Writings and Remarks

Toward racial justice and inclusion

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Institutions of higher learning are essential contributors to the project of creating just and equitable societies. Why? Our campuses are charged with educating the next generation of leaders, providing them with the tools they need to become problem solvers and positioning them to take… Continue reading »

Starting a semester unlike any other

Dear students, faculty and staff, I’m writing today to welcome you all to the start of a new academic year—one unlike any we’ve experienced before. Over the past several months, we’ve faced extraordinary challenges in our lives and our communities. In light of these challenges, we’ve planned for… Continue reading »

The Passing of Fred Greene

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Fred Greene, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Government, Emeritus, passed away on September 3 in Williamstown. He was 97. Fred taught at Williams from 1949 to 1986. During those decades teaching, researching and writing about international relations, he… Continue reading »

Public health rules and expectations

Williams students, faculty and staff, Over the last few weeks we’ve regretfully had to convert two on-campus students to remote study status after they violated the college’s quarantine. Judging from the campus reaction, some people may not understand the reasons for our policies, or may feel we’re enforcing them too… Continue reading »

Message to Williamstown Select Board

President Mandel sent this email to the Williamstown Select Board on Monday, August 17, 2020 Dear Select Board members, I write, as Williams College president, to ask that you commission a prompt, full and impartial investigation of recent allegations regarding racism and sexual misconduct within the Williamstown Police Department. Such… Continue reading »

Announcing the new Zilkha Center director

Dear Colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that Tanja Srebotnjak has accepted our offer to become the next Director of the Zilkha Center at Williams. Tanja joins us from the Nueva School, in San Mateo, CA, where she is currently the Director of Environmental Citizenship. Because of her commitment… Continue reading »

Sharing good news about international students

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m writing to share this afternoon’s happy news that the government is rescinding its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQs on international students, and returning to its March 2020 guidance. This means international students will be able to study in the U.S. even if… Continue reading »

Williams Signs Amicus Brief in Support of International Students

Williams has signed a new brief supporting legal efforts to block enforcement of ICE’s new federal guidance on international students. The government’s July 6 guidance would prohibit international students at American colleges and universities from returning to or remaining in the country if they enrolled in an online-only curriculum… Continue reading »

New updates to Covid FAQs

I wanted to offer a quick word about how we’ll keep you apprised of further developments regarding the fall 2020 semester, and to alert you to some especially important updates for students that we made today. Every time a decision is made or a policy worked out, the Communications team has… Continue reading »