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Archive for March, 2016

Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara

The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning is a multifaceted office that aims to prepare students for their future career. Career Services provides for students opportunities to collaborates with internal and external partners to facilitate a comprehensive process that assists students in realizing and fulfilling their career objectives.

Career Services has collaborated with the Intercultural Affairs House (IC) for sometime now providing students with the opportunity to have a career chat with Brandi Ferrara-here at the IC. The students should and do take advantage of this great opportunity to ask about scholarships, internships, fellowships, career choices and more. No appointment is necessary for it. You, the student, can just stop by and ask your questions.

Good news is that this great service will be provided for a whole month during the next academic term at the Intercultural Affairs House. Stay tune to hear more about this.



DSA and “We The Unheard”

“We the unheard” is a student lead group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges that aims to create a voice for individuals that have been silenced and underrepresented on the Hobart & William Smith Colleges campus.  This group of students met with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), a faculty lead group that aims to develop programs that capture learning opportunities outside of the classroom and complement the academic experience, to speak about the walkout that took place in the fall, in which the students of the “We the Unheard” group and other campus community members gathered in front of Scandling center to show support for students of color at University of Missouri. Through the walkout, the group also aimed to bolster an environment for constructive dialogue and show support for marginalized individuals and groups on campus.

“We the Unheard” aims to continue the dialogue by joining DSA in a conversation on how they can support the group in their effort.

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“As a representative of We the Unheard, I was blessed to be invited to talk with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA).The bigotry and hate speech that is protected by an anonymous application, named Yik Yak, has been an agent of blatant disrespect. When I discussed this with the DSA, their faces were appalled and saddened. However, my question is why is this a surprise? Why haven’t the faculty and staff been on alert about issues of marginalization and racism on the HWS campus? Along with Ryan Mullaney, we discussed further actions that we would like to see the HWS administration address. Actions such as hiring a Chief Diversity Officer and developing a 6-week orientation program for incoming first-year students to expose them to issues of diversity. Inherently, there is a need to emphasize that any form of discrimination and prejudice is not tolerated on the HWS campus. I honestly believe that the HWS faculty and staff want to see a change in the campus dynamics, specifically with issues of racism and diversity. All in all, there is a dire need to change the institution and its practices, and I believe the faculty and staff think so as well.” -Josiah Bramble H’19



“It’s On Us” Rally


Three Miles Lost collaborated with the HWS Title IX Office and organizations across campus and throughout Geneva to host an “It’s On Us” rally, which took place at the Smith Opera House on March 22. The purpose of the program was to stand in solidarity with sexual assault and relationship violence victims. The program featured live performances by HWS students, including Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance.

“It was a great opportunity for the Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance team to be part of the event not only to perform with the other talented individuals from campus, but to express and promote the movement that is tackling the issue at hand.” -Neill Jaico H’16

Featured Alumnus: Cristian Cedacero H’12 , HWS to Peace Corps

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Cristian Cedacero graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2012. As a student at the colleges, Cedacero was involved in Project Nur, interned at the Finger Lakes Times, and volunteered at different sites ranging from a local nursing home to a community lunch program at a local church. After graduation, he participated in Peace Corps, a volunteer program run by the United States government. Here is a brief narrative of his time working with Peace Corps:

“My Peace Corps service was life changing and very difficult at times but it was 100% worth it. In the fall of 2014, I was organizing two overnight camps to promote life skills, family planning and HIV/AIDS. Applying for the grants, finding community contributions, recruiting participants and volunteers and reuniting some other peace corps volunteers from around the country was incredibly challenging. And, at the same time, I was working on a small grant to carry out a week long campaign to promote education, the dangers of drug abuse and the importance of family planning in other communities. At the same time, I was working on another grant and endless meetings with one of my communities and NGO representatives to secure a large grant to build 4 classrooms. All projects were successful and I have included pictures below. Having learned how to write grants, I wrote so many grants over my 2 years in Guatemala that I was known well known by the grants officer.

Beginning August 2014 to April 2015, I experienced the most challenging, stressing and rewarding period of my entire life. I started wearing a night-guard because I was grinding my teeth. I had to replace it because I wore it down. College simply does not compare to the amount of learning and challenges I faced. There were times I doubted myself, but long distance running helped me stay sane. Did I tell you I ran 3 Half Marathons in Guatemala? And numerous other races. Got 2nd place at a smaller race that fall.

My first year as a volunteer was also rewarding and full of learning, but thankfully not as stressful as my last year. After all, your first year you have to integrate and learn how to navigate your community.” -Cristian Cedacero H’ 12

Coming Home: Youdlyn Moreau ’13

Youdlyn Moreau a.k.a Lynda Starr is a William Smith class of 2013 graduate. She stopped by the Colleges to participate in the Multicultural Networking and Career Conference. Youdlyn Moreau had her own radio show on the Colleges’ WEOS and was a very active student participant while on campus. It has been three years, so here was her update to us:

Staff Matters

128Joshua Kolapo, Area Coordinator for the Office of Residential Education was our guest speaker for our Staff Matters program. Josh oversees the mini quad (Bartlett Hall, Durfee Hall, Geneva Hall, Hale Hall and Medbery Hall), is involved with the Residence Hall Association, teaches a dance aerobics class at the Field House and serves on the Hobart Student Court in an advisory capacity. Students who attended ranged from aspiring RAs to those who were just interested in getting to know more about Joshua Kolapo.

Staff Matters is a bi-annual program where a new or recent HWS staff member is invited to speak with students over lunch about their role on campus and how they can serve as a resource.

~Skiing Trip~

On February 13th, Two Fulbright’s, Hiba Amro and Yvonne Brieger, led the Bristol Ski Trip. Students that went on the trip had the opportunity to have a good time with friends and meet other people.

“The skiing trip was great! I haven’t been skiing in a while and it was amazing to have change in scenery, do some sports, and enjoy the weather at the same time!”- Yvonne Brieger,Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, German Area Studies