follow as I apply to the next step after high school.”

Lesly Rivero, HWS Student Worker

“This lunch program was beneficial in order for our students to see the different contexts that college students live in. It helps them realize that the stories we tell them are true and reinforces the idea that anyone can make it in the world.”

 

 

 

IC’s Independence BBQ

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We were lucky enough to have an event hosted by the IC for Independence Day! Students hosted a BBQ at Odells Village where everyone was invited, and everyone showed up! We had music playing, dogs roughing around, and plenty of burgers and hot dogs to eat. People drove from all over campus, as well as outside of campus, to share some time together while also being fed. I cannot stress how valuable the IC has proven to be, and its potential for bringing students together. Big ups!

“I loved celebrating the holiday with new people!” Mimi Sakarett WS ’15

“The event was a great success!” Cody Rivera H’16

Our Previous Ice Cream Social

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The IC hosted an Ice Cream Social for us a couple of days ago which was a lot of fun. Students came to get Ice Cream which was followed by a session of video games. It seemed to be a busy day for students – while we had a decent turnout students came in at different times. All in all a core group of us were there to welcome students and enjoy each others company while cooling down with some ice cream.

“The ice-cream social was a great way for the HWS summer community to come together and cool down on a hot day” -Cody Rivera H ’17

“The IC continues to come through with little expectations of them doing so. I appreciate having these events in which we can have the opportunity to come together and get to know one another. These events are very important, without them, many students might not have met, especially those who meet across difference.” -Benny Calderon H’17

“Friends and ice cream are great for the summer time!” – Neill Jaico H’16

IC Events for July 2016

The Intercultural Affairs House continues to host a series of events for students who are on campus during the summer. There has been a great turn out for the previous events so far, and there is excitement for whats to come. If you read this and are on campus make sure you come to the July 4th BBQ we’ll be hosting! Fun, food, and games!

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Spanish Classes At the IC!

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“Our center is also a space for active language learning! Students and staff brush up on their Spanish language skills over lessons where learning and laughter come together!” Alejandra Molina, Director, Intercultural Affairs

Just Neighbors Has Its Annual Meeting

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Those involved in the Just Neighbors initiative met recently on the HWS campus. The meetings are attended by a number of organizations and agencies in Geneva which address issues of poverty in the city. These include the Geneva Housing Authority, the Geneva office of the Ontario Department of Social Services, Legal Assistance of Western NY, the Geneva Human Rights Commission and the offices of Intercultural Affairs (IC) and Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL). Together they seek to bring awareness to housing instability and homelessness in the lives of Geneva residents.

“The concluding gathering of the JN initiative was as impactful as the previous, I especially appreciated City Manager Matt Horn’s perspective on progress made and issues remaining. The tenant advocacy group that City Planner Sage Gerling mentioned seems like a viable way to keep this important conversation going.”

-Katie Flowers, Directer of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning

All of the photos to this years Just Neighbors meeting!

SUMMER BBQ AT ODELLS VILLAGE HOSTED BY IC

The IC hosted a BBQ at Odells Village for students staying on campus over the summer. A number of students are working a variety of academic projects, jobs, and community service. There was a good turn out, which is almost a guarantee with hotdogs, burgers, and a sweet dog as incentives. We enjoyed the music, food, and each others company for a short while in the afternoon. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves on the windy cloudy day. Hopefully we have similar opportunities for everyone to come together.

“It was very nice to see people that I expected not to see. I know most of the students that are here for summer research, especiially those in the sciences. But I don’t know those that are here for other courses such as psychology. Other students are also here to work for diiferent departments of the school, and others are here to play sports. So the event served as an avenue for interaction was other students.”
Deborah Kwansare WS 18′

“The BBQ gave me the opportunity to interact with other people. Thank you!” – Keshihito Murphy WS ’16

 

Immigration Workshop

 

“When I first heard about the workshop, I did not know what to expect. I understand that there are certain things that I am ignorant to because of my white privilege. One of these, is the lack of access to having a driver’s license for immigrants in NY. I received my driver’s license when I was 16 years old. It is something that I’ve never realized the power behind. Hearing the stories of the people that were there was eye opening for me, and has made me think twice about the things that I take for granted everyday. I want to help with this campaign as much as I can to help better the lives of those whose voices are silenced by the institutions in this state.”

Lauren Workman ’18

Finger Lakes Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies Outreach Worker Training Conference

 

The FLCOFSG Conference was moderated Donna Lawrence and Beverly Servant. The purpose of the conference was to bring together a number of Agencies in the region to speak and collaborate on a number of issues concerning farm workers in New York. These include worker protection standards, discrimination in the workplace, and language barriers amongst others. The Mission of this coalition is to “facilitate information exchange, advocacy, and collaboration among agencies that serve migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and to assist this population in identifying and overcoming barriers to accessing services.” A portion of the event focused on the group “Mujeres Divinas” and the Bandana Project they are a part of. The purpose of Project Bandana is to bring awareness to the sexual violence many agricultural women face in their workplaces. They write, “We stand in solidarity with farmworker women so that they will no longer suffer in silence.” Representatives of the group presented as ________ translated for them. Below is a comment from Emmitt Mendoza H 18′ who accompanied Professor Molina to the conference.

“I had the pleasure to accompany Professor Molina in attending the Outreach Worker Training Conference, which was hosted by the Finger Lakes Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agency. There I learned about the numerous pervading issues that affect both the lives of the every-day farm workers and their communities, such as the on-going reality of facing discrimination in the workplace, the challenges in seeking better worker protections for agricultural workers, and helping the community learn and fully understand their civil rights under the Constitution. In the end, the conference was a constructively, rewarding experience that provided every participant with the right tools and knowledge required to tackle these issues back in their own communities. I will not exchange this experience for anything in the world.

Emmitt Mendoza – Gaspar Hobart ’18

Alumni Reunion At the IC

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Many alumni stopped by the IC during HWS’ reunion weekend recently to share their stories, meet up with old friends, and relax. Many of them interviewed with the IC staff and left behind valuable experiences, advice, and presence on campus for the students here now. I personally was able to connect with many of the alumni and hear many aspects of what campus life was like during their years here. Alumni from the class of 66′ spoke of the changing gender dynamics on campus and the growing diversity they perceived on campus. Others from the class of 91′ shared their experience in pledging to a historically black fraternity of campus during their time here, and their efforts at starting a chapter here on campus. This was especially relevant seeing as a good number of students of color on campus have been undergoing similar efforts. They sat down for an interview and gave their insights into the process and offered their help going forward. Many times throughout the afternoon I found myself trying to place myself in their shoes and what it would feel like being back so many years later. I left the IC that afternoon deeply appreciative of getting to be amongst them and getting first hand look at the successes of Hobart and William Smith men and women of color. Best wishes to the Alumni!

 

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