Phone: (315) 781-4555


The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fosters dignity and respect ensuring that all members of the HWS community have an equal opportunity to thrive.

 Within the DEI Office are programs, centers and initiatives designed to build belonging including:

Diversity Statement

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, we strive to create a just and inclusive environment where all students, faculty and staff are valued and respected. We believe that diversity in identity and perspective enriches our community and prepares us all to lead lives of consequence. We recognize that historical practices and policies have privileged certain groups while excluding others from institutions of higher education, and thus the work of diversity at HWS seeks to account for those inequities by promoting college access and working to ensure that every member of the HWS community has an equal opportunity to thrive.

Bias Incident Response Team

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in coordination with the Division of Campus Life, coordinates the Bias Incident Response Team, which may be convened to ensure that affected student(s) have access to appropriate resources, to assist offices in their response, and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents and situations that may impact campus climate.

What We Do

The Office Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) works with partners across campus to build an educational, residential and professional environment where all community members feel valued and respected. We envision a community where diversity is embraced and consistently sought, and where equity and inclusion are practiced. By focusing on the following key areas: recruitment and retention, campus climate, and education, the Office strives to both enhance the representation of diverse individuals on campus and cultivate a sense of belonging for all.

  • Recruitment and Retention: DEI works to increase the recruitment of historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff on campus and offers programs and initiatives to ensure their success.
  • Campus Climate: DEI cultivates an environment where all students, faculty and staff feel respected and have a sense of belonging. DEI uses various mechanisms to assess the campus climate and develop necessary interventions to respond.
  • Education: DEI collaborates with various offices to ensure that institution wide opportunities for diversity education and cultural competency are available and accessed by students, faculty and staff.

Who We Are

  • Alejandra Molina

    Alejandra Molina

    Director, Intercultural Affairs

  • Renée Grant

    Renée Grant

    Director of Opportunity Programs

  • Edith Wormley

    Edith Wormley

    Associate Director, HEOP/AOP

  • Shelle Basilio-Murray

    Shelle Basilio-Murray

    Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Wellness and Student Support/POSSE Liaison

  • Christine De Denus

    Christine De Denus

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Director of the First Generation Initiative

  • Bill Boerner

    Bill Boerner

    Interim Vice President for President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Title IX Coordinator

  • Laura A. Tickner

    Laura A. Tickner

    Program Coordinator
    Title IX & DEI

  • Sherri Martin-Baron

    Sherri Martin-Baron

    International Student Success Manager

  • Nancy Cheri-Arif

    Nancy Cheri-Arif

    Administrative Program Coordinator, DEI, Intercultural Affairs and HEOP Program

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