Writings and Remarks

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

Note: On July 24, 2020, the web version of this letter was corrected to note, under the heading Cost and Financial Aid, that “Families on financial aid will have their parent contribution reduced by 15 percent.” The original had said that the “expected family contribution” would be reduced by 15… 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 »

Financial Planning for 2020-21

Dear Williams community, I want to start by thanking the more than 500 of you who participated in our recent virtual town hall on the plans for next year and the college’s response to the pandemic and its financial impact. I’m now writing to share some further details… 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 »

Announcing our new Director of Institutional Research

Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to inform you that Jason Rivera has accepted our offer to become the next Director of Institutional Research at Williams, starting June 1. Jason joins us from the University of Bridgeport, where he is the Vice President for University Systems, Effectiveness, and Planning. Continue reading »