Our Work with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

’68 Center for Career Exploration’s Statement on Racial Injustice: Following the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, the ’68 Center acknowledges the systemic racism that exists in our society. We mourn their deaths and those of countless other Black Americans who have lost their lives or suffered due to oppression and discrimination. We condemn all forms of violence, and we support the dismantling of this hatred that has been an issue in our country for centuries. We are working to make contributions within our own field through our Careers with Social Impact career community and collection of identity-based resources, which are available to all students. More broadly, we are committed to ensuring access to career opportunities for all Williams students, and to helping them connect their work in any field to their goals for social impact.

Identity-Based Resources

We at ’68 Center for Career Exploration actively support all persons on their path to finding rewarding, meaningful, and safe work. We recognize the diversity within our community and are committed to supporting comprehensive service, active advocacy, supportive counseling, and affirmative hiring for our student body. In collaboration with the Davis CenterIntegrative Wellbeing Services, and The Disabilities and Accommodations Advisory Group (DAAG), we at ’68 Center for Career Exploration present this comprehensive identity-based resources page to help the students of Williams College in leading fulfilling and impactful lives. 

DEI Working Group Update

The DEI Working Group is performing a comprehensive, data-driven internal assessment of student utilization of the ’68 Center’s current services, programming, and resources. The 5 functional service areas to be evaluated by metrics are:

  • Advising Appointments and Quick Questions (QQs)

  • Employer Relations and Outcomes (Handshake Opportunities and First Destination Survey, aka Destinations After Williams)

  • Career Community Programming/Services (How’d You Get There? Alumni Speaker Series, Career Treks, Career Panels, Coffee Chats, Info Sessions etc.)

  • Funding Resources (Alumni Sponsored Internship Program, Career Access Fund, and Equal Access Fund)

  • Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement (EphLink Mentoring, Job Shadowing, Projects, etc.)

The initial assessment was completed on September 30th and a final report will be made by October 15, 2020.

diversity career day with amherst college

This year we are partnering with Amherst College to host the first-ever Diversity Career Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The day will kick off with a Meetup (job fair) which includes a plethora of employers seeking to hire talented diverse students. They will share which type of students they are looking for but more importantly what are some current diversity and inclusion practices they have at their organizations. We will also be hosting a diversity alumni panel which will include members from both Williams and Amherst alumni communities to share their experiences.

For Students:

  • If you are interested in attending the Meetup, please register and secure your spots for 1:1 chats or group sessions with our 45+ registered organization in Handshake.
  • If you are interested in attending the Alumni Panel, please also register in Handshake.

For Employers:

  • If you are interested in registering as an employer for the Meetup, please visit Handshake.

Create a Change Challenge 2020: Racial Justice & Social Impact Initiative

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Students are being asked to bring their innovative ideas, passion, and energy to address systemic racism as part of the ‘68 Center for Career Exploration Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.  They will learn and use the Entrepreneurial method to develop solutions in teams to provide prescriptions to address systemic racism, including racial injustice and social inequities.  Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas, Networking, and Agile project management are tools they will earn while developing their solutions.

If you are a current student and have an idea, a team, a desire to join a group or are just curious, please attend an information session or reach out to Anthony Pernell McGee or Tonio Palmer.

Black LUMAscape

Black LUMAscapeFrom LUMA Partners… “The Black LUMAscape features Black-owned businesses in LUMA’s focus areas at the intersection of media, marketing and technology. This chart can be used as a reference for those wishing to diversify their business dealings with these companies. For a list of the companies’ website link outs, access the PDF.”

EphLink Identity Groups

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EphLink Identity Groups are spaces for alumni and students to connect and participate in conversations about life during and after Williams, particularly how those experiences may be shaped or be different due to their identities. Once you’re a group member, you can post questions and participate in conversations that the whole group can benefit from reading, or you can send direct messages to people in the group.