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Archive for February, 2017

Students from Schenectady High School Visit IC

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High School students came and visited the IC this past week to get a feel of the HWS campus. The IC loved welcoming prospective students and showing them the lay of the land. They enjoyed a tour of the school, and met with Ren Workman WS’18 to talk about the student-life.


Planning Meeting with CGASJ Clubs

The Cultural, Global Awareness, and Social Justice Club leadership met at the IC to discuss possible collaborations, planning and other organizational topics. The clubs and leaders present at this meeting include: Oluwaseun Adetola (Sankofa), Ifunanya Okeke (Hip~NotiQs Step Team), Molly Bell (Women’s Collective), Jasmine Gonzalez (Latin American Organization), Lauren Workman (HWS Girl Up).

Sankofa is the Black Students’ Union and is organization open to those of all races, ages, and sexual orientations. We are dedicated to educating others about past and present events that affect those of African-America, Afro-Cuban & African descent through multiple events & meetings.

Hip-NotiQ’s is an organization/team devoted to creating a positive energy on campus by merging the arts of dance and step to create unique routines and performances.

Women’s Collective is an all female-identified space that strives through various events on campus to create a dialogue for change within the HWS community on issues related to gender, and its intersection with race, class, and sexual orientation.

The Latin American Organization provides awareness and knowledge of Latin American culture, heritage, and community for the HWS campus as well as the Geneva community.

HWS Girl Up is a chapter of the worldwide United Nations Foundation campaign for adolescent girls. Girl Up raises awareness and funds for girls to be educated, health, and safe.

“Intercultural Affairs historically has worked with the cultural, global awareness, and social justice clubs in the following ways publicity, providing meeting space (though not all meet here) and informal advising/mediation/advocacy/support. I host bi-annual Club Planning Dinners because I think it’s important for student leaders in these clubs who have similar goals to meet and network; they often times find ways to garner support within each other and its helpful for everyone to know what’s happening in the semester.” Darline Polanco Wattles WS’09, Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs

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Pre Valentine’s Day Self-Care Work Shop


The Women and Men of Color Support Group met February 13 at 7pm for a workshop facilitated by the Counseling Center. Tasha Prosper, the leader of this group, is a counselor on campus and met with students to address the diverse concerns of the HWS Student of Color Community, and to practice Self-Care and Self-Love.

The Counseling Center strives to enhance the wellbeing of students through facilitating their emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual development. They provide emotional support, impart life skills and encourage self-reflection all with the purpose of empowering students to navigate their way toward greater autonomy and effectiveness. For more information about the Counseling Center visit their website. All counselors are available by appointment online or by phone.

German Club Meeting

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The German Club brings together students at the IC House to celebrate the culture of German-speaking Europe and its culture. Club meetings are dynamic and reflect the interests of its members. Meetings can consist of music exchanges of contemporary German-language music, to conversations about German cars, to celebrations of holidays, to filed trips to local German restaurants. The Club helps to organize the regular “Stammtisch” German language hour at the Cellar Pub, where the first drink is on the German Department!

To be placed on the German Club’s email list, email club president Lauren Carr at lauren.carr@hws.edu.

Career Chat

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The IC hosted Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experimental Education, for a Career Chat. Students dropped in to talk with Brandi and ask questions on scholarships, internships, fellowships, career choices and graduate school.

The Salisbury Center for Career Services offers a comprehensive Career Development Plan called Pathways, individualized career counseling, career assessments, access to the Career Network (a network of alumni/parent contacts for informational interviews and networking), Internship/Job search strategies, career workshops and winter break networking programs. Every program is available to all HWS students and we encourage your use of their resources! Learn more here.

Alum Spotlight: San-Fan Hong WS’16


It felt great to take a break from graduate school applications and go on a glacier hike in Iceland. San-Fan Hong WS’16

San-Fan Hong was an orientation mentor during the International Student Orientation program, and worked as a Writing Colleague while her time at HWS. San-Fan was a key in our office’s outreach to the international students on campus, and demonstrated her outstanding leadership skills as a President of the Asian Student Union (ASU), one of the most active student organizations on the HWS campus.

Under her leadership, ASU participated in Geneva’s annual Festival of the Nations; she also coordinated her organization’s planning and implementation of the annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. ASU also collaborated with several student organizations: the Domestic Violence Awareness House, the Asian and Insertional Houses, Pride House and Pride Alliance, the South Asian Culture Club, and UNICEF.

Through San-Fong’s leadership and collaborative effort, she brought campus events that increased the awareness on Asian cultures and helped carve a space in which international students and other students shared and learned from their experiences.

International Student Association’s Meeting


Shari Shirzai H’17, Duniya Syed WS’20, Tameera Mccarty WS’18, Lan Yao WS’19, Hamdan Ahmed H’20

ISA is a group of active people on campus who try to raise awareness about the diversity of this campus and the cultural diversity that we have. We try to bridge differences by shattering stereotypes and bringing people together regardless of their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender and political affiliations. We meet every Friday at 5pm in the IC, if you could join us, that would be awesome! – Shafi Shirzai H’17