Letters from the President

Williams condemns ICE guidance on international student visas

Williams students, faculty and staff, On Monday, ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) announced a new federal guidance that will prohibit international students at American colleges and universities from returning to or remaining in this country if they’re enrolled in an online-only curriculum this fall. In short,… Continue reading »

Announcing our plan for Fall 2020

Dear Williams community, I’m writing to inform you that Williams plans to convene an in-person semester for fall 2020. Our plan includes extraordinary public health measures for everyone’s protection, options for people who are unable to come to campus because of medical or other concerns, and a full curriculum of… Continue reading »

Juneteenth will be a college holiday

Dear Williams faculty, students and staff, Tomorrow marks an important day in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865, the emancipation of African people enslaved in America was extended into Texas, the last Confederate state to refuse to comply with the Emancipation Proclamation. Black people in America… Continue reading »

Williams will confront and fight racial and social injustice

Dear members of the Williams community, What role should Williams College play in confronting and fighting racial and social injustice? That’s a question I’ve been asked, and have been asking myself, with particular intensity in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others. Following… Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2020 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, I’m writing, as I do after every Board of Trustees meeting, to summarize the meeting and share some of the Board’s contributions to governance of the college. In most years, the Trustees schedule their last meeting of the academic year to coincide with Commencement. Sadly,… Continue reading »

Protests, justice and Williams

To the Williams community, Protests have broken out around the country this week in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The protests have gone beyond individual tragedies, to address deep, longstanding concerns about racism and injustice. I am disgusted, saddened and angered by ongoing… Continue reading »

Inviting all staff and faculty: Virtual town hall

Williams staff and faculty, With everyone working remotely or coming to campus on rotation, it’s even more important than usual that we (President Mandel and Provost Love) and our fellow administrators regularly share what’s happening at Williams. Recently, a number of people on campus have asked how decisions will be… Continue reading »

Announcing the Working Group on Returning for Fall 2020

Dear members of the Williams Community, As I wrote in a letter last week, I am in the process of establishing two working groups, one focused on identifying the operational requirements of opening and successfully returning for a residential fall semester, and the other focused on what would be… Continue reading »