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Campus Sanctuary Movement in Geneva

HWS students and faculty have teamed up with members of the Geneva community to discuss the Campus Sanctuary Movement. At the previous meeting, several ideas for an Action Plan were discussed, such as creating a fact sheet for allies, including Od-Eds in newspapers, seeking bilingual volunteers for safety training events and developing worship collaboration. Serval ideas were addressed, including finding ways to notify the public about raids such as the newspaper or radio, possible transportation for events, and building trust across communities.

These ideas were further discussed at the most recent meeting and the Finger Lakes Sanctuary Network barnstormed needs and opportunities, and additional information needed to procure before moving forward. People broke off into subgroups to concentrate on community outreach, emergency response, educational campaign and partnership with other agencies in the area.

The meetings are held at Trinity Church every other Monday night at 7pm. The next upcoming meeting will be on Monday, April 3. If you are interested in helping with this cause, please stop by!

The Writing Table


Raven Yujun Jiang WS’18 meets with Professor Babbitt

raven yujun jiang

Students visited the IC to attend Professor Babbitt’s Writing Table. Professor Babbitt works in the Writing and Rhetoric department and often hosts events such as The Writing Table. This provides students with the opportunity to seek writing advice during any stage of the writing process.

The Writing Table with Professor Babbitt will resume during Reading Days and Finals, so look out for exact dates and times in our Upcoming Events section! In the meantime, the Writing Colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning are always resources available on campus to provide you with any help you might need.

Students Go to Model African Union Conference in Washington, DC

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HWS students traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Model African Union Conference. The Model African Union is an opportunity for students to study about Africa, learn about the current issues, and assume the role of delegates responsible for debating and resolving those issues of African and global significance. ON the day of the conference, students role-play delegates to the African Union and simulated AU committees operating within the framework of the African Union.

“The trip gave us the opportunity to interact with other students throughout the world who, despite all our differences, we all have a vested interest in learning more about Africa and working hard to create solutions to the many issues that the continent faces.” Oluwaseun Adetola ‘17, President of Sankofa: Black Student Union

“The Model African Union club is the most meaningful thing I have done on this campus. The Model is a great opportunity for students to comprehensively learn more about African and International politics and engage with top students from across the world. The formation of the club is a testament to the resources the colleges provides students to realize their goals. It was definitely difficult and taxing but it was a great sensation to see the hard work payoff in DC, as everyone had a great time and one of our delegates, Chalwyn Caulker, won an award. The ten students that attended were dedicated and ready to make the most of the trip. Attending a model is rewarding, educational, and fun. I hope every student considers joining the Model African Union club during their time at HWS.” Donovan Hayden H’19

Men of Excellence Initiative Planning Meeting

The Men of Excellence Initiative Planning Meeting took place on Thursday, February 23 at the IC. The group consists of various faculty and staff and a number of Hobart students. The Men of Excellence work to achieve success and a sense of leadership through group meetings, engagement in the community, field trips and networking with other schools. The students articulated how they wanted the group to be more student led with little guidance from faculty & staff, making this hybrid relationship more organic and fulfilling. These groups help develop a safe-space to chat about experiences without having to deal with White fragility.

The goals created in this meeting worked to begin to facilitate future focus groups, begin to collect resources and develop relationships and plan future meetings.


Tasha Prosper, Emmitt Mendoza-Gaspar, Josiah Bramble, CJ Boleware, Alejandra Molina, Joshua Kolapo, Solome Rose, Josh Walker, Justin Rose, Darline Polanco Wattles

Professor Woodworth Pays IC a Visit

“I can’t believe I’ve been there for three and half years and have only just now visited the IC for the first time. (To be fair though, I’ve spent most evenings in those last three years in rehearsals for plays and productions either on or off campus!). I was struck by the welcoming nature of the IC when I first entered. I could understand why students spend time there meeting and studying. I also felt a bit like I had entered the Tardis from Doctor Who–how could a house be so big on the inside that looked so small from the outside! In my time there I had wonderful conversations with two students (Emmitt and Tamira). I also spent time with Alejandra Molina. We chatted as she was organizing posters from IC events that have taken place over the last 5-10 years. Seeing the array of speakers, artists, performances, discussions, and special events spread out over the table in the classroom upstairs was astounding. What an incredible resource for the HWS community!” Professor Chris Woodworth, Theatre department

Link to the Theatre department’s website

Link to the Theatre department’s Facebook

LGBTQ & Allies Initiative

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On Tuesday March 7, the LGBTQ & Allies Initiative met with Brandon Barile, Director of the Office of Residential Education, and Tom D’Agostino and Amy Teel from the Center for Global Education, to talk about their role in creating a more inclusive campus community. Brandon talked about the revised Preferred Name, Gender, College Affiliation and Pronoun Policy at the Colleges. Gender pronouns will be part of the class roster beginning Fall 2017. Tom and Amy spoke about the types of information students receive prior to studying abroad about LGBT friendliness of different countries, rules and regulations to be aware of when it comes to changing names and gender pronouns that may not necessarily be reflected in their passport. All of this information will be added to the HWS website to increase visibility of this information.

For more information on this and other LGBTQ+ policies, programs, visit here.

IC Looks Inwards

“The external review team spent two days with students, faculty, and staff on our campus gathering feedback about their perceptions, experiences and work with the Intercultural Affairs Center. The information they collected will be turned into a report with findings with hopes of improving programming and space at the Intercultural Affairs Center.” Darline Polanco Wattles, Intercultural Affairs Assistant Director

Campus Sanctuary Meeting

Robb Flowers, VP of Student Affairs, Solome Rose, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Alejandra Molina, Director of Intercultural Affairs met on Tuesday, February 7 to discuss plans for a Sanctuary Campus. The three conversed about different ideas to remove the negative stigma regarding undocumented citizens, and plans to help all students. Hobart and William Smith Colleges thinks o f themselves as a place that stands up for justice when it is under attack, thus these meetings are crucial for the safety and loyalty to their students.

“Our work as a student group has centered around declaring Hobart and William Smith a Sanctuary Campus, an effort with the goals of establishing a Student Bill of Rights, organizing legal aid resources for those who may need it, and publishing affirmative language and extra resources in our admissions materials for prospective students who may be undocumented. We have organized a successful and peaceful Walk-Out, met with the administration multiple times, created our own materials bolstered by research, and collaborated with Geneva community members. We will continue to work hard to assure equal opportunity and protection for students, faculty, and staff of all documentation statuses.” Rebecca Czajkowski WS’18


Notes from the meeting the group had with members of the Geneva community, discussing immigration and the sanctuary movement.

Conversation with Andrew Hellmund

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Andrew Hellmund is a Hobart College 2014 graduate and currently resides in Edmonton, Canada. He completed a MFA under British Sculptor, Peter Hide and strives to create sculptures from found and recycled metals to express a sense of hope, fluidity, and power, while fostering and supporting community. His work can be found in collections from New England to British Columbia, while his public art can be found on school campuses and in college communities.

The IC and the Architectural Studies department worked together to invite Andrew to campus and showcase his work at the Davis Gallery. There was a reception and talk at the Houghton House Library on February 21, where Andrew discussed his work, inspiration, and career as an artist.

Click here for more photos of the event!

Trip to Auburn Public Theatre

Students traveled to Auburn, NY with the IC to screen the film “I Am Not Your Negro.” The production film has a rich background, starting in 1979 when James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin later died in 1987 and left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. In this documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, modernized examination of race in American, using Baldwin’s original words from his manuscript and flood of rich archival material. This is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter. The film questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

HWS students described their screening experience:

“Informing others about the realities of America”

“This was an incredibly powerful film regarding the renown activist and author James Baldwin, and as far as integrating my understanding of the film into my life, I believe that can manifest itself in the conversations that I have about race in America. Having seen this film, I feel more confident to speak in regard to Baldwin and his views of social injustices, as well as the larger issues of race in this country.” Kevin Collado H’18