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IC Programs: Islamophobia Discussion Panel

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There was an on-campus panel discussion regarding the rise of islamophobia in the United States and students’ experiences. Professor Shalahudin Kafrawi in the Religious Studies department was the moderator of the discussion, and five student panelists participated. The moderator asked questions regarding the students’ Muslim identities and their experiences with islamophobia. This event was sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Intercultural Affairs.

The islamophobia panel was a great opportunity to hear firsthand from Muslim students about their experiences on campus as well as the broader issue of Islamophobia plaguing our nation and the world. Salome Rose, Interim Chief Diversity Officer


HWS in the Community: Festival of Nations

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Saturday, October 15, HWS and the Geneva City School District hosted the 10th annual Festival of Nations, celebrating the diverse cultures of the Geneva community. The Festival is a collaborative event between the schools, local artists, musicians, business owners, community resources and stakeholders, such as the Geneva Public Library, the Ontario County Youth Bureau and the Kiwanis Club.

Through the leadership of Mary Herlihy Gearan, HWS international students and clubs participate annual alongside Geneva community members to share traditions from more than 30 nations. This deepens the relationship between the Colleges and the local communities, encouraging interaction between the Geneva City School and HWS students, especially those of international descent.

The event is hosted at Geneva Middle and High schools on Carter Road with dozens of local groups and clubs highlighting Caribbean, French, Italian, Jewish, Muslim, Russian, and South Asian traditions, among others. Longtime participants include the HWS International Students Association and HWS International Gospel Choir; Geneva MLK Community Choir; Sons of Italy and Sons of Italy Women Auxiliary; Geneva Rotary Club; Geneva Community Center and Boys and Girls Club; and Geneva 2020, among many others.

Being at Festival of Nations was my first real introduction to the Geneva community. Coincidentally, Geneva seemed to look as diverse as my hometown, Harlem, NY. There was a familiar energy I felt being around the black and brown families, as I have felt back home in Harlem. I came to the conclusion that in order from Hobart & William Smith Colleges to become my home, the people, the community, and the culture of Geneva must be a part of me as well. Josiah Bramble H’19

Festival of Nations was filled with a diverse set of perspectives.  It allowed me to explore cultures I had not witnessed before, all in the context of the Geneva community! Tamira Jackson-Lofton WS’19


Life at IC: HWS Students from Afghanistan

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I love walking into the Intercultural Affairs house and grabbing some coffee and chatting with friends around the table. Sitting at the table and drinking coffee or tea feels like I am at my house. I can’t help but feel cozy and comfortable here. Nagina Ahmadi WS

When I first came to the house of Intercultural Affairs, I knew that this would be the place where I could always come by and make myself feel at home. I came here everything I have a break in between my classes because this is where I can have a cup of tea or coffee, relax, do my work and meet the most interesting people on campus. Duinya Syed WS


Our Students Abroad: Students in Berlin

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Yvonne Brieger, a former German Fulbright Teaching Fellow, met up with the HWS students studying in Berlin, Germany. The group of students attended the Festival of Lights, which is an annual event in Berlin. In October, Berlin turns into a city full of light art, which displays the landmarks, buildings, monuments and places. These lights work to tell stories, draw attention to the special cultures, arts, crafts and messages.

“The Festival of Lights in Berlin was simply amazing.  Walking down the streets with great (HWS!) company and seeing some of the 70 buildings lit up with photos, animations or colorful lights made the evening was quite enlightening in many ways!  Being able to reconnect with students I got to know during my year at HWS turned the estival into an even more special annual event!” Yvonne Brieger


IC Programming: Panel on Islamophobia

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Students met at the IC this past week to help organize the upcoming panel on Islamophobia, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs. The panel will take place on October 26 in the Bartlett Theatre where student panelists will discuss their Muslim identities and explore the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. Professor Shalahudin Kafrawi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies will moderate the discussion with students Djeneba Ballo ’20, Sidi Diop ’19, Zahra Arabzada ’19, Mohammed Daajneh ’17 and Nimer Farhood ’18.

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IC Programs: German Cultural Presentation

Cooking German Snacks with German Teaching Assistant Friederike Jenderwerth

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Students from the German department met at the IC center to bake German snacks.

“The Obazda (or Obatzter), a Bavarian dip with brie and different spices we made at Intercultural Affairs was a new dish for both my students and myself!  I enjoyed making it with the students and eating with with pretzels and Apfelschorle (sparkling apple juice) afterwards.” German Teaching Assistant Friederike Jenderwerth


IC Programs: Culture through the Arts

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HWS celebrated culture though the arts this past Tuesday, October 18. David Lahmani H’17 hosted the event and announced the various performances beginning at 5:30pm. The day began with an open exhibit of street art from abroad, and then later in the evening students performed their dance routines in the Scandling Center.