Out with the Old, In with the New: Vere Sandal Company, Sustainability, and Social Innovation, Michael Conte '16
During the spring semester of 2016, Michael worked as a sales and marketing intern for Vere Sandal Company in Geneva, New York in order to better understand how sustainability and social innovation intersect, while also raising capital for a new innovative medical technology Vere is developing and assisting the company as it transitions into a benefit corporation.
Community Re-entry and Criminal Justice Reform, Morgan Stevens '18
During the spring semester of 2016 Morgan participated in an internship with Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY) and the Ontario County Jail, focusing on the topic of community re-entry. She studied this topic in various ways, including research, organization of several community meetings, and data collection through a survey she created. The survey was given to inmates at the Ontario County Jail and asked about aspects of re-entry and rehabilitation.
“You Can’t Say No with Your Legs Open”: Understanding the Knowledge of Consent Among the Youth of the Inner-City of Rochester, Scarlyn Gutierrez '16, Afrika Owes '16, Dana Williams '16
Scarlyn Gutierrez, Afrika Owes and Dana Williams conducted research during spring 2016 to gain understandings of consent for youth in the inner city of Rochester. Specifically, the group focused on the presence and magnitude of understandings of consent amongst high school adolescents, partnering with Planned Parenthood of Central & Western NY and expanding upon their research about what students in the area have learned about sex education through their education in schools or through other contacts.
Pan to Plate: HWS Food Recovery Pilot Project, Maggie O'Reilly '16
Pan to Plate is a food recovery pilot project created by Maggie O'Reilly '16 with support and guidance provided by the Finger Lakes Institute, HWS Office of Sustainability, Sodexo and Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. During the fall 2015 and spring 2016, Maggie O'Reilly researched the potential donation of overproduced food from HWS Sodexo’s Saga dining hall and the current community need for increased food security in Geneva.
Race Dialogues After School, Lesly Rivero '17, Christopher Melendez '16
During the Spring Semester of 2016 Lesly and Christopher decided to partner up and work on their Social Justice Studies Capstone by creating an independent study. They became interested in a new course being offered in the education department called Race Dialogues, taught by Professor Khuram Hussain, because it centered on the idea of creating a community between HWS students and Geneva High School students.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Success for Geneva’s Children Data, Erica McLaughlin WS’ 16, Danielle Mueller WS’ 16, Ryan Mullaney H’16
The mission of Success for Geneva’s Children is to “mobilize the community to improve the health and well-being of all our children and their families.” The research team explored various demographic differences between Geneva, NY, the rest of Ontario County, and New York State.
HWS Real Food Challenge, Eric Bushnell '16 and Alyssa Kelly '19
In fall 2015, HWS Real Food Challenge Food Policy Intern Eric Bushnell ‘16 researched sustainable food policies adopted by institutions of higher learning across the country to determine how to best foster more sustainable purchasing at HWS. Bushnell ‘16 compiled his findings and an overview of the status of food purchasing at HWS in the report Hobart and William Smith Colleges Sustainable Food Purchasing Goals (2015).
Measuring Preparedness for School of Children Aged 0-5 in Geneva, Randy Regner '16 and Michael Rahling '16
Literature demonstrates that children develop their key non-cognitive skills in the early years of 3 to 5. Michael and Randy’s project aims at examining surveys collected by Success for Geneva’s Children, a community group with a desire to produce favorable outcomes for the local youth, ages 0-5, in the Geneva area. The researchers hope to reveal patterns in their data that support conclusions as to why young students could be better prepared for their schooling.
Geneva Crime Statistics, Ian Pattison '16
This a research study that focuses on the sources of the discrepancy between crime reports submitted to the FBI by the Geneva Police Department, and the national online data in the Uniform Crime Reporting database (UCR) that draws from these original local reports.
Social Integration of International Students at HWS Colleges, Talia Azour '16
This research explores the social integration of international students with the larger student population at HWS. It explores how international students identify their place on campus, what their habits are, and where they make connections with American students on.
A Voice for Justice: Studying the Holocaust in the Rochester Community, Soren Anders-Macleod '18, Susannah Berry '16, Guadalupe Mendoza '18, Anna Philibert '16
During the fall semester of 2015, Anna, Guadalupe, Soren, and Susannah attended a seminar at Nazareth College led by Father Desbois who is involved with Yahad In Unum. They learned how to prevent violence in the future, the value of the spoken word, the importance of unbiased analysis in interactions, and many interview techniques during the two day seminar. The goal of Yahad is to learn from the past to prevent future genocide and mass killings.
Impact of Early Childhood Education, Carmen Sorrentino '16, Olivia Hoden '16, Morgan Drake '16
Early childhood education and its effects on development is an extremely significant area of concern. We are interested in exploring the effects that exposure to early childhood education has on children’s mental and physical development.
Mapping Patrons in Downtown Geneva, Douglas Silverman '16
Store owners in downtown Geneva cater to two disparate socio-economic groups; locals and non-resident “tourists”. I have previously argued elsewhere, based on ethnographic research, census reviews, a 37-year historic analysis of commercial stores downtown, and interviews with downtown storeowners, that an atypical form of gentrification is taking place whereby affluent summertime tourists have created a demand for consuming high-end experiences.
Community-Focused Sustainable Agriculture through Aquaponics, Rachael Best '18, Katie Rogan '17, Jeff Rizza '16
During the spring 2016 semester, Rachael, Katie, and Jeff constructed an educational-scale aquaponics system through an independent study in the Environmental Studies Program. The project, funded by grants from the Carver and Delaney Family Environmental Studies Endowment and Kloman Fellowship Fund, aims to inform members of the HWS community and greater Geneva community about the myriad benefits of aquaponic food production methods and sustainable agriculture more broadly.
AMST 360: Art, Memory and the Power of Place, Sean Barry '17, Franklin Brown '17, Michael Doeblin '17, Tim Griffin '16, Keegan Balk '17, Kayla Jones '17, Phoebe Moore '16, Michael Potvin '17, Sarah Savitz '18, Jenny Sullivan '18, Mat Sylvan '17, Justin Burke '16
What stories do communities tell? How do stories help youth imagine a place of their own? How do cultural expression in the arts help youth articulate their visions of the future? Over the past eight weeks, teens from the art program at the GGBC and students enrolled in American Studies 365: Art, Memory and the Power of Place have been working together to research community issues and concerns.
SJSP101: Community-based Research Methods
Sixteen HWS students participated in the Spring 2016 Course, SJSP 101: Community-Based Research Methods, a gateway course in the Social Justice Studies minor. As part of this course, students were introduced to historical and modern information about Geneva, information on the Geneva Boys and Girls Club, and the theoretical groundings of Community-based Research. In addition, they built skills in ArcGIS Analysis and presentation of information in the web-based format, Story Map. Finally, they gained experience in the Geneva community by attending community meetings and events such as Tools for Social Change, Geneva Schoolboard meetings, Neighborhood Coalition meetings, and volunteering at the Community Lunch Program.
Students and their research proposals
Andrea Uhl '19, Lindsay Brown '19, Adam Enxing '19, Emily Wilkinson '19 Does the Office of Justice Program at the Boys and Girls Club help reduce students’ likelihood reduce absenteeism of these students in high school?
Koko Avedisian '19, Olivia Milne '18, Therese Kowalczak '19, Harrison DeMaira '19 Would relocating the center of activities for the Boys and Girls Club increase the ability of Geneva students to participate in programming?
Alyssa Kelly '19, Cameron Kohs '19, Maryum Raheem '16, Liam Cassidy '19 Would providing bus service from the Boys and Girls Clubs to student homes after evening programming increase the number of students who could participate in Club programming, and would it be economically viable?
Simon Corson '16, Rachael Barry '19, Bryan Archino '19, Liam Ford '19 Can improving connections between Geneva Head Start Program and the Boys and Girls Club improve long-term student success?
Who is most likely to support a Geneva Public Library tax increase?, Dimitri Kaye '16
In the spring semester of 2016, Dimitri assisted the local Geneva Public Library in order to better understand the socio-economic characteristics of the people most likely to support the Geneva Public Library tax increase. Working with the director of the Library, the two are also using this opportunity to increase awareness of the vote on May 17, 2016.
Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Geneva Reads Community Read discussion guides – created by students from Prof. Margueritte Murphy’s FY Seminar “Experience of Place – Writing the City”:
VIDEO: Alumni V, Bernard Abagali '15
In honor of the 125th anniversary commencement of Geneva High School in 2015, local GHS alums Alumni were interviewed to acknowledge and appreciate the impactful experiences they had as students and how that helped shape their personal and professional choices.
VIDEO: GHS Virtual Tour, Megan Soule '15
This video highlights the varied opportunities and resources available to Geneva High School students. Highlights include information about the Freshmen Academy, Gemini and AP course credit options, technological advances in the classrooms, and exciting co-curricular and academically competitive clubs and athletics.
Services, Simon Corson '16
This paper has detailed descriptions of how the Town of Geneva and City of Geneva could share services and collaborate in the future. The research methods used were depth interviews, a 2015 Budget comparison, and a job description analyses. Suggestions for joint planning include the topics of sewage, drainage, drinking water systems, transportation, fire and police public safety, equipment purchasing, economic development, housing, and recreation. View full report (PDF)
SJSP 101 Community-Based Research: Introduction to the Scholarship of Engagement, Professor Margueritte Murphy and Kathleen Flowers This class provides students with the research methods and tools needed to engage in effective community-based research (CBR) and offers a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the demography and history of Geneva and surrounding areas. Among the topics covered are the ethical and legal questions relevant to community-based research; methodologies for planning and implementing a CBR project; building relationships with community partners; and media for communication to and for the community.
Community-Focused Sustainable Agriculture through Aquaponics
AMST 360: Art, Memory and the Power of Place
SJSP101: Community-based Research Methods:
Does the Office of Justice Program at the Boys and Girls Club help reduce students’ likelihood reduce absenteeism of these students in high school?
Would relocating the center of activities for the Boys and Girls Club increase the ability of Geneva students to participate in programming?
Would providing bus service from the Boys and Girls Clubs to student homes after evening programming increase the number of students who could participate in Club programming, and would it be economically viable?
Can improving connections between Geneva Head Start Program and the Boys and Girls Club improve long-term student success?
Who is most likely to support a Geneva Public Library tax increase?