Applications are open for the JA Selection Committee (JASC):

Do you want to make an impact on Williams? Apply to be on the JA Selection Committee! This student-led committee of 25 sophomores, juniors, and seniors will meet during February and March to choose the JA Class of 2010. While it is a significant time commitment, it is also a fun way to have your voice be heard regarding next year’s JA class. If you are interested, or have any questions, email a short self nomination or any questions to 06csg and 06sec.

Advice:

1) If you are a student, apply for this committee. It is an amazing, eye-opening roller-coaster ride. See Richard Dunn’s commentary in this thread for all sorts of interesting background. See also previous EphBlog commentary here and here.

2) If you are in charge of the JASC, expand the membership to 35 students. I realize that it is much more difficult to work with a group of 35 than 25, but the central problem with the JASC is that it is perceived to be exclusionary. Turning down JASC applicants — especially applicants that are out of the mainstream of Williams life — reinforces that perception. Moreover, an important role of the committee is to explain/comfort rejected applicants, argue to them that the process was a fair one. In an ideal world, every rejected applicant would know someone on the JASC fairly well. Having a larger JASC helps in that goal.

3) If you are concerned about alcohol abuse on campus (I am not), then you should fill this committee with non-drinkers and/or people who think that non-drinkers (all else equal) make better JAs then heavy drinkers. Previous discussion here. There is little doubt that JA behavior influences first year behavior. If you want first years to drink less, then surround them with JAs who drink little.

Below is the e-mail that went out to all members of the class of 2007 from Sarah Connell and Chris Geissler, JASC Co-Chairs.

Would you like to make an impact on the Junior Advisor system at Williams? If so, we urge you to consider applying for the Junior Advisor Selection Committee. This committee meets frequently in February and March to compose the upcoming class of Junior Advisors. Interviews are conducted by committee members on campus during Winter Study, though this is not a requirement. It is a great opportunity to help shape this exciting Williams tradition. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please send a short self-nom detailing your interest (one paragraph is sufficient) to 06sec _at_ williams.edu and 06csg _at_ williams.edu by NOVEMBER 20th at the latest. Please feel free to contact us with questions as well.

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