Dear Alumnae, Alumni and Parent Volunteers,

As Presidents of the Alumnae and Alumni Associations, we are deeply saddened by the The New York Times article involving Hobart and William Smith students.

We all have heard the outpouring of anger and frustration toward the Colleges we hold so dear. Petitions by students and alums, and engaged and passionate conversations among our faculty, have offered dozens, if not hundreds of ways our Colleges can address the issues raised. We are heartened by the conviction and determination that so many of you have expressed, and together we are committed to helping our community heal and move forward.

Association leadership has actively engaged campus senior administration and the Board of Trustees in a dialogue. We recognize that this is a complex issue that needs serious attention - not just at Hobart and William Smith, but across our nation. Prior to Sunday's article, many efforts were underway with a collective commitment from President Gearan, the Chair of the Board, Maureen Collins Zupan '72, P'09, and us to make Hobart and William Smith a national model on issues of student safety and the prevention of sexual assault.

During this difficult time, we have also heard from some alumni and alumnae who are distancing themselves from the Colleges. We acknowledge and understand these feelings and will continue to be available so that all voices are heard and included as we move forward.

We are encouraged by the bold ideas and commitment that our students, faculty, staff, alums and parents have already shared. We value your service to the Colleges, and your perspective. In the coming weeks we will be following up with you, seeking additional ways for us to support our beloved Colleges as they further address issues of sexual violence on campus.

Humbly,

Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk '98
President, William Smith Alumnae Association
aheredia@alum.hws.edu

Dr. Jeremy T. Cushman '96
President, Hobart Alumni Association
cushman@alum.hws.edu



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A student group, the Coalition of Concerned Students, is working to ensure that the Colleges are a safe environment for all students and are joining with the Colleges and the HWS Community for Change to enact policy and climate changes. The Coalition of Concerned Students can be reached at: hwscocs@gmail.com.

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