Welcome

Williams began its strategic planning effort in fall 2018. Our goal is to develop a road map that will help the college fulfill our mission in evolving times.

A Coordinating Committee guides the process by articulating goals; confirming areas of interest and convening subcommittees to explore them through targeted outreach and feedback; and, finally, knitting the results into a plan to support the educational ambitions of an exceptional learning community.

Coordinating Committee members

David Bartels, Security Patrols Supervisor, Campus Safety and Security
Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Cluett Professor of Religion
Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology
Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Class of 1959 Director of Program in Teaching
Sean Fontellio ’20, Student
Keli Gail, Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College
David Gürçay-Morris, Associate Professor of Theatre
Dawn Jamros, Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology
Dukes Love, Provost and Professor of Economics
Protik Majumder, Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy and Director of the Science Center
Maud S. Mandel, President, Professor of History, Program in Jewish Studies (committee chair)
Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Essence Perry ’22, undergraduate student
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Grant Swonk ’21, undergraduate student
Amanda Wilcox, Associate Professor of Classics

Working Group members

Will Abersek ’21, Student (Built Environment)
Colin Adams, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Governance)
Bilal Ansari, Davis Center and Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Juan Baena ’06, Office of Alumni Relations (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Ethan Barron, Department of Athletics (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Krista Birch, Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Governance)
Meg Bossong ’05, Office of the Dean of the College (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Ralph Bradburd, Department of Economics (Built Environment)
Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Department of Religion (Faculty and Staff Development)
Allie Campbell ’21, Student (Sustainability)
Matt Carter, Department of Biology (Student Learning)
Rita L. Coppola-Wallace, Design and Construction (Built Environment)
Edan Dekel, Department of Classics and Jewish Studies Program (Built Environment)
Jackson Ennis ’20, Student (Williams in the World)
Danielle Gonzalez, Office of Human Relations (Faculty and Staff Development)
Leticia Haynes ’99, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Amy Johns ’98, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives (Sustainability)
Adam S. Jones ’21, Student (Student Learning)
Steve Klass, Office of Campus Life (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Jim Kolesar ’72, Office of the President (Williams in the World)
Steve Kuster, Department of Athletics (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Ben Leary ’20, Student (Governance)
Gretchen Long, Department of History and Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Dukes Love, Office of the Provost and Department of Economics (Sustainability)
Molly Magavern, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Maud Mandel, Office of the President (Governance)
Laura Martin, Environmental Studies Program and Department of History (Sustainability)
Aria Mason ’21, Student (Student Learning)
Lisa Melendy, Department of Athletics (Built Environment)
Karen Merrill, Department of History (Student Learning)
Laura Muller, Academic Resources (Student Learning)
Katherine Myers ’85, Office of College Relations (Sustainability)
Colin Ovitsky, Center for Learning in Action (Williams in the World)
Essence Perry ’22, Student (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Fred Puddester, Office of Finance and Administration (Built Environment)
Marlene Sandstrom, Office of the Dean of the College and Department of Psychology (Student Learning)
Noah Sandstrom, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program (Williams in the World)
Chris Sewell ’05, Office of the Dean of the College (Faculty and Staff Development)
Tara Watson, Department of Economics and Public Health Program (Faculty and Staff Development)
Sharifa Wright ’03, Alumni Relations (Williams in the World)
Brenda Xu ’20, Student (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Tarun Yadav ’21, Student (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Li Yu, Department of Asian Studies (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Safa Zaki, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science Program (Faculty and Staff Development)

General timeline

September–December 2018: Introduce process and convene committee.
January–June 2019: Establish working groups; write charges; gather feedback and data.
April 2019: Campus and online fora to discuss working group charges
June–September 2019: Assemble data for working groups
September–December 2019: Working groups gather community input, write draft reports
January–March 2020: Community feedback on drafts of working group reports and strategic plan
April–June 2020: Write strategic plan and present to Board
June 2020 and beyond: Communicate plan to the Williams community and invite participation

Monthly email updates from Maud, February–June 2019 and throughout academic year 2019–20