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The HWS Update

Feven Yohannes ’04 and her identical twin sister Helena have always seen beauty as a way to connect with other women. For the Eritrean refugees born in a camp in Sudan, makeup was a way to form relationships in their predominantly white neighborhood in Rochester, N.Y., and how Yohannes built friendships on the Hobart and William

“For generations, education about the significance of Juneteenth has gone hand-in-hand with celebrations of Juneteenth. We can all be a part of this tradition by learning and teaching about this extraordinary holiday,” says Associate Professor of Education and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Khuram Hussain,

A year after graduating, the Classes of 2020 returned to campus to celebrate their Commencement in person. Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. Curry, the Presiding Bishop and

The new standing committee on the HWS Board of Trustees underscores the Colleges’ commitment to ensuring a sense of belonging, valuing diversity and fostering equity. During the spring meeting of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, members voted unanimously to approve the formation of a new Committee for Belonging, Diversity and Equity.

Design plans for a renovation of the HWS Intercultural Affairs Center are now underway. For generations of students and alums, the “IC,” as it’s known on campus, has provided a welcoming environment with support for personal growth, academic success and leadership skills as well as programming designed to broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation for

Hobart and William Smith welcome writer, director, actor and musician Chad Sanders for a virtual discussion of his new book Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph. On Wednesday, March 24, HWS will host a discussion with writer, director, actor and musician Chad Sanders. Sanders’ new book, Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned

Gregory J. Vincent ’83, acclaimed civil rights attorney, professor and former HWS President, will direct a new diversity leadership program at the University of Kentucky, where he also heads a groundbreaking collaboration between the university and the NAACP. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 was recently named director for the Senior Diversity Officer Leadership Graduate Certificate program at

HWS Trustee Linda D. Arrington ’88 will lead marketing strategy for the company’s commercial banking unit based in New York. HWS Trustee and brand expert Linda Arrington ’88 is returning to her roots in the financial industry as chief marketing officer for JPMorgan Chase’s commercial banking unit, as Adweek reported this month. For the past

Beauty entrepreneur Feven Yohannes ’04 and her twin sister Helena, founders of 2.4.1 Cosmetics, are featured on the Lessons In Cool series on the website of makeup icon Bobbi Brown. The new Lessons in Cool series on the website of makeup icon Bobbi Brown features profiles of those considered tastemakers, curators of style, thought leaders

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