Claiming Williams invites the community to acknowledge and understand the uncomfortable reality that not all students, staff, and faculty can equally “claim” Williams. By challenging the effects of the College’s history of inequality that are based on privileges of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion, we will provoke individual, institutional, and cultural change. Claiming Williams Day occurs on the first Thursday of the Spring semester. Classes are suspended and the campus engages in events and discussions about building and sustaining a more inclusive community. The Claiming Williams Steering Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students. The Associate Director for Public Humanities is the standing co-chair of Claiming Williams, and Davis Center Staff is heavily involved.