Ward ’09 to Deliver Alger Adams ’32 Keynote Address – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Ward ’09 to Deliver Alger Adams ’32 Keynote Address

Shavonne Ward ’09, whose career has focused on creating educational equity, will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Alger Adams Dinner.

The annual Alger L. Adams ’32 Academic Excellence Award Dinner will bring together members of the Hobart and William Smith community in recognition of students’ achievements and to honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams ’32, the first Black graduate of Hobart College.

The keynote address will be delivered by Shavonne Ward ’09, an educator and instructional coach. Ward currently serves as a post-placement counselor at Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for students of color in New York City. She served as a corps member with Teach for America, and as an Instructional Coach at City Year New York, where she trained City Year corps to tutor and support students in New York City public schools. Ward received her B.A. in psychology at the Colleges and went on to earn a M.Ed. in education, policy and leadership from American University.

“This event will help to provide a sense of community in honoring our students and members of the Geneva community,” says Associate Director of Higher Education Opportunity Programs Edith Wormley. “Alger Adams had many road blocks but he overcame them with the assistance of the community and therefore we wish to honor his legacy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.”

Alger L. Adams ’32

The program will also include a welcome address by President Joyce P. Jacobsen and reflections from Hobart Dean Scott Brophy ’78, P’12 and William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22. Chaplain and Dean for Spiritual Engagement Nita Byrd and Wormley will lead a participatory invocation. Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Khuram Hussain will present student awards.  

Samari Brown ’24, a double major in theatre and English, will read an original poem. Brown is a Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Civic Leader for HWS Votes. She is also a member of the Teacher Education Program.

Recipients of the Beloved Community Award will be announced at the dinner. The awardees have been selected for embodying a sense of place and a sense of possibility on the HWS campus.