Safa Zaki named next dean of faculty

President Maud S. Mandel announced last Tuesday that Professor of Psychology Safa Zaki will become the next dean of the faculty. Zaki will assume the deanship in July, succeeding Professor of Religion Denise Buell, who announced in October that she will step down after five years in the role.

Toward building an inclusive Williams: As the Davis Center enters its fourth decade, reflections on its values, mission and future

As a student at the College, I, like many today, was engaged in many ways — Kusika, Gypsy Melodies, Black Student Union, Junior Advisor, to name a few.  I also co-led Students Promoting Awareness, Respect and Community (SPARC), an effort housed in and supported by the Multi Cultural Center (MCC), now the Davis Center.  I spent time on campus, facilitating conversations for students, and off campus, working with local schools to facilitate conversations about inclusion.  It was some of the most important work I did as a student; it was challenging yet rewarding. As a young alum, I remained involved — supporting current students and serving on the Williams Black Alumni Network’s (WBAN) steering committee.

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

Earlier this month, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leticia S.E. Haynes ’99 announced that the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) has decided to restructure the Davis Center such that three new roles will be created and others will be eliminated. Three Davis Center staff members have left the College in recent weeks, leaving the Center staffed on a largely interim basis until the new positions have been filled.

Men’s hockey defeats Bowdoin

Men’s ice hockey (11-4-1, 8-2-0 NESCAC) shook off a sluggish start on Saturday in Bowdoin’s Watson Arena and proceeded to score the first five goals of the game to collect a 5-1 win over the Bowdoin Polar Bears. The Ephs’ offense took a while to kick into gear, as the Ephs did not register a shot on goal until 13:13 of the first period, and that shot came from the blue line.

IWS changes session lengths

Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) will no longer offer weekly 45-minute counseling sessions, instead giving students seeking one-on-one therapy the choice between 30-minute sessions once per week and 45-minute sessions once every other week. The policy change, which went into effect at the start of Winter Study, is intended to free up space for students who are currently on a waitlist for one-on-one counseling, but it has drawn scrutiny from students who feel the quality of the College’s mental health services will suffer as a result.

Women’s basketball raises awareness about campus sexual assault

Women’s basketball joined forces with several organizations on campus to shed light on the spike in sexual assault cases over Winter Study. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

In addition to their  standard purple and gold uniforms, women’s basketball sported red athletic tape across their jerseys during their Saturday game against Middlebury.