Intercultural Affairs

288 Pulteney Street
Geneva, N.Y. 14456
Email: ic@hws.edu
Phone: 315-781-3319
Fax: 315-781-3888

Office Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Center Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sat. – Sun.: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Mission Statement The Intercultural Affairs Center is a welcoming space that fosters an environment where students find support, challenges, and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Our programs and collaborative initiatives aim to broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and social justice and strengthen community bonds.

Intercultural Affairs News

HWS professors design a new course on Black Italy after a summer workshop exploring the contemporary presence of the African diaspora in Italy. With an eye toward further diversifying the Italian curriculum, a trio of faculty members took part in “Teaching Black Italy,” an online summer course for teachers exploring the “contemporary presence of the

Rising sophomore Reece Wilson ’24 answers questions about the first-year student experience. A Sutton Trust Scholar, Wilson is an international student from Kelty, Scotland. On campus, he joined the International Student Association, co-launched the HWS chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a collegiate business career organization and won a prize at their annual Future Business Leaders Conference.

Diplomacy is only as productive as each party’s capacity to listen. This principle, which Mustafa Sayed ’11 absorbed from mentors around the globe, serves as a model for his work as executive director of the Pakistan-China Institute. Based in Islamabad, Sayed heads the think tank’s efforts to promote dialogue among Pakistan, China and neighboring countries. By informing

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Who We Are

The Campus Pulse is a video series that showcases a variety of initiatives, programs and events organized by members of the HWS community. Intercultural Affairs has designed this 60-second series to engage the campus in issues related to culture, social justice, and diversity.


Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina


E-Mail: molina@hws.edu

Alejandra Molina joined the HWS faculty in 1995 as a member of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Colonial Literature at Cornell University. Molina was named Director of Intercultural Affairs in 2006.

As Director of Intercultural Affairs, Professor Molina has been dedicated to strengthening programs that bring together HWS faculty, staff and students. Intercultural Affairs, in collaboration with HWS department offices and with Geneva community groups, has sponsored campus-wide conferences on a themes such as Lacrosse, Immigration, Poverty and Homelessness and Social and Environmental Justice. These conferences have been open to the campus and to the larger Geneva community, bringing together persons with common concerns and interests.

Under Alejandra Molina’s leadership, Intercultural Affairs has also established partnerships with a number of community agencies and groups including the Farmworker Agency Coalition, the Geneva School District, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and the Geneva Community Center, among others. Professor Molina is currently a member of the Geneva Public Library Personnel Committee, Geneva 2020 and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.

Nancy Cheri-Arif

Nancy Cheri-Arif

Administrative Program Coordinator, DEI, Intercultural Affairs, and HEOP Program
E-Mail: cheri-arif@hws.edu

Nancy joined the DEI, Intercultural Affairs, and HEOP in the summer of 2020. Nancy works with the dynamic group of offices that supports a diversity of students; providing managerial, administrative and logistical support to the respective offices and coordinating programs in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the HWS community.

Nancy has served as an executive assistant, with experience in higher education and the not-for-profit sector, with a passion for support and advancement of students through campus and community experiences.

Nancy loves spending time with her family, the beach, Latin dance, and caring for her chickens.