Education

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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Association for Women in Mathematics

Student Leaders: Amina Diop
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Chad Topaz
Meeting Time/Place: To be determined

We are the Williams College student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) established in 2014 in response to the lack of existing structures or programming for women in math and the discrimination that went unnoticed both inside classrooms and out. We aim to provide a social space for women in STEM who have felt uncomfortable in general math settings and we work towards long-term structural changes that will make the Williams Math/Stat Department more inclusive.

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Berkshire Doula Project

Student Leaders: Sophie Torres
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kim Gutschow
Meeting Time/Place: Thursday 7PM, location TBD

We are a student-run, volunteer collective on campus that addresses doula work, abortion, and the reproductive justice needs of Williams College and our surrounding community. Our vision is to create a society in which all people with uteruses have access to the care and support they need throughout their reproductive lives. Our goals are: To educate future full-spectrum doulas with the doula model of continuous, non-judgmental emotional, physical, and informational support; To provide free, compassionate, and empowering full-spectrum doula services to people who are pregnant in the Williams community and around the Berkshires;To host community events that support destigmatization of reproductive experiences and a better understanding of reproductive health, rights, and justice; and,To improve and raise awareness of reproductive resources available to students and community members on and around campus.

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters

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 are engaged in various activities of mutual interest.  On occasion, larger group functions (e.g., movies or bowling) may be arranged by the program’s student coordinator at Williams.

Black STEM Association

Student Leaders: Joseph Wilson
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christopher Goh
Meeting Time/Place: Biweekly meetings in Rice House

The Black STEM Student Association (BSTEM) aims to create a safe and supportive space in which minorities in the sciences are encouraged to continue their studies and can freely and directly speak of their experiences in STEM fields. This support system for underserved groups in STEM fields is essential to help support students and to combat the effects of the discrimination that they may experience in STEM fields.

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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Brayton Elementary After School Tutoring

Student Leaders: Christine Tanna ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Molly Polk
Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday at Brayton and Colgrove Elementary

Volunteers work at the elementary schools in North Adams to help with the after school programs for kindergarten-7th grade students. Many of the programs start with reading or homework help and have themed games or projects. We work one-on-one with the kids or help with group activities.

 

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.

Campus Democrats

Student Leaders: Ziev Kahane
Faculty/Staff Adviser: James Mahon
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday 4PM, Hollander 317

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 knowledge and activism. We plan to help elect candidates, inform constituents about policies, and create a college campus that is more politically active. It is also the purpose of this organization to abide by the Code of Student Conduct and to uphold the educational mission of Williams College.

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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Circle of Women

Student Leaders: Ariana Romeo
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Magnus Bernhardsoon
Meeting Time/Place: Weekly on Sundays

Circle of Women (CoW) is a national nonprofit organization–run completely by students–that provides the necessary resources to girls around the world who are pursuing an education. As such, our focus is primarily abroad. The organization partners up with local groups to implement construction projects and each school/college chapter fundraises to make such projects possible. The Williams chapter is responsible for CoW’s most recent project, which is a girls’ higher secondary school in Jabergali, Pakistan.

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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

 

Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement

Student Leaders: Vanessa Quevedo
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ninah Pretto
Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays 7PM, Zilkha Center

CISA aims to achieve administrative progress and create a campus consciousness around immigrant issues. We hope to improve college policies to better address the needs of immigrant and mixed-status family students. We also want to foster a richer campus dialogue and give a voice to these stories.

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Concussed Cows

Student Leaders: Ellyn Pier
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Noah Sandstrom
Meeting Time/Place: Paresky

To provide support for students recovering from concussions and to help the college implement the best possible practices in concussion management. Our group will be a way for those struggling with concussions to connect with other students so that they don’t have to go through the difficult process alone. We will also work to educate the community about concussions to reduce stereotypes and misconceptions.

Divest Williams

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 challenge people to think more deeply about both their own and Williams’s place in social movements. We hope to develop a deeper understanding of systems of power and oppression and the points at which these systems are vulnerable. We understand the fight for climate justice to be inextricably linked to the fight for racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQIA justice; to the fight to end colonialism and imperialism and dismantle the patriarchy; to end ableism, transphobia, heterosexism, and all other forms of oppression. Therefore Divest Williams stands with all other groups fighting for social justice and climate justice on campus and beyond.

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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.

Effective Altruism

Student Leaders: Will Turett
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Jacobson
Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 5-7PM

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, high impact research, and self-improvement, the club aims to guide students in applying critical reasoning skills gained in the classroom to current local and global issues. In addition to creating a collective learning space, we strive to raise and donate money to effective charities that we believe can best mitigate global poverty, cure diseases, and save lives.

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EOS Mentoring for At-Risk Youth

Student Leaders: Michael Crisci
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini
Meeting Time/Place: Twice a week to go to EOS in Pittsfield

EOS mentors at-risk high school students in Pittsfield. We do job application, writing, and other various workshops to help provide them with real-world skills.

fEMPOWER

Student Leaders: Elizabeth Webber
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Raymond
Meeting Time/Place: Williamstown Elementary School

We hope to teach young girls about nutrition, teamwork and the negative and unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies in the media. We found a lot of success doing this last year, and I hope to continue the growth of this program. Our goal is to continue to inform a younger generation of girls through hands-on lessons and team-centered training. This program will end with a 5K road race that all of the girls will have trained for over the course of ~6 weeks. We want to show young girls that with some hard work and focus, they are all capable of reaching their goals.

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

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 can join as adult members. While most girls join for fun and friendship, they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—core qualities of Girl Scouting.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/girl-scouts-of-central-and-western-massachusetts

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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Harrison Morgan Brown Pre-Health Society

Student Leaders: Donglin Zhang
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Barbara Fuller
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesday evenings, Paresky

1. Organizes activities, trips, and events that will help Williams students to cultivate their passion for medicine. 2. Consolidates sources of information about the field of health care, including speakers and health care professionals, to help Williams students make well-informed decisions about preparing and pursuing a career in medicine. 3. Serves as a liaison between the Health Professions Advisor and the various pre-health students of Williams College.

Kinetic

Student Leaders: Zachary Brand
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Jessica Bernheim

The purpose of Kinetic is to cultivate a social innovation incubator committed to designing and implementing creative, non-political, sustainable, scalable solutions to pressing social issues in the Berkshire region. Kinetic teams, which are comprised of 4-8 Kinetic members, work on a particular issue in three distinct phases: research, design, and implementation. Kinetic members work to understand the entire landscape of an issue and to discover gaps where they can intervene and create systemic change.

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Math Riddles

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, but how to try to attack it. In particular, often promising approaches that don’t pan out are discussed. The purpose is to help students and teachers learn how to approach new problems.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/math-riddles

Matriculate

Student Leaders: Jamie Kasulis
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini
Meeting Time/Place: Weekly in Schapiro

Matriculate is an education access nonprofit based in NYC. The Williams chapter recruits Williams College students to become volunteer college advisers for low-to-moderate income high school students from around the country. The group undergoes training and professional development via Matriculate and often with support from Williams Office of Admissions, and meets weekly to learn college advising content and skills.

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Mohawk Forest Mentoring Program

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. It is a great opportunity to get out of the “purple bubble” and interact with children and teens in the community who really benefit from having positive role models in their lives.  For more information, contact the student leaders or the Center for Learning in Action at [email protected].

Moo-Mami

Student Leaders: Brenda Xu
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Caroline Bruno
Meeting Time/Place: Friday evening, Zilkha Center kitchen

Moo-mami teaches members of the community useful cooking techniques and immerses them in the process of raising money for charity. Organization participants will learn and become comfortable with a variety of cooking techniques, thereby acquiring a valuable life skill that students ordinarily are not exposed to in the academic classroom. Through the culinary lessons and time allotted to practice, we hope to build and foster a sense of community around food. Another element of the club consists of familiarizing and raising awareness about various social and medical issues around the world. The process of raising money for charity offers students an opportunity to engage in fundraising for a worthy cause.

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Muslim Student Union

Student Leaders: Seynabou Diop
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen
Meeting Time/Place: Fridays 8PM, Thompson Memorial Chapel MCR

Williams MSU serves both the Muslim community on campus and those interested in learning about Islam. We seek to foster a welcoming based on faith and friendship open to all who identify as or with the Muslim community regardless of personal belief or degree of practice

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No Lost Generation

Student Leaders: Emma Lezberg
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Ovitsky
Meeting Time/Place: Weekly

No Lost Generation – Williams College (NLG) is the campus chapter of a national group supporting and advocating for refugees and immigrants. Our current focus is working with schools and local organizations to educate our campus and community about the global refugee crisis and migration.

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OurStem+

Student Leaders: John Velez
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christopher Goh
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at 5:30 PM, Paresky 112

The purpose of the organization is to promote the mission of SACNAS at the local and national level to offer educational and professional development resources and opportunities to students. We want to foster not only the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American students but also other underrepresented groups of students in STEM+ to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. Members are dedicated to giving back through mentorship, peer networks, professional development, and by engaging in STEM+ research and leadership of the highest caliber. The organization, its members, and chapters are committed to encouraging minority students and scientists to advance to their utmost capability. We will organize campus, regional and community activities to promote the scientific and personal development of its members.

Pownal Pen Pals

Student Leaders: Anna Fucillo
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 to meet their pen pals and also to see where their education may take them. Pownal Pen Pals intends to enhance to both the Williams and Pownal communities by creating connections between these students.

QuestBridge

Student Leaders: Onyeka Obi
Faculty/Staff Adviser: April Ruiz
Meeting Time/Place: Hollander 101

The primary purpose of the Williams QuestBridge Scholars Network is to provide a coherent support system for entering and continuing QuestBridge-affiliated Scholars at Williams College. However, while the Williams QSN functions as a place of support for low-income and first-generation students, many of its services benefit students from all backgrounds; all students are welcome to participate in the QSN’s events. Through the Williams QSN, students have an opportunity to meet others with similar life experiences through frequent social events and gatherings. With an emphasis on service, community building, and student mentorship, the QSN strives to continue our greater organization’s goal of seeing disadvantaged students thrive and give back.

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.

Rules Change Project

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 individuals and independent groups seeking to help launch a national conversation about how we govern, regulate, manage and interact with corporations, about their relationship with government, and with their stakeholders — employees, customers, communities, the environment — in addition to stockholders.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/rules-change-project

Sexual Wellness Advocacy Network (SWAN)

Student Leaders: Darice Caldwell
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Donna Denelli-Hess
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays at 4:30 PM, Hollander 240

SWAN works to introduce topics of consent and healthy relationships to local middle school and high school students through workshops. We also create relationships with administrators and teachers to create consent-promoting initiatives. It is the purpose of SWAN to work closely with students, teachers, and administration to figure out the best ways in which to bring our information and messages to local campuses. With every place we go to, we hope to create a consent-promoting, survivor-supporting campus. In addition, SWAN works to improve Williams students’ ability to understand and thus teach consent to local students.

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Sisterhood

Student Leaders: Shadae McClean
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shawna Patterson-Stephens
Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 5 PM, Zilkha Center

The main purpose of Sisterhood is to empower its members, instill a sense of unity, navigate the world as a double minority and help support those who identify as a black female in the outside community. We do this through holding weekly meetings and various activities (such as formals, parties, recreation days) to provide black students with a platform to address issues that are important to them that may be overlooked or undetected.

Storyboard

Student Leaders: Chris Avila
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari
Meeting Time/Place:  Storytime: Sundays at 9 PM in Upstairs Paresky

Storytime is a place to build community around diversity through vulnerability and compassion. In the past, the event has occurred weekly in upstairs Paresky on Sunday at 9pm with a speaker that shares a story of their choosing. Board members facilitate the selection and preparation of storytellers. Questions and casual conversation often follow stories. Last year was a tumultuous one, as the board wrestled with its role in addressing issues of inclusivity in Storytime’s mission and structure. The consensus is to take a “Storytime Sabbatical” in the fall to collect community feedback on the role that they wish Storytime to fill in the Williams community and make changes for the spring semester.

Students for Education Reform

Student Leader: Cooper Bramble
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shawna Patterson-Stephens
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday at 6 PM, Paresky 220

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 college, we work to increase understanding and foster discussion about education related issues by holding events, bringing in speakers, conducting school/school board visits and holding dinner meetings.

Students for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue

Student Leaders: Hannah Goldstein
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Seth Wax
Meeting Time/Place: Potentiall Griffin 3

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict/occupation is full of nuance. We value discourse and feel that there is a gap in campus conversations. Our goal is to create more open dialogue, education, and compassion within the community about this conflict. We hope to achieve this by inviting speakers to campus and creating workshops and trainings for students to engage thoughtfully and respectfully over such a charged topic.

Students for Justice in Palestine

Student Leaders: Eliza Klein
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shanti Singham
Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 9 PM, Zilkha Center

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a club that organizes around the occupation of Palestine and advocates for Palestinian human rights. Through campus events, teach-ins, workshops, film screenings, art installations, guest speakers, op-eds, and beyond, SJP seeks to mobilize the campus around the occupation of Palestine. Our club stands in solidarity with Palestinians fighting for dignity, equality, and freedom everywhere, and works with other student organizations on campus committed to anti-racism and indigenous resistance to settler colonial violence.

The Alhambra Consulting Group

Student Leaders: Nikhil Palanki
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini
Meeting Time/Place: Mondays, Wednesdays in Paresky Center

The Alhambra Consulting Group (ACG) is Williams College’s first-ever student-run consulting group. As a firm, Alhambra aims to foster regional economic development in Berkshire County by providing pro-bono strategy and management advisory to local businesses, non-profits, and political (public sector) groups. Alhambra’s primary service includes conducting academic and business research, collecting and analyzing data, advising and designing marketing and advertising campaigns, and developing and implementing technology. Alhambra’s primary focus is to leverage the resources of Williams College to engage with the regional issues of Berkshire County and foster long-term growth and change for our clients and out community.

The Inside-Out Course and Positive Pathways Partnership (P3)

The Inside Out Course and Positive Pathways Partnership are programs run with the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction in nearby Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The Inside Out Course follows the Inside Out Program model developed at Temple University.  In this model, the course consists of an equal number of college students and inmates learning alongside one another in a seminar taught by a college instructor at the correctional institution. A major goal of the course is to facilitate dialogue across difference,  potentially developing transformative learning experiences for participants.  The program at Williams, begun in 2013 with a course taught by Professor Christian Thorne, was initiated by Gaudino Scholar Magnus Bernhardsson as part of the “Danger Initiative.”  It continues now under the guidance of a faculty advisory team (Professors Keith McPartland, Christian Thorne, Jim Nolan, and Kris Kirby) with administration and financial support from the Center for Learning in Action. For more information on the course, contact CLiA Director Dr. Paula Consolini ([email protected]).

The Positive Pathways Partnership (P3) with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, begun in 2015, supports educational access for those formerly or currently incarcerated in the Berkshire County House of Correction (BCHOC). In fall 2016, when several Williams students attended an orientation and tour of the facility in Pittsfield, some were taken aback by the new environment they had been invited to tutor in. Still, they were inspired to serve by a recognition of the importance of P3’s mission.

From December 2016 to April 2017, Omar Kawam ’20, Diana Sanchez ’17, and Timothy Suh ’18, drove weekly to the 2nd St. Reentry Office in Pittsfield where they taught a recently released individual Writing, Reading, and Math to pass his HiSET exam. Under the supervision of BCHoC staff, tutoring continued through the summer of 2017 in the Pittsfield correctional facility as two inmates sought to work towards their diplomas.

In addition to the tutoring, a small group of Williams students led by Ted McNally ’20, launched a weekly book discussion group at the BCHoC in the Spring of 2017. Within a few years, inmate participation has grown to as many as 16. Williams students facilitate the discussion of books and short stories chosen by the group as a whole. Maus, Legends of the Fall, and Love and War in California have been among the books read and discussed together.

The tutoring and book discussion group initiatives have grown substantially with the addition of another early evening (5:30-7pm) of tutoring to the Thursday slot and more students volunteering to help facilitate the Friday evening book discussions. After additional recruitment to better serve the tutoring needs both in and outside the jail, Dr. Laura Muller, Williams’ Director of Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support, helped the tutors develop tutoring syllabi and a communication system that helps them work more effectively individually and as a team.

Even as tutoring and mentoring in this setting may be out of some people’s comfort zone, Williams students and inmates alike are grateful for the rewarding shared learning experiences. Along with the regularly taught Inside-Out Williams course, P3 strives to strengthen relations between the two institutions and offer a larger number of individuals hope in the possibility of new beginnings.

For more information, please contact Sharif Rosen ([email protected]).

The Society of the Griffins

Student Leaders: Jaelon Moaney
Faculty/Staff Adviser: VaNatta Ford
Meeting Time/Place: Sunday 1 PM, Jenness House

The mission of The Society of the Griffins is to foster a brotherhood for men of color while creating equitable pathways to success at Williams College. On our journey to individual and collective achievement, we hold unity, fidelity and excellence above all. We aim to connect with communities within Williams and the Berkshires, more broadly, as exemplary men for others.

thinkFOOD

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 expectations for those purveyors. We’ve also participated in local farm visits with the Zilkha Center and hosted community meals.

Timberlawn Elementary School

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 elementary schools in the Jackson Public School District. It serves students in grades pre-K-5. Timberlawn is located in a low-income community. It is a Title 1 school; 97% of students live below the poverty line.  For more information on the school, please visit timberlawn.jpsms.org.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/timberlawn-elementary-school

Williams Animal Awareness Group

Student Leaders: Meadhbh Ginnane
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini
Meeting Time/Place: Paresky

The goals of WAAG are to help animals in need within the community, be better informed and facilitate thoughtful discussion of issues concerning animals, and help people engage in activities which may relieve stress. Students can volunteer with Bonnie Lea Farm, Clover Hill Farm, and the Berkshire Humane Society (Humane Race held in early May), where they can interact with several animals such as horses, chickens, cows, dogs, and cats.

Williams College Children’s Center

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 development of skills that will support our children in the future, whether in school or in the world beyond.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/williams-college-childrens-center

Williams College Feminist Collective

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. We strive, through our programming, to encourage analysis of feminism and thereby turn discourse into practice. We hope to create a safe space, one that does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexuality, class, race, age, or ability.

Williams Environmental Council

Student Leaders: Elizabeth Bigham
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, 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 campus social functions, consumer waste, and tree cover on campus. We love hearing from students, staff, faculty, and community members so that we can more effectively work towards greater change.

Williams Forum

Student Leaders: Christian Maloney
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Carrie Greene
Meeting Time/Place: Mondays

The Williams Forum is a nonpartisan organization that promotes academic discourse and debate. We bring in speakers to talk about important issues, either local or national, and organize on-campus debates that involve both students and the faculty. Our goal is to expose the Williams community to intellectual insights on both sides of the political spectrum and involve as many participants as possible.

Williams Insight

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 annual publication consisting of in-depth analysis into one particular company and selected insights. Additionally, we often invite alumni in finance to give lectures and presentations. Through these actions, we hope to establish a community of people who are interested in finance and the economy, and to create a way to keep up with the market while engaging in productive and concrete analysis. It is also the purpose of this organization to abide by the Code of Student Conduct and to uphold the educational mission of Williams College.

Williams Outing Club

Student Leaders: Jonathan Hall
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Scott Lewis
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Matt Cole Reading Room (CES)

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 activites. Special events every year include Mountain Day, Winter Carnival, and the WOOLF outdoor orientation program for first-years.

Williams Secular Community

Student Leaders: Coly Elhai ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Adams
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 6 PM, Paresky

The purpose of the group is to build an inclusive community of agnostics, atheists, and all skeptics to socialize and connect in a variety of ways. We also aim to create a safe, non-religious space for anyone to engage in fulfilling discussions of their personal lives, current events, religion, life philosophy, or anything else. We do this through regular dinners and discussions that are open to everyone.

Williams Speaks

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. Although Williams speaks will provide a booklet with ideas for lesson plans and key skills to cover, Williams students are free to design their lessons tailored to their own interests and passions. Some work study opportunities are available, and transportation is always provided.

Williamstown Community Preschool

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 for children to experience, explore, and gain an understanding of the world and the people around them. We encourage children to develop cooperative social skills by setting appropriate limits, by offering positive choices, and by helping children develop problem-solving skills. We promote a sense of self-worth in children by providing an atmosphere of trust and respect with regard to the children’s feelings, skills, choices, similarities, and differences.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/williamstown-community-preschool

WISHES

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 week in the spring, and the class we teach uses games, activities, and lessons to teach the students about the food pyramid, healthy exercise, body image, and a variety of other health and nutrition related topics. Each member of the group is in charge of a group of about 4 students to whom they deliver the week’s lesson plan every week.