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
Student Leaders: Qiyuan Hu ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at Paresky AASiA is a political, social, and cultural affinity group for Asians, Asian Americans, and allies. AASiA provides events programming, spaces, and organized meetings to discuss issues related to Asian and Asian American identity. Facebook Page
Student Leaders: Kiran Kumar ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Chad Topaz Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday 6 PM at Driscoll We create a communicate for women and other underrepresented identities in the Math/Stat department. We have weekly dinners and the officers of the club meet once a week to discuss planning events and initiatives. We also liaise and advise the Math/Stat department
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: Charles Laurore ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christopher Goh Meeting Time/Place: Once per month in Thompson Chemistry Laboratory The Black STEM Student Association (BSTEM) aims to create a safe and supportive space in which Black and other underrepresented students in the sciences are encouraged to continue their studies in the STEM fields and can freely and directly speak
Student Leaders: Negasi Haskins ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: James Manigault Bryant Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2 PM in Rice House (subject to change) The Williams Black Student Union shall provide a local mechanism through which Black-identifying and allied students can find academic, emotional, and social support by providing: a forum which all students can articulate solutions to concerns; a
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
Student Leaders: Brenda Xu ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 6 PM in Paresky 114 The Chinese American Student Organization (CASO) aims to bring a sense of awareness of Chinese culture to the Williams College community. This involves events for students and faculty that reflect the most important aspects of the culture, as deemed appropriate by
Student Leaders: Julianna Kostas ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Magnus Bernhardsoon Meeting Time/Place: Weekly in Paresky Circle of Women at Williams College is a chapter of an international non-profit organization, whose aim is to empower young women worldwide through education. To do so, our group frequently fundraises to make sustainable projects (e.g. building classrooms in Orkeeswa Village, Tanzania or
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
Student Leaders: Emmie Hine ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Thursday evenings in Paresky Once a month, Dinnertime gathers and cooks dinner together for anyone who wants to come. Every dinner has a theme (past themes include Terrific Tubers, Pi Day, and Green Foods) and is vegetarian. Everyone is welcome to come cook, eat, and chat!
Student Leaders: Isabelle Furman ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shanti Singham Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays 9 PM in Zilkha Center Divest Williams seeks to build and foster a movement around divestment of the college’s endowment from fossil fuels; in this work, we aim also to undermine the entire extractive economy. Through this work, we strive to educate the community and
Student Leaders: Vincent Gudenus ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Jacobson Meeting Time/Place: Fridays 6PM in Paresky EA @ Williams aims to build a community of “effective altruists” — people who apply strategy and creativity to maximize their positive impact on the world — at Williams College. By serving as a forum to discuss effective giving, ethical career choice,
Student Leaders: Mei Liang ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2-3:15 PM The main purposes of this organization are to guide Williams College students through the application process of volunteering at Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and or Sweet Brook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, provide transportation for student volunteers, and guarantee a positive experience
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.
Student Leaders: Mike Ludwig ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ellen Rogeau Meeting Time/Place: Weekly in Hopkins Hall Frosh Council is a student-elected committee that meets weekly and plans events and functions for First Years. For instance, we held Frosh Formal this past January and designed and sold class apparel.
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
Student Leaders: Grace Kromm ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Avery Sharpe Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays and Fridays in Bernhard Room 30 The Williams College Gospel Choir is dedicated to spreading the joy the the gospel via song around Williams campus, town and surrounding areas. Website
Student Leaders: Luke Baumann ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: College Council Suite, time according to members’ schedule The Great Ideas Committee solicits ideas from the community to improve student life at Williams. These ideas can be conveniences (such as installing water fountains or buying chargers for the library), policy changes, improved communication systems, or anything else, though the
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
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
Student Leaders: Benjamin Metrikin ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 8:30 PM in Paresky 112 MASC (Masculinity, Accountability, Sexual violence, and Consent) is a group that seeks to fight sexual assault at Williams through prevention-based work. We hold weekly discussion meetings about toxic masculinity and other risk factors for sexual violence. We also hold outreach
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.
Student Leaders: Jacob Sperber ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Elayne Elliot Meeting Time/Place: Zilkha Center Moo-Mami is a cooking club that holds weekly cooking workshops focused on teaching how to make sustainable and healthy meals. Club members have the opportunity to sign up for workshops where they will learn how to make dishes under the guidance of club instructors.
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: Omar Kawam ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen Meeting Time/Place: Interfaith Common Room, biweekly Muslim Students Union seeks not only to help campus Muslims with their spiritual needs, but also to promote an open community where both Muslims and non-Muslims can come together to engage with Islam. Muslim Students Union hopes to serve its members by
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: Huy Nguyen ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rosanna Reyes Meeting Time/Place: Hollander 101 The QuestBridge Chapter holds events for low-income students (QuestBridge Scholars), including community service, QuestBridge engagement with local high schools, QuestBridge-mandated events, and monthly dinners.
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: Austin Vo ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sandra Burton Meeting Time/Place: Mon-Sat Sankofa is the step team. We are student led and perform multiple times during the school year. We are a part of the dance department.
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.
Student Leaders: Yaznairy Cabrera ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rashanda Booker Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 5 PM in Jenness Sisterhood is a women’s empowernment group and support network catered to black women. We offer professional development, community, and a general safe space for black identifying women. We offer workshops, an annual retreat, community service opportunities and lively weekly discussions.
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 Leaders: Marissa Shapiro ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rick Spalding Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 9 PM in Paresky 114; Storytime: Sundays at 9 PM in Upstairs Paresky Storyboard organizes the weekly Storytimes and monthly Super Storytimes. We also run the First Days and Senior Week Storytimes.
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
Student Leaders: Amina Awad ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays in Davis Center SJP is a diverse group of Students, faculty, staff and community members at williams College. Out group is organized according to democratic principles in order to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian People. As an advocacy group we are
Student Leaders: Nikhil Palanki ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Weekly The Alhambra Consulting Group (ACG) is Williams College’s first-ever student-run consulting group that maintains relationships with businesses, non-profits, and political groups in Berkshire County and outside and provides organizational advice, economic consulting, data analytics, and a suite of management consulting strategies. Alhambra’s primary focus is to
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/
Student Leaders: Nicholas Gardner ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Evans Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 8 PM in Zilkha Center At Williams, members of thinkFOOD work in student groups and dining committees to make the food Williams eats more environmentally and socially sustainable. We’ve worked with our primary food purveyors and worked to write Williams Dining’s sustainable and responsible purchasing
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.
Student Leaders: Jessica Munoz ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: TBD The goals of this club are to help animals in need within the community, and to be better informed about issues concerning animals in the Berkshire County, in Massachusetts, and in the world. We hope to volunteer at the Berkshire Humane Society, and help organize the
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
Student Leaders: Benjamin Williams ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: James Mahon Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 9:15 PM in Paresky 112 The purpose of our organization is to give Williams students and members of the community a platform through which they can discuss and advance their political views. We hope to learn from one another in order to further our political
Student Leaders: Rachel Jones ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at 6 PM The Williams College Feminist Collective strives to create a forum for intersectional feminist issues, both in the context of Williams and the outside community. By creating an inclusive and productive space we hope to question dominant social structures and challenge the status quo.
Student Leaders: Tamar Aizenberg ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Seth Wax Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at 9 PM, Jewish Religion Center The Williams College Jewish Association (WCJA) aims to serve the Jewish population, as well as the larger community, at the College. WCJA’s main event is a weekly Shabbat dinner, which is always student-cooked, free, and open to all students.
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.
Student Leaders: Marshall Borrus ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 9 PM in the Zilkha Center The Williams Environmental Council works to make the campus and student body more environmentally friendly and conscious through events and campaigns targeting specific environmental issues we’re facing as a community. Particular problems that have been addressed include waste from
Student Leaders: Michael Rury ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kenneth Kuttner Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays in upstairs Paresky, biweekly Williams Insight is a financial publication in which interested students can submit and publish their views on various macroeconomic and microeconomic financial matters. The publication is in the format of a blog that sends out newsletters. We also work to produce an
Student Leaders: Faculty/Staff Adviser: Scott Lewis ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Trips and events occur throughout the semester WOC offers a wide variety of events, trips, and activities throughout the year, including regular sunrise hikes, polar bear swims, campouts, indoor climbing, and PE classes as well as many longer trips and other activities. Special events every year include Mountain
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
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