Intercultural Affairs

Harry Bradshaw Matthews with Hartwick students

At Hartwick, we believe our differences are our strength. We know the world is interconnected, and that true wisdom comes from a first-hand understanding of all cultures, faiths, experiences. That’s why we’re committed to fostering an environment of thoughtful exchange on- and off-campus.

For instance, Hartwick’s Office of Intercultural Affairs exists to contribute to the creation, influence, and sustainability of a community in which the dignity of all people is respected and affirmed through the promotion of dialogue and interaction between cultures. The Associate Dean plays a pivotal role by initiating and leading activities that engage and support underrepresented students and enhance the quality of the Hartwick College experience for all students.

The Office collaboratively offers educational and social programming to enhance the overall academic and developmental achievement of all students, while providing avenues for personal growth and increased advocacy, involvement, and support for the College community.

Areas of focus include:

  • ALANA/minority students
  • gender issues
  • interfaith and religion
  • sexual orientation
  • disability awareness
  • social class
  • international students

Programming: 2019-2020

January Changing Times: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Civil Rights to Human Rights Library Display
Yager Hall, The Stevens German Library January showcase display.

January 8: What is Mental Health? How to Recognize Warning Signs
noon to 2:00 p.m., Shineman Chapel House, guest speakers: Tina Lee and Matthew Shapiro, hosted by Cilina Jagrup.

January 8: Songs of Struggle
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Elting Gallery, Yager Museum of Art & Culture, guest performer: John O’Connor.

January 15: Civil Rights DVD: “Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream”
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Yager Hall, The Stevens-German Library Foyer.

January 15: Changing Times: Is Hartwick College Ready to Guide New Directions for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar (reserved seating required at Hosted by BSA and PALS.

January 19: Dr. MLK, Jr. 2020 Birthday Celebration
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.

January 20: Changing Times: A Faculty/Staff/ Student Lunch Discussion
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar (reserved seating required at Hosted by EM&SE Division, BSA and PALS.

January 22: Poetry Slam
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar, hosted by BSA, HIA and PALS.

Contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs, 410 Dewar, for assistance with announcing your event by e-mailing


Harry Bradshaw MatthewsHarry Bradshaw Matthews
Associate Dean and Director,
Office of Intercultural Affairs


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