Current students created affinity programming for prospective Black students during admission’s Previews this week. ILLUSTRATION BY NASIR GRISSOM ’22 AND KYLE SCADLOCK ’19.
Fifty years ago, (left to right) Richard Jefferson ’70, Preston Washington ’70, Michael Douglass ’71 and 31 other students from the Afro-American Society occupied Hopkins Hall, prompting the creation of the Africana studies program. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE ARCHIVES.
Marchers raised their fists in solidarity at the end of the “March for the Damned” last Thursday, circling Isaiah Blake ’21 in Baxter Hall. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR
More than 200 students and faculty congregated last Thursday in Hollander Hall to participate in the “March for the Damned,” a rally in solidarity with Black and Brown faculty and staff at the College.
Students rebuild the memorial in Hollander Hall after the original one was deconstructed by a faculty member. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR
Two additional installations honoring Love and Green were placed in front of Love’s office (left) and McPartland’s office (right) last week.
Departures of faculty of color in 2007 prompted the formation of the Faculty Staff Initiative (FSI), a grassroots group that examined the experiences of minority faculty and staff at the College. Led by Professor of Latina/o studies Maria Elena Cepeda, then-Professor of Africana Studies at the College and current Associate Professor of English at Rutgers Stéphane Robolin and Professor of American Studies Dorothy Wang, FSI published a report in 2009 that outlined many problems faculty and staff of color faced and provided suggestions for concrete future steps.
The recent cancellation of courses by Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Kai Green ’07 and Assistant Professor of English Kimberly Love has compelled a closer examination of the College’s history regarding its retention and well-being of faculty of color.
Two professors canceled their courses in the days leading up to the start of spring semester. In an email to students enrolled in her courses, Kimberly Love, assistant professor of English, cited “a refusal to continue business as usual” in the face of “the College’s violent practices” as the reason that she would not return to the College this semester.
Kyle Scadlock ’19 returned from a torn ACL to score 26 points in a Nov. 17 game against Salem State, his first contest in 11 months.
Women’s soccer successfully defended the NCAA Div. III championship, its third in four years.
On Sunday, the Williams College Black Student Union (BSU) organized a town hall in Griffin Hall on affinity housing and Davis Center renovations. As the event flyer read, the gathering was to be “a space for students, particularly Black students, to reflect on recent events and the general student experience here,” granting students the opportunity “to voice concerns and work towards solutions.” The meeting was attended by students of varying racial, economic and sexual identities, as well as by a few members of the staff and faculty, including President Maud Mandel.
On Thursday, the theatre department announced the cancellation of its production of the play Beast Thing. The show, written by Aleshea Harris and described by the department as a “play-in-progress,” contained controversial and potentially traumatizing content and was directed in a manner that consistently left many participants feeling uncomfortable, leading to its cancellation.