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.
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 >>
Inside the News: International AIDS Conference 2016
At the biennial International AIDS Conference, HIV/AIDS researchers and professionals gather with policy makers, activists, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic, in an effort to raise resources and awareness around treatment and prevention. Dr. Christopher C. Beyrer '81 -- an internationally renowned expert on AIDS and outgoing president of the world's la... More >>
Chapman to Offer Keynote for Faculty Series
In her keynote presentation for the fall 2016 Faculty Development Series and its Opening Institute, Robbin Chapman, associate provost and academic director of diversity and inclusion at Wellesley College, will deliver a lecture exploring equity and student engagement. "The Faculty Opening Institutes have become a means for the faculty and staff to engage in conversations about the curriculum and ... More >>
Dr. Vincent '83 Convocation Speaker
Hobart and William Smith Colleges will welcome Dr. Gregory J. Vincent '83, vice president for diversity and community engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin, as the keynote speaker for Convocation 2016. A renowned expert on civil rights and education, Vincent has presided over UT's rapidly growing division of di... More >>