As local and global social issues continue to emerge, a need for leaders is vital. Educators regard the Social Change Model as the leadership model for the 21st century. This model emphasizes the need to understand self and others, compelling one to seek systemic change. The model is inclusive in that it is designed to enhance the development of leadership qualities in all participants, those who hold formal leadership positions as well as those who do not.
Leadership and Community Development Internship
The Leadership and Community Development (LCD) Summer Internship is an 8 week long summer program run through The Office of Student Life, The Davis Center, and with the help of Laini Sporbert from Health Services. The internship’s purpose is to assist a cohort of summer interns, using an activity based curriculum focus on student and leadership development and theory, in creating a series of integrative and intentional academic year programming for their peers. These programs will be focused on providing increased self and community awareness, and will aim to provide an increasingly dynamic and holistic student experience as a member of the Williams community.
All currently enrolled Williams students are urged to apply for this unique opportunity. In order to obtain application materials, please click the links below.
The deadline to apply for Summer 2013 is April 26th, 2013. Accepted interns will be notified by May 6th, with the internship running from June 17th to August 9th.
Facilitation and Diversity Training Workshops for Residential Leaders
Without training we can’t expect people to know what to do in situations that are unfamiliar or how to be leaders in diverse communities. This training seeks to provide student leaders in the residential system, Junior Advisers and Baxter Fellows, with the skills to promote relationships based upon inclusivity, conflict resolution, and self-reflection about issues of social identity.
Continuing with the work of its predecessor, the Williams Community Building Program (1989-2006), Bridges trains student-facilitators to engage first years in conversations about diversity, prejudice and stereotypes. Using a co-facilitation model, students lead activities and dialogues focused on raising awareness and challenging assumptions. The skills you develop as a facilitator are vital to being a leader and manager. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, contact Taj Smith, Assistant Director.
Voices highlights the diversity we all bring to the Williams Community through the art of storytelling. Specifically, the performance occurs during First Days, the general orientation for incoming First-Year students. It provides incoming students an opportunity to listen and learn from experiences that current Williams’ students, faculty, and staff have lived. To volunteer to be a storyteller, please contact Taj Smith, Assistant Director.
The Center has videos of Voices performances going back several years. Contact Marcela Peacock, Program Coordinator of the Davis Center, to borrow a DVD.
In order to create systemic change, allies are needed. An ally is a member of a majority identity group who questions and/or rejects dominant ideology and social structures that oppress people based on social identities This group meets weekly to understand theories of intergroup dynamics and discuss how they can improve their allyship. The workshops are a collaboration between the Davis Center Staff and Health Center Counselors. For more information, contact justin adkins, Assistant Director.