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SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES DEPARTMENT NEWS

Five Join Teach for America

Five recent William Smith graduates have begun their Teach for America (TFA) assignments, working and living in low-income communities. From New England to the Deep South, the alumnae have been placed in high-need public schools across the country, joining more than a dozen other alums currently working for the program and more than 30 alums who have served with TFA over the past decade. Beginnin...  More >>

Bassage '15 Examined Police-Community Relations

With national news headlines highlighting tensions between communities and police departments, Zack Bassage '15 delved into the issue on the local level through an independent study project, "Police Attitudes: Cynicism in the Age of Cultural Diversity Training," that culminated in his senior year. Advised by Professor of Dance and Coordinator of the Social Justice Studies program Donna Davenport,...  More >>

Community Joins Solidarity Events

Students, faculty and community members gathered for a non-violent procession, performance and eulogy earlier this month in honor of the life of Michael Brown, the Missouri teen killed this summer by Police Office Darren Wilson. After a three month investigation, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson. "We are very interested in ensuring that we recognize people are affected by the grand jury dec...  More >>

Studying Abroad in Queensland, Australia

This semester, 16 HWS students are taking part in the Queensland, Australia program led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander. A fast-paced and rigorous academic program, the Queensland semester combines high quality science teaching in the classroom with exposure to and utilization of concepts in the field. While previous...  More >>

Dr. Beyrer '81 Convocation Speaker

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 >>