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.
This spring, Hobart and William Smith will establish the Upsilon Pi chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on campus with the formation of the charter group of members. Alpha Phi Alpha, whose motto is "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All," fosters the principles of leadership, academic excellence, service, and advocacy. The organization presents leadership opportunities for a... More >>
Author, speaker and autism advocate Jesse Saperstein '04 will return to campus to give a lecture about the strength of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as the importance of accepting and including people of all unique abilities and characteristics. The talk is part of the series of disability-related events run by the HWS Global Initiative on Disability (GID) and will take place on Mon... More >>
In his study of Filipino heritage, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Peter Mayshle explores the relationship between public memory and "presence." Mayshle, who joined the faculty in 2014, is in the process of revising his Ph.D. dissertation -- "Walled Memoria: Presencing Memory Sites in Intramuros, Manila" -- for publication. The dissertation examines Intramuros, the ancient walled city... More >>
For the third consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been recognized as a leader for LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices. HWS has once again been awarded an excellent score, five out of a possible five stars, on Campus Pride's Campus Climate Index. The Colleges' numeric score of 92 percent rose slightly over last year's, reflecting HWS' continued work on issues for L... More >>
Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcomed internationally renowned expert on AIDS, Dr. Christopher C. Beyrer '81, as keynote speaker for Convocation 2014. Beyrer's life-saving work advancing public health and human rights has changed perceptions and behaviors, and improved the health of individuals, communities and countries around the world. Convocation was held on Monday, Sept. 1 on Stern Lawn... More >>