Letters from the President

Thank you for the semester so far

Williams students, staff and faculty, Yesterday was an important day on the Williams calendar. It was not a holiday or a study day or an anniversary. Indeed, the semester isn’t yet complete. But November 23, 2020, was nevertheless an important milestone. And as with any milestone it’s worth pausing to… Continue reading »

Sad news of a student death

Williams students, faculty and staff, I am writing to share the deeply upsetting news that one of our students, Jackson Ronningen ’24, died this weekend in California. Jackson was a first year student who came to study in person this fall, then switched to remote study in… Continue reading »

Hate letter sent to staff member

Williams students, faculty and staff, We’re writing to inform you that a member of college staff has been the recipient of a hateful letter at their home. They were targeted based on their race and sexual orientation in an effort to intimidate and instill fear. We’ve been… Continue reading »

Winter Shutdown dates for 2020-21

Williams staff and faculty, I’m pleased to inform you that Senior Staff and I are lengthening the college’s winter shutdown on a one-time basis for this year. Assuming there are no events that require a late change of plans, shutdown will begin on Monday, December 21, 2020, and continue through… Continue reading »

Get involved: Election-related activities at Williams

Williams students, staff and faculty, With early voting about to begin in our area, I’m writing to encourage every member of our community to exercise their right to vote and take part in the political process. No matter which party, candidate or ideology you may support, the state of our… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2020 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, I’m pleased to share a summary of proceedings from the fall Board of Trustees meeting, held last Friday, October 9, 2020. Our October meeting wound up coinciding with Mountain Day, so I unfortunately wasn’t unable to participate in campus events. But I heard good reports… Continue reading »

Cancellation of winter sports

Dear students, We write, also copying faculty and staff, with the disappointing news that our winter varsity athletes will not compete this year. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has just announced a unanimous decision not to hold a competitive winter sports season, and we are therefore canceling… Continue reading »

Williams Joins in Opposing U.S. Department Of Education Investigation of Princeton

Williams President Maud S. Mandel has joined more than 80 fellow college and university presidents in a statement opposing the U.S. Department of Education’s investigation of Princeton University. The federal investigation treats Princeton’s acknowledgment of systemic racism as potential evidence of the school’s violation of federal non-discrimination law. The statement,… Continue reading »

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 »