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Alumni made their first gift ever
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Alumni Fund and Parents Fund gifts during the campaign allowed the college to pursue new initiatives while still focusing on all the things that make Williams Williams—the incredibly low student-faculty ratio, tutorials and summer research opportunities, world-class arts and performances, and phenomenal athletics. A record number of donors made at least one gift to the campaign through these two funds, helping to shape the Williams of the 21st century.
Thanks to your generosity, the college has been able to award more than $50 million in financial aid each year. We expanded the number of students receiving aid for tuition, living expenses, textbooks, lab and art supplies, athletic equipment, travel to job and graduate school interviews, study away and visits home—ensuring that all aided students have equal access to the benefits of an outstanding Williams education without the worry over how to afford it.
Your gifts to the campaign were crucial to students’ development as citizens of the world. That includes programs such as the Class of ’68 Center for Career Exploration, which helps students discover their career and life paths; the Center for Learning in Action, which empowers students to connect curriculum, campus and community; Integrative Wellbeing Services, an investment in students’ minds, bodies and spirits; and so much more.
A record 44 faculty retired during the span of the campaign due to a demographic shift. Campaign support meant we were able to recruit the most committed and accomplished teachers and scholars by supporting their work in classrooms, labs, and studios. We encouraged young scholars who are pushing boundaries; increased the number of tutorials; and supported programs that broaden and deepen the pool of candidates for professorships.
for a New Era
When it comes to science education, many small colleges focus on teaching. Large universities generally focus on research. At Williams, we do both—and we do it even better now, thanks to transformational gifts from Andreas ’86 and Diane ’84 Halvorsen, Sue and Ed ’59 Wachenheim and other leadership donors. With one new, state-of-the-art building complete and another opening next fall, our faculty have the space, tools and support they need to teach and engage students in their research.
In a campaign focused on connecting and reconnecting Ephs with Williams and each other, nearly 90 percent of you engaged in some way. You attended events in record numbers, celebrated fellow alumni, shared wisdom with each other and current students, volunteered on behalf of Williams, followed social media and more. Today your ties are stronger than ever, and you’ve shown again and again how Williams has made a difference in your life.
We set out to raise $650 million and inspire 85 percent of our alumni to engage as volunteers, attend events and mentor students. This was the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the college’s history. Together, we exceeded all our goals.
CURRICULUM, CAMPUS, COMMUNITY
Student enthusiasm for experiential learning is at an all-time high, and campaign support has ensured a comprehensive approach to opportunities both in the classroom and in the community.
“Thanks to alums’ generosity, caring and desire to give back, I had a chance to come to Williams. I know this money goes to real lives, real experiences, and it contributes to the building of people and of this community.”
-LONG DANG '15
OF CAMPAIGN DONORS PARTICIPATED THROUGH ALUMNI FUND OR PARENTS FUND
Alumni made their first gift to Williams.
MULTIPLYING IT FOWARD
Young alumni often lack the financial resources to make substantial gifts to the college right after graduation. 2016 class agents Nick Brownrigg and Jace Forbes-Cockell saw an opportunity: Why not tap into the value their peers place on community service? The idea became the basis for the Teach It Forward: Impact Challenge.
Alumni participating in the Tif: impact challenge.
Hours of service logged since the start of the TIF: Impact Challenge in 2017
BUILDING THE BOOK GRANT
Mary Moule ’91 still remembers the frustration. Like many students receiving financial aid, she borrowed textbooks for her courses each semester from Williams’ 1914 Library. The lines were long, the selection was limited, and each book carried a stamp announcing her status as an aided student. Some students had to choose their courses based on the available books.
“The support I received from the book grant was invaluable. As a sociology major and Africana studies concentrator and a pre-med student, my textbook expenses were quite high. Williams eliminated the stress and anxiety I would have no doubt felt each semester.”
-ALEXANDER DEADERICK '15
textbooks covered by the book grant in 2018-19
THRIVING IN HEART, MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT
Williams’ new Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) program is meeting the national challenge of student mental health care head-on, rethinking the approach to supporting all students so that they may thrive during and after their time here. In addition to expanding services and staff, IWS is promoting a vision of holistic wellbeing that empowers students to take care of their hearts, minds, bodies and spirits—in short, to cultivate a balanced, healthy life.
DIVERSIFYING THE ACADEMY
As part of Teach It Forward, the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN) challenged its members to raise $500,000 to provide support for the Bolin Fellowship; 771 individual donors blew past that goal, raising more than $707,000 for the TIF: WBAN Initiative. The Bolin Fellowship was established in 1985 in honor of Williams’ first Black graduate, Gaius Charles Bolin, Class of 1889.
Alumni participated in the TIF: WBAN Initiative
Raised during the TIF: WBAN Initiative
The Science Center continues to be a hub of activity after the academic year ends, with 180 students conducting scientific research with faculty as fully funded research fellows. Students are immersed in science over the 10-week summer program.
“Work that couldn’t have been done in my old lab is possible today, thanks to our new science center.”
-TIKU MAJUMDER, BARCLAY JERMAIN PROFESSOR OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY; SCIENCE CENTER DIRECTOR; INTERIM WILLIAMS PRESIDENT, DECEMBER 2017-JULY 2017
Alumni engaged with the college for the first time since graduation
Alumni volunteered for Williams for the first time in 2018-19
GROWING A LIVING BUILDING
The Class of 1966 Environmental Center is a 7,000-square-foot living laboratory for sustainability. The new home to the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and the Center for Environmental Studies is “addressing the issue of the next round of big change that is coming,” says Ed “Punky” Booth ’66, whose class contributed $5 million of its 50th reunion gift toward the building, which is designated as a Living Building.
With a demographic shift prompting an unprecedented number of faculty retirements, alumni answered the call to submit messages of gratitude and appreciation to their former professors.
Alumni joined Williams’ career mentorship platform as of Fall 2019
Alumni-sponsored internships awarded from 34 endowed funds and gifts in 2018-19
“Supporting a reimagined Center for Career Exploration to focus on opportunities after Williams for all our students—not just the ones who pursue what we think of as traditional jobs—best meets the needs of the college in the 21st century.”
-BOB SCOTT '68, Trustee Emeritus and Co-Chair, Class of 1968 50th Reunion Fund Committee