Spotlights

Alumni Spotlight

Devon Parfait '22, coastal resilience analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund and chief of the Grand Caillou/Dulac band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw, spoke to Rolling Stone about how his geoscience research at Williams and post-graduation professional experiences have empowered him to advocate for his tribal community and protect Louisiana’s crumbling coastline.

Faculty Spotlight

Psychology professor Victor Cazares credits his career in academia to his community college experience. At Williams, he has aimed to recreate that same close-knit learning environment both inside and outside the classroom through his work with the Transfer Student Union and SUBE, a student-run organization focused on empowering Latinx students to develop professional pursuits in STEM+ fields, where they are historically underrepresented.

Student Spotlight

More than a third of the Williamstown Fire Department volunteer force consists of Williams students—the highest percentage in nearly 50 years of the partnership—thanks in large part to Grant Gattuso ’23 and Will Titus ’23, who founded the Williams College Firefighters’ Association in 2022. Now, student volunteer firefighters including Alexandra Riggs ’26 and Kendall Rice ’25 are filling a crucial need in the community and gaining important life skills in the process.

Alumni Spotlight

As CEO and president of the innovative Greyston Bakery, Joseph Kenner ’96 carries forward the organization’s Open Hiring strategy and teaches other businesses how to eliminate barriers to employment. “This is…part of your business strategy. It’s actually economic development. We just have to have a mind shift in terms of how and where we look for talent and how we bring that talent into the organization.”

Faculty Spotlight

In her course, Opioids and the Opioid Crisis: The Neuroscience Behind an Epidemic, psychology professor Shivon Robinson ’11 and her students delve into the clinical, societal and historical contexts of opioid addiction, with the intention to help shift public perception about those who suffer from addiction. “When you’re able to inform other people, hopefully that’s when we’ll see some positive change.”

Alumni Spotlight

As Laura Wang ’21 found her way to the pre-med track at Williams, she was determined to incorporate the ideas she was engaging with in her other courses into that field of study. Now enrolled at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she credits visiting professor Ahmed Ragad's courses with helping her understand the intersection of medicine and public health through history, literature and religion.

Faculty Spotlight

“Is there a way that I can create jazz scholarship and scholarship on African diasporic cultural expression, where people can learn about performers’ stories but also feel it?” Africana Studies professor Rashida Braggs embarks on multidisciplinary explorations of Black women jazz musicians in Paris, combining ethnography, archival research and music to explore their experiences.

Student Spotlight

At a time when artificial intelligence seems to be developing with increasing speed, Sneha Revanur ’26—whom Politico calls “the Greta Thunberg of AI” and who was named the youngest member of the Time 100 Most Influential People in AI—and the group she founded, Encode Justice, urge policymakers to set some humanistic ground rules.