Learning takes place where there are opportunities to become more informed about other cultures and religions, hear other peoples' viewpoints on national and international relations, discuss current events and pop culture and debate public policy and human rights issues.
To foster Hobart and William Smith's inclusive identity, the campus community offers a wide variety of academic and social events which reflect and promote the cultural diversity of our campus Cultural Clubs and Events- (Hobart and William Smith is home to more than 15 cultural clubs, including Pride Alliance representing the LBGT community, Hillel, Asian Student Union and Latin American Organization. Each of these clubs celebrates their unique cultural identity with annual campus events, like Take Back the Night, the Caribbean Student Association's Celebrate Diversity Dinner and the Black Student Union Charity Ball.
Speaker Series and Symposia-HWS also regularly hosts a variety of speaker series and symposia, which bring prominent visitors to campus. Through series like The President's Forum, The Fisher Center and Human Rights and Genocide, students have a chance to meet and engage leading thinkers, like Madeleine Albright and Ralph Nader, on topics of national and cultural significance.
McIntosh Presents on Privilege
Noted scholar, feminist and anti-racism activist Peggy McIntosh will visit Hobart and William Smith to deliver a guest talk and meet with HWS and local community members as part of the Colleges' series of events commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. McIntosh's talk, "Understanding Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey," will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Va... More >>
Kelly and Napierala '15, MAT '16 "Making All the Difference"
At the 2015 New York State Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention -- titled “Making All the Difference” -- Associate Professor of Education Mary Kelly and Kendra Napierala ’15, MAT’16 presented research exploring accessibility in the classroom, which, as the CEC notes, “is key to ensuring true participation in society and helps remove barriers for all.” “As a professor, I want to make ... More >>
HWS Celebrates Kwanzaa 2015
This year, the annual Hobart and William Smith Kwanzaa celebration was inspired by the South African word ubuntu, which loosely translates to "I am because we are." "We picked this theme to tie in perfectly with the mission of Kwanzaa," says Ato Bentsi-Enchill '17, an executive board member of Sankofa, the HWS Black student union, whose mission is to foster knowledge and understanding of the Blac... More >>
Abadsidis '96 Highlights HIV Prevention
Coinciding with World AIDS Day today, Dec. 1, a new advertising campaign focusing on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) -- a pill prevention option for people at high risk of contracting HIV -- aims to "reduce HIV infections and to communicate to those at high risk that they don't deserve to be punished with HIV for ‘misbehaving,'" says Savas Abadsidis '96, chief media strategist for Connected Healt... More >>
Working to Improve the Lives of Children with Autism
Armed with a passion for providing children with autism and special needs the individualized attention they need to improve their cognitive and behavioral abilities, Sarah Friedman '16, Ellen Grenen '15 and Kathryn Yochim '16 each interned over the summer at various organizations that help children with autism spectrum disorders build skills to lead more successful lives. The students worked in d... More >>