Campus and Community Engagement

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which includes The Davis Center and the Office of Special Academic Programs, as well as other programs and initiatives, welcomes the opportunity to partner with students, staff, faculty, academic units, committees, groups, and others to co-sponsor events and programs and to support initiatives that benefit individuals, the Williams community, and the wider community.

Please complete this form to be considered for financial support.

Other opportunities

  • IDEA2, convened by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is a cross-functional group made up of unit leaders brought together to uphold the College’s DEI values and further its related goals. These institutional thought partners collectively aim to support a culture and climate where people of all identities feel welcome and respected. On the heels of administrative units undertaking DEI planning, conversations will center around DEI opportunities and challenges in units (and beyond) at the College. The work will be centered around four guiding principles: Community, Innovation, Responsibility, and Restoration.

  • Towards Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) Grants

    The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity offers TIDE grants through a competitive process. The purpose of the grant is to help facilitate the infusion of inclusion, diversity, and equity into all aspects of our campus by leveraging the creativity and passion of the members of our community. All members of the community are eligible and encouraged to apply. Collaboration between and among faculty, students, and staff is strongly encouraged, as are projects designed to have a positive impact on multiple stakeholder groups on campus and in the surrounding community. Requests for proposals will be issued one or two times a year.

    The Dively Committee

    The Dively Committee’s endowed funds are devoted to on-campus events that focus broadly on gender and sexuality, with a special emphasis on queer culture. The Dively Committee welcomes proposals that address issues of broad community interest and engage the entire campus, including students, staff, and faculty. Funds are thus rarely available for individual projects but will be considered on an occasional basis at the discretion of the committee if they contribute to queer life.  Funds are not available for individual or group travel. Any faculty, staff, student, or student organization can request funding from the Dively Committee.  Successful proposals engage the entire campus community and often include a combination of lectures, workshops, performances, or events, with class visits, meetings, and meals with students, staff, and faculty. Proposals must also demonstrate an attempt to raise funds from a diverse set of groups on campus (ideally 3-6) who can collaboratively fund, support, and advertise your event. The Dively Committee rarely funds more than 50% or more than $1000 for any single event. Most proposals are awarded between $100 and $1000, higher contributions may be requested, but will be decided at the discretion of the committee.