Race and Diversity on College Campuses

On Friday, April 26, 2019 the Herald published an extensive 14-page section on race, diversity, and equity at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The viewpoints examine all aspects of campus life and come from students spanning across different socioeconomic, sexual, international, religious, and educational backgrounds. We did not discriminate on any basis and were accepting new names for viewpoints up until the print deadline – in … Continue reading Race and Diversity on College Campuses

Context: Race and Diversity at HWS

By Alex Kerai ’19 Editor-in-Chief On Monday morning, April 22, 2019, spray-painted words were discovered across campus. The words noted “Make America Great Again,” the campaign slogan of President Donald Trump, and included “Trump 22” and the campaign chant “Build the Wall.” This was only the most recent in a string of incidents in the last few weeks on the campus of Hobart and William Smith … Continue reading Context: Race and Diversity at HWS

Viewpoint #1

By  Valerie Cuellar ’20 Diversity is always a point of reference when having conversations about inclusivity. In HWS, it is all about appearance and image. This institution brings in groups like POSSE, HEOP, and other organizations that bring in that diversity they want to showcase. Once those students are on campus, any discrimination or oppression they face gets pushed onto the back burner because of … Continue reading Viewpoint #1

Viewpoint #6

This piece was written by a William Smith student. Being a student of color at HWS feels like being a speck of dirt on a blank, white canvas: unwanted, undesirable, outcasted, the list goes on. It’s apparent that this institution, as well as many other collegiate environments, never intended to accommodate for students of color. The systematic disadvantages translate to the social dynamics surrounding diversity … Continue reading Viewpoint #6

Viewpoint #8

By Donovan Hayden ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. In terms of my experience as a black person on campus, it’s been through a lot of changes throughout my four years. In … Continue reading Viewpoint #8

Viewpoint #9

Written by a student under the label of “good minority”, “minority”, “diversity factor to the power of 100”, “person called by the name of the two other people on campus that happen to be the same race” and/or a female student of William Smith college that entered her first year recently. Plural monoculturalism. Were it not for attempt at education in the field of comparative … Continue reading Viewpoint #9

Viewpoint #13

By Carolin Martinez Diaz ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color and international student?” The student response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. I think my experience as a Dominican Latina immigrant, those are my identities, the main ones, I think that … Continue reading Viewpoint #13

Viewpoint #15

By Nhung Nguyen Recently, the first ever image of a black hole was released. Prior to this, scientists have been able to visualise stars, moons, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and more. This achievement marked a milestone in scientific advancement and general understanding of our universe. The imaged black hole was at the center of another galaxy, 53.49 million light-years from our own. With this image, … Continue reading Viewpoint #15

Viewpoint #16

By  Pamela Icyeza ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color and international student?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. My experience as a student of color here has been overall positive. I have had the pleasure of being deeply … Continue reading Viewpoint #16

Viewpoint #19

Written by a student under the label of “good minority”, “minority”, “diversity factor to the power of 100”, “person called by the name of the two other people on campus that happen to be the same race” and/or a female student of William Smith college that entered her first year recently. To me, the shifting skies were always a turncoat- for the purples and blues … Continue reading Viewpoint #19

Viewpoint #20

By Daniel Pedemonte ’20 Currently I’m a third year Economics major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. When I first think of diversity at HWS I think of the illusion the colleges try to portray. As a Posse Scholar I had a vague idea of what I was coming to. Before stepping foot on campus Posse Scholars undergo a “Pre-Collegiate Training” program where they begin … Continue reading Viewpoint #20

Viewpoint #21

“I am someone who values the opinions of others and believe in having a voice.” This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. As an international student I feel like we don’t have enough support … Continue reading Viewpoint #21

Viewpoint #22

“I am a rising junior at HWS. Although I was raised in a predominantly white state, I attended schools where a majority to all of my friends and colleagues were people of color. I am passionate about social change and believe in the power of allyship. I understand that it is impossible to entirely destroy the barriers constructed by socialization and experiences; however, I do believe that others … Continue reading Viewpoint #22

Viewpoint #23

Written on the behalf of a student on her lived experiences and shared perspectives. Peeling yellow paint decorated the top half of the house, mismatching the ill-chosen brick brown paint of its bottom half. The hallow halls lined with cracking wall paper and lively insects gave way to ill-fit utilities and molding furniture. The sounds of laughter and conversation are weighed down by the penetrating … Continue reading Viewpoint #23

A Note on the Issue

This issue of the Herald contains 24 viewpoints written by current students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who identify as people of color. This process began on April 8, 2019 when the Herald began reaching out to students. Emails were sent based on student involvement and recommendations by faculty, staff, and other students. (We recognize that these research methods do not include every student … Continue reading A Note on the Issue