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Self Branding and Effective Communication: A Conversation with Nicole M. Williams

On Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Nicole M. Williams presented “Building your Personal Brand (and Your Career).” Williams is an accomplished lifestyle blogger, podcaster and branding and communications consultant. During her presentation, she shared personal and professional options to careers, lessons she’s learned, and will be addressing student specific issues, offering guidance, and exploring options to develop an action plan to help students move forward with purpose.

The next day, Williams held one-on-one sessions with students and assisted them with their LinkedIn accounts, resumes and honed in on their presentation of their skills. Students were grateful for the individual meetings, where Williams tailored her advice and help to the student’s specific needs.

For more information about Nicole M. Williams and her work, check out her website here.

I was so grateful to meet Nicole and for her to take the time to meet with me one-on-one. She helped me with my LinkedIn account, as well as my resume and cover letter. It was great to meet someone as accomplished as Nicole, and even more amazing that she was so willing to help me with my future goals. Monika von Brauchitsch, WS’18

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

Language and Culture at IC! Arabic and Italian Film Screenings

There were two movie screenings at the IC within the past few weeks, both featuring foreign films. Film is a powerful way to learn about a culture and enhance your language skills. Engaging in film screenings provide viewers with a window into a culture, where they can learn more about a different country or region of the world.

One screening featured La vita è Bella, a 1998 Italian comedy-drama film. The movie won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, 9 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film in Italy, and 3 Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Roberto Benigni. This event was sponsored by Parliamone! Italian Conversation Table and the Cultural Italian-American Organization (C.I.A.O). 

The other screening featured Caramel, a 2007 romantic-comedy Lebanese film. This film won three awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Black Pearl for Best Actress for Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad and Asiza Semaan during the Middle east International film festival 2007.


Crepe Night at IC

The French and Francophone Club hosted a Crepe Night at the IC on March 1! A crêpe or crepe is a type of very thin pastry, usually made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour, and very important to the French culture. Events like this, where students and faculty come together to have fun while preparing food and learning about a different culture, is an important way to bond and build a stronger community.

To join the French and Francophone Club the next time they have an event, be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page for updates!

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

Students Travel to the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, education, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. This union is run solely by volunteers, and the advocacy work is conducted through outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students organizations across the country.

Members of the HWS community were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend one of the ECAASU’s conferences at Cornell University from March 2-4, 2018. This year’s conference theme was Continuum: Power through Perspective, and aimed to inspire those interested in AAPI issues, especially regarding underrepresented voices in our communities.

The ECAASU conference was such a fulfilling experience and I feel incredibly empowered after being surrounded by so many people that are passionate about Asian American issues. There were so many important lessons to take away from the many workshops and talks we attended, but I think the most important point is that POC need to be more supportive of each other, and especially in terms of HWS’ campus culture, this can help improve relations between ASU and other cultural clubs and creating safe spaces for Asian students. I think it is so critical to bring back these conversations back to campus, such as discussing racial triangulation and how Asian Americans need to better support Black Power, how huge and diverse the AAPI community is and how we can address the needs of such a diverse group of people, and how to use your voice for the better. Overall, the ECAASU Conference was an amazing experience and I hope that HWS students will continue to attend this conference in the future in order to better serve AAPI students on campus and become leaders that other students can look up to. Danielle Ramos, WS’18

William Samaoya H’19 at the Oscars!

HWS student William Samaoya H’19 attended the 90th Academy Awards in Los Angles, California this past Sunday, March 4. This past summer William was an intern at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and FremantleMedia, which helped secure his spot on the red carpet. As a Communication Intern over the summer, William helped develop insight into the public relations practices essential to working within the entertainment industry, according to the HWS Update. The IC and HWS are proud to see our student doing amazing things, and William is an extraordinary example of our student’s accomplishments.

William is currently studying Writing & Rhetoric and Media & Society at HWS, and recently returned from his semester abroad in Norwich, England. While abroad, William studied at the University of East Anglia, where he furthered his media and communication studies. For more information about William, check out his blog here.


Math Hour with Maria Arias

The IC is excited to announce a newer program, Math Hour with Maria Arias WS’17. These session will be held on Sundays from 5-6 p.m. in the IC Conference Room. Maria is willing to help students with any mathematical assignments from PreCalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Linear Algebra courses.

If you’re looking for help with your math assignments, be sure to stop by! We encourage students to seek help before it’s too late in the semester, and we’re willing to support you! For more information about academic support and resources on campus, check out the Center for Teaching and Learning. Their website can be found here.

Asian // American: A Discussion

The HWS community was invited to participate in a discussion regarding what it means and how it feels to be Asian in America. Students shared their past experiences with the group, specifically relating to identity. Many people asked questions on perceptions and misperceptions about being Asian/American. The conversation also touched upon Asian stereotypes, including family, language, and invisibility.

Ultimately, the students in attendance used this conversation as a way to hear about others’ experiences and learn from them. For students who do not identify as Asian/American, this was an eye-opening conversation, leading them to learn more about our culture and campus as a whole.

Yellow aPeril is an organization which uses clothing to promote social change and empower the Asian community while educating non-Asians. For more information about them, check out their Twitter page here. You can also support them by buying a t-shirt here!