Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

About Us


The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fosters dignity and respect ensuring that all members of the HWS community have an equal opportunity to thrive.

Diversity Statement

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges we strive to create a just and inclusive environment where all students, faculty and staff are valued and respected. We believe that diversity in identity and perspective enriches our community and prepares us all to lead lives of consequence. We recognize that historical practices and policies have privileged certain groups while excluding others from institutions of higher education, and thus the work of diversity at HWS seeks to account for those inequities by promoting college access and working to ensure that every member of the HWS community has an equal opportunity to thrive.

DEI News

Celebrating Posse 5 Scholars

Sun, 16 May 2021

POSSE GraduationThe Colleges celebrated the graduation of the fifth cohort of students who came to HWS through the renowned college access and youth leadership program. Hobart and William Smith celebrated graduating…

Envisioning the New Intercultural Affairs Center

Thu, 06 May 2021

IC RenovationDesign plans for a renovation of the HWS Intercultural Affairs Center are now underway. For generations of students and alums, the “IC,” as it’s known on campus, has provided a…

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Named HWS Commencement Speaker and Blackwell Recipient

Wed, 03 Feb 2021

Carla HaydenCarla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first woman and the first African American to hold the position, will be the 2021 Commencement speaker, and receive an honorary…

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