Writings and Remarks

Welcome to the Start of Fall 2021

Williams faculty, students and staff, Welcome back. Those words have rarely carried as much meaning for me as they do this fall. Today is the start of Williams’ first fully in-person semester since Fall 2019. Two years ago, “in-person semester” seemed like a redundancy. Continue reading »

Williams signs urgent appeal for Afghanistan

On behalf of Williams, President Mandel signed a letter today, calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to take urgent action to help Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors. The letter was organized by Scholars at Risk (SAR). Williams was also part of a nationwide network of schools… Continue reading »

Information about fall arrival and start of semester

Dear students, I look forward to your return to campus at the end of the month. Meanwhile, I would like to provide some important information about your arrival and the college’s plans for the fall semester. Our COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff is designed to help us… Continue reading »

Moving to a campus masking requirement

Williams students, faculty and staff, As I explained in my message last week, I have been closely watching the Covid numbers in our state and region. Soon after I sent that email the CDC moved Berkshire County into their “Substantial Risk” and then most recently “High… Continue reading »

Planning for an in-person fall semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Some of you have understandably started to inquire about plans for the fall term. People are wondering whether the college will make changes in response to the rise of the Delta variant, emerging data on breakthrough infections or the CDC’s newly-revised… Continue reading »

Vaccinations and exemptions information

Dear Williams faculty and staff, Congratulations to you all on a successful end to an academic year unlike any other. This message explains how to document your vaccination or request an exemption. As Maud explained in her June 1 email, faculty and staff must complete one of these two… Continue reading »