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Student Spotlight: Xavier A. Torres de Janon 12F

Submitted by on August 21, 2013 – 10:19 amNo Comment

Xavier just finished his first year at Hampshire, but you’d think he’s been here for years; Xavier said it was not at all difficult to adjust to campus life.

Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador Div I advisor: Ryan Joo Student Groups: signer for Raíces, member and leader of the Hampshire Student Union, member of ReRad.

Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Div I advisor: Ryan Joo
Student Groups: signer for Raíces, member and leader of the Hampshire Student Union, member of ReRad.

“Although the community at Hampshire is extremely diverse, it’s also very open and warm. I couldn’t wait to arrive at Hampshire, and it was not difficult to feel comfortable at my new home,” Xavier explained.

He’s also found that his interests, in state relations–including revolution–and global power dynamics, especially between Latin American, Middle Eastern, and North African nations, match up well with Hampshire’s course offerings and community focus.

One class that has really inspired him was Law and Society, taught by Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Anthropology, Jennifer Hamilton.

“She was an amazingly open and dynamic professor. The amount of guided discussion she created in our class was fantastic. From talking about who owns our body parts, to how animals can be represented in law, to the racialization of US law, to the culture of sex, we constructively argued about everything,” Xavier said.

So far, Xavier has spent a lot of his time here experiencing Hampshire events to the full, studying hard in the Airport Lounge, and at the Cultural Center, where he also works.

Xavier in costume for his first Hampshire Halloween.

Xavier in costume for his first Hampshire Halloween.

“My favorite aspect of my job is how much I learn from others every single day. Working at the Cultural Center has allowed me to be exposed to a huge amount of insight and ideas related to oppression, resistance, race, politics, power, dominance, culture, and so on.”

In August, Xavier will be working as an orientation leader, welcoming new students to campus and helping them to feel comfortable in their new home as he did last Fall. Once classes begin, Xavier plans to get down to business, learning Arabic, perfecting his French, and beginning a close focus on the United Nations and alternative models for addressing global issues.

Xavier writes and serves as co-editor for the Cultural Center’s magazine, The Inside. Check out their most recent issue, here, featuring his report on April’s President Jonathan Lash & SOURCE Community Dialogue, and his article Hampshire Burn Out.

By: Barbara Morrison 10F

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