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The HWS Update

Voices of Dignity and Difference

HWS Impact, the annual celebration of student stories and identities, took place on Monday, Oct. 22 in the Vandervort Room. This year’s theme, “Voices of Dignity and Difference,” highlights the myriad of ways in which students forge their own identities in the face of struggle, adversity and hope.

In this year’s fourth reprisal of the popular campus event, storytellers Zahra Arabzada ’19, Caroline Kelly ’20, Katherine Vangaever ’21 and Campus Safety Officer Maurice Harling ’18, P’16 described where they’ve come from and what makes them unique.

Inspired by a viral TED talk delivered by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled, “The Danger of a Single Story,” HWS Impact strives to be a platform for students to engage in a collective exploration of campus culture.

The HWS Impact Planning Committee hopes that through sharing individual narratives, “We can begin to reveal the complexities present in the layers of our community, and that by peeling back these layers through dialogue, we can begin to better understand one another.”

The event was held in the Vandervort Room and included stories from the featured narrators, post-story discussion groups and a free dinner for all attendees.

The HWS Impact Planning Committee is comprised of faculty and staff in the offices of Student Activities, Intercultural Affairs, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Centennial Center, the Social Justice Studies Program, the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Residential Education and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.