Racial Justice Opportunities
Racial Justice Summer Opportunity Grants
The Racial Justice Summer Opportunity Grants provide a flexible opportunity for students to define how to advance racial justice initiatives. Projects and opportunities may include internships, research projects, partnerships with community-based organizations, summer courses, art projects, community service, conference attendance, and other opportunities, provided that the specific focus is on racial justice experiences, issues, and expressions.
Funding is available for a maximum of 8 weeks of the summer (maximum funding $3,800) or for shorter projects. Summer 2021 projects must be consistent with on-going Covid-19 restrictions, and must be carried out within the United States (a Williams Human Resources restriction). These grants are not available to graduating seniors.
Application deadline: April 26, 2021
Social Justice Opportunities
Dively Summer Opportunity Grants
The Dively Summer Opportunity Grants provide students with an opportunity to engage with a broad range of issues related to gender, sexuality, and intersectionality. Opportunities may include internships, summer courses, art projects, community service endeavors, research, conference attendance, etc., which place a specific focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, issues, and expressions.
Funding is available for a maximum of eight weeks of the summer ($3,800 maximum) or for shorter projects. Summer 2021 projects must be consistent with on-going Covid-19 restrictions, and must be carried out within the United States (a Williams Human Resources restriction). These grants are not available to graduating seniors.
Application deadline: April 19, 2021
Community Resilience Grants 2021:
Building Skills to Support Organizations
The COVID-19 crisis has brought more attention to inequities within the United States and around the world, acting as a threat multiplier to pre-existing global problems. The climate crisis is another threat multiplier heightening the ongoing challenges our communities are facing. How do communities respond in difficult times? What challenges are being addressed through advocacy, organizing, individual action, businesses, cross-sector collaborations, legislation, education campaigns, etc?
The Zilkha Center, Center for Learning in Action, and Davis Center are offering summer opportunities for students to gain skills for use in volunteering, academic fieldwork and to serve career goals, whether you intend to build your own initiative, work for community organizations, organize and mobilize for social change, or support a non-profit organization.
- Who is eligible?
- Any current Williams College student regardless of citizenship status, including graduating seniors. No paperwork, no tax implications, etc.
- What does the grant offer?
- Students will not be paid directly, but all fees associated with any opportunity offered by the program will be covered by the grant. This program may be combined with other summer work/internships/etc., but consider what is feasible for you based on other work you may have committed to over the summer.
- What support will student grantees receive?
- In addition to access to opportunities to build skills, grantees will connect three times throughout the summer to stay in touch and share what they’re learning with one another. There will also be three opportunities for students to connect with alumni on topics of interest to them (you will indicate your interests below!).
Community Engagement Fellows
The Community Engagement Fellows are a Davis Center trained, peer-to-peer diversity education group. The DC Community Engagement Fellows work closely with the DC staff and are part of the Davis Center’s effort to provide education for the campus on issues of identity, power, and privilege in order to build a more inclusive community.
Attention to racial justice is infused throughout all dimensions of CEF’s responsibilities, which include a capstone project that CEF’s can define to focus on racial justice work. CEF’s work 8 to 10 hours during the semesters.