Update on coronavirus measures, week of February 17

Dear Williams faculty, students and staff,

Steve Klass and I are writing with this week’s update about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

First, the community members who visited China during January 2020 have all now passed the 14-day incubation period. We’re pleased to report that they remain symptom-free. While we’ll continue monitoring the situation, at present we’re not aware of anyone else at Williams with risk factors.

Global outbreaks can ebb and then surge again. As an ongoing precaution, we strongly encourage faculty, staff and students to register via Google form any travel to China planned through August 2020. This will enable the college to support you if the risk increases or circumstances change. Submitted information will be treated as “need to know” according to Williams’ data classification rules.

While the U.S. Department of State has only issued a travel advisory for the People’s Republic of China, clusters of cases have been identified in other parts of the world. You’re welcome to use the same form to register travel to any location where data suggest a possibility of exposure.

Looking ahead, we advise anyone planning spring break or summer travel to do a simple risk assessment: consider how the situation might affect your plans, and whether you’d be able to adapt if circumstances changed (e.g., if new travel restrictions were announced). If you’re uncomfortable with or unprepared for such risks, you may want to change your plans until the outbreak subsides. The better prepared you are, the better able the college will be to support you if you need help.

As we mentioned last week, if you plan to travel on college business or for Williams academic programs, please also take advantage of Williams’ membership in International SOS, which provides worldwide travel assistance, including pre-trip review and advice.

Finally, while the news coverage of coronavirus has declined, good sanitation can help avoid the spread of flu and many other illnesses: wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Clean touch surfaces often. Avoid sharing personal items. And cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze.

We wish you all a good week, and will plan to send an update again next week at this time.

Marlene and Steve

Towards (Greater) Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Good morning,


I’m writing to announce the recipients of the most recent round of TIDE grants and to thank the organizers who submitted compelling proposals.  The grants are designed to help facilitate the infusion of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of our campus by leveraging the creativity and passion of the members of our community.  The list of funded projects and organizers follows.  For detailed information on the funded proposals, click here.


Berkshire K-12 Educator Diversity and Social Justice Training- Phase Two

Organizer: Paula Consolini, Center for Learning in Action


Confronting Race, Class, and Gender Bias in Education

Organizers: Emaun Irani ’20, Gwyneth Maloy ’21, Taylor McClennen ’22, Kiri Peirce ’20, Chelsea Romulus ’22, and Helene Ryu ’22, Molly Polk, advisor


DEI Lunch and Learn OCR Pilot Program

Organizers: Anthony Pernell-McGee, ’68 Centre for Career Exploration; Christine Menard, Sawyer Library; and Sharifa Wright, Alumni Relations


“Femenine” – The Music of Julius Eastman

Organizer: Matthew Gold, Music


Processing Whiteness

Organizers: Paul Gitterman, Integrative Wellbeing Services; Gail Newman, German and Comparative Literature; and Seth Wax, Chaplain’s Office


Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences Major

Organizers: Rónadh Cox, Geosciences, and Anthony Pernell-McGee, ’68 Centre for Career Exploration


Showcasing Extraordinary Black Women of Computer Science

Organizers: Teiheim Edwards ’20 and Evette Eweka ’20


WCMA: Engaging New Audiences

Organizers: Christina Yang, WCMA, and Nina Pelaez, WCMA


We were thrilled to receive many applications, and look forward to receiving more during the next funding round which is now open and due to close on March 15, 2020.

All members of the community are encouraged to apply, as we look forward to supporting campus- and community-wide efforts.  Collaboration between and among faculty, students, and staff is strongly encouraged, as are projects designed to have a positive impact on multiple stakeholder groups on campus and in the surrounding community.

Once again, we look forward to working and learning with you!

More information and details about applying for the grant is available here.   Should you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to diversity@williams.edu with the subject “TIDE Grant”.



Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Ph.D.

Vice President

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion



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