Restoring campus trust: Working toward a better student-CSS relationship

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.

Senior art show, Slop, to open on Friday at WCMA

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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A closer look at departures of College faculty of color

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.

Failures of Mandel’s WIFI statement: How her words are being weaponized against students

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.

Nuance in WIFI discourse: Challenges of debating Israel-Palestine in the Purple Bubble

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.