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Jerlin Garo WS’17 Presents Her Research


“For my independent study, I worked with MCF7-cells, breast cancer cells, and the South Africa claw-toed frog, Xenopus Laevis, by exposing them to Staurosporine, an alkaloid that is known to inhibit protein kinase c (PKC). The purpose of these experiments was to perfect the Scratch Assay (involving the MCF7 cells) and embryogenesis Assay (involving X. leaves) to test in the future the Pelkey compounds, which are similar in structure to known VEGFR inhibitors such as Staurosporine.”  Jerlin Garo,WS’17

The IC wishes Jerlin the best as she embarks on her new life after HWS!


Alum Afrika Owes WS’16 Pays IC a Visit


Tai-Ling Bey WS’20 poses for a photo with Afrika Owes WS’16

“I worked at HWS before I left for South Africa so coming back helped me measure how far I’ve come.  HWS is a completely different campus with a new president and it felt good to feel the air of change blowing throughout campus. I had a lot of hardships at HWS but my community uplifted me.   I do think that we need to find a way for POC to have ….some form of ‘lean on me’ social accountability for one another. There needs to be a mentorship program either between alumni and students or upperclass students and first year students—friendships and family are important for well being and success. ” Afrika Owes WS’16


End of the Semester Writing Table

The last Writing Table of the semester was held at the IC during the final week of classes, which is a very crucial period for students. The IC extends their thank yous to Professor Geoffrey Babbitt of the English and Writing and Rhetoric departments for all of the support and professional advice he has provided students with. We hope to continue this collaboration between departments and offices for many semesters to come!

DACA & Undocumented Student Initiative Meeting

Representatives from various offices all over campus gathered at the IC for a meeting regarding undocumented students and future HWS initiatives to support them. This is a working group that is reviewing policies and support for HWS students who may be DACA recipients and also exploring ways in which HWS can connect with Geneva students and families who may be in need of guidance for the college application process.

DACA, or Deferrered Action for Childhood Arrivals, was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country undocumented, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

“As our country embarks on a national conversation on policies that will have a direct impact on DACA recipients, higher education institutions such as HWS, have already joined this timely conversation, with the hope to address the needs of such students and their families.” Alejandra Molina, Director of Intercultural Affairs

Solome Rose, Diversity and Inclusion; John Young, Office of Admissions; Alejandra Molina, Intercultural Affairs; Alejandra Castillo, Posse Scholar WS’18

Culture through the Arts

On Dec. 4, the 5th Annual Celebrating Culture through the Arts was held in the Scandling Center. This year’s theme was “What is Culture?” and focused on the idea of art, whether this be 2D or 3D art, photography, dancing, singing, or spoken word. Many artists contributed their work to provide peers with a bit of history and insight into their culture.

One performer in particular was Pablo Falbru and the UG Collective. In an interview with the Finger Lakes Times, Falbru explained this to be “a new organization focused on arts advocacy. Our mission statement is to foster the growth of an active network of artists who positively impact our community.” Check out the UnderGround Collective’s Facebook page.

In addition, the two Fulbright Teaching Fellows, Alessandra Bottacini, the Italian TF, and Meghann Fedon, the French TF, both presented work, as well as two student artists – Jedidiah Collins H’18 and Leslie Colunga WS’19.

For more photos and videos of the event, check out the online album here.

French & Francophone Studies Travel Abroad Program

Meghann Fedon, HWS’ French Teaching Fellow, led a session at the IC for students interested in studying abroad in France. Over than half of the HWS student body studies abroad at some point during their four years here, so opportunities like these are perfect to gather more information about different programs.

Meghann put together a slideshow, as well as provided students with the opportunity to ask any questions about the French culture, food, academics and social life.

If you’re interested in studying abroad, check out the Center for Global Educaiton’s website to learn more about all of their programs.

Sister Circle Fall 2017

The Sister Circle met at the IC for their final meeting of Fall 2017. The Sister Circle is a support group for female students of color led by HWS Counseling Center’s Staff Psychologist, Tasha Prosper. This group began last Fall 2016 upon Prosper’s arrival to campus. Prosper invites all attendees to share experiences to unpack and discuss with the group members. Many of the meetings focus on self-love and resilience strategies, such as this meeting in particular.

“This dynamic group focuses on the issues and concerns of women of color as they strive to reach their goals. The focus of the fall 2017 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, HWS Counseling Center

To get involved, students should contact Tasha Prosper at prosper@hws.edu or the Office of Intercultural Affairs at IC@hws.edu to confirm meeting times for the spring semester.