William Smith College sophomore Caroline Conboy had a record setting year in the pool for the Heron swimming and diving team this season, but she wanted to make an impact out of the pool as well. As the co-president of the college experience outreach club, she has teamed up with Ontario ARC to promote inclusion on campus and in the community.
The college experience outreach club has participated in the national “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign for a number of years but Conboy and her co-president Rachel Meyers, wanted to do something special this year to increase the involvement of students, faculty, and community members. The co-presidents came up with the idea to make a video and the club put their idea into action. The video, which has been viewed more than 150 times on You Tube, promotes a culture of respect and inclusion on campus.
“Working on this campaign with the college experience outreach club has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had on campus,” Conboy said. “I joined the club last year and became very passionate about the work they did.”
Ontario ARC is a private, not-for-profit, organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Ontario County. Members of Ontario ARC are connected with HWS students and become active members of the Colleges’ student body.
On March 4, the national day of recognition put on by Best Buddies and the Special Olympics, the group tabled in the Scandling Center and had students sign a poster pledging not to use the “R-Word” or any other hate speech. During the tabling session, the club played the video to positive reviews. In addition to the tabling session, the club is hoping to host more activities that allow students to collaborate with the ARC students, fostering a better understanding about the importance of inclusion.
“I am so proud of the work our club has done this year and I cannot wait to continue to promote respect and inclusion with them.” Conboy said.