October 3, 2000 GENEVA, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges will participate in the national effort designed to promote racial reconciliation called “Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America.” On Monday, October 16, the Colleges' will join in the U.S. Department of Education campaign and host a discussion from 8 until 10 p.m. in Coxe Hall, Room 8. The discussion is aimed at continuing HWS' on-going dialogue on the convergence and divergences of culture and differences in the HWS community. The discussion is free and open to the public.
The U.S. Department of Education initiative, held from October 10 until 17, asks colleges and universities to commit to a project aimed at moving our country toward racial reconciliation. So far, Hobart and William Smith will be among approximately 700 colleges and universities that will participate in the day and organize similar town hall events.
Pamela Thomas, the director of Intercultural Affairs at Hobart and William Smith and leader of the campus effort, believes the town meeting is just one component in the progress toward the development of comprehensive diversity initiatives for the HWS campus. The discussion will involve students from more than 13 student organizations such as ASIA, Caribbean Student Association, Islamic Student Association, and Sankofa, the Black Student Union.
“I believe the program will work to promote the Hobart and William Smith standard of pluralism and the affirmation of difference,” Thomas says.
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