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, 2019–20

Michelle Apotsos, Assistant Professor of Art
David Bartels, Security Patrols Supervisor, Campus Safety and Security
Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Cluett Professor of Religion
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
Aparna Kapadia, Associate Professor of History
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)
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Grant Swonk ’21, undergraduate student

Working Group members

Will Abersek ’21, Student (Built Environment)
Colin Adams, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Governance)
Jeannie Albrecht, Dept. of Computer Science (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
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)
Rob Baker-White, Theatre (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Jon Bakija, Dept. of Economics (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Horace Ballard, Art History/WCMA (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Ethan Barron, Department of Athletics (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Magnús Bernhardsson, History and Arabic Studies (International Initiatives)
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)
Sandra Burton, Dance (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Allie Campbell ’21, Student (Sustainability)
Matt Carter, Department of Biology (Student Learning)
Phoebe Cohen, Dept. of Geosciences (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Rita L. Coppola-Wallace, Design and Construction (Built Environment)
Liz Creighton, Admission and Financial Aid (International Initiatives)
Edan Dekel, Department of Classics and Jewish Studies Program (Built Environment)
Leila Derstine, Alumni Relations (International Initiatives)
Richard De Veaux, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Helga Druxes, German and Comparative Literature (International Initiatives)
Jackson Ennis ’20, Student (Williams in the World)
Laura D. Ephraim, Dept. of Political Science, Chair of Science and Technology Studies (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Mike Evans, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives (Sustainability)
Beth Fischer, Williams College Museum of Art (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Jessica Fisher, English (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Danielle Gonzalez, Office of Human Relations (Faculty and Staff Development)
Leticia Haynes ’99, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Guy Hedreen, Art History (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Adam S. Jones ’21, Student (Student Learning)
Katya King, Fellowships (International Initiatives)
Steve Klass, Office of Campus Life (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Jim Kolesar ’72, Office of the President (Williams in the World)
Barron Koralesky, Office for Information Technology (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
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)
Jim Mahon, Political Science and Global Studies (International Initiatives)
Maud Mandel, Office of the President (Governance)
Laura Martin, Environmental Studies Program and Department of History (Sustainability)
Aria Mason ’21, Student (Student Learning)
Gage McWeeny, English, Oakley Center (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Lisa Melendy, Department of Athletics (Built Environment)
Karen Merrill, Department of History (Student Learning)
Tiku Majumder, Dept. of Physics (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Laura Muller, Academic Resources, Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Tutoring (Student Learning; Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Katherine Myers ’85, Office of College Relations (Sustainability)
Gail Newman, German and Comparative Literature; Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (International Initiatives)
Colin Ovitsky, Center for Learning in Action (Williams in the World)
Essence Perry ’22, Student (Learning Beyond the Classroom)
Tom Powers, Center for Development Economics (International Initiatives)
Ninah Pretto, International Student Services (International Initiatives)
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)
Pallavi Sen, Studio Art (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Chris Sewell ’05, Office of the Dean of the College (Faculty and Staff Development)
Tina Stoiciu, International Education and Study Away (International Initiatives)
Jason J. Storm, Dept. of Religion (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Chad Topaz, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
Zachary Wadsworth, Music (The Future of the Arts at Williams)
Tara Watson, Department of Economics and Public Health Program (Faculty and Staff Development)
Chad Weinard, Williams College Museum of Art (Technology and the Liberal Arts)
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; Technology and the Liberal Arts)

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