Recent campus events and activism have highlighted a history of fraught relations between Campus Safety and Security (CSS) and minoritized students, particularly Black and Brown students, at the College. Students have recounted experiences of bias and racism with CSS officers, while CSS officers report an erosion of trust with students.
The incident in Hollander Hall highlighted concerns of structural racism in the department. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE FLICKR.
In old copies of the Gulielmensian are reminders of the ways the College has changed – and the ways it has remained much the same. SAMUEL WOLF/EXECUTIVE EDITOR.
Men’s crew claimed a victory on Saturday after all four boats earned medals. The 4V and 3V won silver, and the 2V and 1V earned bronze.
This year’s senior studio art show, Slop, opening May 10, features the work of the 12 graduating senior studio art majors at the College. Photo courtesy of Joseph Boncardo
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Art, left, guided Kevin Counihan in the Boston Marathon in 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
An increased number of faculty of color are going on temporary leave or departing from the College this year compared to recent years. These faculty cite multiple reasons for leaving, ranging from professional to personal to cultural concerns.
These departures come at a moment in which the struggles of students, faculty and staff of color have occupied a key role in recent campus protests, events and discussions.
Bearing witness to aggression against faculty of color: Calling for accountability from the College for structural racism
On April 17, we witnessed egregious faculty-on-faculty aggression in Hollander Hall. We were walking with our professor, an Asian American professor of English and American Studies, when Professor Kathryn Kent ’88, chair of the English department, passed by on her way to a departmental meeting.
On Friday, President Mandel released a statement criticizing College Council (CC) for supposedly violating its bylaws by refusing to recognize the Williams Initiative For Israel (WIFI) on “political grounds.” Those of us who opposed the recognition of WIFI by CC were disappointed that this unilateral position was adopted without so much as consulting a single person who voted or argued against WIFI’s approval, the same day she sent an all-campus email calling for inclusive and balanced dialogue. Beyond that, however, we feel that the condemnation of CC’s decision on the basis of bylaw violations was poorly argued.
Williams students who listen to – yet do not necessarily agree with – an Israeli perspective in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are often shunned as conservative, colonialist, racist and oppressors. Having studied the conflict in depth while living side-by-side with Israelis and Palestinians for the past three months, I am convinced we must find nuance in this complicated 70-plus year conflict.