Arts & Culture

Asian American Students in Action (AASiA)

Student Leaders: Audrey Koh
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari
Meeting Time/Place: Zilkha Center, Thursdays at 7 PM

Based on our belief that the various interests of the Asian American organizations on campus are often interrelated, Asian American Students in Action, as the coalition between CASO, KOW, NASU, SASA, and VSO, is committeed to facilitation, interaction, and communication among these groups. AASiA is also an independent group, separate from the coalition groups, with its own goals and activities and works to foster Asian American awareness in the Williams community. AASiA is prepared to act as the representative of the coalition groups in large events jointly sponsored with other organizations on campus. Through social activities, intellectual discussions, and political activism, AASiA strives to provide a forum for community building and cross-cultural exchange.

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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: Alia Richardson
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2PM, Rice House

Our primary objective is to proactively engage the Black community, provide a holistic support system for Black students at Williams, and adapt the structure of BSU to changing campus needs. We aim to make BSU an organization that directly funnels students’ concerns to campus administrators, and provides social, emotional, academic and professional support for Black students. We aspire to stimulate campus dialogue on experiences that are unique to Black people in the Purple Bubble and beyond, through hosting valuable discussions, and inviting speakers to campus.

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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.

Chinese American Students Organization

Student Leaders: Will Huang
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari
Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 6PM, Paresky

The Chinese American Student Organization will bring to the Williams College community a sense of awareness of the Chinese culture through public events that reflect important aspects of this culture as deemed appropriate by tradition and relevance. This organization will also provide a sense of community between members through informal events and programs.

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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.

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: Grace Kromm
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Avery Sharpe
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 6-8PM and Fridays 5-7PM in Bernhard Room 30

The Williams College Gospel Choir is a Christian-based, student-led group that worships God through song and prayer. The goal of Gospel Choir is to foster love and compassion among the members of the choir through worship. We invite people of all faiths to come and worship with us as we sing and pray to God. We hold one main concert each semester in hope that through our worship the students on this campus may know about the love of God.

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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.

Ritmo Latino

Student Leaders: Nicolle Vittini Cabral
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Bodnarik
Meeting Time/Place: Twice a week in a pre-approved dance studio space

Ritmo focuses on sharing Latin American history and culture with the campus through dance and music. We hold our own performances, campus-wide dance lessons, and sometimes perform and student lead events.

Sankofa

Student Leaders: Nicholas Madamidola
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sandra Burton
Meeting Time/Place: M-Th and Sat, ’62 Center

Sankofa is a group that performs regularly on campus. We pride ourselves in accepting students from all different backgrounds and cultures, its what makes us who we are. We also step at School events such as Ephreciation and perform in the community like at Mass Moca

Students of Caribbean Ancestry

Student Leaders: Alice Obas
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ceci Del Sid
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays at Rice House

SoCA bridges between the Caribbean, the Williams College community, and all who are interested in Caribbean culture. We are a forum for those who are involved to interact, share, and learn about Caribbean cultures. We organize actives that foster interactions with and among the Caribbean community and introducing the Caribbean/its culture to the rest of the Williams College community and those outside of Williams College.

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

Vive!

Student Leaders: Christopher Ochoa
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Corinna Campbell
Meeting Time/Place: Three times a week at 6:30 PM, Greylock or Perry Library

¡Vive! organizes and performs music of the Latinx diaspora, through regular practice of the vocal and instrumental skills of a diverse group students. By the presentation of and interaction with this integral component of a cultural identity, the group provides and creates a space for the celebration and continued discovery of a minority identity.

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.