+ A Message to the Hobart and William Smith Community – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

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February 14, 2019

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

The Student Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees is continuing its efforts to collect the perspectives and ideas of our campus community regarding the Colleges’ coordinate structure. As a reminder, this work is in support of the Board’s commitment to our coordinate heritage and mission. The task of the Committee is to create recommendations that will adapt the coordinate construct to meet the needs of all students with the goal of ensuring that all students are welcomed and supported throughout their Hobart and William Smith education.

To help facilitate a new round of discussions about this issue and taking into account the community’s suggestions during the fall sessions, the Board of Trustees has retained Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, a national expert on inclusion and diversity. An education professor and the former founding dean of the School of Education at Arcadia University, in Glenside, Penn., Dr. Slesaransky-Poe has spent her career helping educational and community organizations navigate the complexities of creating gender and sexually diverse, inclusive, welcoming and affirming organizational cultures.

I write to invite your participation in one of three sessions that will be led by Dr. Slesaransky-Poe.

Sunday, February 24
This conversation is designed for those students who identity as transgender or gender non-conforming. In order to ensure the privacy of attendees, we are not advertising the location or time of the session and are asking that students interested in attending reach out to Dean Kaenzig or Dean Hussain for details. Dr. Slesaransky-Poe will lead the session alone.

Sunday, February 24
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Geneva Room
An open session for all students with Dr. Slesaransky-Poe. Members of the Student Experience Committee will attend this session.

Monday, February 25
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Geneva Room
An open session for all faculty and staff with Dr. Slesaransky-Poe. Members of the Student Experience Committee will attend this session.

I look forward to seeing many of you on campus on February 24 and 25 to continue this important work together.

Sincerely,

Edward Cooper ’86, P’16
Trustee and Chair of the Student Experience Committee