D. Clinton Williams

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Director of Pathways for Inclusive Excellence

Hardy House

D. Clinton Williams joined Williams College in 2019 as the Director of the Office of Special Academic Programs (OSAP). In this role, he oversees the administration of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), the Allison Davis Research Fellowship (ADRF) the Public Humanities Fellowship, and the Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program (SHSS).  Williams also serves as the campus liaison to the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Undergraduate Program, the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, and the Leadership Alliance. As a member of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership team, he is a member of the President’s Administrative Group, Diversity Action Research Team, Committee on Diversity and Community, MLK Planning Committee, and Claiming Williams Committee.

Prior to the College, Williams developed a $1.2 Million grant program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro that worked to increase graduate school access for marginalized populations and to assist faculty in implementing intentional mentorship practices. Williams has also taught history at Phillips Exeter Academy, served as Director of Retention at Paul Quinn College, and was Assistant Director of Academic Advising at UNC Greensboro. A native of Chicago, he earned a B.A. in history and religion from Oberlin College, a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University.


B.A. Oberlin College, History
M.T.S. Harvard University, Philosophy & Religious Studies
M.A. Harvard University, History
Ph.D. Harvard University, American Studies (In Progress)
  • Co-Director, Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program (SHSS)
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)
  • Allison Davis Research Fellowship (ADRF)
  • Chair, Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee
  • President’s Administrative Group (PAG)
  • Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Undergraduate Working Group
  • Toward (Greater) Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) Grant Program
  • Co-Chair, Claiming Williams Steering Committee
  • Committee on Admission and Financial Aid (CAFA)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • Davis Lecture Committee
  • C3 Summit Planning Group