Arts & Culture

Asian American Students in Action (AASiA)

Student Leaders: William Huang (wh4) & Rachel Jiang (rj3)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Rashida Braggs

AASiA serves as the coalition for API groups, and acts to foster Asian American community and political action on the Williams campus. Through social events, discussion-based activities, and political activism, AASiA strives to provide a forum for community-building, cross-cultural exchange and political organizing.

Berkshire Immigrant Center

The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to assist individuals and families in making the economic, psychological and cultural adjustment to a new land, not only by meeting basic needs, but also by helping them to become active participants in our community. The Center also aims to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures, to fight racism and discrimination in all forms, and to advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds. The Center offers comprehensive services for individuals from more than 80 countries to promote civic engagement, facilitate cultural integration, and assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-immigrant-center/

Black Student Union

Student Leaders: Isha Kamara (ik4) & Gelila Kassa (gzk2)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Bilal Ansari

The BSU is meant to provide a support network through which students can become more engaged in the global effort to improve the lot of all people of Black African Ancestry. This means; providing a mechanism through which students of Black African Ancestry at Williams College can maintain contact with other students and organizations whose goals are similar to those articulated here; providing support to political organizations, worldwide, whose goals are in agreement with those articulated here.

Break Out Trips

In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region.  A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.

Chinese American Students Organization

Student Leaders: Sunny Hu (sh16) & Lina Wang (lw8)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Aly Corey

The Chinese American Student Organization (CASO) organizes social gatherings that interact with Chinese culture in various ways. Dedicated to boosting the local Chinese community at Williams and building a deeper appreciation of our culture in the larger Williams community, we engage with Asian American issues, connect with global movements, and work with other MinCo groups to build cross-cultural dialogues through events and workshops.

CLiA Community Outreach Summer Fellowship

This paid summer program trains a small team of Williams students to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  The selected rising Sophomores and Juniors are initially oriented to the Berkshires and trained in key skill areas before spending the balance of their time immersed and leading others in community engagement work.  This 8-week, 35-hour/week position reports to the CLiA Director.

Additional Information & Application:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/community-outreach-summer-fellowship

 

Education Outreach

For 20+ years, Williams has partnered with our local educators to create hands-on programming that serve the needs of the children and their families in a host of Berkshire County schools in the areas of science, writing, mentoring, homework help and more. Currently, more than 350 students participate and serve in K-12 schools in paid and volunteer positions in Williamstown, Lanesborough, North Adams and Pittsfield. We welcome your involvement and ideas, and look forward to hearing from you! Please visit the Education Outreach section of our website for more information.

Ephs at the Clark

Student Leaders: Madeline Wessell ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Caedy Loomis

Ephs at the Clark aims to create connections between Williams students and the Clark. We plan to do this by providing student-led programming at the Clark, (e.g., student-led gallery talks, all-day events, community lectures, trivia nights, and curatorial information sessions). Additionally we want to create a deeper connection between Williams students and Clark staff by working with multiple museum departments. For example, students interested in pursuing museum careers after college will have the ability to ask questions and learn hands-on from Clark staff. We intend to make the Clark more accessible to students by allowing members to design their own programming for the Clark. We also host all day events for special days, such as Valentine’s Day and Claiming Williams Day.

Frosh Council

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.

Gospel Choir

Student Leaders: Christie Yang (cy5) & Kaylen Smith (kds6)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Bilal Ansari

The Williams College Gospel Choir is a Christian-based, student-led group that worships God through song and prayer. We invite people of all faiths to come and worship with us as we sing and pray to God. In addition to other performances and a biennial community service trip during spring break, we hold one main concert each semester hoping that through our worship, the students on this campus may know about the love of God and build community.

Great Ideas Committee

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 scope of the projects is generally smaller than the larger policy questions debated by College Council or faculty committees. We draw from the CC Projects fund.

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Hats for the Homeless

Student Leaders: Jane Tekin
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tracy Finnegan
Meeting Time/Place: TBD

Hats for the Homeless is an organization in which students use fiber arts to engage with the Berkshires. We knit and crochet hats, scarves, and other warm gear for homeless shelters in local communities in an effort to encourage engagement with them.

Jazz at Williams

Student Leaders: Noah Jacobson (nrj1) & Matt Wisotsky (mjw7)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Kris Allen

Jazz at Williams ([email protected]) advertises and/or organizes performances and gatherings for Williams students to cultivate their passion for music. We also consolidate sources of information about live music performances by students, local musicians, and touring professionals to help Williams students connect to the global jazz community. In addition, we serve as a liaison between the Music Department and the various students of Williams College engaged in playing or enjoying musical offerings.

Muslim Student Union

Student Leaders: Mohammad Faizaan (mzf1) & Shizah Kashif (sk26)
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Aseel Abulhab

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) is a student-led organization that serves both the Muslim community on campus and those interested in learning about Islam. We seek to foster a welcoming environment based on faith and friendship open to all who identify as Muslim or with the Muslim community regardless of personal belief or degree of practice. Our top priority is to ensure that all have a home at Williams, whether that be with us in the Muslim Common Room, or out and about on campus. The MSU is a group in motion, with tons of activities and services you can be a part of. These include our weekly Friday prayers, social outings/gatherings, volunteer service opportunities, interfaith dialogues, religious and spiritual talks, cultural events, trips to mosques, and any kind of emotional, social, and academic assistance we can offer -especially in this new environment.

Ritmo Latino

Student Leaders: Cynthia Reyes (crr3) & Faith Rodriguez (fsr1)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Carolina Melgarejo-Torres

We are a student run dance group founded in 2006, that covers dances and genres from Folklorico to Salsa, and from Dembow y Reggeaton to Bachata y Merengue, and many more. This team works together to choreograph dances and put on amazing shows that strive to display the culture of Latino and Afro-Latino diaspora.

Sankofa

Student Leaders: Magdalena Blaise (mb25) & Sydney Pope (sgp2)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Sandra Burton

Sankofa is a step team that maintains a strong history of gumboot and step, while carving the way forward with new choreography, rhythm, synchronization, improvisation and style. As a family, we strive to provide quality performances and we immerse ourselves in new cultural landscapes and arenas to propel Sankofa forward in terms of our creative process.

Students of Caribbean Ancestry

Student Leaders: Macie Alexander ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tatiana McInnis

SoCA is an organization that celebrates and unites students on campus from the Caribbean and those that have Caribbean backgrounds. We like to hold events that represent all the unique cultures that the Caribbean has to offer.

The Aristocows

Student Leaders: Katherine Melkonian (kem3) & Sophia Clement (smc4)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Catherine Kealhofer

We are Williams’ one-and-only all Disney a cappella group. We are a non-audition group, which means we provide a safe and open space for all to sing and have fun, especially beginners! We’re also a social group that loves to hang out, have meals, and do fun Disney-themed activities including movie nights, scavenger hunts and game nights.

The Springstreeters

Student Leaders: Aaron Schroen (ads7) & Ethan Kendall (elk2)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Sam Boyden

We are an all lower-voiced a cappella group that gathers to have fun, learn music, and perform for the community.

United Cerebral Palsy

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 an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Association.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/united-cerebral-palsy

Williams College Jewish Association

Student Leaders: Melvin Lewis (mcl3) & Noah Jacobson (nrj1)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Aseel Abulhab

The mission of the Williams College Jewish Association is to provide support for the religious and cultural Jewish community on campus; to provide the resources essential for each Jewish student to practice their religion in the way they desire; to provide a diverse and vibrant social scene for Jewish students and their friends; to practice Tzedakah, the Jewish obligation to advocate for and support charitable and righteous causes; to provide an opportunity for students of all faith traditions to be a part of Jewish culture on campus; and to be guided by the principles and values of Judaism.

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

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 of those two but return (or stay) for many other reasons. We are nearby great skiing, gorgeous golf, cultural attractions, and natural beauty.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/williamstown-chamber-of-commerce

Williamstown Historical Museum

The Williamstown House of Local History was founded in 1941 to promote knowledge of the town’s history by collecting and preserving materials, mounting exhibitions, presenting educational programs and facilitating research. Its goal is to document the diverse people and buildings, the associations and institutions, the businesses and events which form the town’s history from the earliest days to the present time. The collection includes photographs, documents and artifacts from the 1700s to the present day as well as published material on the town and genealogical material on local families.

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, research and publications.  

We have numerous volunteer opportunities available.  Our goal is to help you to use your talents and interests in a way that allows our organization to maintain a diverse collection of photos, artifacts, documents and manuscripts, and use our materials to educate the public about the town.  As a volunteer you are a valued member of our team and you will develop a greater connection to the community around you as your understanding of our local history grows.   All of our volunteers will receive training and a manual to assist you with your work.  

To learn more about our organization please visit our museum, visit our website or give Sarah or Nancy at the WHM a call:

1095 Main Street
Williamstown, MA
413-458-2160
www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org
Contact: Sarah Currie, Director, [email protected]

Willy Good Wood

Student Leaders: Geff Fisher ([email protected]), Jensen Pak ([email protected]u), Robert Hefferon ([email protected]), Evelyn Mahon ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser
: Ben Lamb ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Monthly, First Congregational Church

Our organization aims to provide an opportunity for Williams College students to learn and practice woodworking and related handicrafts in a safe and educational environment. We also aim to engage with the community through woodworking-related service projects with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. The club offers a place for students to create and work with their hands in a way that may not be included in their normal academic schedule, and a chance to engage in community service projects using the skills they have acquired through club activities.

¡Vive!

Student Leaders: Alejandro Fuentes (ajf6) & Elizabeth Sandoval Siman (ems6)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Corinna Campbell

¡Vive! organizes and performs music pertaining to the Latinx diaspora with the vocal and instrumental skills of a diverse group of students.