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Give Write Now: A 48-Hour Fundraising Challenge

A 48-hour giving challenge will support the Writing Colleagues Program.

The Colleges’ signature peer-to-peer writing mentorship program has prepared hundreds of graduates to become skilled writers, editors and communicators, and helped even more students refine their big ideas.

Now, alums and families can give back to the Writing Colleagues Program during a 48-hour challenge that begins on Tuesday, April 19 at noon and continues until noon on Thursday, April 21. Donors who want to make their gift early can do so at Give Write Now.

Thanks to a leadership gift and the support of Suzanne Rutstein ’95 P’23 and Charles Rutstein ’94 P’23, who will match up to $15,000 as challenge goals are met during the 48-hour challenge.

“The support of Writing Colleagues alums and their families means so much to our program because it demonstrates that the work we do here on campus is still impacting alums and the lives of those around them long after they have left HWS,” says co-director of the program Amy Howard Green.

“It also brings that impact full circle because it connects them to current Writing Colleagues and the students with whom they work here on campus every day,” Green adds.

The program is co-directed by Associate Professors of Writing and Rhetoric Hannah Dickinson and Ben Ristow.

Through the Fund for Writing Excellence, established by the Rutstein Family, the Writing Colleagues Program hosts guest speakers on campus who enrich the campus community with scholarship on writing and rhetoric. The Fund also supports an internship and other opportunities for professional development, such as workshops and trips to national conferences and events.

Annually, the First-Year Writing Prize is awarded with Writing Colleagues inducted into the program every semester. The funding supports the Welcome Reception that is held each semester and professional development dinners that are held each month. The First-Year Writing Prize is a celebration of writing that empowers students to pursue writing studies through their undergraduate experience.

The Give Write Now challenge will allow the Writing Colleagues Program to place a colleague in every First-Year Seminar at the Colleges, helping the newest members of the HWS community make the transition to college-level thinking and analysis. In addition, the fund will sustain and grow the internship program, creating a professionalizing experience that prepares students for meaningful careers.

With alum support, the Writing Colleagues Program will also grow to include outreach initiatives with the HWS Network and Geneva community.

For more information, visit the Writing Colleagues giving page at Give Write Now and learn about ways to participate early. The link will also be shared via email and across HWS’ social media channels. The website will include testimonials from current Writing Colleagues and graduates who have experienced the personal impact of the program.