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

Native American History, Veterans Recognition and Family Stories Month 2019

November 2: USCTI’s Student Mini-Conference Connection to Family and Veterans
9 a.m., to 7 p.m., Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, The Pluralism Associates League for Students (PALS), Black Student Association (BSA), Society of Sisters United/Brothers United (SOSU/BU) and the Office of Intercultural Affairs cosponsor this event on local history and family research.

November 6 to November 22: Native American Photo Gallery
Student Experience, 4th floor, Dewar Union, Office of Intercultural Affairs showcase images of Native Americans as a wall display.

November 6: “Rumble,” First Nations Film Screening and Discussion
6 p.m., The Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Yager Hall. This film features interviews with prominent musicians and scholars to paint a picture of strong Native influence on popular music.

November 9: Boston Bus Trip for Cultural and Social Appreciation
8 a.m. to 12 a.m., Hartwick College Activities Board (HCAB) provides a trip to enjoy and appreciate the contribution of veterans, cultural sites and entertainment.

November 11: Honoring Veterans
12 p.m. to 2 p.m., HCAB, Outside the Commons, writing letters to veterans honoring their service.

November 12: Honoring Veterans
7:30 p.m., Lambros Arena, Binder PE Center, Veterans and their families are invited to attend the Men’s Basketball Game, where we will take a few minutes to honor them while cheering on the Hawks.

November 12: “Harriet Tubman,” Film Screening
8 p.m., Black Student Alliance (BSA) sponsors a trip to the Oneonta Theatre for the showing of the movie, “Harriet Tubman,” that depicts the heroine’s multiple roles as preserver of the family, soldier, and women’s activist. (Register:

November 13: “Makwa Jiimaan: Deep Water Deep Roots,” First Nations Film Screening and Discussion
6 p.m., The Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Yager Hall. This film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Derrick LaMere. He uses the building of a canoe to ruminate on how land and culture hold together the past, present, and the future.

November 19: “A Good Day to Die,” First Nations Film Screening and Discussion
6 p.m., The Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Yager Hall. This film tells the story of the American Indian Movement (AIM) through the life of Dennis Banks, one of the co-founders and most prominent organizers.

November 20: Dinner with Delta Omega Epsilon and Sigma Omega Epsilon
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., TBA, This welcome dinner is for the newest Greeks at Hartwick.

November 21: Thanksgiving Dinner in the Commons
4 p.m., Aramark hosts the annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

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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