Belonging-Diversity-&-EquityMeet the AIC Graduate Student Assistants
Two students in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership program have graduate assistantships in the Adams Intercultural Center.
AlumsHome Away From Home
For Rafael Rodriguez ’07, the Alger Adams ’32 Intercultural Center at HWS (or the IC, as it’s commonly known on campus) was an essential part of his college experience, his “home away from home.”
AlumsAnnouncing the Alger Adams '32 Intercultural Center
Thanks to Chair of the Board of Trustees Craig Stine ’81, P’17 and his wife, Kathy, the Colleges’ new Intercultural Center will bear the name of the Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams ’32, the first Black man to graduate from Hobart College.
The Adams Intercultural Center is a welcoming space that fosters an environment where students find support and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Our programs and collaborative initiatives broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and social justice, and strengthen community bonds.
the rev. dr. alger l. adams
The Rev. Dr. Alger Leroy Adams '32, D.D.'83, the first African-American graduate of Hobart College, rose above major societal obstacles to attend and excel at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Center is named in his honor to ensure that his life and legacy will be celebrated for years to come.
Who We Are
Alejandra Molina joined the HWS faculty in 1995 as a member of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Colonial Literature at Cornell University. Molina was named Director of Intercultural Affairs in 2006.
As Director of The Adams Intercultural Center, Professor Molina has been dedicated to strengthening programs that bring together HWS faculty, staff and students. The Center, in collaboration with HWS department offices and with Geneva community groups, has sponsored campus-wide conferences on a themes such as Lacrosse, Immigration, Poverty and Homelessness and Social and Environmental Justice. These conferences have been open to the campus and to the larger Geneva community, bringing together persons with common concerns and interests.
Under Alejandra Molina’s leadership, The Center has also established partnerships with a number of community agencies and groups including the Farmworker Agency Coalition, the Geneva School District, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and the Geneva Community Center, among others. Professor Molina is currently a member of the Geneva Public Library Personnel Committee, Geneva 2020 and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.
Message from the director
"On behalf of the Adams Intercultural Center (AIC) staff, let me welcome (and welcome you back) to our campus. We hope that during the upcoming academic year, you will find the time to visit us and participate in our programs. At the AIC, we do our best to collaborate with students, staff and faculty in programs and events of interest to them. If you are interested in learning about the wide variety of student clubs that meet at AIC, do not hesitate to contact us! Also, if you would like for us to host an event you are considering, let us know! Through weekly e-mails, the AIC disseminates information on programs organized by academic departments and student organizations, as well as programs and events on campus and in the Finger Lakes area.
The AIC is a place where cross-cultural understanding is welcomed and valued. It is a place where academic pursuit is combined with community service and leadership opportunities. The AIC, in itself, is an experience. We encourage you to visit and participate in our our programs and to contact us with any ideas on ways we can continue to welcome you."
Alejandra Molina, Director of the Adams Intercultural Center
Rejaun Heusner '22
Rejaun graduated from HWS in 2022 with a degree in sociology and a minor in social justice studies. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Caribbean Students Association executive board and completed a remote internship at the Kids Network in London.
Currently, Rejaun is a graduate student in the higher education leadership program at HWS. As a graduate assistant for the AIC, she works as the liaison between the cultural clubs and the AIC, providing them with support with whatever they need, as well as creates the CGASJ Weekly Planner and the Programs and Events at the AIC planner. Rejaun is also a co-advisor for the Student Club Caucus and helps with the larger programs and events at the AIC.
Emma MacShara '22
Emma graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2022 with a major in sociology and a minor in psychological sciences. As an undergraduate, Emma worked on-campus for the Centennial Center, CCESL, and Title IX, and was also the President of the HWS OneLove club.
Currently, Emma is part of the two-year Masters in Higher Education Leadership program at HWS. She is excited to learn about the history of higher education and how she can be a leader and have a positive impact on its changing landscape. As part of her assistantship, she coordinates space reservations at the Adams Intercultural Center, creates community event planners, runs the "Home Away From Home" Blog and organizes programs that create a sense of community belonging throughout the academic year. In her free time, she likes to explore the outdoors, watch sports, and hang out with her friends.