Brandi Ferrara met with students at the IC center to help answer any questions they might have about their career goals, scholarships, application essays, alum connections and job opportunities. Brandi is the Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning.As a Johnson & Wales University alum with a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Brandi helps students explore career options and works with those interested in applying to graduate school. This event is one of the many that she conducts to help students with all of their career goals.
“I’m so thankful that HWS offers such amazing workshops like this to students. As a first year, I haven’t attended them all, but am so excited to explore all of the amazing opportunities offered here at the Colleges!” – Katie Taylor, WS 2020
HWS seniors met with underclassmen this past Thursday, September 22 to pass on advice that they’ve learned over the course of their past few years on campus. This was a great opportunity for younger students to meet with seniors to introduce themselves and ask any questions they may have about classes, programs and insight regarding HWS life. The event was hosted in the Wasey Lounge in the Scandling Dinner, and dessert was shared.
“As a first year, I feel much more confident moving forward.” Katie Taylor, WS ’20
The LGBTQ & Allies group on campus is a collection of faculty and staff who together work toward improving the campus culture around LGBTQ issues. The main goal is to increase support, inclusivity and awareness.
The HWS community offers many different forms of support in order to create a safe space for all students and faculty. Beginning this Fall 2016, there is now a Queer People of Color and Allies (QPoC) theme house offered on campus, founded by Chanel Andrews ’19, Denzel Degollado ’19 and Ethan leon ’19 to create a safe and inclusive space for the entire LGBTQ+ community. There is a list online offering the names and forms of contact of the LGBTQ members, which is always accessible for students. The IC is also always a welcoming, inclusive space for all students. Read here about more resources and support groups on campus.
The Snack and Share at the IC house was hosted over Parents Weekend, welcoming all students and their families to stop by. The Strategic Diversity Planning Committee, a group of HWS students and faculty, also attended the event to help promote diversity and awareness.
“Creating a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for all students has to be a priority here at HWS. The Strategic Diversity Planning Committee is working to insure that the voices and momentum calling for change from students, faculty and staff is put into action. President Mark Gearan has charged the SDP with synthesizing and prioritizing goals for a more inclusive, diverse, equitable campus. The HWS Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the SDP Committee will be hosting a series of Town Hall meetings in October. Please join in the conversation! Your insight into setting the goals and priorities for HWS is essential.” Mary Kelly, Associate Professor of Education, Strategic Diversity Planning Committee member
This past summer Cody Rivera, H’17, interned at the Foster Club All Star headquarters in Seaside, Oregon. The Foster Club works with young people in and from foster care to help inspire them to be the greatest they can be. Their Mission is to help young people, “become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life from their peers.” The All-Star Internship is based on the idea that those who successfully transitioned through foster care are able to connect with younger people still trying to transition. The interns receive leadership training, help improve foster youth outcomes, educate peers and industry professionals and work to change public perceptions about foster youth.
“During this past summer, I interned at the Foster Club All Star headquarters in Seaside, Oregon. The Foster Club All Star Internship is an internship program for foster youth who have successfully transitioned out of foster care and who can assist in the transition for other foster youth out of foster care in America. For the two weeks that I have been at the Foster Club Headquarters, I have gone through intensive leadership and public speaking training, while also learning about the foster care system at the federal level. Next week I will be attending my first conference, in Los Angeles, where I will be leading a workshop on sibling connections and youth-adult partnerships, to foster youth who are transitioning to college.” Cody Rivera, Hobart 2017