Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center
focus on gender, sexuality, and activism
This position was established in January 2000, as Queer Life Coordinator. The Assistant Director, whose office is located in Jenness House on the second floor, serves as an information conduit and assures that LGBTQQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Allies, Asexual) issues are raised and taken into consideration within the college. In this capacity the Assistant Director serves on many committees, including but not limited to The Dively Committee, Claiming Williams, Committee on Diversity and Community, Sexual Assault Task Force, Sexual Misconduct Committee. Additionally, the Assistant Director tracks the progress of LGBTQ students on campus, and serves as the first line in the reporting of anti-LGBTQ harassment. The Assistant Director works in an outreach capacity to area colleges and schools as well as in the outlying Berkshire community.
There are several other resources which provide an outlet for private discussion regarding issues of personal concern. These resources include: free, professional counseling at the Williams College Health Center; the College Chaplains, who are readily available to talk with interested students; Peer Health, a student-run organization which offers confidential advice, health education, and referrals; and our regional resources, and the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition, committed to creating a safer and more inclusive locale.
Social and Political Space
Hardy House is the campus home of the QSU (Queer Student Union) and a variety of other organizations. This facility contains a library of books, magazines, and videos which focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes and issues; a TV room and lounge; kitchen facilities; and computer stations. The house is open for study and socializing every day of the week.
Queer folk also make themselves visible in other spaces on campus. In 2007 and 2010, the MCC’s Canvas Project presented: ‘Fearless’, a well-received exhibit of LGBTQ athletes in the student-center on campus. Each year during Queer Pride Days and Coming Out Days, the college posts large Queer-friendly banners around campus. Also, once a month, the QSU hosts ‘Queer Dinner’, a dinner-time opportunity for people to come together and talk about current topics pertinent to the LGBTQ community.
Academic and Alumni Support
There are a good number of LGBTQ faculty and staff at Williams. Many professors are open about their sexuality, helping to challenge misunderstandings and ignorance about queer people in general. A number of classes explore the subject of sexuality in depth and offer opportunities to learn about and explore LBGTQ history and issues in an academic setting. These classes appear in departments ranging from Political Science, to Comparative Literature, Religion, and Art History.
In 2011, the Women’s and Gender Studies program became Women Gender and Sexuality Studies to highlight its inclusion of the study of human sexuality.
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