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Archive for April, 2017

German Sports Presentation

Friederike Jandewerth discussed the differences between school sports and sports clubs at the IC this past week. Friederike Jandewerth is a Julius G. Blocker ’53 Teaching Fellow, and works in the German Area studies department at HWS. Many students attended this event to ask questions about the German culture and how it differs from the United States, particular revolving the world of sports.

As I’m studying abroad in Germany net year, I now have the knowledge of how to get involved in club sports once I get there. Cynthia Kellett, WS’17

Multicultural Career and Networking Conference Debriefing Meeting

After the Multicultural Career and Networking Conference, students met up with Darline Polanco, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs and Solomé Rose, CCL’s Program Manager for Global and Community to debrief and review the event. Darline Polanco, Solome Rose, Josiah Bramble H’19, Secretary of Sankofa,  and Yesica Bello WS’19, President of the Latin American Student Association, are all working together to plan future events with HWS alums, similar to this amazing weekend long conference.

Life at IC

Various students and guests spent some time in the IC kitchen discussing what they learned after Sarah Garcia WS’17’s presentation.

The Green Tea Connection: Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples: A Conversation with Sarah Garcia WS’17

The Green Tea Connection is a program that brings together members of the HWS and Geneva communities to discuss and act on social and environmental justice issues. The IC believes it’s important to see social justice and environmental justice as two sides of the same coin, as they go hand in hand together.

This conversation took place on April 26 at 5pm in the IC. HWS faculty, staff and students joined to discuss Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples, led by Sarah Garcia WS’17. Sarah covered important questions such as “who are they?”, “what have they confronted historically?” and “what are their issues connected to environmental justice?”


This offered me an opportunity to learn new perspectives. I now have new discussion points for future discussions about this topic. Ian Tulloch H’17

It was a really eye-opening research project that allowed me to integrate two important parts of who I am: an environmentalist and a Mexicana. You never stop learning, even about your own heritage and culture and this is why I wanted to focus on México’s Indigenous peoples in my independent study with Professor Mauer: as a means to increase the knowledge of my own heritage as a Mexicana. Indigenous people are not given respect, power, nor autonomy in a lot of countries, but are rather stripped of their land, traditions, and even regarded as being lesser than; I hope that the way we view Indigenous people will change because their intimate knowledge of the land can help us lessen the impact that we, as industrialized countries, have on the environment. Sarah Garcia WS’17, Posse Scholar

Popular Culture is Rape Culture

This Staff Matter program was hosted by Tremayne Robertson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Katie Stiffler, Prevention and Education Coordinator of the Title IX Office on campus. The discussion revolved around the idea of how pop culture and its nods to rape culture. The speakers reviewed films, ads and songs and addressed the need to cultivate a “critical awareness” that these constant messages have on us. Pop culture shapes expectations along gender and sexuality. The impact of these consequences were also discussed in regards to the rape culture on college campuses, such as HWS.

If you need anymore information about the Title IX office, check out their website here.

I will be much more consciously and critically aware of my environment and be vocal when I see something questionable. Also, I will start up conversations with other individuals about this topic and be challenging notions. Kaylah Tucker, WS’20

Talking with students at the IC about the interconnections of rape culture and popular culture present a unique opportunity for me to learn from students. Likewise, we challenge them to be critical consumers of products and culture broadly by analyzing various forms of trendy media. Rape culture impacts people of all genders. Considering the impact of messages that seem harmless, yet consistently produce dehumanizing outcomes is necessary. Tremayne Robertson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to hear from students about the ways in which they see rape culture and popular culture intersecting on campus. The IC provided a great space where students felt comfortable asking honest questions. I’m confident that everyone left the discussion with a more critical lens through which to view popular culture and its messages. Kaythryn Stiffler,  Prevention and Education Coordinator of the Title IX Office

Alums: Coming Home!

Alums Jericsson Pichardo H’15, Dolian Garo H’15 and Joy Gitter WS’15 paid IC a visit at the Admissions Open House on Saturday, April 8. We were thrilled to welcome them back and to learn about their life after HWS. Jericsson is working as a science teacher at Visa Academy in New York City, Dolian works at Gelt in New York City as an Accounts Payable Associate, and Joy is a Research Associate at Hanover Research in Washington, DC. All of our alums have gone on to do incredible things, and we were so happy to welcome them back home.

Poetry Workshop with Professor Juan Manuel Portillo

Students gathered at the IC this past April 12 to participate in a poetry workshop with Professor Portillo of the Spanish department. Professor Portillo is a poet, scholar and translator, and known for his volumes of published poetry. He has given poetry workshops in México and the U.S., and was the recipient of the David Alfaro Siqueiros Fellowship in poetry, in México. The workshop consisted mainly in some writing exercises. Each of these exercises applied a specific technique. Participants just needed to bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. There was no need to bring previous work, although the techniques learned were useful for participants’ other work. Participants acquired some new resources to stimulate language creativity and to gain more confidence in dealing with words both in their material and also to serve as windows or doors to many possible worlds (imaginary, inner life, memory, history, etc).

“I was moved by the way in which participants engaged the experience. It was truly rewarding to hear them read the texts that they produced during the workshop.” Professor Juan Manuel Portillo

“I enjoyed writing in a free and expressive way:  free in the sense that I was not being graded on it and expressive because we talked about poetry (it’s meaning more than its structure) Professor Portillo’s flexible format made it easy to express our emotions and feelings. Qué viva la poesía!” Nagina Ahmadi, WS’20