Announcing TIDE Grant Awards

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is pleased to announce the following Towards Greater Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) grant awards. We were thrilled to receive a large number of proposals this round, an indication of the broad commitment to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.


‘Alternative Art Histories: Future Directions in Latinx Art,’ a conference at The Clark Art Institute

Organizers: C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies; Marco Antonio Flores, Graduate Student, History of Art

Alternative Art Histories is a two-day symposium focused on, U.S. Latinx art and art history. The symposium will bring together leading museum curators, museum directors, and art historians to discuss the aesthetic contribution of U.S. Latinx arts and how we might (re)imagine art history as a more aesthetically expansive, culturally relevant, and socially inclusive field. The distinguished panel of speakers have been at the forefront of establishing the field of Latinx art history and developing a critical framework for understanding and analyzing this quickly expanding visual arts discourse. Discussions will address the intersectionalities that Latinx communities represent across race, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration and how these factors may impact the production and presentation of the visual arts. As we continue to interrogate underrepresentation within the academy, museum, and galleries, now seems a particularly necessary time to come together and critically reassess the field.


Berkshire Educator Summer Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice

Organizers: Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Davis Center; Paula Consolini, Center for Learning in Action

The Berkshire Educator Summer Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice is a three­day comprehensive workshop designed to assist K-12 teachers in and around Berkshire County in nurturing learning environments that espouse excellence in inclusivity and diversity. The program will support teachers by empowering them, and subsequently their students, with the tools to become critical participants and culturally competent navigators in an intercultural society. The institute will deepen existing partnerships with area schools by providing new professional development opportunities and strengthening the schools where many Williams students volunteer or work and the children of College staff and faculty attend.


Building Pathways to Promotion and Greater Food Safety through ServSafe Coaching

Organizers: Sharon Marceau, Dining Services; Paula Consolini, Center for Learning in Action; Tracy Finnegan, Center for Learning in Action; Marco Vallejos, Student (’20)

Students and staff affiliated with Dining Services, WRAPS, and CLIA will create and implement a program to teach food safety regulations. The College hopes that 100% of staff in Dining Services will pass the ServSafe Manager’s certification test,thereby growing critical food safety knowledge in the wider community as our employees share their expertise with family and friends. Certification also provides employees with a route to promotion and vocational advancement. This team of students and staff will produce and teach a curriculum to assist dining staff achieve a passing grade when they take the test in January 2019; and develop a program to train the trainer so the curriculum can be passed on in future years.


Decolonizing Your Pedagogy

Organizer: Allana Clark, Visiting Lecturer in Art

Influenced by Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, this interdisciplinary project will bring together artist/teachers and scholars whose practices revolve around deconstructing hierarchies of knowledge and the development of equitable, intersectional pedagogies within and outside of academia. A series of hands on workshops, social justice visual projects and panel discussions throughout the Spring/Fall 2019 academic year will be facilitated by Professor Clarke in collaboration with Professors Mari Rodríguez Binnie, Michelle Apotsos, The Sawyer Library, and Williams Design Thinker in Residence Ric Grefe.


Men of Color Collective

Organizers: Christopher Sewell, Dean’s Office; Michael Grinnell, Jr., Integrative Wellbeing Services

The Men of Color Collective will coordinate gatherings to help all men of color thrive at Williams. The program hopes to provide a forum for discussion and bonding that creates a space for students to work through some of the necessary self-care steps as well as provide opportunities to build coalition and work on academic and social resilience.


Reclaiming the Stacks

Organizers: Christine Ménard, Libraries; Jonathan Miller, Libraries

Last year, flyers with xenophobic, white supremacist, and anti-Semitic messages were disseminated in the print collection, in Sawyer Library. In answer to this covert attack on the values of our community, the library will organize a stacks-occupation program, with events and strategic actions inspired by, and taking place in the stacks. Occupy the Stacks intends to reclaim the physical and symbolic spaces of the library collection, affirm underrepresented identities, and to answer the question: Who owns the library collection?


Processing Whiteness

Organizers: Ruby Solomon, Integrative Wellbeing Services; Seth Wax, Chaplain’s Office; Gail Newman, Professor of German

The Processing Whiteness group will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to analyze and understand white identity, white privilege, and racism in a supportive environment that focuses on the experiences of the participants. Through a series of facilitated discussions, the group aims to help participants learn to speak about the historical and contemporary implications of white identity, examine race and racism, identify implicit bias and feelings of shame, and explore and practice allyship and interrupting racism.


Radical Care: Practices in “Alternative” Healing Towards Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Organizers: Maria Noya, student (‘21), Elsa Bjornlund, student (‘20), Kristina Hwang, student (‘18.5)

During spring 2019, we will organize three workshops for students and members of the Williams community, particularly those holding marginalized identities, to explore and obtain alternative healing practices, tangible skills, and resources for healing. For a session on food and healing, we plan to invite Bryan Y. Chen (陳彥廷), a New York-based performance artist, educator, and owner, chef, and vendor of The Militant Manatee, a Taiwanese comfort food pop-up. Stinging Nettle Brujxs Healing Collective, a collective of multigenerational Black and Indigenous femmes of color whose work centers ancestral and cultural healing traditions, will facilitate a workshop on traditional medicine. Ancient Song Doula Services, a New York City-based doula collective, will lead a workshop addressing questions of reproductive health.