Molly Magavern

Molly Magavern has decades of experience in leadership positions in education. Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure academic opportunities for underrepresented and underserved students, primarily at the post-secondary and secondary levels. At Williams, she currently serves Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  She oversees the staff diversity initiative, which works to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.  As chair of the Diversity Action Research Team (DART), she works closely with Institutional Research to monitor the experiences of all members of the Williams community and develop initiatives to ensure that they can thrive.  Magavern’s responsibilities also include hearing employee about concerns and resolving workplace conflicts, as well as conducting workshops on implicit bias and other DEI issues.  She serves on the Strategic Planning DEI working group.

In her prior role at Williams, Magavern served as Director of Special Academic Programs, directing the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Allison Davis Research Fellowship, co-directing the Summer Humanities and Social Sciences program, and working with the C3 undergraduate program, the Summer Science Program, and other diversity initiatives on- and off-campus.  She worked with students to find opportunities to help them thrive academically and prepare for graduate school or other post-graduate experiences.

Prior to coming to Williams in 1998, she served as the director of the Upward Bound program at Southern Vermont College, and prior to that, she taught high school English.

  • Chair, Diversity Advisory Research Team (DART)
  • Staff Diversity Initiative
  • Implicit Bias workshops
  • Staff Thriving Subcommittee (DART)
  • Enrollment Project Subcommittee (DART)
  • Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Toward Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) Grant Program
  • President’s Administrative Group (PAG)
  • Davis Center building committee