Committees Self-Noms Due Tonight!!!

The deadline for committee self noms are due today Wednesday, May 5 at midnight email then to e[email protected]. Especially in these changing times, student/faculty committees are the best way for student to get involved and institute lasting change. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected] or Manny at [email protected] and for a detailed description please refer to the email below.

Apply to be on a student-faculty or administrative committee and your wishes
may come true…

Committees play an integral role in college governance.  College committees
debate a wide range of campus issues and set many academic, social and
extracurricular policies. Committee work is an excellent way to influence the
college, get experience working on a wide range of campus issues, and work
directly with members of the faculty and administration.

Students will be appointed by the College Council Appointments Committee and
notified two weeks after the submissions deadline. Serving on a committee is
one of the most effective way to get involved and improve the College with little
time commitment. We hope you all will consider applying.

See below for committee descriptions and more information about the self-
nomination application process. The deadline is Wednesday, May 5 at 11:59pm.
The deadline will not be extended.

CC would also like to take this opportunity to present our new website, with
information on how to start a student group and get funding along with a list of
who represents your interests!

Please contact one of the CC officers if you have any questions about the
committee application process.

Emanuel Yekutiel, co-President
Ifiok Inyang, co-President
Beryl Manning-Geist, Secretary
Francesca Barrett, Treasurer

*** Please email applications to [email protected] ***

You may nominate yourself for as many committees as you want.  Each
committee will have a designated student chair who is responsible for
communicating committee updates on a monthly basis to College Council.

*** Make the subject of your email CC COMMITTEE APP “YOUR NAME” ***

Deadline is Wednesday, May 5 at 11:59pm. The deadline will not be

Applications should not exceed 500 words and should include:

1.      Name, class, SU box, and committee position
2.      Specific ideas and proposals for the committee to address
3.      Relevant previous experience
4.      Why you want to serve on the committee and why you think you would do
a good job on the committee
5.      Study Abroad plans
6.      Interest in serving as student chair

Committees with open positions:

College Council Committees:
•       Finance Committee (FinCom)

Community Discussion and Life Committees:
•       Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC)
•        Williams Reads (CDC Subcommittee)
•       Grievance Committee
•       Campus Environment Advisory Committee (CEAC)
•       College and Community Advisory Committee
•       Committee on Undergraduate Life (CUL)

Academic Life Committees:
•       Committee on Educational Policy (CEP)
•       Calendar and Scheduling Committee
•       Lecture Committee
•       Winter Study Committee
•       Honorary Degrees Committee

Campus Services Committees:
•       Dining Services Committee
•       Information Technology Committee (ITC)
•       Facilities Director Committee
•       Library Committee
•       Campus Safety and Security Advisory Committee
•       ’62 Center CenterSeries programming Committee

Other Committees:
•       Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR)
•       Lyceum Dinner Coordinators
•       Committee on Priorities and Resources



Chaired by the College Council treasurer, this committee aids CC in allocating
the revenue generated from the Student Activities Tax fund and oversees the
allocations to all student organizations as well as cosponsoring all campus and
all class events.  Responsibilities include working closely with subgroup
treasurers, attending all Finance Committee meetings, and attending Council
meetings when your expertise is relevant to Council business. Only students
who have served or are currently serving on FINCOM are eligible to run for
College Council treasurer.
**The funding structure has changed considerably for next year. The Office of
Campus Life and the Neighborhoods will no longer be co-sponsoring all
campus events. This responsibility will fall exclusively on the hands of


The Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC) comprised of faculty, staff,
and students is charged with the responsibility to examine the health of our
diverse Williams community, and to discuss problems and propose initiatives
with regard to the College’s commitment to educate students for engagement
with our increasingly diverse world.
Over the years, the CDC has reviewed topics such as staff and faculty
recruitment and retention, discrimination and harassment grievance
procedures, admission and financial aid policies and practices, student
orientation and advising training, and student retention and academic success.
More recently the Committee sponsored the Williams Reads project during
Winter Study and distributed 800 copies of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Wao and hosted numerous discussion group sessions.  The Committee will
continue to explore the intellectual, cultural, and social experiences of the many
diverse communities within the wider College community of students, faculty,
and staff.  The Committee will meet on Mondays from 4:00-5:15 pm.
Committee Members will serve two-year terms.

Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty,
and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading
experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC),
Williams Reads is an initiative offered each January as an opportunity for us to
explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our
appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will
stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation. In addition,
related discussions, movies, performances, and presentations will be offered.
Free copies of the chosen book are made available during the first week of
Winter Study, with the intent that these copies will recirculate throughout the
community.  Students appointed to the committee will help with all aspects of
the Williams Reads program.

This committee hears and rules on grievances lodged regarding any form of
discrimination.  This committee does not meet on a regular basis, but the
committee members stand ready to serve as the need arises.

CEAC currently has positions open for first year students (members of the class
of 2011).  Appointed members will serve until the end of their senior year.  CEAC
compiles the Environmental State of the Campus report and members work with
the college administration to improve the college’s environmental practices.

This committee advises senior staff on issues that grow from the College and
community’s interdependence with the primary goal of identifying and
encouraging efforts of mutual benefit.  The ex-officio members include the
Director of Public Affairs, the Chaplain, the Coordinator of Community Service,
and the Coordinator of Experiential Education.

The Committee on Undergraduate Life recommends policy on all non-academic
aspects of student life. As a particular concern, the Committee maintains
College-wide oversight of the advising services offered to students.  The
Director of Campus Life, who is a voting member, the Director of the
Multicultural Center or designee, who is a non-voting member, and a
representative, also non-voting, appointed by the Dean of the College are all ex
officio members of the committee.  The students on the committee are selected
to reflect the diversity of the student body, with respect to gender, ethnic and
socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, class year, neighborhood, and
student activities and organizations.


This committee is responsible for approving new courses, contract majors,
major requirements, and examining all possible changes in the curriculum,
larger curricular changes, and recommending action to the faculty.  Please
include your current or intended major (and concentrations, certificates, etc.) on
your self-nomination.  This committee meets at 4pm on Mondays.

This committee proposes the academic calendar to the faculty and works to
improve class hour schedules submitted by departments.

This committee aids in funding lectures proposed by other organizations on
campus and plans its own large lecture series to take place the following year.
Self-nominations for this committee should include your (potential) major(s)
and which lectures at Williams you’ve most enjoyed in your time at the college.

This committee recommends and administers policy on the Winter Study
program, including reviews of all faculty and student projects for approval and
allocation of funding.  The committee also approves 99s and the travel course
proposals, and develops ways to streamline the 99 and travel course timetable.

The Honorary Degrees Committee seeks the names of suitable candidates for
honorary degrees and presents those nominations to the President and
Committee on Degrees of the Board of Trustees. The Committee consists of
several trustees, one of whom chairs the Committee, one faculty member from
each division, and four students (two juniors and two seniors). The President is
an ex officio member; the College Marshall an ex officio, non-voting member.


Students on this committee advise the Director of Dining Services on all food
matters, including the dining hall system, the quality and availability of food,
and offerings in Paresky.  The Student Dining Services committee is an essential
part of the success of campus dining.  Each month the committee meets with
the managers and chefs from each dining area to discuss the menu, food quality
and service. The SDC plays an active role in future planning such as the recent
design/concepts located in the Paresky Center. The Office of Dining Services
relies on the SDC input for all food related decision making. Round table
discussions are held at dinner each month in various dining halls. Our goal is to
be the best dining services in the nation – one that is recognized for
healthy/nutritious meals, sustainable practices and a professional team
providing the best service.

This committee’s past activities have included investigating the possibility of
providing computers for all students at Williams, ensuring that there is equal
access to the network and all computer hardware, evaluating new purchases,
and examining the role of Jesup in campus life.

The purpose of this committee is to ensure that student opinion is taken into
consideration when Facilities makes decisions regarding the policies for
residential halls and campus work.

This Committee advises on matters of general policy for the Williams College
Library system.  Past activities include advising on improved Science Library
facilities. The committee usually meets once a month in the late afternoon, and
holds additional meetings when the Stetson/Sawyer architects make public

This committee meets approximately once a month to discuss student and
security relations, safety rules, party regulations, and other security concerns.

The Programming Committee meets two to three times each fall to review and
select the shows for the following year’s CenterSeries. These shows are some of
the highest profile event on campus each year. It is important to the committee
that student representatives have the ability to participate in this selection
process. In fact, the students are encouraged to talk directly to Rachel Chanoff,
the Director of Programming for the CenterSeries, prior to the meetings to offer
input on the shows offered for the selection process.


This committee advises the Board of Trustees on how to invest the college’s
endowment in a socially responsible manner.  In the late 1970s, the committee
considered whether the College should avoid investing in firms doing business
in South Africa during the apartheid period.  More recently, it studied
divestment from tobacco companies.

The Lyceum Dinner program allows students the opportunity to take a professor
or staff member to a free, three-course meal at the Faculty Club.  Managers
would be responsible for working with Dining Services and the Dean’s Office to
coordinate the events.  In addition, the managers are responsible for assembling
an end of year report on the program to be submitted to the program
benefactor, the student body, and the Dean’s Office.

This extremely important committee advises the President on the allocation of
the College’s fiscal and tangible resources and on long-range financial planning
and also considers trends in the annual College budget and other matters
relating to priorities in fund raising and resources for capital expenditures. Each
division is represented by at least one faculty member. Faculty members
appointed to the CPR serve staggered two-year terms. Students appointed to
the Committee likewise serve staggered two-year terms beginning as juniors.
The Provost, Associate Provost, Budget Director, Vice President for Operations,
the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development, Associate Vice
President for Facilities and Auxiliary Services, serve as ex officio, non-voting
members. The faculty chair of the CPR normally serves a two-year term.

We look forward to your submissions!

– The Appointments Committee