13 March 2024 New Opportunities to Engage By Katelyn Oswalt '24

With more than 70 clubs on campus, there is no shortage of organizations to join at HWS.

From cultural organizations to club sports, there are numerous opportunities to get involved on campus this spring semester. Following a well-attended Involvement Expo at the start of the semester, club leaders continue to welcome new students to their organizations. Featured below are the top avenues to engage with some of the most popular clubs at HWS.

Jamachi Atumonyogo ’26, Leah Foster ’25, Cori Chapman ’26, Marie Diarrassouba ’26 and Delores Amponsah ’25 recruit new members for Sankofa in the Scandling Campus Center.

This semester, Sankofa, the Black student union, will honor the achievements and life experiences of those of the African Diaspora through educational programming, discussions, Black empowerment initiatives, cultural events and social justice activities. President Leah Foster ’25 says she enjoyed the Black History Month closeout party at the Barn, and says plans are underway for Casino Night and a Fashion Show in April. For more information, contact leah.foster@hws.edu.

Want to participate in the voting process? HWS Votes is the student-run nonpartisan organization that provides voter education on campus and in the wider Geneva community. Club leaders Samari Brown ’24, Jasmine Goncalves ’27 and Katelyn Oswalt ’24 table in the Scandling Campus Center from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, email serve@hws.edu.

Following dress rehearsal, members of the Kinetic Dance Collective gather for a photo on the stage of the Smith Opera House.

The Kinetic Dance Collective boasts more than 100 members. Led by Co-Presidents Harper Tanguay ’24 and Emma Yeager ’24, with numerous student leaders serving on its executive board, KDC will host its annual Day of Dance on March 2. For more information, contact kinetic@hws.edu. 

Led by Holly McCarty ’25 and Caroline Ruffner ’25, Day of Service is excited to celebrate HWS’ 30th anniversary this spring and encourages everyone to come out and volunteer in the community on Saturday, April 20. For more information, email serve@hws.edu.

The Lunar New Year is one of the most popular annual student celebrations of the year. Held in Bartlett Theatre, the event was hosted by the Asian Student Union.

Activities and celebrations abound with the culture clubs: The Asian Student Union led by President Randy Hong ’26 hosted its Lunar New Year celebration earlier this month. The Latin American Organization led by Co-Presidents Yovanka Lopez ’24 and Roman Vargas Garcia ’24 will hold their Extravaganza on Friday, April 12 featuring catered food, a live band and student performances. For more information, email yovanka.lopez@hws.edu. The International Student Association celebrates international diversity and multiculturalism on campus through their events and activities under the leadership of President Lamia Nur Rahman ’26 who can be reached at lamia.rahman@hws.edu. This semester, the Caribbean Student Association is excited to host the annual Spring formal. For information, contact CSA President Yashimabet Drummond ’24 at csa@hws.edu.

Sophia Prouty MHEL’24 and Andrew Kim MHEL‘24 build stuffed animals at the Stuff-a-Plush event presented by the Campus Activities Board.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is responsible for planning and executing events on campus in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement. CAB is excited to host Spring Fest, a carnival event, on April 27. Those interested should contact Co-Presidents Jamaiqui Santana ’25 and Riyadh Heusner ’25 at cab@hws.edu.

Religious clubs on campus also have fun filled activities this semester. HWS Hillel, the Jewish student organization, meets in the Abbe Center. Their events are open to students of all religions, beliefs and backgrounds. President Rebecca Barr ’25 invites all students to attend Shabbat dinners, which are on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life. To RSVP, or for more information, please email shabbat@hws.edu. The Muslim Student Association, led by President Mohammed Yassin ’25, represents Islamic life on campus. Every Friday, the organization holds Jummah Prayer in the Muslim Life Center, located in Demarest 17A. The HWS Christian Fellowship aims to create a safe and inclusive space for students to spread the love of Christ. They are led by President Brooke Donnelly ’27 and hold Bible Study in the Adams Intercultural Center on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Members of the eSports club play a variety of video games in Caird Hall.

The Esports team at HWS competes against several colleges and universities in games such as Rainbow 6, League of Legends, Fortnite, and SuperSmash Bros. The club hosts activities every weeknight offering opportunities for students to participate. For more information, read Esports Commences Spring 2024 Season or contact nicolas.rivera-torres@hws.edu.

Interested in hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and more? Get in touch with Karina Connolly ’23, MAT ’24 and Kylie Dagit ’25 who head the Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program. The club sponsors outdoor excursions and activities with trips this semester include ice climbing, skiing and snowboarding, and a meditation hike. For more information, contact orap@hws.edu.

For more information on any of these organizations, or the 70+ that HWS offers, please contact engagement@hws.edu.

Top: Members of the Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program gather for a photo after hiking up the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.