About Us

Here to Educate, Empower, and Lead the Williams community.

The Davis Center strives to facilitate collaboration, dialogue and explorations for social change within the Williams College Community in the hope of creating an inclusive environment for learning, living and community.

Using an intersectional approach guided by best practices in social justice education and student affairs programming, the Davis Center supports Williams College’s commitment to inclusive academic excellence in teaching and learning through education, programming, support and collaboration with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and off-campus communities. The Center works with these constituencies to engage complex issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, religion/spirituality, and political ideology.

Our objective is to contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of the Williams community through advocacy and support for historically underrepresented populations including, African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latin@, Native American and Indigenous Peoples, as well as Multiracial, low-income, first-generation, women, Muslim, Jewish, International, and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer) communities, and through expanding the entire college community’s social awareness of current issues involving the status of underrepresented populations at Williams and in society at large.

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.