2020 Theme Statement

Theme Statement: Reconceiving, Regrounding, and Reclaiming Claiming Williams Day was born from a student-run movement called Stand With Us, a group formed in response to hateful incidents involving racism and homophobia in 2008. Since this initial event, the Day has become part of a process where Williams celebrates diversity and… Continue reading »

Who are Museums For? WALLS and Diversity at WCMA

How can museums become more inclusive of the communities that they serve? In what ways do museums welcome or fail to welcome the public? This community dialogue and workshop will address some of the ways in which cultural institutions, particularly museums, perpetuate exclusivity and discriminate subliminally based on race,… Continue reading »

2015 Claiming Williams All-Day Events

2015 Claiming Williams All-Day Events Celebrating our Identities: A Photo Installation Henze Lounge, Paresky Created by two friends on a cold night in a Dodd room, the Williams photo campaign project aims to celebrate our community members’ unique and complex identities while respecting the quote and presentation of one… Continue reading »

2015 Keynote Event: Police Brutality and the Williams Community

2015 Claiming Williams Keynote Event, Feb 5, 2015, 8 p.m. Police Brutality and the Williams Community Chapin Hall In 2013, Collette Flanagan and Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 formed Mothers Against Police Brutality after their son and brother, Clinton Allen was killed by a Dallas police officer with a history of excessive force abuse… Continue reading »

2015 Dinner Dialogues: 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Claiming Williams Events, Feb 5, 2015: Dinner Dialogues: 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.   International Narratives Dodd House, Living Room Come hear three students talk about their international experiences at Williams and beyond. Speakers will include Alpha Nyarera ’16, Corbin Chu ’15, and Amina Awad ’18.  … Continue reading »

2015 Community Forums: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Claiming Williams Events, Feb 5, 2015: Community Forums: 3:30 – 5 p.m.   Mobilizing for Climate Justice with Reverend Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus Paresky Auditorium Climate change disproportionately affects people and nations of lower socioeconomic status, but environmental activism is often seen as a predominantly white,… Continue reading »

2015 Community Forums: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Claiming Williams Events, Feb 5, 2015: Community Forums: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.   Let Me Tell You A (Really Fast) Story Baxter Hall, Paresky Ever wonder what people you pass on your way to class are thinking? Ever want to tell them what’s on your mind? Storytime is… Continue reading »

2015 Special Event – Scriptures Unbound

Scriptures Unbound 5-6 p.m., Sawyer Library Forum Scriptures Unbound celebrates the diversity of faith traditions observed by members of the Williams community. Come join as students and chaplains will present sacred texts from their faith traditions to the new library and share their scriptures with a… Continue reading »

2015 Special Event – Williams Unbound

Williams Unbound: Imagining the College from Scratch 1:15 – 3:15 p.m., ’62 CTD, Directing Studio What would Williams be if you could design it from scratch?  What would the the student body look like?  Would we charge tuition?  Have a very different curriculum?  Drop in any… Continue reading »

2015 Community Forums: 10:45 a.m. – noon

Claiming Williams Events, Feb 5, 2015: 10:45a.m.  – noon   Confronting Ourselves:Promoting Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence at Williams and Beyond In this dynamic, interactive presentation, participants will be challenged to look at themselves and their biases, in order to develop new philosophies and practices that break down barriers and… Continue reading »

A Word About Food on Claiming Williams Day 2016

The Claiming Williams Steering Committee would like to thank Miguel Gutierrez, the Dining Services Staff, and the students and staff of Williams College for their incredible thoughtfulness regarding meals on Claiming Williams Day.  In particular, Dining Services has organized two hands-on cooking sessions that will introduce the campus… Continue reading »

The Strivers Row: Joshua Bennett Performance with Q&A Location: Goodrich Hall Joshua Bennett is an award-winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY.  He has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of… Continue reading »

Everybody Eats

Everybody Eats Faculty House Dining Room Hear a student panel talk about religious dietary restrictions and how those culinary traditions create communities that can include or exclude others.  The discussion will broaden to modern ideological dietary restrictions, such as veganism and locavorism, and their medical counterparts, including allergies and the… Continue reading »