MinCo Groups 2020-2021

 

Minority Coalition ("MinCo")

The Davis Center works closely with student groups across campus. Born out of the advocacy and protests of students, the Davis Center continues to fulfill its mission by working closely with student organizations. Included in those groups is the Minority Coalition ("MinCo"), student affinity groups united under the umbrella of MinCo. The Davis Center provides advising and logistical support for these groups.

MinCo provides a more unified voice against prejudice and discrimination against minority students by serving as a mechanism for minority groups to come together in organizational, social, academic, and political spheres. MinCo facilitates cooperation and communication amongst its member organizations, the campus, and the Williamstown community and is an active voice in constructing a stronger community more aware of minority concerns.

Asian American Students in Action (AASiA)

AASiA serves as the coalition for API groups and acts to foster the Asian American community and political action on the Williams campus. Through social activities, discussion-based events, and political activism, AASiA strives to provide a forum for community-building, cross-cultural exchange, and political organizing.  AASiA and all its subgroups are also members of the Williams College Minority Coalition (MinCo).

Black Student's Union (BSU)

  • In recognition that the group solidarity and group consciousness are important for the improvement of all people of Black African Ancestry,
  • In recognition that there is a need to create a foundation on which people of Black African Ancestry can create and sustain traditions unique to them,
  • In recognition that Williams and other institutions have historically been inadequate in addressing the social and cultural needs and issues important to people of Black African Ancestry,
  • We the students of Black African Ancestry at Williams, find the need for the establishment of a Black Student Union.

Black STEM Student Association (B-STEM)

The Black STEM Student Association (BSTEM) aims to create a safe and supportive space in which minorities in the sciences are encouraged to continue their studies and can freely and directly speak of their experiences within STEM fields. This support system for underserved groups in STEM fields is essential to help support students and to combat the effects of the discrimination that they may experience. BSTEM aims to promote conversation between current students and alumni. These relationships are the foundation of how we help students navigate a post Williams career while offering access to free mentorship and networking opportunities.

Chinese American Student Asociation (CASO)

The Chinese American Student Organization (CASO) organizes social gatherings that interact with Chinese culture in various ways. Dedicated to boosting the local Chinese community at Williams and building a deeper appreciation of our culture in the larger Williams community, we engage with Asian American issues, connect with global movements, and work with other MinCo groups to build cross-cultural dialogues through events and workshops. We also conduct a Big Sib and Fam program that pairs first-years with upperclassmen to build a stronger community within the organization. Everyone is welcome to join and participate in our events regardless of their background! Sign up for updates using this link.

Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement (CISA)

CISA is an organization committed to bringing awareness to, and advocating for, immigrant students on campus, particularly those who are undocumented and/or protected under DACA. As of recently, CISA has shifted towards integrating more community-building event planning as well as working to advance state level reform.

Feminist Coalition (FemCo)

Our organizations focuses on promoting awareness and activism related to second and third-wave feminism on campus and in conjunction with other groups. This involves hosting activities, speakers, and funding events that empower women on campus.

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Gospel Choir

This Christian-based, student-led music group builds community through song and prayer. The goal of Gospel Choir is to foster love and compassion among the members of the choir through song. Every semester the choir host a concert where we ask the community to join us in song. The Choir extends beyond the Williams campus and engages with the community around them, performing at local churches and events, and at alumni events. People of all faiths or no faith are invited to join us.

Hindu Students Association (HSA)

International Student Association (ISA)

The ISA aims to represent the international student body and provide a safe space for our multicultural community. We advocate for the social, legal, and logistical needs of international students; facilitate cross-cultural collaboration and communication; and organize student activities across campus to create a strong support system.
Some of our regular activities include coffee hours, talent shows, movie/game nights, and cooking sessions; of course, these will be modified to stay in line with covid-related regulations and accommodate our off-campus members. We can’t wait to meet you this Fall, whether it’s over coffee or over Zoom!

Koreans of Williams (KOW)

MinCo Steering Board

We are the Minority Coalition (MinCo) and we represent a multitude of student groups concerned with ethnicity, religion, politics, gender and sexuality. We advocate moving beyond tolerance toward respect and the celebration of the diversity of our Williams Community.

Muslim Student Union

Williams MSU serves both the Muslim community on campus and those interested in learning about Islam. We seek to foster a welcoming based on faith and friendship open to all who identify as or with the Muslim community regardless of personal belief or degree of practice.
The MSU looks to promote an open community where we can foster the values of our Islamic faith and meet the social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the Muslim community. Regular activities include Friday prayer services, weekly halaqas (discussions groups), communal Fajr prayers. Study sessions, movie nights, chill breaks, and game nights are also regular occurrences every semester.
Williams MSU serves both the Muslim community on campus and those interested in learning about Islam. We seek to foster a welcoming based on faith and friendship open to all who identify as or with the Muslim community regardless of personal belief or degree of practice.
The MSU looks to promote an open community where we can foster the values of our Islamic faith and meet the social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the Muslim community. Regular activities include Friday prayer services, weekly halaqas (discussions groups), communal Fajr prayers. Study sessions, movie nights, chill breaks, and game nights are also regular occurrences every semester.

Nihonjin American Student Union

OURSTEM+

OURSTEM+ was founded to promote sexual, gender, and racial minority representation within the STEM+ fields, which includes subjects like Economics and Psychology. OURSTEM+ works towards this goal by hosting events (like movie nights, faculty dinners, and informational seminars) that provide forums for those in the STEM+ fields to come together and build a network of support within Williams College for minority students in STEM.

Queer Student Union

The Williams College Queer Student Union (QSU) is an organization meant to work towards the advocacy, advancement, and support for the college’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and otherwise Queer-identifying students. Through our active presence and involvement on campus, the QSU hopes to confront homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism while seeking to understand and address how these interlink with sexism, racism, and classism to perpetuate oppression.We strive towards strengthening the community at Williams for LGBTQ+ students in various ways, including, but not limited to: hosting events, such as regular discussion meetings and parties, collaborating with other groups on campus, and engaging with the wider Williams community.

Sisterhood

The purpose of Sisterhood is to empower its members by instilling a sense of camaraderie amongst black women and by supporting black women as they navigate the world as a double minority. A primary goal of the organization will be to instill a sense of unity and community amongst black women and to help support those who identify as a black woman in the outside community. Sisterhood aims to provide black women students with a solid platform to address issues that are both undetected and overlooked. Sisterhood embodies self-awareness, self-care, self-confidence, and self-love.

Society of the Griffins (SOG)

The Griffins is a student led affinity organization that is dedicated to preparing minority men for the professional environment post-Williams, as well promoting and establishing responsibility in the minority community on and around campus.

South Asian Student Association (SASA)

We at the South Asian Student Association (SASA) are committed to supporting & fostering the different South Asian cultures and identities on campus. We aim to continue cultivating a strong and welcoming community — regardless of ones ethnicity. We seek to increase awareness & create a strong South Asian presence on campus, despite our small numbers!

Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)

SoCA is a bridge between the Caribbean, the Williams College community, and all who are interested in Caribbean culture. SoCA will be a forum for those who are involved to interact, share, and learn about Caribbean cultures. SoCA is also active in organizing activities aimed at fostering interaction among the Caribbean community and introducing the Caribbean/its culture to the rest of the Williams College community and those outside of Williams College. SoCA engages in identifying, exploring and promoting technologies contributing to the progress of the Caribbean Region. SoCA aims to create a safe space for Caribbean students. In other words, we aim to create a home away from home even with the drawbacks of remote learning.

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

Williams VSA is a gathering place for students interested in Vietnamese culture and history.

The Latinx & Allies Student Association (VISTA)

Vista is the Latino/a and Allies student organization at Williams College. Vista exists to create an environment that is both comfortable and conducive to learning about the Latino/a Diaspora at Williams and for those that show genuine interest in Latino/a culture. With this in mind, Vista is a support group that develops a sense of outreach and unity amongst its members and the larger Williams College community. Along with regular meetings and social events in Hardy House living room, Vista sponsors trips to conferences for interested students, organizes Latino/a Heritage Month with the help of the David Center and the Latino/a Studies Program and provides a connection to area resources for students.

Williams African Students Organization

Williams African Students Organization (WASO) is established to provide students of African descent and any students/alumni with an interest in issues concerning the African continent with a forum to come together and discuss relevant topics; to provide the campus population with the true picture of Africa; to organize events on campus to reach out to the general Williams community showcasing African heritage and culture, do ordain and establish this constitution and subscribe to the regulations and policies of Williams College.

Williams College Jewish Association (WCJA)