"Welcome back. Those words have rarely carried as much meaning for me as they do this fall," President Maud S. Mandel writes in her start-of-semester message to the campus community. "As you move through your day, please relish the experience of learning and teaching and working together … in person." You can read President Mandel's full letter, which highlights Williams' important, ongoing work in a variety of areas—including academics and the curriculum, strategic planning, sustainability, and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility—on the Office of the President's website.
The campus is abuzz with activity! Classes are underway. First-year students (pictured here, taking their class photo) are getting to know each other. Faculty members are stepping into the classroom—or outdoor teaching tents—many for the first time in more than a year. Williams is starting to feel like Williams again. Check out a time-lapse video of the Class of 2025, getting ready for their class photo, and a collection of images documenting the start of the fall semester.
We are eager to welcome first-year students to Williams. The early days and weeks here are filled with opportunities to get to know the campus, the college and the community. And Junior Advisors (JAs, pictured here) are here to help students do just that. A cornerstone of residential life, these juniors, who live with first-years in the dorms, serve as allies and guides, connecting students to the vast array of resources designed to support their development and wellbeing. You can learn more about JAs and read about some of these resources on the Dean of the College's website.
The Williams College Museum of Art's Agents for Creative Action is a year-long program in which students explore museum practice as a creative process. Although the museum was closed to the public all last year, the 15 students found creative ways to make parts of the collection accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Check out some of their amazing projects, including a Spotify playlist connecting their favorite songs with artworks in WCMA's collection. They also published the new coloring book "Color Me WCMA," available for free online and at the welcome desk in the lobby of the museum, which is once again open to the public (masks on, please!).