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CCI Update

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since my last update and so I’d like to fill you all in on what CCI has been doing lately.  Two weeks ago, we decided that perhaps we should take the committee’s investigation in a different direction, and instead of interviewing countless groups of people and still missing out on the majority of the college, we should look at surveys.

At first, we thought about constructing our own survey to be distributed by Chris Winters, director of institutional research here at Williams, but after speaking with him, we have altered that idea a bit.  We are going to be looking at the results of certain surveys and picking out what data we want to analyze.  Now, I’m not a statistician, so I’m not exactly on top of the survey/data game, but if you need more explanation on what is included in the notes, please talk to Mac Stone ( or Lindsay Moore (; they definitely know more about the nitty-gritty details than I do.

In any case, as of right now, all interviews have been suspended until further notice (this is not saying they will not ever take place, however) and we will keep you updated with the committee’s progress!  We are looking to extend our deadline, since it was originally set at October 15 and it’s very clear that we are nowhere close to finishing.  Please feel free to throw out any suggestions, questions, etc. on the new direction.  The minutes from this week’s meeting will be up on the website quite soon, I just have to wait for Dave Senft to post them (definitely no later than Tuesday).  Again, the website can be found here.


CCI Minutes 09.25


The CCI minutes should be up on our website by Monday.  The website can be found here.  

In the meantime, I will answer some of the questions that David posed to us in regards to the last few posts.

CCI and Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC) are two separate organizations, as David mentioned in his comment.  CDC is a permanent advisory committee to the president of Williams.  It is comprised of faculty, students, and staff.  They deal much more with improving the general community standards and look at a much broader scope of things.  CCI is a student-generated and student-directed temporary committee formed by College Council.  We are looking at the specific, and possibly systemic problems, among our student body.  We talked a bit at this last meeting about working with CDC, but that is all speculation at this point.

As for Claiming Williams, we are not directly involved with that.  We are a committee without bias one way or the other (i.e. we aren’t going to claim there are systemic problems until we have evidence that says it is so).  Therefore, I highly doubt that we will be involved with the planning of C.W. day.

I will put up another post as soon as the minutes are officially up on the website.

Have a great weekend!


CCI Website

Hello everyone!

The new CCI website is up and running.  Documents such as minutes and whatnot will be posted on there from here forward.  I will also provide an update on here each week.  Check it out here.

Dave, as for your comments, I will bring them up at the next meeting and get back to you in my next post on here.


CCI Minutes 9.18


Here are the CCI minutes from our last meeting.

The interviewing phase of things has started and it seems to be going well.  We are going to be holding a forum with JAs at their meeting with Dean Dave on October 6, and have tentatively set a date to meet with last year’s JAs.  As per usual, let me know if there are any questions!


CCI Update #2

Hey everyone,

Here are the minutes from CCI’s most recent meeting: CCI Minutes 09.11

As per usual, let me know if you have trouble opening them.

Now to the question raised on the last post.

Why are locals left out?

Technically, CCI’s mandate only deals with student-student interactions.  We will be talking to CC to see if they would be okay with us including locals’ views on these interactions; however, we are unsure if town-gown relations fall under our jurisdiction.

Some other people have requested to see the mandate, which is linked above.

Have a wonderful weekend!

– Emily


Committee for Community Interaction

Hi everyone!

I’m a member of College Council’s Committee on Community Interaction (CCI), which was formed in response to the incidents that took place last spring.  If you’re unfamiliar, you can catch up here.  As many of you may know, the debate about the proper response to these incidents raged for quite some time on campus, and CC came up with a solution to form a year-long, temporary committee dedicated to evaluating the way the student population at Williams interacts.  We will be doing this by examining things such as vandalism, theft, racism, and other similar topics.

In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we will be posting regular updates on WSO, links in Daily Messages, and right here on EphBlog.  By the end of the month, we will also have a website available where anyone can post anonymous and private comments about his or her relevant experiences and any questions or concerns s/he may have about our process.

As the next six weeks pass, we will be contacting many different campus groups and certain alumni groups, and holding open forums.  We will also have private discussion sessions available to those who may be too intimidated to come to an open forum.

If there are any questions, please email me (Emily Spine) at or Mac Stone, the chairman of the committee, at

For now, here is a link to the minutes from this past Thursday (9/4)’s meeting.


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