Communities of Williams (CoW) groups aim to create an affirming gathering space for all staff and faculty interested in sharing identities, experiences and/or interests.*
CoWs support the college’s efforts to build community and transform our culture through authentic connections. CoW groups are a great way to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of your comfort zones, pursue your passions, and create a sense of purpose and belonging.
CoW groups are also an opportunity to share and elevate the voices of historically marginalized individuals fostering a community of belonging for all.
For more information about CoW groups, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
*The college will not endorse any group that forms on the basis of practices that discriminate against protected classes, in accordance with its non-discrimination policy. We are also unable to support groups that are politically affiliated or partisan in nature.
CoW Groups & Facilitators
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Climbers of Williams facilitators: Jessica Plowright & Anne Peale
Community Running Group facilitator: Jen Ceolinski
Queer Faculty and Staff Facilitators needed! Check out our Co-Facilitator Responsibilities and Guidelines.
Quiet Time Quilters facilitator: Valerie Bailey Fischer
Purple Happenings facilitators: Caitlin Brown and Bridget Power
Working Artists facilitators: Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz and Cecilia Hirsch
Propose a CoW group!
We welcome proposals for new CoW groups that will connect faculty and staff. To propose a new CoW, please complete this form.
The role of co-facilitators is to oversee the logistical components of the CoW group, coordinate meeting content and facilitation, as well as collaborate with HR who facilitate the CoW groups. Please review the Co-Facilitator Responsibilities and Guidelines.
Please be aware that the number of new CoW groups approved each year will depend on budgetary allowances.