Hobart and William Smith Community Meeting Addresses Culture of Respect
Participants Release Joint Statement Regarding a Path Forward

On Friday, August 15, 2014, President Mark D. Gearan, Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09, Provost Titi Ufomata and other senior leadership of the Colleges as well as faculty and students met with representatives of HWS Community for Change and the Coalition of Concerned Students to discuss their recommendations related to Title IX and sexual misconduct. The recommendations of HWS Community for Change are designed to provide a path forward for the entire community and include suggestions for greater transparency of efforts, enhanced training, a campus climate survey, the creation of a center for gender and sexuality, and revised procedures governing sexual misconduct cases. The Colleges shared its work in these areas including progress on short-term tactics to prepare for the opening of the Fall 2014 semester as well as larger, strategic goals designed to foster a culture of respect within the entire HWS community.

“On behalf of HWS Community for Change which represents more than 250 alumnae and alumni who are passionate about enacting change regarding sexual assault policies and procedures at HWS, we are grateful that the leadership of the Colleges spent a day in open and frank conversation with us. There is a sense of collaboration and a common vision for the future. The path forward requires candid conversation, passionate commitment to a vision and the willingness to do what is right, not what is easy or expedient. The visibility from recent events allows an all-too-rare chance for reflection and we are committed to developing a model community based upon respect and will continue working together to bring change to the place we all love.”

  • Gretchen Sword ’06 on behalf of HWS Community for Change and the Coalition of Concerned Students

“Our meeting represents the very best of Hobart and William Smith – alumni, alumnae, students, faculty and staff gathering in conversation about difficult issues and generating solutions that will make the Colleges a better place for future generations. I am thankful to the many alums who have volunteered their time and expertise to work in partnership with us, and for their leadership in this effort.  Together, I am confident that we can make a difference on a defining social issue.”

  • President Mark D. Gearan on behalf of Hobart and William Smith Colleges


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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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