"Home Away from Home"


Club Planning Dinner

Last Sunday, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a Cultural and Social Justice Club Planning Dinner bringing together different club leaders and planning out the events for the semester. Before the leaders posted their events on the calendar, Stacey Pierce from Title IX spoke to them and asked them for advice on how to confront sexual violence on campus. Here are some pictures from the event,

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Volunteering Over Winter Break!

Over winter break international students went to Geneva Middle School to talk about their experiences leaving their country and immigrating to the US. Here are some comments from the students. Below is the link to the article published by the Geneva High School.


Here are some pictures and comments, 

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Sharing my experiences as an immigrant to students at our local middle school was an enriching experience.  Immigration is a conversation our country will continue to have as long as it exists — kudos for Ms. Shannon Kelly for opening up the world of difference to her students!  Profesor Molina

“It was a really interesting talk as we got a lot of questions from the students in the Geneva Middle school. I was able to connect with a student in the school who is currently struggling with learning English as a second language.”—Mohammed Daajneh H’16 

“I was overjoyed to speak to the students about my families experience and involvement with immigrating. Over the years, I have really taken for granted the struggles my parents and grandparents endured in order to find opportunities they did not see back home, Nigeria. Speaking to a tentative group of students not only given me a reminder of who I am, but a reminder also of why I work so hard at the colleges. Thank you very much to the Geneva community, and special thank you to the Geneva Middle School.” —Dimitri Nwankwo H‘16

Watching the immigration presentations was an invaluable experience for our 8th graders. Not only did the stories and insight that were shared align perfectly with the topics we are discussing in our English and social studies classes, they brought these concepts to life for students. Eighth grade students at Geneva Middle School listened attentively as Ms. Alejandra Molina explained the Guatemalan tradition of the Dance of the Conquest.  Students were very excited to see the pictures, clothing and other personal items brought from the speakers’ homes.  Hearing the many languages spoken by presenters was also something that interested them. GMS students took so much more away from the presentations than the learning goals we had intended. In their reflections some discussed the ways in which speakers showed such appreciation for opportunities that they take for granted. One student commented that “if Rashed knew how I was doing in school he would probably yell at me!”  They admired the ambition of the speakers and the fact that many of those who spoke had a strong desire to give back to their home countries.  It meant a lot to them that HWS students were willing to share such personal stories. Thank you so much to those who volunteered their time to talk to our students.” – Shannon Kelley 



Thanksgiving Break @ the IC

Over Thanksgiving Break, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a series of events throughout the weekend. These events were sponsored by RHA, Student Activities and the Intercultural Affairs Center. On Wednesday, the student were treated to Dana’s Time Out. On Thanksgiving Day, there was a thanksgiving feast. On Friday, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a movie screening with food brought from Main Moon. On Saturday, the students were treated to pizza and a free entry to the Geneva Recreational Center. Here are some pictures and comments from the events,

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“The IC feels like my home away from home. Everyone is so friendly and accepting.” Aislinn Raftis WS’15

“Thank you for providing a Thanksgiving feast!” San-Fan Hong WS’16

“It was great. A real family environment.” Jedidiah Collins H’18

German Presentation about the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Last Monday, the German Club held a presentation on the Fall of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary since the event. Here are some pictures from the event:

French and Francophone Dinner

Last Sunday, the French and Francophone Club hosted their annual dinner in the Game Room of the Intercultural Affairs Center. Here are some comments and pictures from the event,

“I am so thankful for everyone who decided to come by and support us. I am so exited to expose my culture and part of my heritage to the Colleges. Hopefully, this is only the beginning for the French and Francophone Club.” David Lahmani Hobart ’17

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After Dark Series: Harvest Celebration

After Koshare, last Friday, the Intercultural Affairs with Student Activities hosted an After Dark Series in the Conference Room. Students made dream-catchers and made popcorn and salsa. Here are some pictures from the event:

“We had a really good time, thank you!” Lisa Henigin

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The Grateful Plate

Last Sunday, Religious Life, CCESL, the Finger Lakes Institute and the Intercultural Affairs held an interfaith lunch in the Rees Lounge. Students from  different backgrounds culturally, religiously and ethnically. Here are some pictures from the event:

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