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Award Ceremony Time!

On April 26th William Smith College hosted a dinner in honor of all of the Hai Timiai inductees. Carolin Martinez Diaz ’19 being one of them invited her mother Carmen Diaz Marte, to attend as her guest to celebrate with her as well.


Hai Timiai is the Senior William Smith Honor society. Every year a select number of women with a GPA of 3.3 or better and extensive campus involvement are inducted.

Theta Phi Alpha @ IC!

The Theta Phi Alpha Sorority chapter at HWS hosted an essential oils program at the IC. We are so thrilled and flattered that the Theta Phi Alpha sisters have chosen our space to host their events and will continue to welcome and collaborate with them.

Theta Phi Alpha began their new chapter at HWS in early December 2017. It is the first sorority to exist at the Colleges. Currently the membership includes 41 William Smith students enrolled. We can’t wait to see the wonderful things they will do in the coming years!

Green Tea Connection

As part of Earth Week, the offices of Sustainability, Intercultural Affairs, and Environment Studies department collaborated to bring Jason Corwin of Seneca Nation Deer Clan, who is a videographer, photographer, and film producer for the screening and discussion of his film “Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL.” The documentary focused on the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from going near Standing Rock Reservation and the local dangers of the Northern Access Pipeline.

“I feel more empowered in my ability to create change in my world. Determination seems to breed change, as well as coming together peacefully.” Olivia Varner ’21

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 Ongoing Conversation: DACA

On April 23rd, we hosted a conversation with Gabriella Quintanilla, Associate Western NY Coordinator for Rural & Migrant Ministry, and Delia Cruz Nochebuena, Rochester Youth Year Fellow for the Geneva Boys and Girls Club on their experiences with DACA. The conversation was moderated by William Smith student Alejandra Castillo ’18. Gabriella told her story of her experiences going through the school system and graduating from Stony Brook University leading to where she is now. Delia told her story growing up in Texas and coming to terms with what having “papers” meant for people in  her family as well as her experiences going through the school system.

There currently are approximately 800,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in the United States. This ongoing conversation is important due to all those whose livelihoods and families are being impacted by whether or not this program continues to exist. Additionally, it is important to listen to the narratives of different people– as it is through them that we learn that populations of people’s lives captured holistically through the story of one person.


Below is a timeline of the history of DACA and where we are today:

Nagina Ahmadi WS’ 19 Shares her Experiences in Sevilla at Geneva High School

Nagina Ahmadi WS’19 spent last fall semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain through HWS’ Center for Global Education. This past week, Nagina had the opportunity to share her experiences with students at the Geneva High School. By discussing her travels, the culture in Spain, the Spanish language, and her overall experience, Nagina provided high school students with an amazing presentation outlining her semester.

By college students sharing their experiences with younger, high school students, college students are able to better understand what they learned abroad by taking a few moments to reflect before teaching someone else. Additionally, high school students look up to older students; thus, Nagina was viewed as a model and inspirational student. By talking about her travels in Seville through Global Education, she shared with students how college and traveling take you to places where you learn about other cultures and histories, but also about yourself.

Duinya Syed WS’20 at the UN!

Duinya Syed WS’20 attended the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women and spoke about women’s issues and ways to support women, as well as led a mentorship program for youth on advocating for women and girls.

The Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, New York from March 12-23, 2018. The priority theme was challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Attending the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations allowed me to build a broader understanding of women’s issues around the world. It also provided me with a platform to speak up for the women and girls issues and their rights amongst world leaders and those have a global impact. Duinya Syed WS’20

To connect with Duinya, check out her LinkedIn page here.


Renowned Storyteller Shares Stories with LAO

Hobart and William Smith’s Latin American Organization (LAO) invited storyteller David Gonzalez to campus. David is a storyteller, musician, poet, actor, and writer, who has created numerous publications that combine compelling drama, music, and multi-media (David Gonzalez).

The session provided students with an opportunity to share stories regarding issues of identity, family, community and connection, bringing everyone into a closer dialogue about their personal goals and experiences.

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