Category: Op-Eds

The role of secularism at the College: Why we need a non-religious chaplain

As the Preach it Forward campaign has made clear, people who enter the Chaplains’ Office do not leave any of their identities at the door. Faith identity is no exception,…

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On being thankful: The importance of criticizing the things we love

One of the things I miss most about home is the food. My family constantly jokes about my grandmother’s real home being the kitchen — the place you can always…

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How we define a Latinx: Language as a part of la cultura

Three times a week, I walk into my Intermediate Spanish class with the inability to roll my Rs and to understand when it’s okay to use the subjunctive. I always…

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The importance of looking up: Why we need to start stepping away from our cellphones

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder and yet every day we still must take strolls across campus on a regular basis. I have come to really…

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Supporting the Muslim community: Calling on the next president of the College to connect with their neighbors

Dear New President of the College, On behalf of the Muslim community on campus, we welcome you to the College. We are members of a dynamic interfaith community in the…

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In a ‘Sea of White’: Living as a QPOC on campus

From the first day of my freshman year, I realized quickly that I wasn’t the average Williams student. I arrived early to campus because of First Gen orientation. I remember…

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The many sides of Williams: How the College breaks the law of contradiction

Law of contradiction: a principle in logic: a thing cannot at the same time both be and not be of a specified kind (as a table and not a table)…

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The “West Point of Wall Street” paradox: Improving our approach to finance

Several months back I was visiting the big banks along with other Williams students on the Wall Street trek. Many of the bankers and traders we met were Williams alums.…

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On marginalization of faith at the College: a call to erase bias in religious life

Recent op-eds in the Record have sparked an important conversation about the College’s mission. As alumni from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, we found that the piece written by President of the…

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Confronting our investments: examining the College’s financial ventures

Last year’s Williams Reads theme of “Confronting Climate Change” and this year’s focus on mass incarceration both engage systemic injustices that predominantly harm poor, black, brown and indigenous communities. The…

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