Public Service Announcement Contest

The Claiming Williams Steering Committee invites all Williams College students, staff, faculty, and alumni to participate in the creation of an audio file or digital video (30–90 second length) that examines the Claiming Williams 2008–09 theme, “Examining Privilege, Building Community.”

“The Claiming Williams Steering Committee is very interested in inviting Williams College staff, students, faculty and alumni to express in broadcast media their affections for and observations on our community, and its promise to be more inclusive,” said Ed Epping, professor of art and steering committee member. “We are excited about offering this opportunity as we believe this forum-radio and digital video-offers a potent platform for individuals and collaborative teams to give public voice to their aspirations of what they respect about Williams and what still needs improvement to become a stronger institution for all.”

Entrants must be students, alumni, or employees of Williams College, 17 years or older. Parents collaborating with their children may submit entries under the name of the adult.

Grand Prize: $500
First Prize (audio): $250
First Prize (video): $250
People’s Choice Award: TBA

Deadline for submissions:
February 16, 2009 at 11:59PM EST

Online PSA Submission Form

Download PDF of rules, terms of agreement, and guidelines

Us+Them=You a public service announcement made by Juan Baena and Amanda Santiago for Claiming Williams

Contest Winners

View the videos submitted to the Public Service Announcement contest. Congratulations to Marco Sanchez, the contest winner!


There Is No Mold
by Marco P. Sanchez


The Privilege of Claiming Williams
by Matthew Wollin

Proud to be Purple
by Allegra Hyde

Undead Diversity
by Eva Flamm

by Stewart Buck and Evan Cohen

Privilege: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
by Amy Darling, Aubree Stephens, and Tomomi Kikuchi

Diversity at Williams College
by Michael Acierno and Timothy Batty

Different Types of Different
by Kori Kenerson, Josh Kaufman, and Celia Rodriguez