INTERCULTURAL AFFAIRS STAFF
The Intercultural Center is a place that creates an environment where students find support, challenges, and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Students are encouraged to become leaders, mentors and to excel academically. Programs are available that promote cross-cultural opportunities as well as that support students and other campus community members.
Alejandra Molina joined the HWS faculty in 1995 as a member of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Colonial Literature at Cornell University. Molina was named Director of Intercultural Affairs in 2006.
As Director of Intercultural Affairs, Professor Molina has been dedicated to strengthening programs that bring together HWS faculty, staff and students. Intercultural Affairs, in collaboration with HWS department offices and with Geneva community groups, has sponsored campus-wide conferences on a themes such as Lacrosse, Immigration, Poverty and Homelessness and Social and Environmental Justice. These conferences have been open to the campus and to the larger Geneva community, bringing together persons with common concerns and interests.
Under Alejandra Molina’s leadership, Intercultural Affairs has also established partnerships with a number of community agencies and groups including the Farmworker Agency Coalition, the Geneva School District, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and the Smith Opera House, among others.
Darline Polanco Wattles '09
Darline is a William Smith graduate, class of 2009. As a student, Darline was involved with several student organizations. She joined the staff of the Office of Intercultural Affairs in the fall of 2009. In her position, Darline works with the cultural, global awareness and social justice clubs to help promote inclusiveness, develop leadership skills and an awareness of how the activity of student organizations relates to the overall HWS and Geneva community. Under her leadership, the clubs have expanded their communiy outreach efforts, working closely with organizations such as Geneva High School’s Festival of Nations, the College 101 Initiative, Geneva’s annual Kids Day, and the Boys and Girls annual Bowl-a-Thon. Darline serves on the Colleges’ Race and Racism Coalition and is currently the Marketing Chair for Geneva Reads.
Scarlett is a part-time member of the Intercultural Center staff. She assists with arrangements for special events such as conferences, field trips and community meetings. For the past three years, she has worked with the Geneva Just Neighbors Initiative, a program in collaboration with Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and the HWS CCESL office dedicated to education about and advocacy for local housing issues. She serves on the board of the Keuka Housing Council, is a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Milly's Pantry and is the chairperson of the board of the Yates Concert Series.
Intercultural Affairs/Academic Opportunity Program
Bonné is the secretary for both Intercultural Affairs and the Academic Opportunity Program departments. She has been a member of the staff since July 2010. As secretary Bonné handles the offices’ correspondence, accounts payable, inter-department communication and event publicity. She is the first line of contact for the office and schedules student appointments and reservations for space at the Intercultural Affairs Center. Bonné is part of the team at IC that supports students who call IC their home away from home. She also helps coordinate the projects IC student interns work on throughout the year.
Now that her three children are grown she and her husband enjoy traveling and going to outdoor concerts. Bonné also enjoys quiet time in the outdoors developing her photography skills.
288 Pulteney Street
Geneva, N.Y. 14456
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sat. – Sun.: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
We hold a collection of magazines that focuses on diverse and current topics (found in our computer lab, first floor) and a growing library that includes a wide range of books covering topics ranging from education to race studies, including significant collections on LGBTQ and gender issues, as well as collections of literature and cultural studies about diverse United States and global communities (located in our conference room, second floor).
A growing library at IC includes a wide range of books covering topics ranging from education to race studies, including significant collections on LGBT and gender issues, as well as collections of literature and cultural studies about diverse United States and global communities.
Through a variety of free trips, we explore the area's rich cultural and historical heritage and we provide shopping and entertainment opportunities.
In collaboration with a variety of offices and departments, IC offers career and graduate school workshops, as well as programs that extend cross-cultural, academic and leadership opportunities.