The Neighborhoods

Williams’ residence halls for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are organized into four Neighborhoods, each led by a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT).

The Neighborhood Leadership Teams (NLTs)

Each of the four Neighborhoods has a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT), led by a student Neighborhood Director, with direction, advisement, and support from one of the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing. Each NLT consists of the Neighborhood’s six or seven student House Coordinators and the Faculty/Staff Program Advisor.

Each NLT is responsible for enhancing the academic, intellectual, cultural, and social environment for its Neighborhood. In particular, the NLT addresses Neighborhood-wide residential/community issues, provides Neighborhood-wide programs including Intramurals, Life After Williams, Lyceum and Williams After Dark, and vets requests by other groups to use Neighborhood residential spaces for programs. Each NLT designates amongst its team roles such as acting as liaisons to campus offices for community support and programming opportunities. The NLTs enhance the close-knit community at Williams, foster opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get to know one another, and encourage diverse programming. Students are integral in making the Neighborhoods successful, so everyone is encouraged to get involved! Spread Neighborhood pride! Participate in and enjoy the events! Better yet, become a residential leader as a member of your Neighborhood Leadership Team!

  • Applications for 2019-2020 Neighborhood Director positions were due by January 18th.  

    Interviews will be held between January 22nd and January 23rd.  Decisions will be communicated to candidates by January 25th at the latest.

    If  you have any questions please contact the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing, Maddy Polidoro and Patty Leahey-Hays at [email protected] or [email protected]

    Please see below for Eligibility & Selection.

    A student Neighborhood Director leads each of the four Neighborhood Leadership Teams (NLT).

    For the 2018-19 academic year, they are:
    • Currier:  Sarah Michels ’20
    • Dodd:  Anna Leonard ’19
    • Spencer:  Kiara Gordon ’19
    • Wood:  Kristina Barry ’19

    Responsibilities

    Neighborhood Directors meet with their correlated Assistant Director weekly.

    The 4 Neighborhood Directors meet collectively with both Assistant Directors monthly.

    Neighborhood Directors are members of EComm which meets weekly.

    Each Neighborhood Director mentors, advises, & supports the House Coordinators by:

    • Assisting the Assistant Directors with House Coordinator and NLT Training.
    • Being available to meet with each House Coordinator throughout the semester to discuss their house & NLT role, issues and/or concerns.
    • Coordinating & Leading NLT Staff Meetings (weekly meetings with individual neighborhood staff and scheduling All Staff meetings throughout the semester where all 4 neighborhoods meet as a team).
    • Being available at traditional snack time (Sunday evenings at 10pm) to support and facilitate House snacks and House Programs with House Coordinators.
    • Reviewing requests for residential space reservations in collaboration with House Coordinators.

    Each Neighborhood Director is responsible to ensure program development, execution, & evaluation by:

    • Advising & supporting the NLT members in their Neighborhood programming roles and liaison roles with campus offices.
    • Chairing one of the 4 NLT signature programming committees:  Intramurals, Lyceum, Life After Williams and Williams After Dark and holding weekly committee meetings.
    • Providing support & direction on programming expectations.
    • Delegating program support responsibilities to NLT members.
    • Evaluating the program planning & execution through an assessment tool provided by the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing.
    • Managing the overall Neighborhood budget, their committee budget and assisting House Coordinators with managing their individual house budgets.

    Leadership Development

    Through this role, each Neighborhood Director develops & utilizes leadership skills such as training, team-building, advising, task delegation, problem-solving, program management, staff accountability & evaluation.

    Eligibility & Selection

    Rising juniors & seniors are eligible, NLT experience preferred.  Interested students must submit a self-nomination form and the name of a reference to be contacted by OSL.  A committee comprised of the Assistant Directors for Residential Life & Housing, one rep from the Dean’s Office, one current Faculty/Staff Program Advisor, one rep from the Davis Center, one rep from Campus Safety & Security and one College Council student appointee, will interview the candidates and make the selections.

    Training & Participation Requirements

    • Newly selected Neighborhood Directors are expected to participate in the selection process of House Coordinators for the academic year during which they will be Neighborhood Directors (typically taking place in February and March).
    • Newly selected Neighborhood Directors will be expected to assist in facilitating the General Room Draw selection process, along with the newly selected House Coordinator staff and current NLT members.
    • Neighborhood Directors must participate in spring training (ideally, immediately after the conclusion of final exams).
    • Neighborhood Directors must return to campus for the fall on Monday, August 19, 2019 between 5:00 pm-11pm, both to participate and to assist the Assistant Directors in facilitation of fall training.
    • Neighborhood Directors will be required to participate in facilitating fall check-in with the Office of Student Life after training/prior to the start of fall classes – this may include the following – walk throughs of the houses they oversee to verify houses are ready for fall opening (bulletin boards, door decorations completed by HCs), assisting with student arrival to campus and check-in, and room and/or house inspections.  Other duties as assigned.
    • Neighborhood Directors must assist the Assistant Directors to facilitate ongoing training opportunities for the House Coordinators.
    • Neighborhood Directors must be able to fulfill the role for all three terms (fall, winter study, spring).

    Neighborhood Directors have first-choice of housing within their assigned Neighborhood’s available housing stock, and may pull in up to three friends into rooms in close proximity.  They also receive a Neighborhood Director T-shirt.

     

  • The HC Self-nom form is now closed.   
    If you successfully submitted a House Coordinator self-nom form you should have received a confirmation e-mail.  

    Interviews will take place from Thursday, February 14th through Friday, March 1st.  Decisions will be communicated no later than Monday, March 4th.

    Please read below for Eligibility, Selection, & Co-‘s.

    If you have any questions or concerns you should contact the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing, Maddy Polidoro and Patty Leahey-Hays at [email protected] or [email protected]

    House Coordinators are in-house residential leaders and are part of their Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT).

    Individual House Responsibilities

    Each House Coordinator fulfills the following responsibilities in their individual houses:

    • creating & posting door decorations
    • personally welcoming all residents
    • maintaining & updating the house bulletin board
    • establishing house community standards regarding noise, common space usage, etc.
    • addressing house damage & cleaning issues
    • providing in-house programming and house snacks
    • managing the individual house coordinator programming budget

    Co-Responsibilities

    Each House Coordinator Co-team fulfills the following responsibilities for their combined residential areas and are trained appropriately in order to facilitate residential community development:

    • wellness intervention, including suicide prevention
    • diversity & inclusion support & intervention
    • conflict mediation to assist with roommate and/or neighbor issues
    • provide in-house programming and house snacks

    Neighborhood Responsibilities

    Each of the four Neighborhoods has a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT), led by a student Neighborhood Director, with advisement and support from the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing in OSL.  Each NLT consists of the Neighborhood’s six or seven student House Coordinators, the Faculty/Staff Program Advisor (F/SPA) and Neighborhood Director.

    The NLT is responsible for enhancing the academic, intellectual, cultural, and social environment for its Neighborhood.  In particular, the NLT addresses Neighborhood-wide residential/community issues, provides Neighborhood-wide programs, and vets requests by other groups to use Neighborhood residential spaces for programs.  Each NLT designates amongst its team roles such as acting as liaisons to campus offices for community support and programming opportunities.

    In addition to individualized program/event plans created by Neighborhoods, the NLT is responsible for large-scale programming events for the following campus traditions:  Spirit Week and Homecoming, Winter Carnival and Spring Fling.

    Each House Coordinator helps plan and implement one of the large-scale programming events listed above.

    Leadership Development

    Through this role, each House Coordinator develops & utilizes leadership skills such as problem-solving, conflict mediation, program planning & execution, teamwork, relationship-building and communication.

    Eligibility, Selection, & Co-‘s

    The House Coordinator Selection Committee (comprised of the Assistant Directors for Residential Life & Housing, one rep from the Dean’s Office, current F/SPA’s, one rep from the Davis Center, the current Neighborhood Directors, and the newly selected Neighborhood Directors) will select candidates to facilitate community development within individual houses and to participate in the NLT as noted above.  Preference will be given to House Coordinator candidates who are able to fulfill the role for all three terms (fall, winter study, spring).  There are a total of 26 House Coordinator positions.  Each House Coordinator will have one or two co-House Coordinators in order to support & assist each other with house issues as the need arises.  The numbers & co-‘s:

    • Currier Neighborhood
      • Currier (1) + Fitch (1)
      • East (1) + Fay (1)
      • Prospect (2)
    • Dodd Neighborhood
      • Dodd (1) + Hubbell/Parsons (1)
      • Lehman (1) + Goodrich/Sewall (1)
      • Thompson (1) + Tyler (1) + Tyler Annex (1)
    • Spencer Neighborhood
      • Spencer (1) + Brooks (1)
      • Horn Hall (1) + Agard (1)
      • Morgan (1) + West (1)
    • Wood Neighborhood
      • Garfield (1) + Wood (1) + Perry (1)
      • Carter (1) + Gladden (1)
      • Bryant (1) + Mark Hopkins (1)

    Training & Participation Requirements

    • Newly selected House Coordinators will be expected to participate in assisting with the General Room Draw selection process, along with the newly selected Neighborhood Directors and the current NLT staff.
    • House Coordinators must return to campus for the fall on Monday, August 19, 2019 between 5:00 pm-11pm.
    • House Coordinators must participate in the entirety of fall training. Training will include day and evening sessions from Tuesday, August 20th through Saturday, August 24th. House Coordinators should not schedule any other activities during this time or plan to spend time away from campus during training.
    • House Coordinators will be required to participate in facilitating fall check-in with OSL after training/prior to the start of fall classes – this may include the following – assisting with student arrival to campus and check-in, and room and/or house inspections.  Other duties as assigned.
    • House Coordinators must meet with their Neighborhood Director regularly throughout each semester to discuss their house & NLT roles, issues, concerns.
    • House Coordinators must attend & participate in NLT Meetings (including snacks every other Sunday evening @ 10pm). Each individual neighborhood team will meet weekly as coordinated by the Neighborhood Director. The Neighborhood Directors will also coordinate All Staff meetings a few times a semester where all 4 neighborhoods meet as a team.
    • House Coordinators must participate in ongoing training opportunities as coordinated by the Assistant Directors and the Neighborhood Directors. This includes a training retreat day during winter study (typically the first Sunday after Winter Study classes start).
    • House Coordinators will formally meet with their Assistant Director one to two times per semester.

    A budget will be provided for each House Coordinator to cover related house responsibility expenses.

    House Coordinators reside in pre-designated rooms within the house they are managing, and may pull in friends into pre-designated rooms (rooms & number of friends are building-specific).  House Coordinators also receive a House Coordinator T-shirt.

  • Neighborhood Fair Currier

    Currier, East, Fayerweather, Fitch, and Prospect comprise Currier Neighborhood. Currier Neighborhood is near the athletic complex, Goodrich Hall, the Spencer Studio Art Building, the Williams College Museum of Art, Driscoll Dining Hall, and the Old Hopkins Observatory.

    Currier's color is red, and its mascot is the cougar.

    Currier Neighborhood Leadership Team 2018-2019

    • Sarah Michels '20, Neighborhood Director
    • Professor Matt Carter, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Maddy Polidoro, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Mikaela Topper '21, House Coordinator for Currier
    • Alexia Barandiaran '19, House Coordinator for East
    • Jill Jenkin '19, House Coordinator for Fayerweather
    • Jacob Kahrs '19, House Coordinator for Fitch
    • Anna Sun '19, House Coordinator for Prospect Ground, 1st & 2nd floors
    • Clayton Morikawa '20, House Coordinator for Prospect 3rd & 4th floors
  • Room Draw Dodd 2

    Dodd, Goodrich, Hubbell, Lehman, Parsons, Sewall, Tyler, Tyler Annex, & Thompson comprise Dodd Neighborhood. Dodd Neighborhood is near Sawyer Library, Hollander Hall, Schapiro Hall, Cole Field, and Mission Park.

    Dodd's color is green and its mascot is the dalmatian.

    Dodd Neighborhood Leadership Team 2018-2019

    • Anna Leonard '19, Neighborhood Director
    • Professor Leo Coldmakher, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Patty Leahey-Hays, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Moiz Rehan '19, House Coordinator for Dodd
    • Chanel Palmer '19, House Coordinator for Goodrich/Sewall
    • Anna Cuellar-Parajon '19, House Coordinator for Hubbell/Parsons
    • Chelsey Jordan '21, House Coordinator for Lehman
    • Sonia Nyarko '21, House Coordinator for Thompson
    • Aria Mason '21, House Coordinator for Tyler
    • Abraham Eafa '21, House Coordinator for Tyler Annex

    Learn more about Dodd Neighborhood by clicking here!

  • Room Draw Spencer

    Agard, Brooks, Morgan, Spencer, Stetson Court and West College comprise Spencer Neighborhood. Spencer Neighborhood is near the middle of the Williams Campus, the Science Quad, Spring Street, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, and the Paresky Center.

    Spencer's color is blue, and its mascot is a pirate named Phil Spencer.

    Spencer Neighborhood Leadership Team 2018-2019

    • Kiara Gordon '19, Neighborhood Director
    • Professor Steven Miller, Faculty/Staff Program Director
    • Maddy Polidoro, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Daniel Woolfenden '21, House Coordinator for Agard 
    • Brynn Moynihan '21, House Coordinator for Brooks
    • Daniel Tran '21, House Coordinator for Horn Hall
    • Olivia Carlson '20, House Coordinator for Morgan Ground, 1st, & 2nd floors (fall 2018)
    • Annabelle Feist '20, House Coordinator for Morgan Ground, 1st & 2nd floors (spring 2019)
    • Maria Heredia '20, House Coordinator for Morgan 3rd & 4th floors
    • Joseph Rossetti '21, House Coordinator for Spencer
    • Gabrielle Martin '21, House Coordinator for West College
  • Room Draw Wood

    Bryant, Carter, Garfield, Gladden, Mark Hopkins, Perry, and Wood comprise Wood Neighborhood. Wood Neighborhood is located near the Science Quad, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, the Health Center, and the Clark Art Institute.

    Wood's color is yellow, and its mascot is the giraffe.

    Wood Leadership 2018-2019

    • Kristina Barry '19, Neighborhood Director
    • Randy Fippinger, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Patty Leahey-Hays, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Janine Hetherington, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Alexandra Bernard '21, House Coordinator for Bryant
    • Jamie Nichols '21, House Coordinator for Carter
    • Under Renovation, House Coordinator for Garfield
    • Samuel Jocas '21, House Coordinator for Gladden
    • Clare Rogowski '21, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins
    • Casey DeLano '21, House Coordinator for Perry
    • Chulwoo (John) Kim '21, House Coordinator for Wood