The Death of Jay Pasachoff

Williams faculty, students and staff, I write, with sadness, to let you know that Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Director of the Hopkins Observatory and Chair of the Astronomy Department, died this morning. Jay joined Williams in 1972 and taught here for more than 50 years. He was… Continue reading »

Creating an Ad Hoc Anti-Racism Campus Task Force

Williams community, We have had multiple incidents this semester involving racist words and phrases written on college or personal property on campus. I have written out with specifics in several of those cases. They also fit into a longer lineage of problems with racism here. Today I am writing with… Continue reading »

Bias incident followup—Soldiers’ Monument

Dear Williams community, Earlier this month I reported that the Soldiers’ Monument outside of Griffin Hall had been defaced with graffiti. Today I write to share news about the outcome of our investigation. Thanks to information shared once the incident was reported, CSS was able to identify a suspect,… Continue reading »

Voter information resources: Do your part

Williams students, staff and faculty, With midterm elections fast approaching, I write to encourage each of you to exercise your right to vote and take part in the political process. The best aspects of our democracy depend on an engaged electorate, in which each of us educates ourselves about issues,… Continue reading »

Bias incident: Graffiti on Soldiers Monument

Williams students, faculty and staff, On Sunday morning, a Campus Safety officer, responding to a call from a local resident, found that the pedestal of the Soldiers Monument in front of Griffin Hall had been defaced with graffiti of a Confederate flag and the word “Rebel,” each about… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2022

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m pleased to welcome you all to Williams for the new semester. It’s exciting to feel the energy of this particular moment in the year, as our community returns and is renewed. In that spirit I offer a special greeting to… Continue reading »