The Society of Alumni constitution affirms that we serve “the global community, through an expanding and diverse body of men and women who share the common bond of a Williams education.” In keeping with that mission, the Alumni Relations Office supports the development and continued growth of Alumni Networks which represent under-represented constituents of the Society of Alumni.
Our Alumni Networks, much like our Classes and our Regional Associations, function as sub-groups of the Society with the particular intent of advocating for and representing emerging and under-represented populations within the Society. Descriptions of each network are included below. If you would like be identified as a member of any of these groups and join the mailing lists please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your name and the name of the Network which you would like to join.
Volunteer opportunities are available in each of the Alumni Networks. For more information, visit this page or contact Sharifa T. Wright ’03, Director, Alumni Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Director, Alumni Relations.
Women of Williams
Women of Williams represents the alumnae of the college. Our mission is to create a vibrant, engaged community of alumnae committed to advancing women’s voices and perspectives and to enriching and inspiring one another, Williams, and the world. Women of Williams was re-ignited in 2015 during the 40th reunion of the class of 1975, the first fully co-ed class of the college. View our 2015 Reunion Event “Dwelling of the Gallant”
The Williams College Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Alumni Network (BiGLATA) endeavors to engage, support and celebrate the Williams LGBTQ+ community. BiGLATA strives to cultivate an inclusive Williams (alumni) community where members of the LGBTQ+ community and all others feel welcome and valued.
Founded in 1982, the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN) exists to enhance the experience of black graduates within the college. WBAN offers opportunities for black alumni to connect with black undergraduates, each other and the wider Eph community to socialize, engage, and reflect on the diversity of our experiences and perspectives. WBAN strives to strengthen the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through the active participation of alumni for the benefit of present and future constituents.
The Williams Latinx Alumni Network (WLAN) provides a space for alumni to connect with one another via regional networking events, online databases, and mail/e-mail updates and to provide support for current Williams College Latinx students by maintaining communication with Vista, the Davis Center, and other resources on campus. WLAN also seeks to strengthen its connection with the college and other alumni networks.
The Williams Asian and Asian-American Network (WAAAAN) is a resource for support, advice and contacts to Asian and Asian American alumni, students, and the College. Its mission is to forge lifelong relationships among Asian and Asian American alumni; to preserve and enrich the bond between Asian and Asian American alumni and the College; to encourage discussion and awareness of issues and concerns facing the Asian and Asian American community within and outside of the College; to promote social justice alongside other Williams College alumni networks.
“First Generation” is a group of Williams alumni who are the first members of their families to attend college. The Williams First Generation Alumni Network (WFAN) aims to activate and support alumni and students whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. Working in conjunction with Williams College first generation initiatives, the network seeks to engage the diverse and growing community of alumni with undergraduates, each other and the wider Eph community. The network also seeks to strengthen and celebrate the first-generation student experience at Williams through advocacy and mentorship.
Ephs don’t have to be in the US to benefit from the best college network in work! International Ephs is an alumni community that supports alumni who identified as international students while they were at Williams and Williams graduates currently living abroad. The network aims to support the recruitment, retention, development and graduation of international students, foster an environment for academic success for international students, faculty and staff; and provide a truly borderless alumni network.