Staff members reflect on 2009 report, unresolved issues of equity, inclusion

Staff, including administrators, have said that while the College has made improvements regarding well-being and retention of faculty and staff of color since the release of a grassroots report from 2009, work needs to be done to make the College a more inclusive and welcoming space. 

The formation of the Faculty-Staff Initiative (FSI), the group that released the 2009 FSI Report, was prompted by departures of faculty of color in 2007. 

Assistant Professor of English Kimberly Love’s and Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Kai Green’s leaves prompted renewed interest in the College’s relationship with its faculty and staff of color, and faculty members told the Record in February that many problems presented in the report were still relevant, referencing problems that minority faculty face. 

As Professor of American Studies Dorothy Wang noted, however, staff also face similar issues regarding diversity and inclusion. “It soon became clear that minority staff were also having issues,” Wang said.

Student gamers respond to Jesup ban

After the office for information technology (OIT) placed a ban on gaming in Jesup last month, addressing concerns surrounding the interference of student gaming in computer labs with those spaces’ academic function, student gamers drafted a proposal for using the labs in a way that would not hinder academic work. 

Only a select number of computers on campus support Geographic Information System (GIS), which is used for courses in the geosciences department. The GIS labs had not allowed gaming in the past and were available to students only for coursework.

OIT will require two-step identification process for all College email accounts

Starting April 10, two-step authentication will be required for all College email accounts. The office of information and technology (OIT) has been encouraging students to sign up for this added level of cyber-protection since last year. 

Google’s two-step authentication process requires a second mode of verification after entering the email password.

Three students receive fellowships

 

 

Three seniors were selected for prestigious fellowships funding post-graduate studies abroad. Keshav Goel ’19 was selected for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, Linda Worden ’19 was selected for the Rhodes Scholarship for Canada and Kai Cash ’19 was selected for the Schwarzman Scholarship. 

Goel is among 11 other individuals chosen from over 370 applicants as Mitchell Scholars for the class of 2020.

Students organize in support of transgender rights

Last Friday, students, faculty, staff and community members held a rally in front of the Williams Inn in support of the rights of transgender people – a response to the Trump administration’s recently leaked proposal to narrowly define gender as a biological, immutable condition. The rally especially advocated for voting “Yes” on Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot this coming Election Day.

Neighborhood Leadership Team restructures responsibilities

This year, the Office of Student Life (OSL) modified its neighborhood programming model for on-campus upperclass residences in each of the College’s four neighborhoods. This year, the student Neighborhood Leadership Teams’ (NLT) responsibilities have shifted to include existing campus programs: Williams After Dark (WAD), Intramurals, Life After Williams (LAF) and Lyceum dinner.