"Home Away from Home"


Cross Cultural Coffee Hour

A group of HWS students spent this past Fall 2017 in Sevilla, España studying, learning about the culture and developing their language skills. The IC had the honor of hosting a Cross Cultural Coffee Hour, where three students, Carolin Diaz WS’19, Marcel Johnson H’19 and Nagina Ahmadi WS’20, shared their experiences.

The students all spoke about their different experiences and stories while living in Sevilla, as well as commented on the ways in which they bonded with community members and other students in Spain. They were all thankful for their opportunity to spend a semester in the beautiful southern Spanish city, and highly recommended other students to study abroad if they can.

For more information about studying abroad, check out the Center for Global Education’s website here, where you can learn about the different programs and their academic focuses.

The coffee hour was great! I enjoyed being able to share my experiences from abroad with other people who studied abroad and with those who assisted the coffee hour. Carolin Diaz WS’19 

Nagina Ahmadi WS’20 speaks about her application process with CGE and experiences in Sevilla.

Black Panther Party: Fireside Chat with Professor Hussain

This past Monday, Professor Khuram Hussain participated in a Fireside Chat at the IC. During this event, Professor Hussain spoke about the Black Panther Party, particularly its misconceptions, history and contributions to education and community. He shared many of his childhood memories of the party, remembering:

When I was growing up, there was little discussion in school about the Black Panther Party’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. And if the organization was mentioned, it was vaguely dismissed as a group of domestic terrorists. No mention was made of the programs it held to elevate black children’s self-regard, or the successful food programs organizations in many cities. 

The Black Panther Party, in reality, is a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against the African American community. Common misconceptions about the party include the BPP was a media created group, they were an “infantile-leftist group,” were anti-white, and were a “lumpen-based” organization. Professor Hussain spoke to the truths of the organization and specifically concentrated on the party’s approach to education: one which aimed at liberating and reaffirming the principles of education as promoted and ideally sustained in a democracy.

Professor Hussain is a member of the Education department at HWS, and specializes in democracy, social activism and education. For more information or to get in touch with Professor Hussain, email him here.

Here is a wordle capturing the sentiments of the student attendees:

Writing the Right Essay with Susan Hess

On Feb. 22, Susan Hess hosted a writing workshop at IC. Susan is a Writing and Teaching/Learning Specialist and Assistant Director of the First Year Seminar Program. Susan offers these programs to provide writing and teaching consultation to HWS students, while supporting their academic endeavors. These workshops are wonderful opportunities seek help one-on-one from Susan when writing essays, especially this time of the year. Students were stopping by to work on their academic assignments as well as application essays for internships or studying abroad.


For more information about Susan Hess or the Center for Teaching and Learning, check out their website to make an appointment with an office representative.

HWS Takes on the World

John Matthew Camara, H’19 is an international Relations and Economics double major and shared his internship experience with IC:

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) offers a Washington, D.C. Public Service Internship Program which places undergraduate and graduate students within the public sector and seeks to increase Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) involvement in public service.

Through CAPAL, I attended workshops surrounding AAPI issues such as media representation and data disaggregation in addition to networking events. I also served on a Community Action Project where I worked with a community organization to help housing policy and gentrification in Boston’s Chinatown district. John Matthew Camara, H’19

Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara

Brandi Ferrara joined us again at the IC for another Career Chat! These programs are wonderful opportunities to meet in a small group with Brandi, Director of Career Services, to ask any questions about resumes, job applications, internships or HWS alumni connections. As the employees in Career Services are often pretty busy, Career Chats are a great option to inquire about any advice or help. These are all drop-in sessions, so you’ll never need to make an appointment, but simply stop by the IC!

The Salisbury Diversity Fellows Program is also a newer program which began only this year. This program is guided by HWS staff and alums to explore everything from resume writing and networking to applying to jobs and graduate schools. The HWS Update explained how “this yearlong program prepares HWS students from underrepresented populations for the completive post-graduate landscape by facilitating events and discussions surrounding identity-based opportunities.” For more information about this program, contact the Salisbury Center.

For more information about the Salisbury Center for Career Services at HWS, check out their website here.

Trip to Memorial Art Gallery

On Saturday, February 17 a group of HWS students traveled to Rochester to celebrate Black History Month. The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, a museum with collections ranging from medieval to contemporary works, hosted Dr. Joy DeGruy as she presented her work titled The Power of Art. Dr. DeGruy is a renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter, and applauded for her work shining a light on the critical issues affecting society.

Learning more about other American cultures helps me to be more connected. Ten Workman, WS’18

I felt very inspired after listening to Dr. Joy’s talk about healing. Augar Khoshaba, Arabic Fulbright Scholar

This speech we listened to today arouse my interest in American Black culture, history and traditions. Alessandra Bottacin, Italian Fulbright Scholar


Rural Migrant Ministry Meets at IC

The Rural Migrant Ministry met at the IC this past week. We are always thrilled when our community partners choose IC as their meeting space and see this as an opportunity to work together to support the Geneva community.

The Rural Migrant Ministry is a non-profit organization working to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all. The group works with young and old rural leaders, as well as people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies. The RMM implements its mission through three program areas: accompaniment, education and youth empowerment.

Gabriela Quintanilla, Associate Coordinator; Richard Witt, Executive Director; and West Cosgrove, Western New York Coordinator were all in attendance for this meeting.

RMM met at the ‘lovely casa – IC” at HWS – we were working on plan for the year and also discussed our plan for our educational worker center in Lyons. Part of our goal is to provide a space where people from all backgrounds can come to social justices liturgies in Grace Church in Lyons. The church is in the process of being remodeled to include RMM’s theater group- Justice Organization of Youth (JOY). It will also be a retreat center to continue hosting programs such as our annual Liberation Retreat. We believe that rural NY has to a lot to offer to support farmworkers and youth in the area, and we were very grateful that Intercultural Affairs provided a space for a very important meeting as we move forward. Gabriela Quintanilla, Associate Coordinator of Rural Migrant Ministry

For more information about RMM, check out their website here.

The Colleges have a history of sending students to volunteer at the Lyons location of RMM for Spring break. HWS volunteers will work with local migrant workers in areas of immigration education and food production. If you are interested in volunteering over Spring break with RMM, please contact Jeremy Wattles, Associate Director for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. For more information about Alternative Spring Breaks, check out CCESL’s website here.

ASB was not only a great service trip but a great opportunity for me to become friends with students I probably would not have interacted with on campus. I had a lot of fun doing service and am looking to go on another trip in the future. Josh Martin, H‘18

The Alternative Spring Break Trip was an absolutely incredible experience. Not only was I able to work and make connections with the kids in my elementary classroom, but I was able to become friends with remarkable students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges as well. I definitely recommend going on an Alternative Spring Break Trip. It was a life changing experience for me, and I have no doubt that it will be for you too! Natalie Bishop, WS ‘18