Race and Racism Coalition Sessions – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Race and Racism Coalition Sessions

The newly-formed Race and Racism Coalition (RRC) invites the campus and community to join in a dialogue on Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, addressing issues of race and racism at the Colleges. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Scandling Campus Center, the members of the RRC’s coordinating team will hold informational sessions for anyone who is looking for more information on the group’s work and mission.

All members of the HWS and Geneva community are encouraged to attend these sessions.

Formed in the fall of 2012, the organization is comprised of students, faculty and staff who hope to create a constructive dialogue around issues of race and racism and to work to resolve its effects on the campus community.

“We are encouraging the entire HWS community to attend one of our informational sessions – it will be a great opportunity to meet face to face with the students, faculty and staff who planned the Addressing The Issue Forum last semester,” says Executive Chair Tatianna Echevarria ’13. “This event will provide more information on the RRC’s goals, and give the HWS community an opportunity to officially join the RRC.”

One of the goals of the RRC is to create a more productive dialogue about race and racism amongst members of the HWS community – and to create a comprehensive response system that effectively deals with any incidents. Such issues will be addressed through Curricular, Campus Culture and Student Life subcommittees. Community partners at HWS and in Geneva will also assist the RRC in their work on and off campus, lending knowledge and experience from their respective fields.

Further goals of the organization include working with the Geneva Human Rights Commission to extend the coalition’s work to the greater Geneva community. With the support of the Colleges, President Mark D. Gearan, and members of the HWS senior staff, the RRC is working to create a more unified environment at the Colleges – and beyond.  

Other members of the Race and Racism Coalition board include Co-Chair Zoe Van Nostrand ‘14 and sub-committee coordinators Kazia Berkley-Cramer ’13, Haley Dunn ’13, Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Flowers, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Kendralin Freeman, Yesenia Morales ’13, Intercultural Affairs Center Programming Coordinator Darline Polanco ’09 and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jason Rodriguez.