Our Mission – The Davis Center advances broad campus engagement with complex issues of identity, history, and cultures as they affect intellectual, creative, and social life.
Collaborating with all sectors of the College community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni—and with off-campus partners, the Center initiates and supports dialogue about and action toward access, equity, and inclusion at Williams and elsewhere. The Center:
- Leads campus conversation on issues of diversity and equity, especially around race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, first-generation status, religion, ability, and other intersectional identities;
- Advises, mentors, and supports students from historically underrepresented and underserved groups;
- Supports affinity groups and their programming;
- Works with academic departments and programs to advance pedagogical and curricular initiatives that foster inclusion and effectively address issues of power and equity;
- Serves as a resource for students, staff, and faculty.
The Davis Center is a part of the Vice President’s Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity, which also consists of the Vice President, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, and Office of Special Academic Programs. Together, this unit seeks to strengthen Williams College’s commitment to inclusion by ensuring that diversity initiatives are advanced and celebrated.