In June of 2020, following the police murders of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, and many others named and unnamed, the college amplified its commitment to racial justice work. This included creating new racial justice opportunities for students and calling attention to other social justice opportunities that provide possibilities for racial justice work. This webpage highlights these opportunities.
Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice initiatives address structural and systemic changes to ensure equal access to opportunities, eliminate disparities, and advance racial equity—thus ensuring that all people, regardless of their race, can prosper and reach their full potential. Racial justice and equity is achieved through deliberate action to dismantle problematic and build positively transformational systems.
Racial justice opportunities at Williams include internships and other partnerships with racial justice organizations locally, regionally, and nationally, as well as opportunities for students to create, define, and engage with their own racial justice initiatives. Opportunities are available through various college offices, as well as at various times of the year.
Summer Opportunity Grants Overview
These summer opportunity grants provide a flexible opportunity for students to define how to advance racial and social justice initiatives. Projects and opportunities may include internships, research projects, partnerships with community-based organizations, summer courses, art projects, community service, conference attendance, and other opportunities, provided that the specific focus is on issues of racial and social justice.
The standard award for the Summer Opportunity Grant will be $4800 for 10 weeks in summer 2022, and will include housing on the Williams Campus in Williamstown for 8 weeks. It is also possible to apply for projects that are shorter in length and will not require residency on the Williams campus.