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Dear HWS Alumni/ae of Color,

Michael Rawlins '80, P'16

I would like to share some exciting news. On Feb. 9, I was elected to serve the Colleges as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Rawlins family has a long history/legacy with HWS and I am honored to have accepted the opportunity to give back to our beloved Colleges. It is my intent to serve as a voice for alumni/ae of color and a partner to the entire HWS community.

Over the past few years, the Colleges have made significant moves to demonstrate a commitment to the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. While I'm optimistic, I recognize that change takes time and collective commitment. We must partner to navigate the triumphs and learn together from the failures.

To that end, we have a seminal opportunity to partner with the:

  • President-elect, Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen,
  • Board of Trustees,
  • Associate Vice Presidents for Advancement for Alumni/ae Relations,
  • Office of Advancement,
  • Hobart Alumni Association and William Smith College Alumnae Association.

Together we can strengthen these critical relationships. This opportunity is like a dream that's been deferred. I am confident our efforts will explode in a series of positive outcomes for students, and the reputation and ranking of the Colleges. It reminds me of Langston Hughes' message in his poem Harlem – where he challenges us to think about opportunity, renaissance, trust and optimism.


What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

Students need our strength and wisdom. Our individual stories will resonate with them. Our ability to provide insights and business shadowing experiences will provide value to their college experiences. Become an active member in supporting the Colleges in meaningful and sustainable ways. Contact Chevanne Graham DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23 to learn more about the needs of students. And please, contact me anytime with your ideas and suggestions.

Best Regards,

Michael Rawlins '80, P'16
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Member of the Board of Trustees
Phone: (860) 368-7479
Email: Michael.E.Rawlins@disney.com

Save the Date

A Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams '32, D.D. '83

March 27, 2020

In 1928, a bright, promising young man from Omaha, Nebraska arrived in Geneva, only to discover that Hobart College, which had granted him a scholarship, would not house him because he was black. He nevertheless triple-majored in Greek, English and psychology, served as an assistant in the psychology department and published his undergraduate research in the American Journal of Psychology — all while washing dishes in local restaurants, polishing fixtures on campus and working other jobs to support himself. And with the encouragement of the African-American community in Geneva, which welcomed him with open arms, the Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams '32, D.D. '83 became the first black man to receive a degree from Hobart, graduating magna cum laude and named to Phi Beta Kappa.

On March 27, 2020, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a ceremony in honor of Dr. Adams in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center. Held in conjunction with the HWS Multicultural Career and Networking Conference, the ceremony will celebrate and reflect on Dr. Adams' remarkable life, career and legacy, with a banquet, keynote address and an awards presentation recognizing an HWS student, an HWS graduate, and a member of the Geneva community. RSVP details to come.

Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams '32, D.D. '83

Recent Grad Spotlight: Ameena Makhdoomi '17

Ameena Makhdoomi '17

As a first year at HWS, I originally wanted to be a psychology major. I took “Intro to Psychology and Social Psychology” but as soon as I began the “Intro to Media & Society” course, I knew I wanted to switch majors. When it came to searching for internships, I made sure to schedule appointments with former Associate Director Erin Brockway and Director Brandi Ferrara in the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education.

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Campus News from the Spring Semester

HWS Honors Lowry '52, L.H.D. '19

Alums of Color Offer Career Advice

Taylor '19 Earns Fulbright to Kenya

Model African Union

HWS Participates in NASA Rocket Launches

Thompson ’13 Picked to Lead Statesmen

Announcing the 2019 Orientation Coordinators

Dakar Up Close

Ahmed '20 Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

“Woman of the Week” Vahid-Ahdieh '85, P'17

Jackson-Gibson '16 Combines Soccer and Service

Camara '19 Attends Asian American Pacific Islander Summit

HWS Tutor Corps Gears Up

Whitaker '73, L.H.D. '97 Honored as “Giant of Broadcasting”

HWS Posse Group Chosen in Los Angeles

Molina Assists Central American Refugees