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Apply for the Coordinating Committee’s Working Groups!

An all-campus e-mail for students:

Greetings everyone,

As the student representatives on the Coordinating Committee, we invite you to participate in planning the future of Williams College! As you probably know, Maud commissioned a Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, a body of individuals charged with creating a 10-year plan for the future of Williams. Students are an integral part of what makes Williams what it is, and engaging in a working group will provide you with an opportunity to create a lasting impact on the future of the college.

What you need to know:

What is strategic planning? What are the working groups?
Click here to find out on our website! Feel free to leave comments about the process.
How many people are on the working groups?
There will be 4-6 people in the groups, each comprised of students, faculty, and staff.
What work will I be doing?
The Coordinating Committee is in the process of drafting the main charges, or lists of questions that provides guidance, for each of the working groups. You will research and consult with different departments and individuals along with helping to articulate possible programs/plans for the future of the college.
Is it worth it?
YES! Since each working group is composed of a small amount of people, students who sit on a working group will have significant input on its area of focus. Your voice will be heard! Create the change you want to see on campus.
How much work is involved?
While it may be hard to give you a concrete answer to this question, expect to commit about 2 hours per week, which will be spent brainstorming in meetings, hosting feedback forums, and conducting research.
What can this committee do for me?
Not only does this look great on your resume, but engaging in this process will also give you the opportunity to identify issues you see on campus and effectively find ways to solve them. Your voice and ideas will be cemented into the future of the college.
When do you start?
While you will be officially selected this spring–and will likely meet your working group a few times–the majority of your work will be done next fall and spring (tapering off in late March).
*** How do I apply? ***
The application is on this google form, and the rubric that will be used to make the selections is attached to this email. Grant and I will review your application, and selections will be made during this spring. If you have any questions, please REACH OUT to Essence Perry (ekp1) or Grant Swonk (gns1) by email or facebook message. Applications are due March 13 by 5pm.

Best of luck with the rest of the semester,

Essence Perry ’22 and Grant Swonk ’21

EphBlog recommends that its student readers apply!

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#1 Comment By John Drew On March 8, 2019 @ 1:43 pm

It would be great for conservative Republican students to apply for these positions. This looks like a great opportunity to bring attention to the social pressures which are causing conservative students to feel unwelcome on their own campus.

It is particularly important, in my view, to address the concerns of conservative students that they will face viewpoint discrimination, and be unfairly graded, if they reveal their conservative beliefs to their professors.

These working groups should be an ideal venue for airing grievances linked to the left-wing mob mentality which has dominated the campus culture for a number of years. There is nothing caring or loving about an educational community in which conservatives are not allowed to speak publicly and challenge conventional wisdom.

#2 Comment By Nation On March 8, 2019 @ 3:06 pm

It would be great for Johnny Drew to get a hobby.

#3 Comment By John Drew On March 8, 2019 @ 5:25 pm

I just ran across a terrific article by a sophomore political science student at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He does a wonderful job of explaining what is going on at our college campuses. It would be healthy for conservatives at William College to start publishing their own observations at on-line venues like American Thinker.

Marxism, the Frankfurt School, and the Leftist Takeover of the College Campus

#4 Comment By Nation On March 9, 2019 @ 12:12 am

I just ran across a terrific article about how Johnny Drew was denied reappointment.

#5 Comment By John Drew On March 9, 2019 @ 2:22 am

At CPAC, conservative students had an opportunity to meet and discuss how they are mistreated on college campuses, particularly by their leftist professors. It would be great to see Williams College students at future CPAC events. I don’t think things will ever get better until conservative students and their supporters start fighting back. Exposing leftist professors who abuse students is the first step…

At CPAC, most students were talking about how they’re mistreated on campus

#6 Comment By Nation On March 9, 2019 @ 7:49 am

At CPAC, no one has heard of Johnny Drew.

#7 Comment By fendertweed On March 9, 2019 @ 8:26 am

@John Drew,

Exposing narcissistic obsession with past grievances is also an important.

@Nation does a small service for us all.

#8 Comment By fendertweed On March 9, 2019 @ 8:27 am

… strike the extraneous “an” before “important “…

#9 Comment By 89’er On March 9, 2019 @ 3:44 pm

Are there any conservatives Republicans anymore?

#10 Comment By msuprof On March 10, 2019 @ 11:38 pm

Hey — at my upper midwestern masters comprehensive university it would require a MINIMUM of three refereed articles for a tenure track professor to get tenure. No one would care about the dissertation award that got you hired (it got you hired — don’t double dip). John Drew would NOT have gotten tenure where I teach.

#11 Comment By John Drew On March 11, 2019 @ 4:45 pm

– msuprof

At least get your facts straight.

I finished my award-winning dissertation after I was hired by Williams College. Approximately 1.5 years passed between when I finished my dissertation and when I was taken off the tenure track.

I was never given an honest chance to convert my thesis into a book. (It was better to publish it as a book than as book chapters or peer reviewed articles.)

I was never even given a fair chance to even compete for tenure.

It’s sad. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened to my academic career if I had not been gas-lighted by my own department.

Who knows what would have happened if I had been given a fair chance to publish my award-winning dissertation while I was teaching at Williams?

It was, of course, eventually published with only minor modifications years later. You can read about this rather remarkable, award-winning document today by clicking on the link below.

Forgiveness and the Shack: Remembering My Old Antagonist, The Late Timothy E. Cook

#12 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On March 11, 2019 @ 4:49 pm

There is no need to re-litigate this issue.