Williams is committed to a diverse faculty and student body. It is one of only a few institutions in the country that offer need-blind admission and financial aid not only to domestic students, but to students from foreign countries as well. There are a number of resources specifically for Asian and Asian American students on campus, described below.
Located behind the Science Quad in Jenness House, the Williams Multicultural Center (MCC) has much to offer students of Asian Studies. The MCC has grown into a dynamic educational and social resource whose programs and activities provide a forum for cross-cultural exchange and learning for the entire Williams community. In collaboration with academic departments, individual faculty members, and the numerous student organizations to which it is home, the MCC coordinates many activities each year such as Asian Awareness Month, a Chinese dance residency, discussion panels, receptions, and lectures that bring important speakers to campus to speak on multicultural issues.
The Multicultural Center’s facilities include a library and a computer room. The library, which provides a quiet place for study and relaxation, contains some books on Asian and Asian-American studies, and subscribes to several international and foreign newspapers. Most importantly, the center’s helpful and accessible staff are always available and eager to consult with students and faculty on related projects and issues.
There are a number of student groups on campus with an interest in Asian or Asian-American affairs. They include:
- Williams Minority Coalition. An umbrella organization and facilitator for other groups on campus.
- Asian-American Students in Action (AASiA)
- Asian Theatre Project (ATP)
- Chinese-American Student Organization (CASO)
- Koreans of Williams (KOW)
- Nihonjin American Student Union (NASU)
- South Asian Student Association (SASA)
- Vietnamese Students Association
These student organizations sponsor many cultural events each year that are open to the Williams community. In addition, there are weekly language tables in the dining halls for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and all speakers of the particular language in the college community are welcome to attend.