Intercultural CENTER

288 Pulteney Street
Geneva, N.Y. 14456
Email: ic@hws.edu
Phone: 315-781-3319
Fax: 315-781-3888

Office Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Center Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sat. – Sun.: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

The Intercultural Center is a welcoming space that fosters an environment where students find support and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Our programs and collaborative initiatives broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and social justice, and strengthen community bonds.

Who We Are

Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina


E-Mail: molina@hws.edu

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 Geneva Community Center, among others. Professor Molina is currently a member of the Geneva Public Library Personnel Committee, Geneva 2020 and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.

Nancy Cheri-Arif

Nancy Cheri-Arif

Administrative Program Coordinator, DEI, Intercultural Affairs, and HEOP Program
E-Mail: cheri-arif@hws.edu

Nancy joined the DEI, Intercultural Affairs, and HEOP in the summer of 2020. Nancy works with the dynamic group of offices that supports a diversity of students; providing managerial, administrative and logistical support to the respective offices and coordinating programs in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the HWS community.

Nancy has served as an executive assistant, with experience in higher education and the not-for-profit sector, with a passion for support and advancement of students through campus and community experiences.

Nancy loves spending time with her family, the beach, Latin dance, and caring for her chickens.

Intercultural Affairs News

Ednesha Saulsbury ’00 and Kimberly Moore ’00, the cofounders of “Black Woman Be Whole,” led a self-care workshop on campus. In April, Ednesha Saulsbury ’00 and Kimberly Moore ’00 returned to their alma mater to lead a self-care and wellness workshop for BIPOC, female and non-binary identifying students, faculty and staff. The event was sponsored

Sebastiano Lucci, the 2021-22 Kinghorn Global Fellow, explores the international cinema influence of the “spaghetti western” genre. Sebastiano Lucci, instructor of Italian and director of the Less Commonly Taught Languages, will reflect on the birth, development and culmination of the midcentury westerns made by Italian filmmakers like Sergio Leone. Part of his 2021-22 John R.

 Shavonne Ward ’09, whose career has focused on creating educational equity, will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Alger Adams Dinner. The annual Alger L. Adams ’32 Academic Excellence Award Dinner will bring together members of the Hobart and William Smith community in recognition of students’ achievements and to honor the legacy of


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