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The First Generation Initiative (HWS FGI) honored seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college. HWS First Generation Students are trailblazers, the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university in the United States. Before the Classes of 2021 made their final walk across the

A new program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed to support more inclusion of racially and ethnically underrepresented scholars in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The HWS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will launch the STEM Scholars Program in the spring 2021 semester, offering opportunities for academic support and financial

On the I’m First! blog, an initiative of the national nonprofit Strive for College, Gianella Marciniak ’21 writes about her experience as a first-generation college student. The blog space is designed to encourage, inform and support first generation students across the country. “I write for I’m First! because when I was applying to colleges I

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been accepted into the American Talent Initiative (ATI), an alliance of more than 125 four-year institutions with high graduation rates that are united in enrolling, supporting and graduating talented students from lower-income households. Each college and university participating in ATI identifies its own strategies to contribute to the collective goal of

More than 20 Hobart and William Smith graduates crossed the stage as first-generation students – the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college. In celebration of their accomplishments, families, staff, faculty and students gathered on Saturday, May 18 for the second annual First Generation Initiative Graduation Ceremony. Presiding over the ceremony were

Teya Lucyshyn ’19 and Caitlin Lasher ’19 have been chosen to serve in the Peace Corps following their graduation in May. Both students will head to the Ukraine, where they will work in an educational capacity with youth. A biology and educational studies major, Lucyshyn will return to her roots. “All four of my grandparents

Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’20 is the recipient of a 2019 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Kenya, where she will serve as an English Teaching Assistant beginning in January 2020. Taylor, who has aspired to win a Fulbright fellowship since high school, studied in Kenya during a short-term HWS abroad program in 2018. She says

Sociology major and art history minor Kevin Cervantes ’21 has landed a prestigious summer internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. As one of only six interns hired by the internationally renowned collection of museums, Cervantes will research cutting-edge pedagogy and develop curricula that will engage children in the analysis of abstract art. The

Loretta Hauslauer ’19 is the recipient of a 2019 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Malaysia, where she will begin an English Teaching Assistantship in January 2020. A sociolinguistics major and Spanish & Hispanic studies minor, Hauslauer is also enrolled in the HWS Teacher Education Program, with a concentration on teaching English to speakers of other

This spring, the HWS First Generation Initiative (FGI) announced its Design Challenge to reimagine the FGI Center on the ground floor of Sherrill Hall. Open to all HWS first-generation students, either individually or as groups, the competition challenged entrants to submit a to-scale design, a design rationale and an itemized budget with a $2,500 limit for