Dear HWS Alumni/ae of Color,
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.
Michael Rawlins '80, P'16
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Member of the Board of Trustees
Phone: (860) 368-7479