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.
Rivera '17 Interns at FosterClub
When offered the opportunity to "give back," Cody Rivera ‘17 more than rose to the occasion. This summer, Rivera completed an internship with the organization FosterClub, which seeks to connect current and former participants in the foster care system. Throughout the months of July and August, he worked to advance the organization's mission of serving and honoring the perspectives of young people... More >>
Black Lives Matter Vigil
A Black Lives Matter candlelight vigil took place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 starting at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Scandling Campus Center. The vigil was an opportunity for "students of color and white allies to come together and grieve for the black and brown lives lost through police brutality," says Niame Traore '18, a leader of We the Unheard student group that organized the event. "We wanted to c... More >>
HWS Impact Explores Student Experiences through Dialogue
Through the exchange of personal stories, ideas and student experiences, HWS Impact brought together members of the HWS community to engage in a collective exploration of campus culture through conversation. Now in its second year, HWS Impact sought to explore how identities are seen and unseen, and featured student speakers, each relaying a personal narrative. The presentations were followed by ... More >>
Building an Anti-Bias Classroom
Exploring the theme "No Place Like Home," the 2016 Fisher Center lecture series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with a participatory workshop, "Our Schools: Building an Anti-Bias Classroom," led by Stephanie Kenific '17. This summer, with the support of a Fisher Center Woodworth Fellowship, Kenific researched ways to reshape the Common Core Learning Curriculum to serve feminist and anti-racist pri... More >>
HWS "Best of" LGBTQ-Friendly Campuses
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named to Campus Pride's annual "Best of the Best" Top 30 list of the LGBTQ-friendly campuses across the nation. Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization's premier listing showcases the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and u... More >>