Letters from the President

Openings

It’s about taking every available opportunity to deepen our understanding of others in our community, rather than insisting on conformity to familiar ways of being that make us comfortable.

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Announcement Regarding the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity

To the Williams Community, I am very excited to announce that after a national search the college has appointed Leticia Smith-Evans to the position of vice president for institutional diversity and equity. She will assume the position on July 1. Leticia brings considerable experience in working to expand diversity and equity in educational settings, including

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The ACSR Report on Fossil Fuels

To the Williams Community, Given the broad interest in the work that the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility has been doing to analyze the proposal that the college divest from 200 companies involved with fossil fuel extraction, I thought I’d let you know that the committee’s report on the matter is now complete and available

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Intimations of Spring

Despite the temperature, academic shoots begin to rise this first day of the semester—an occasion always worth marking.

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Update on Community Matters

The health of the college is interwoven in many ways with the health of our local community. The projects mentioned here represent only part of the college’s increasing involvement in the region, and we’re grateful for the important roles many faculty, staff, and students play in all of this work.

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Defaced Poster in Paresky

To the Williams Community, We are appalled and saddened to report that earlier this evening a student reported to CSS that an “I Am Williams” poster of a recent Muslim graduate had been defaced in a violent manner, including with what appears to be a cross on his face. The poster was found in a

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Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Selection Process

Faculty and students already appointed and elected to the Committee on Degrees will continue in this new configuration. Elections will be held to flesh out the other student members (one senior, one junior, and three sophomores). Going forward, sophomores will serve for three years, to deepen their engagement and provide continuity.

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Opening Day

None is more central to the heart of the college than Sawyer Library, which, after more than a decade of planning, design, and construction, is now fully functional (despite the bits of scaffolding here and there).

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The Passing of James MacGregor Burns

To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death this morning of one of the best known and most influential faculty members in the college’s history. James MacGregor Burns, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government, Emeritus, co-wrote what in its time was the most widely used college text book on American politics (Government

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The Power of “We”

To the Williams Community, As we celebrate the end of the academic year and prepare to send our wonderful graduates into the world, I wanted to pause for a moment to share with you some thoughts about the important work we do together that both defines our community and moves it forward. People often talk

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