The vision of the Williams in Africa Initiative, launched in 2006-2007 by Professor David Eppel was to create a set of curricular and extracurricular opportunities to encourage students to engage meaningfully with the African continent. The initiative supports faculty creation of winter study travel courses and summer fieldwork projects and connects students to academic and extracurricular fieldwork opportunities provided by host organizations including the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, the Konyango Community Based Organization in Kenya and the Kabadwa Secondary School in Domasi, Malawi.
In recent years, the Initiative piloted a study away program and facilitated a post-grad fellowship. It has also supported the development of Winter Study travel courses such as SPEC 24: Community Development Work and Study in Liberia and WGSS 25: Creating Social Enterprises with Marginalized Ugandan Youth. Students interested in study away opportunities in Africa should contact Director of International Education and Study Away Tina Breakell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in winter study fieldwork should contact CLiA Director Paula Consolini at email@example.com.