"Home Away from Home"

Archive for November, 2016

IC Hosted Programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters Thanksgiving Dinner

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer program that matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in supported one-to-one relationships. HWS helps with community-based mentoring in which Bigs and Littles meet for an hour a week in their community to share activities and stories.

The IC hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for HWS students and their littles.

My experience as a mentor for Big brother Big Sisters is one that I would like to integrate into my life by finding an organization with similar values as BBBS’s. If I cannot find an organization like BBBS, I will create one by finding people in the community who like kids and who want to give back. Matthew Santiago


IC Programs: Writing Table

Professor Babbitt and Djeneba Ballo WS'20

Professor Babbitt and Djeneba Ballo WS’20

Professor Babbitt of the Writing and Rhetoric department met with students at the IC. Opportunities like the Writing Table are constantly offered on campus to provide students with the ability to get feedback on their work, brainstorm ideas and work together to improve their writing.

Other than the Writing Table, there are various other resources on campus such as the Writing Colleagues and CTL. The Writing Colleagues help students with class essays and writing assignments. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers student Writing Fellows who support and help students with all stages of writing assignments. For more information on scheduling an appointment, check here!


Dreamcatcher Workshop

The IC hosted a Dreamcatcher Workshop and invited all HWS students to come and learn a bit about the Native American heritage. Dreamcatchers are handmade objects based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.

Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people and were later adopted by some neighboring nations through intermarriage and trade. Native Americans believed that the harvest would be bountiful that season if the feathers ruffled more than 5 times in one night.

I enjoyed the workshop very much …. In fact, I am still working on the dream catcher I started making during the workshop! Sydney Gomez WS’17

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Mark Curiel '17, Sydney Gomez WS'17

Mark Curiel H’17, Sydney Gomez WS’17


Life at IC

Marissa Miller, former Area Coordinator at HWS Residential Education, came to visit the IC.

Darline Polanco & Marissa Miller

Darline Polanco & Marissa Miller

It feels like I never left home as I visit former colleagues and buildings I frequented as a staff member.  I enjoyed seeing the lake and the boathouse. This was my first stop for my visit. Then the IC — to look at the bricks of graduates and students!  I am glad HWS still treats me like family.  My mentor and fried Dr. Streeter keeps me connected to HWS as I left several years ago.  I hope to never lose this connection. Marissa Miller, former Area Coordinator at Residential Education at HWS, mdmiller2y@yahoo.com


Multicultural Career and Networking Conference

The Multicultural Career and Networking Conference will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This is the second annual event, hosted by Sankofa, Salisbury Center, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, Office of Advancement, and African and Latino Alumni Association (ALAA). The event is known to include several panel discussions and workshops with alumni and alumnae of color.

During the conference meeting I felt really eager. I am excited to be able to be a part of planning this event for the alums and students of color. I think that this event will give students of color hope for success after college. Jackeline Matos, WS’19

 I am very happy to ‘be home.’ Look forward to haring more about ALAA and how we hope to reconnect/connect with alums and students in the next few months. Cheyenne Devaney, WS’95, Office of Institutional Advancement


Life at IC

Professor Tarah Rowse visited the IC this past week to discuss environmental consciousness and open the conversation regarding sustainability and forward movement on campus. On campus, Professor Rowse taught a Freshman Seminar, Consuming the World, as well as an Environmental studies course, Energy, in the Fall of 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Professor Rowse also taught Environmental Science.

Professor Tarah Rowse, Environmental Studies & Office of Sustainability, and Cody Rivera, H'17

Professor Tarah Rowse, Environmental Studies & Office of Sustainability, and Cody Rivera, H’17

The Office of Sustainability is working to advance environmental consciousness, equity and economic viability. We work on climate and energy issues as well as water, transportation, waste and sustainability education. Any students interested in getting involved with campus and community sustainability should reach out to sustainability@hws.edu. There is so much to be done and each of us can play a part in finding sustainable solutions! Professor Tarah Rowse, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies


IC Hosted Programs: Sister Circle

The Sister Circle is a safe space for caring and sharing among women of color.

This dynamic group focuses on the issues and concerns of women of color as they strike to reach their goals. The focus of the meetings will be to uplift the well-being of women of color and to provide a safe space for peer reflections and support. Please join us as we start each week off the right way surrounded by positive reflections of ourselves! Tasha Prosper, Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

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