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Archive for January, 2017

MLK Community Conversation: Film Screening of “13”

ON Thursday, January 24, HWS students met to screen the documentary, “13th.” Professor Justin Rose of the Political Science department facilitated a post-screening discussion with attendees.

“13th” is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the history of racial inequality in the U.S. prisons and race in the United States criminal justice system. It’s titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime), yet DuVernay argues that slavery is being perpetuated through mass incarceration. It’s been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.

I will use my newfound and further established knowledge on mass incarceration to further my studies of racial issues across the world. Dylan Morris, H’19

I’ll work to educate my peers and dismantle systematic oppression!!! Sophie Richards, WS’17

Thought provoking, informative and challenging, this session sparked a transformative conversation about race and privilege with my oldest son. Thanks for inviting us into this broader dialogue. Professor Joseph Rusinko, HWS Mathematics department

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Winter Happenings and Events

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During winter recesses Cody Rivera H’17 along with staff from the Youth in Progress program carried out a welcoming for foster youth at HWS. The program went from 12:30pm to 4:00pm and engaged students in a number of informative presentations, introductions to the colleges, as well as a college tour of the campus. Students got to visit the offices of the Higher Education Opportunity Program for an information session, as well as the Centennial Center for Leadership, the Salisbury Center for Career Services, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Admissions also participated in an information session with Intercultural Affairs. This will hopefully be an ongoing opportunity for foster youth from Region Three and reflects HWS’ commitment to the social mobility of students from low income backgrounds.

“The reason I organized this college tour is because I wanted the foster youth from region three of New York to know and see first hand that college is a possibility and that succeeding is a possibility as a foster youth, during their time in foster care and during their time transitioning out of foster care.” -Cody Rivera H’17

“The first Youth in Progress College Tour event was a great success. The foster youth from Region Three of NY were very engaged and the speakers from HWS were very informative.” -Eleanor Daiga, Youth Engagement Specialist at the Professional Development Program.