Health & Wellness

Active Minds

Student Leaders: Paige Wilkinson ([email protected]), Kira Marrero ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Margie Wood ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays at 6

Active Minds is a mental health awareness club that opens up the conversation on campus about serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. The club also fosters support and strengthens resources for those on campus facing challenges with mental health and well-being. We organize many events throughout the year with dinner discussions, movie showings, de-stressing activities, and panels. Active Minds also coordinates with Psych Services and other mental help groups on campus. The goal of Active Minds is to create a more open campus wherein students understand the resources available to them, are more open to getting the help they need, realize they are not alone with their mental health disorders, and stigmas against mental health are reduced.

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Berkshire Doula Project

Student Leaders: Sophie Torres ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kim Gutschow

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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Berkshire Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project provides free lunches on weekdays at the First Congregational Church in downtown North Adams. This program creates a great link between Williams College and other parts of the northern Berkshires. Volunteers join the staff of the BFP and help prepare, serve and enjoy lunch with members of the community. Help is appreciated between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2 PM on weekdays. There are also opportunities for groups to volunteer in the evening or on weekends for special projects. Students can either fill out the online application or contact the BFP directly.

First Congregational Church
134 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247

http://berkshirefoodproject.org/

Contact:
Kim McMann
[email protected]
413-664-7378

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

 

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.

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.

Eph Buddies

Student Leaders: Julianna Veira ([email protected]), Helena Barber ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Ovitsky ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays

Eph Buddies was created to facilitate friendships between the students at Williams College and members of our community who have mental and physical disabilities. We strive to support these individuals, provide them with additional resources and activities, and create for them a greater sense of social belongingness in our community. Most of our work is with the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) center and Berkshire Family & Individual Resources (BFAIR).

 

 

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.

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.

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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Healing Hands

Student Leaders: Taylor Jackvony ([email protected]), Kevin Mercadante ([email protected]), Jesse Rodriguez ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Fr. Gary Caster ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday evenings, Griffin 3

We founded our group last fall as a means of fostering an active pre-medical community on campus. Our goal is to engage in local service projects aimed at understanding and assisting health care concerns in Berkshire County. Last year, our group hosted a community event in which doctors, nurses, and patients from North Adams Regional Hospital as well as Williams professors and other community members spoke to the Williams community about the impact that the closing of the hospital had on the area and about what Williams student and faculty could do to assist in re-establishing services at the hospital. We also hosted local doctors and alums to speak to pre-medical students on campus about their professions and about the many complexities of patient care. Next year, we hope to continue to host doctors in these informal Q&A sessions and to volunteer at a local free medical clinic.

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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Lehman Community Engagement

Student Leaders: Megan Seidman ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen

Recognizing that community outreach and interaction is necessary for the actualization of the mission of a liberal arts education, the Lehman Council (for Community Engagement) serves to promote, foster, and maintain a spirit of service on campus. This is done through organizing and supporting many different community-oriented service projects throughout the year. While our biggest projects are our Fall and Spring Great Days of Service that engage the wider campus in many projects, we also host other smaller ongoing and pop-up projects throughout the year including Winter Study Service Week, meal and clothing donation drives, and volunteering at local schools, elderly homes, immigrant center, homeless shelters, hospitals and farms.

Medical Reserve Corps

Student Leaders: Anastasia Tishena ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser
: Barbara Fuller

Our club provides a chance for students to explore healthcare by hosting speaker events, arranging conference trips, offering CPR/EMT classes, and creating volunteering opportunities. We aim to create a welcoming environment where students can explore jobs in healthcare while serving back to the community.

Moo-Mami

Student Leaders: Carson Kurtz ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Caroline Bruno
Meeting Time/Place: Friday evening, Zilkha Center kitchen

The two overarching goals of the organization are to teach members of the community useful cooking techniques and immerse them in the process of raising money for charity. We hope that through our 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.

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Partners in Health/Engage

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 on building health infrastructure. The Williams College PIH: Engage community thus raises money for PIH, educates its members and the student body at large about public health-related issues, and advocates government officials on behalf of PIH. Leadership attends a Boston training institute in August.

Peer Health

Student Leaders: Jessica Gutierrez ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Laini Sporbert

Peer Health is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting the everyday well-being of Williams College students by providing both education and resources. We believe that everyday well-being is essential to the flourishing of both students and the student body at large. We coordinate a variety of projects that work toward our vision of a student body of well-balanced individuals.

Purple Bike Coalition

Student Leaders: Nelly Lin-Schweitzer ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner

We are a student-run bike shop. As well as organizing semesterly rentals for students, we offer open hours for anyone to come and learn to perform bike repairs. If you bring a broken bike to open hours a PBC mechanic will work with you to fix it up.

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RASAN (Rape and Sexual Assault Network)

Student Leaders: Simran Sohal ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Meg Bossong

RASAN supports survivors of sexual assault, and other forms of intimate partner violence, and their allies. To achieve this, the organization leads trainings, workshops, and public events to educate the student body about consent, healthy relationships, how to support survivors, self care, and related topics.

RASAN Website

 

Sexual Wellness Advocacy Network (SWAN)

Student Leaders: Jennifer Lederer ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Donna Denelli-Hess

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: Sonia Nyarko ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shawna Patterson-Stephens

The purpose of Sisterhood is to empower its members by instilling a sense of camaraderie amongst black/POC women and by supporting black/POC women as they navigate the world as a double minority. A primary goal of the organization will be to instill a sense of unity and community amongst black/POC women and to help support those who identify as a black/POC woman in the outside community. Sisterhood aims to provide black/POC women students with a solid platform to address issues that are both undetected and overlooked. Sisterhood embodies self-awareness, self-care, self-confidence, and self-love.

Storytime

Student Leaders: Chris Avila ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bilal Ansari

It is the purpose of Williams College Storytime to create spaces for storytelling within the Williams campus community. To this end, we hold two kinds of events. First, we hold events of our sole inception, these reflect the views of Williams College board members. Second, we hold events of collaborative inception, these reflect the views of our collaborator for a given event. It is also the purpose of Williams College Storytime to share the knowledge gained in doing the above with anyone interested and to seek out those who the organization believes could benefit.

Student Veterans Association

Student Leaders: Benton Leary ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rachel Bukanc

The Williams College SVA is a professional and academic organization for student veterans at Williams College. We help veteran students navigate life at Williams, find veteran-specific opportunities and resources off-campus, and engage with community, faculty, and staff veterans. This takes multiple forms: we celebrate Veterans Day with faculty and staff veterans in order to recognize and appreciate their service. We also provide valuable insight and understanding of an underrepresented minority to the campus at large through one-on-one conversations, community engagement, and classroom participation.

Sweet Brook Nursing Home Volunteers

Student Leaders: Megan Steele ([email protected]), Ashley Ngo ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2pm, Chapin Steps

Sweet Brook Volunteers organize transportation to-and-from the Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center every week. Once volunteers are accepted by the nursing center, they become “friendly visitors” and are matched up with one of the senior residents. “Friendly visitors” spend quality time with their resident each Sunday. Each pair determines how to spend their weekly time together. Some volunteers play games with their residents, others read out loud to them and yet others simply chat.

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.

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 Oral Health Society

Student Leaders: Amanda Reisman ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Barbara Fuller

We aim to serve multiple services around Williamstown and the surrounding areas of Berkshire County. Through programs that involve us in the North Adams School District, we engage with educational programs that teach the youth about the importance of proper oral hygiene, as well as a toothbrushing program in the schools of North Adams. On an educational front, we also help to educate the youth of North Adams in YMCA and ASDA sponsored programs. On campus, we serve as an outlet for any students that are interested in dental school as an outlet by providing those students an outlet to reach out to other pre-dental students, where they can ask for guidance or advice when it comes to preparing for dental school.

Williams Sustainable Growers

Student Leader: Matthew Roychowdhury ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner

Our organization aims to expand awareness of, and access to, sustainable and organic agriculture on Williams College campus. The club maintains two organic gardens on Williams campus. We share the food we grow with students and do outreach such as garden work parties, film screenings, visits to local farms and collaborations with classes and other student groups to raise awareness of the impact dietary choices can have on health and the environment.

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.