Public Invited to Provide Input to Williams Strategic Planning Process

Williams in the World, one of eight working groups that are gathering input for the college’s strategic planning process, is seeking public input.

The group is asking local residents to think out loud about how they could imagine Williams and its students, faculty, and staff becoming more fully and effectively engaged in the community … and farther afield.

There are three ways for members of the public to participate.

1. At open forums to be held:

October 17
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
The Green
85 Main St., North Adams

October 22
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Williamstown Youth Center
66 School St., Williamstown

October 24
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
74 First St., Pittsfield

2. At drop-in listening sessions held every Wednesday morning in October from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m at The Spring Street Market and Café, 66 Spring St., Williamstown

3. At the comment section of the strategic planning website, at

The goal of the strategic planning process is to map the road of major initiatives at the college for the next 10 to 15 years.

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 college’s educational ambitions.

Eight working groups are focused this fall on gathering input about various aspects of the college. The groups are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Faculty and Staff Development; Governance, Learning Beyond the Classroom; Student Learning; Sustainability; The Built Environment; and Williams in the World.

The final plan is expected to be produced throughout the winter and spring and finalized around the end of the academic year.

“Williams has certainly become more engaged in the community in recent years, but there’s no reason to believe that that evolution is complete,” said Jim Kolesar, the college’s Assistant to the President for Community and Government Affairs. “The strategic planning process is an occasion to think broadly about further evolution, and to do so in conversation with the college’s neighbors.”