Moral Courage

A photo of activist Barbara Smith, taken from behind as she speaks to an audience at Claiming Williams.

“It is critical that those who are most targeted by oppression get to define the agenda,” author and activist Barbara Smith told a packed Chapin Hall during her keynote address for Claiming Williams on Feb. 2. Now in its eighth year, the student-led day of conversations and questions was organized around the theme of “Moral

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Grant Helps Address Food Insecurity

Two students scooping up food from large trays to package for delivery

Two Williams student groups working collaboratively to address food insecurity in northern Berkshire County have won a $5,000 grant from the Campus Kitchens Project. Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) has long partnered with Dining Services to gather, prepare and distribute free, healthy meals to area housing communities and organizations. Last year, using Dining

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Four Professors Receive Tenure

Portrait of Professor Nicolas Howe

Four Williams faculty members have been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2017. They are Rashida Braggs, Africana studies; Nicolas Howe, environmental studies; Tim Lebestky, biology; and Catherine Stroud, psychology. Braggs introduces a performative lens to African diasporic cultural expressions including jazz, mass media and sports. She teaches courses on graphic novels,

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In the News

When it comes to providing access to high-achieving, low-income students, Williams is a “blueprint” for other elite colleges, according to a Hechinger Report story that appeared on PBS NewsHour’s website in January. “Generally, despite their prosperity, rich colleges don’t give many students of lesser means a shot at an elite, private education,” education writer Mikhail

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At a Glance

Six months after graduation, most members of the Class of 2016 report that they’re employed full time or in graduate school and they’re happy with what they’re doing—and they say Williams helped them get there, according to the Career Center’s first-ever First Destinations Survey. “This speaks directly to the hireability of the Williams liberal arts

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Williams Welcomes New Staff Members

Portrait of Shawna Patterson-Stephens, new director of the Davis Center

Two new staff members recently joined the campus community—Shawna Patterson-Stephens as director of the Davis Center and Jim Reische as chief communications officer. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Creighton ’01 was named to the newly created position of dean of admission and financial aid. Patterson-Stephens most recently served as a house dean at the University of Pennsylvania and

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257 Students Selected in Early Decision

In December, Williams offered admission to 257 students under its early decision plan. The group of students makes up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550. Thirty-four states are represented, and the 12 international students admitted come from 10 countries. American students of color are 30 percent

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In Memoriam

Portrait of Bob Kozelka, recently deceased professor of statistics

Williams said goodbye to Professor Robert M. Kozelka, who died in December at the age of 90. Kozelka taught in the math department from 1957 to 1988 and served as its chair for five years. His specialty was statistics, and the department honored him in 2001 by establishing the Robert M. Kozelka Prize in Statistics,

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A Closer Look: WIlliams-Mystic

Though they’re based on the seacoast of Connecticut, students participating in the Williams-Mystic maritime studies program are more likely to be on a boat, at the beach or in a port, enhancing their interdisciplinary study of the history, literature, policy and science of the sea with hands-on experience. Last semester, 20 students from colleges around

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