Arts & Culture

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: Shane Beard ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari

The Black Student Union exists to support and celebrate the Black community at Williams, through community and campus events, weekly meetings, and invited speakers.

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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.

CLiA Community Outreach Summer Fellowship

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 version of this program is under revision. The changes will be posted here and announced via the CLiAlert and Daily Messages. Those who have already applied will be advised of the changes directly. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Friendly Visitors

Student Leaders: Selin Gumustop
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2-3 at Williams Commons

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 for volunteers. Once volunteers are accepted by the Center, they become “friendly visitors” and are matched up with one of the residents and spend quality time with their resident each Sunday.

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: Alexandra Medeiros ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Avery Sharpe

The Williams College Gospel Choir is a Christian-based, student-led group open to students of all faiths. We aim to foster love and compassion among the choir members through the power and joy of song. Our singers extend our fellowship to the entire community in celebration of shared humanity and love of gospel music. Advised by jazz bassist Avery Sharpe, we regularly perform once per semester on and around campus and on regional tours to New York and Boston.

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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: Joshua Greenzeig ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kris Allen

Jazz at Williams is an assembly of student musicians and music lovers who have the interest of pursuing or enjoying live music on campus, off campus in Williamstown, or in local surrounding areas. The society aims to increase dialog and interest surrounding either jazz music or jazz influenced music. [email protected] members have the collective goal of creating and advertising spaces that foster opportunities to enjoy and socially organize around jazz music and its related genres.The club creates a nexus between students and the music by advertising performances occurring on and off campus, organizing jam sessions for members to participate in (either as audience members or as players), and by bringing opportunities for enjoying jazz to campus.

Ritmo Latino

Student Leaders: Alejandro Flores Monge ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Cecilia Del Cid

Ritmo Latino of Williams College aims to share our experiences and culture of the Latino and Afro-Latino Diaspora, through performance and dance. Our mission is to create a comprehensive home for identity, where each of us can learn and relearn from one another, and our greater community.

Sankofa

Student Leaders: Jazmin Bramble ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sandra Burton

Sankofa, Williams’ only step team, was founded by five women of color in 1996. Stepping is a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s. This movement style is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, and West African dance. Sankofa, from the Akan language of Ghana, translates to “reach back and get it.” Sankofa uses this concept to reach back in order to step forward, reflecting the organization’s mentality.

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.

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

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: Christina Chavarria ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Corinna Campbell

¡Vive! is a Latin music group composed of student singers and musicians who perform and celebrate the music of the Latinx diaspora.