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Students create and teach short after-school enrichment courses to local elementary students. Adventures in Learning runs for 4-5 weeks during Winter Study, with each class session meeting 4 times. Subjects range widely, including topics in fields such as dance, mythology, languages, cooking, etc. For more information, visit http://adventuresinlearning.williams.edu or contact Cecilia Hirsch ([email protected]).
2014-2015 Student Leaders: Sierra Jubin ([email protected]), Abby Rampone ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Amy Merselis ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays in Paresky The Williams College Amnesty International Chapter was created for the purpose of helping Amnesty International by whatever means we can in Amnesty International’s efforts to secure basic human rights for millions of people worldwide. The group
BART Charter School‘s innovative afterschool program in Adams needs Williams students to tutor middle and high school students in Math or Language Arts. Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 3:00-4:30pm or 3:00-6:00pm (total time including travel). Transportation assistance will be provided if needed, with a preference for students to have their own vehicles
Student Liaison: Isha Singh ([email protected]) Williams at Berkshire Farm Center (WBFC) works with at-risk youth both on and off campus. These youth come from Berkshire Farm Center (BFC), a residential treatment center in Canaan, NY. They are males ages 12-18 who have committed some sort of minor infraction and have been court-ordered to stay at
A part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, this Williamstown Elementary program pairs children in grades kindergarten through six with a Big Brother or Big Sister from Williams to provide the younger students with unique, self-esteem building, one-to-one relationships. Typically, children get together with their Big Sibs once a week for several hours and
Student Leaders: Christine Tanna ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Molly Polk Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday at Brayton and Colgrove Elementary Each semester, Williams students have the opportunity to serve as tutors and mentors to K-7th grade students at the Brayton Afterschool Program in North Adams. Williams volunteers work closely with teachers to improve literacy, as well as inspiring a general
This Winter Study course features a 2-3 week teaching practicum in a resource-challenged New York City public or charter school (2013 Course Enrollment: 12). Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/teach-in-new-york-city.
Student Leaders: Isabel Abraham ([email protected]), Todd Hall ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tendai Muparutsa ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Once per month, Paresky This project is an attempt to bake and sell 400,000 cookies. We bake and sell cookies to raise money for the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project. The Solar Cooker Project provides solar powered stoves for
The Friends of Milne Library works with library staff and the Board of Trustees to foster community awareness and support library needs. In order to help raise funds for the library, the Friends organize an annual used book sale, the proceeds of which go towards library needs. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/friends-of-milne-library
Liaison: Denise Krutiak ([email protected]) The Interfaith Food Pantry in downtown North Adams is open Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm, and then later on Wednesdays from 4pm on.
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) impacts over 12,000 girls and supports over 5,000 adult members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and a portion of Middlesex counties. In Girl Scouts, we believe every girl can become a leader. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over 18
2013-2014 Group Head: Ivan Badinski, [email protected] Williams Habitat organizes bi-weekly trips to Habitat for Humanity project sites in the Berkshires. Student volunteers provide help with the construction of low-income housing for residents of the area. Given the general lack of affordable housing in the surrounding region and the severe shortage of volunteer labor for these sites,
The Williams Center at Mt. Greylock, a partnership between Mt. Greylock Middle and High School and Williams, provides volunteer, work study and course fieldwork opportunities in and outside the school’s curriculum in the areas of homework help, writing, special skills, math, science, foreign languages, technology and the arts. For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/high-school-outreach.
Higher Ground Inc., is a local non-profit in Williamstown which looks after the survivors and flood victims of Tropical Storm Irene, caring for their daily mental and spiritual well being with a professional counselor. Higher Ground also advocates and helps to bring about disaster replacement housing for the seniors, low income individuals and families of
The Hoosic River Revival (HRR) is looking for students to conduct research and assist with public programs, and help produce a short film. The HRR is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to reconnect the North Adams community to a clean, beautiful, and safe Hoosic River and to enhance the river’s recreational, cultural and
Student Leaders: Christine Pash ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rick Spalding ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2-3 PM, Thompson Chapel; Mondays 6-7 PM, TBD InterFaith brings together individuals and student groups from a variety of faith/non-faith backgrounds. We fulfill this mission by hosting both weekly dinner discussions and larger events. We connect our more theoretical work with concrete action through community
Student Leaders: Eduard Ciobanu ([email protected]), Justin Edwards ([email protected]), Anand Hemmady ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Gail Newman ([email protected]) Leaders Working is a Williams College extracurricular organization dedicated to helping low-income high-achieving high school juniors and seniors of primarily underrepresented minorities gain access to higher education through a cohesive mentoring program. Leaders Working Website
Many students find math dry in high school and junior high school. The purpose of the webpage is to help students and teachers see that math can be fun, interesting and applicable. In addition to the riddles, there is a student/teacher corner where detailed explanations are given, not just of how to solve the problem,
Student Leaders: Anastasia Tishena ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Barbara Fuller Meeting Time/Place: Biweekly Williams Medical Corps organizes public health events and health training for the Williams community. These include the annual health fair for students and faculty, as well as inviting healthcare related professionals for free seminars, and training such as EMT-Basic, First Aid, and CPR. Medical Corps
Student Leaders: Julia Yarak ’18 ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday 3-5 PM The Mohawk Forest program takes Williams students most weekday afternoons (3-5pm) to Mohawk Forest, an affordable housing community in North Adams. At the Mohawk Forest Community Center, we help children on their homework, play games, make crafts, and serve as mentors for the kids.
The MS Support Foundation provides education, support and resources for those individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis as well as families and healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/ms-support-foundation/
Student Leaders: Adam Calogeras ([email protected]), Isabel Hanson ([email protected]), Elizabeth Gootkind ([email protected]), Miriam Semmar ([email protected]), Emily Shea ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tara Watson ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Biweekly Sundays, Griffin The Williams College PIH: Engage community is one of 100+ grassroots PIH:Engage groups around the country that work to support Partners In Health, an internationally health charity focused primarily
Student Leaders: Seema Amin ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Laini Sporbert ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday 7 PM – Paresky 220 Peer Health is a mental health advocacy group that provides free peer counseling to the student body.The mission of Peer Health is to provide education and resources that promote Williams students’ everyday health. Peer Health’s ultimate vision is to
Student Leaders: Jessica Munoz ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Members of Pownal Pen Pals exchange letters with students of Pownal Elementary School about once a month. Pen pals learn about each other throughout the year and Pownal students develop their writing skills. In addition, we intend to bring Pownal students to the Williams College campus in order
Student Leaders: Alexandra Griffin ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Open hours twice per week, Bike Shop (Mark Hopkins) The Purple Bike Coalition (PBC) is Williams College’s free bike service organization, based out of the bike shop on the ground floor of Mark Hopkins. Run and staffed by students, we offer free bike repair and rental
Student Leaders: Jenny Wheeler ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Meg Bossong ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sunday 7-9:30 PM, Hardy House The Williams College Rape and Sexual Assault Network seeks to support all survivors and those affected by the entire spectrum of sexually violent behavior, including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual
Student Leaders: William Duke ([email protected]), Kevin Eagan ([email protected]), David Burt ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Anne Skinner ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 112 Williams Rotaract is a club dedicated to fundraising for local and international service causes. We follow the international Rotaract club structure and are sponsored by the Williamstown Rotary club, holding weekly meetings on campus. Beyond fundraising
The Rules Change Project is an initiative to support action ideas for capitalism and the common good. America is not working for all of us. The Rules Change Project is an open coalition to spotlight, amplify and educate the public about existing efforts to foster economic “rules change.” It is an informal, non-partisan collaboration of
Student Leaders: Darice Caldwell ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Donna Denelli-Hess ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 7PM, Griffin 1 SWAN strives to introduce topics of consent and healthy relationships to local middle school and high school students. The group does this through workshops with students as well as through creating relationships with administrators and teachers to create consent-promoting initiatives.
In this Berkshire Compact for Education sponsored program, Williams students help host 200-400 Berkshire County public and charter school 6th graders in an annual campus visit designed to encourage students to attend college. Science, art and athletic activities are featured. Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected]
Student Leader: James Sawyers ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shawna Patterson-Stephens Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 207 Student’s for Education Reform is an organization that is committed to improving the state of education in the United States. We advocate at the state, local, and national levels, pushing for positive legislative change and raising awareness for important educational issues. At
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the literary, artistic, and humanitarian legacies of Edith Wharton. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-mount
The Nutrition Center‘s mission is to inspire a healthy relationship with food through counseling, nutrition, and culinary education. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-nutrition-center
Student Leaders: Jaelon Moaney ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Laye Samoura Meeting Time/Place: Sunday 1:30 PM, Jenness House The Society of the Griffins is a student organization that establishes equitable pathways to success for young men of color at Williams College. We support young men of color in the Berkshire community through literary clubs, workshops, professional development and networks. The
The Wilderness Society‘s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-wilderness-society/
Thursday Night Grassroots was formed to create an outlet for direct student action in the face of global environmental catastrophe and immense social inequality. The group strives to highlight and actively address these issues within the context of our community, our state, and our nation. The group believes that Williams students are among a small
The mission of Timberlawn Elementary School is to teach and learn with purpose, passion, and perseverance. We will achieve our mission by working together to ensure that every Timberlawn Bulldog excels academically, socially and emotionally. Students recite the Timberlawn Mission Statement at the beginning of each school day. Timberlawn Elementary School is one of 38
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Berkshire County has dedicated itself to offering supports and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life – a life without limits. The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and citizenship of people with disabilities. UCP of Berkshire County is
First-year orientation program in which 100 frosh, guided by experienced student leaders, spend their first weekend getting to know the northern Berkshires through field trips, road trips, cook-outs with local families, and community engagement work, introducing them to ways they can help improve the local community. Contact Chaplain Rick Spalding ([email protected]) and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/where-am-i for more information.
We join with families in a community where children’s ideas and the wonder of childhood inspire our common learning. We offer safe, nurturing care that supports play, learning, and the work of children while recognizing the strengths, diversity, and uniqueness of all who learn and teach here. Our teachers foster multiple ways of learning and
Paid and volunteer work teaching hands-on science lessons and tutoring reading and math in local elementary schools. Teaching for course credit is also possible. Over 250 students participated in this work in 2014-2015. For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/elementary-outreach.
This initiative provides students fieldwork opportunities in the forms of summer policy research, teaching and community development internships in Cape Town, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries. The initiative also supports the development of relevant Winter Study courses. Contact Paula Consolini ([email protected]) and visit here for more information.
Student Leaders: Ananya Mayukha ([email protected]), Wilfred Lee ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: N/A Meeting Time/Place: TBD Williams Speaks matches each Williams student with a teacher and classroom at a local elementary school. As part of this organization, Williams students provide weekly lessons in public speaking to these kids, starting with simple and creative games and progressing to bigger projects.
Student Leader: Sumun Iyer ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Evans ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2PM, Parsons Garden The Williams Sustainable Growers runs the 3 vegetable gardens on campus and distributes the harvest amongst members as well as donating to WRAPS. The group also aims to educate the Williams community about the value of sustainable agriculture in theory and
The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce serves Williamstown and our neighboring communities by supporting efforts in communication, education and coordination of our members, our residents and our visitors. Williamstown is the home of two major institutions – Williams College and The Clark Art Institute. Many of the visitors to our community come here initially for one
Williamstown Community Preschool serves the needs of toddler, preschool, and school-age children and their families. From age 15 months to 12 years, children find a safe, caring environment at WCP where they can grow, learn, and thrive. WCP offers a rich, developmentally appropriate learning environment that focuses on child-centered, child-directed activities. The WCP staff seeks to create opportunities
If you’re interested in history, the Williamstown Historical Museum is the place for you! We are a museum and research center that maintains a collection of photos, artifacts and documents that relate to Williamstown’s past. We work to increase the public’s knowledge of Williamstown’s past in a variety of ways including educational exhibits, programs, events,
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Amy Johns ([email protected]) A one-day fall program weatherizing low income homes in Berkshire County run through the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. Students train and then work with faculty, staff and community volunteers preparing area homes for the winter. Winter Blitz Blog
Student Leaders: Louis Gilbert-Bono ([email protected]), Duncan Cummings ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: George McCormack ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: 2 days weekly, Williamstown Elementary WISHES (Williams Initiative for Student Health in Elementary Schools) is a group of Williams students who teach a health and nutrition class to the Williamstown Elementary School fifth grade classes. We teach one class per