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Perry delivered the evening keynote for Claiming Williams Day 2023, which was organized under the theme “Justice and Institutional Power.”

Author Imani Perry delivers evening Claiming Williams keynote

Max Billick February 8, 2023
Imani Perry, an author and professor of African American studies at Princeton University, presented the evening keynote address for Claiming Williams day on Feb. 2. In her talk, Perry discussed the role of the South in American history, arguing that it remains a vibrant and complex focal point of American culture.
Photo courtesy of Collette Chilton.

Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton to retire in December

Lena Kerest February 8, 2023
After 16 years at the College, Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton — the first leader of the College’s investment office, established in 2006 — will retire at the end of the 2023 calendar year, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email to the College community on Jan. 26.

Arshay Cooper gives morning Claiming Williams Keynote

Luke Chinman and Lena Kerest February 8, 2023
Arshay Cooper, a rower, author, and motivational speaker, as well as the subject of the documentary A Most Beautiful Thing, presented the morning keynote for Claiming Williams on Feb. 3. This year, the event's theme was “Justice & Institutional Power,” and the morning keynote was co-sponsored by the College’s Athletic Department, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Allyship in Athletics (AIA) committee.

College to contribute $5 million to construction of new fire station, pending proposal’s approval

Ella Marx and Julia Goldberg February 8, 2023
The College’s Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 20 to contribute $5 million, at a rate of $1 million per year for the next five years, to the construction of Williamstown’s new fire station — if Town voters approve the proposal to build the station.
College awards 11 professors tenure this winter

College awards 11 professors tenure this winter

Inés Garcia, Izzy Polanco, and Haley Zimmerman February 8, 2023
At its winter meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the promotion of 11 assistant professors to associate professorships with tenure: Alexander Bevilacqua, history; Nicole Brown, classics; PeiWen Chen, biology; Brahim El Guabli, Arabic studies; Man He, Asian languages, literatures, and cultures; Bill Jannen ’09, computer science; Laura Martin, environmental studies; Sarah Olsen, classics; Ben Snyder, sociology; Mason Williams, leadership studies; and Ricardo Wilson, English. The promotions will go into effect on July 1.
‘Like another Williams course’: Recently appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao ’95 reflects on career

‘Like another Williams course’: Recently appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao ’95 reflects on career

Annie Lu February 8, 2023
“I’m the classic Williams liberal arts kid,” said Yvonne Hao ’95, the new secretary of economic development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in an interview with the Record. “I never knew that I’d have a career in business — it’s all been kind of unplanned and accidental.”
The Office of Accessible Education will use new software to process disability accommodations in fall 2023. Photo credit: Ashley Shan/Williams Record

Office of Accessible Education will use new software to alleviate staff shortage

Max Billick January 25, 2023
The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) will adopt a new software program in the fall of 2023 to streamline its workload amid a staff shortage. The program, which is called Accommodate, aims to simplify the process of renewing academic accommodations — the most common kind of disability accommodation handled by OAE.
(Photo courtesy of Ivonne García.)

Ivonne García joins OIDEI as assistant vice president

Lena Kerest January 25, 2023
The College announced its newest addition to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Ivonne García, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She will serve as assistant vice president for OIDEI.
MassDOT studies possible passenger train service from Boston to North Adams

MassDOT studies possible passenger train service from Boston to North Adams

Inés Garcia and Gabe Miller January 25, 2023
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is conducting the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study to explore the feasibility of passenger train service between North Adams and Boston, as called for by the commonwealth’s 2020 budget.
First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

Grady Yuthok Short January 25, 2023
Until a storm blanketed the College in nine inches of heavy snow Sunday night, Winter Study had lacked one of its most characteristic features. The first two weeks of January included just one day of measurable snowfall in Williamstown, totaling only 0.3 inches, according to data provided by the College’s Environmental Analysis Lab.
Members of the College’s Chinese community detailed to the Record their experiences with Chinas Zero-COVID policy and its recent rollback. (Ashley Shan/The Williams Record)

Members of the College’s Chinese community describe experiences under China’s Zero-COVID policy

Katie Lu January 25, 2023
In December 2022, China began to roll back its COVID-19 restrictions, moving away from mass P.C.R. testing in areas not considered “high risk” and relaxing quarantine and isolation requirements for symptomatic individuals and international travelers.
In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

Julia Goldberg and Megan Lin January 25, 2023
On Jan. 18, Yale University revealed updates to its policies regarding leaves of absence and withdrawals, following a year-long review of its mental health policies by the Yale College Dean’s Office.
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