(Nov. 10, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce the advancement of two Geneva residents who work in the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Donna Harshaw Albro, who currently serves as director of the Peer Education Program, has accepted the position of assistant dean for intercultural affairs and director of peer education. Chevanne DeVaney, currently special assistant in intercultural affairs, is now assistant director for intercultural affairs and advisor to international students. The two appointments follow a year-long search.
Prior to coming to HWS in 2001, Albro had held posts at several colleges including California Polytechnic University-Pomona and Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Russell Sage College and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law.
At HWS, Albro has been responsible for the signature course Making Connections, a forum to address issues of sexism, racism, classism, and anti-semitism. In addition, she participates in the Sexual Harassment Task Force, the Greater Expectations Institute and the Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Committee. Albro will be responsible for the overall operations of the Intercultural Affairs program.
Since graduating from William Smith in 1995, DeVaney has worked at the Colleges in several capacities prior to becoming special assistant in Intercultural Affairs. In this role she has been responsible for working with clubs that address needs of students of color, preparing open house programming and for the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In her new role DeVaney will also be responsible for advising international students.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges have one of the nation’s top study abroad programs and are noted for their dedication to community service. Home to three Rhodes Scholars, Hobart and William Smith provide an interdisciplinary education, where learning is reinforced through on-campus academic centers and initiatives such as the Finger Lakes Institute, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, and the President’s Forum lecture series. A full 75 percent of HWS students are engaged in some form of undergraduate research; many get published or present their findings before professional and trade organizations.