A college is strongest when firmly rooted in the community it calls home, and its success is inherently connected to the well-being of that community. Geneva has been a wonderful host to the Colleges since 1822 and through numerous collaborative efforts, which seek to find a balance rooted in respect and reciprocity, we work together to infuse learning opportunities so that our graduates may go on to lead lives of consequence.

Since the early 1990s, HWS has strived to organize student, faculty and staff energies and interests in community engaged learning, to be a steward of place, and to uphold the democratic and public purposes of higher education. Many of our graduates go on to serve locally or nationally in various AmeriCorps programs or commit to two years of international service with the Peace Corps. HWS is one of only 100 colleges that matches a part of the Segal AmeriCorps education stipend and has been recognized by the Peace Corps on the list of "Top Volunteering Producing Colleges and Universities."

Geneva 2030, a community wide collective impact initiative anchored at HWS, was featured in a competition sponsored by the National Civic League and helped secure the "All America City" designation with the City of Geneva. HWS Colleges President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan served a key role on the planning committee of the competitive $10 million grant awarded to Geneva through NY State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Many student community based research projects have been utilized in planning, assessment and development efforts by the city, school district, local non-profit agencies, and civic organizations.


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