Learning in action: Community engagement during a pandemic

(Photo courtesy of Paula Consolini.)

Even in the best of circumstances, it would be hard to keep up with all the community work and engaged learning Williams students do. In these times of small face-to-face social circles and carefully choreographed digital ones, staying in touch with the world beyond Williams has grown even more challenging. 

Through this new monthly column, we at the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) aim to help you see what you might otherwise have missed.  Here you’ll read reflections and stories from students, faculty, and staff who are leading experiential projects.

The Case For Voting

Voting is the most profound act of civil participation for an American citizen. It actualizes American democracy to a degree that our country’s founders could have barely dreamt of. For many of us this is the first presidential election that we will be eligible to vote in. It’s imperative that we vote in the 2020 general election.

Mutual aid: Solidarity, not charity

As the United States enters its ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, 43 million Americans are facing eviction, 13.6 million are unemployed and over 200,000 have died. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has only passed a single stimulus package, with no further relief in sight.