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Breaking Silence, Building Resilience with HWS Impact

On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., HWS Impact hosts a virtual conversation sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Breaking Silence, Building Resilience features speakers Lauren Earley ‘23, Isabelle Jeppsen ’21 and Juniper Asaro-Niederlitz ’22.

Three William Smith students will share stories and engage in conversation during the virtual Breaking Silence, Building Resilience event on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by HWS Impact and sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the event features presentations by Lauren Earley ‘23, Isabelle Jeppsen ’21 and Juniper Asaro-Niederlitz ’22.

Created in 2015, HWS Impact is a platform for students to engage in the collective exploration of campus culture through the exchange of stories, ideas and experiences. Each year, stories related to identity and other themes are developed and shared in order to generate connections and facilitate discussion.

“As 2020 has been a challenging year on many levels, we felt this year’s theme should be centered on resiliency,” says Renee Grant, director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and the Academic Opportunity Program. “Thinking through the experiences of the past year, both on our campus, in the community and globally, it was important for us to provide space and voice to those that may not feel they have one or feel their voice is not heard.”

Grant explains that the program works to “encourage folks to no longer be silent with their stories and their pain, to let others hear their voice and, from that, build the resilience to keep moving forward to making our campus, our community and the world better.”

Director of Intercultural Affairs Alejandra Molina notes that the program “continues to remind us of the power of storytelling and its potential to transform communities.”

To register for the event, click here.