The Davis Center Staff
The Davis Center staff are always here as a resource for students, whether it’s through conversations about identity, navigating resources on campus, or changing institutional policies.
There are several other resources which provide an outlet for private discussion regarding issues of personal concern. These resources include: free, professional counseling at the Williams College Health Center; the College Chaplains, who are readily available to talk with interested students; Peer Health, a student-run organization which offers confidential advice, health education, and referrals; and our regional resources, Pride Peers and the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition, committed to creating a safer and more inclusive locale.
Social and Political Space
Hardy House is home of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. It also contains a library of books which focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes and issues; a TV room and lounge; kitchen facilities; and study space. The house is open for study and socializing every day of the week. Rice House, the historical house of the Black Student Union, offers study space, a TV room, and a kitchen for cooking meals with your friends. Jenness House hosts the Davis Center staff office, meeting spaces, and study spaces.
LGBTQ folk also make themselves visible in other spaces on campus. In 2007 and 2010, the Canvas Project presented: ‘Fearless’, a well-received exhibit of LGBTQ athletes in the student-center on campus. Each year during Queer Pride Days and Coming Out Days, the college posts large Queer-friendly banners around campus. Also, the QSU often hosts ‘Queer Dinner’, a dinner-time opportunity for people to come together and talk about current topics pertinent to the LGBTQ community.
Academic and Alumni Support
There are a good number of LGBTQ faculty and staff at Williams. Many professors are open about their sexuality, helping to challenge misunderstandings and ignorance about LGBTQ people in general. A number of classes explore the subject of sexuality in depth and offer opportunities to learn about and explore LGBTQ history and issues in an academic setting. These classes appear in departments ranging from Political Science, to Comparative Literature, Religion, and Art History.
In 2011, the Women’s and Gender Studies program became Women Gender and Sexuality Studies to highlight its inclusion of the study of human sexuality.