The Williams College Amnesty International Chapter was created for the purpose of helping Amnesty International by whatever means we can in Amnesty International’s efforts to secure basic human rights for millions of people worldwide. The group aims to learn about and help specific people or issues suggested by Amnesty International at each meeting. They also aspire to educate the Williams student body about general human rights issues through informational campaigns, film screenings, or other avenues as deemed viable by the WCAIC.
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.
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.
Help CLiA build community engagement at Williams by serving as one of our academic year Outreach Associates. Outreach Associates work on event and program organization, preparation and promotion. They also help with program logistics, reflection and revision in an area or on an issue of special interest.
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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.
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The Center for Learning in Action hires students to assist in various aspects of our office and program operations during the academic year.
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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.
This project is an attempt to bake and sell 400,000 cookies. We bake and sell cookies to raise money for the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project. The Solar Cooker Project provides solar powered stoves for refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan, who are in camps in Chad. We also hope that our project will help people understand the enormity of genocide.
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.
Global Initiatives Group (GIG) aims to build and broaden the current levels of international awareness and cultural understanding among the college community. With a focus on engaging students on globally pertinent ideas, perspectives and experiences, the group hopes to contribute towards strengthening the level of appreciation for global diversity and the sense of global responsibility among the college community.
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.
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.
There are many options at Williams for experiential learning in Africa! Placement assistance and some funding are available for student fieldwork opportunities through Winter Study travel courses and independent studies (WSP99’s), summer policy research, teaching, and community development internships and spring break service projects in South Africa, Ghana, and other African countries. Visit here for more information or email Dr. Consolini at [email protected]
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.
Student Leaders: Annie Vanagenen ([email protected]), Allie Holle ([email protected]), Kara Sperry ([email protected]), Julia Diaz ([email protected]), Katherine Rosen ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christi Kelsey ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Sundays, Paresky
Reclaim Childhood is a non-profit organization based in Amman, Jordan that seeks to empower refugee girls and local women through sport and play. Reclaim Childhood operates regular after-school sports leagues and a month-long summer camp for girls ages 6 – 18, and coaching clinics for local adult women. On campus, we try to devise creative ways to raise money for the organization through dining hall dinners, athletics, and other events. With the money we raise, we send it to the organization which in turn purchases athletic equipment for the girls, as well as funds the summer camps for them. In addition to working during the school year, some of our members have spent their summers in Jordan working as camp counselors at these camps.
Student Leaders: William Duke ([email protected]), Kevin Eagan ([email protected]), David Burt ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Anne Skinner ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 112
Williams Rotaract is a club dedicated to fundraising for local and international service causes. We follow the international Rotaract club structure and are sponsored by the Williamstown Rotary club, holding weekly meetings on campus. Beyond fundraising for local and international causes, which in the past have included purchasing water filters for a village in Cambodia and laptops for a school in Mexico, we work to facilitate community service projects for our members within the community.
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.