The Residential Life Teams

Williams’ residence halls for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are organized into four campus areas, each led by a Residential Life Team (RLT).

The Residential Life Teams (RLTs)

Each of the four areas has a Residential Life Team (RLT), led by a student Residential Director, with direction, advisement, and support from one of the Assistant Directors for Residential Life and Housing. Each RLT consists of the campus area’s six to eleven student House Coordinators and the Faculty/Staff Program Advisor.

Each RLT is responsible for enhancing the academic, intellectual, cultural, and social environment for its area. In particular, the RLT addresses area-wide residential/community issues, provides area-wide programs including Contests/Competitions, Life After Williams, and Williams After Dark, and vets requests by other groups to use residential spaces for programs. The RLTs 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 RLTs successful, so everyone is encouraged to get involved! Spread House pride! Participate in and enjoy the events! Better yet, become a residential leader as a member of your Residential Life Team!

  • The Residential Director self-nom/application for the 2021-2022 academic year submission date has passed and the selection process is currently underway. 

    For information about the Residential Director position please see the information below and thanks so much for your interest in the Residential Life Team!

    If selected to be a 2021-2022 Residential Director (RD) we are hoping (COVID restrictions dependent) to have training in late August.  You must be available to return to campus or be available for remote training on Monday, August 23rd and be available on campus or remotely through Saturday, August 28th for RD and RLT training in its entirety.

    There will be additional responsibilities outlined to take place after training through the start of classes.

    *If these dates change due to COVID restrictions, information will be relayed to staff as soon as decisions are made – please be patient and flexible – thank you!

    Timeline:

    RD Self-Nom/Applications go live Monday, January 11.

    RD Info Session – Tuesday, January 12th at 12pm (email Assistant Director Patricia Leahey-Hays at [email protected] to attend via google meet).  If you cannot attend this session you can opt to schedule a meeting with Patricia Leahey-Hays.

    Applications must be submitted by 8:30am on Monday, January 18.

    Interviews:  Tuesday, January 19 – Wednesday, January 20.

    Decisions made and conveyed to candidates:  Thursday, January 21.

    Acceptance from candidates due Sunday, January 24 with housing selection.

    New 2021-2022 Residential Director pull-in information due by Thursday, January 28.

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

    Please see below for Eligibility & Selection.

    A student Residential Director leads each of the four Residential Life Teams (RLTs).

    For the 2020-21 academic year, they are:
    • East Campus:  Catherine Powell ’22
    • North Campus:  Grace Goodall ’22
    • Central Campus:  Morgan Dauk ’21
    • West Campus:  Chelsey Jordan ’21

    Responsibilities – please note, the RD position description is currently being updated to align with the addition of 2 live-in upperclass Area Coordinators (AC) on staff for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The Residential Life Working Group (RLWG) is currently working on finalizing the roles of these live-in positions – the RD position descriptions below have been updated with the current expectations for the vision of the upcoming academic year.  The RD position description may be modified based on the finalization of the work of the RLWG by mid-spring 2021.

    Residential Directors should expect to meet with their correlated Area Coordinators bi-weekly or weekly (as needed).

    The 4 Residential Directors should expect to meet collectively with both Area Coordinators twice monthly.

    Each RD supports their assigned Area Coordinator in the following ways:

    • Assist in preparing for weekly area staff meeting.
    • Relay updates regarding HC accomplishments, concerns, programming, needs for assistance.
    • Developing tools for HC accountability.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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

    • Assisting the Area Coordinator and Assistant Director with House Coordinator and RLT Training.
    • Being available to meet with each House Coordinator throughout the semester to discuss their house & RLT role, issues and/or concerns.
    • Coordinating & Leading RLT Staff Meetings with Area Coordinators (weekly meetings with house coordinators and scheduling All Staff meetings throughout the semester where all 4 RLTs meet as a team).
    • Being available at traditional snack/program times (typically 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 Residential Director is responsible to ensure program development, execution, & evaluation in collaboration with their Area Coordinator by:

    • Advising & supporting the RLT members in their area programming roles and liaison roles with campus offices.
    • Overseeing the programming model and ensuring that programming goals are reached.
    • Providing support & direction on programming expectations.
    • Delegating program support responsibilities to RLT members.
    • Evaluating the program planning & execution through an assessment tool provided by the Area Coordinators for Residential Life and Housing.
    • Managing the overall RLT budget, program budgets and assisting House Coordinators with managing their individual house budgets.

    Leadership Development

    Through this role, each Residential 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, RLT experience preferred.  Interested students must submit a self-nomination form and the name of a reference to be contacted by OCL.  A committee comprised of the Assistant Director 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 student appointee, will interview the candidates and make the selections.

    Candidates should plan on attending the virtual RD Selection info session scheduled for Tuesday, January 12th at 12pm if at all possible.  If a candidate is unable to attend this session they can schedule a one on one meeting with Assistant Director, Patricia Leahey-Hays.

    Training & Participation Requirements

    • Newly selected Residential Directors are expected to participate in the selection process of House Coordinators for the academic year during which they will be Residential Directors (typically taking place in February and March).
    • Residential Directors must participate in spring training (ideally, immediately after the conclusion of final exams).
    • Residential Directors must return to campus for the fall on Monday, August 23, 2021 between 5:00 pm-11pm, both to participate and to assist the Area Coordinators and Assistant Director in facilitation of fall training. (*move-in and training days and times dependent on COVID restrictions)
    • Residential Directors will be required to participate in facilitating fall check-in with the Office of Campus 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.
    • Residential Directors must assist the Area Coordinators and Assistant Director to facilitate ongoing training opportunities for the House Coordinators.
    • Residential Directors must be able to fulfill the role for all three terms (fall, winter study, spring).
    • Residential Directors will be required to assist and participate in a winter training retreat scheduled for the first Sunday after the start of winter study classes.

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

     

  • The House Coordinator self-nom and selection process is being post-poned due to the work that the Residential Life Working Group is doing for theme/affinity/program and special interest housing.  When the process begins there will be notices via e-mail, Daily Messages and the self-nom for the 2021-2022 academic year will be live at the bottom of this page.

    Self-Noms live at the bottom of this page:  TBD

    Self-Noms due: TBD

    HC Info Session via Google Meet – email [email protected] for an invite:  Time and Day TBD

    Interviews will begin: TBD

    If selected to be a 2021-2022 House Coordinator (HC) we are hoping (COVID restrictions dependent) to have training in late August.  HCs must be available to return to campus or be available for remote training on Monday, August 23rd and be available on campus or remotely through Saturday, August 28th for HC and RLT training in its entirety.

    There will be additional responsibilities outlined to take place after training through the start of classes.  It is sometimes possible to be both a House Coordinator and EphVenture Leader.  However, due to the training schedules, students cannot be a House Coordinator and a First Gen or International Orientation Leader.  Please speak with Assistant Director, Patricia Leahey-Hays, [email protected] to discuss your specific situation.

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

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

    House Coordinators are in-house residential leaders and are part of the Residential Life Team (RLT).

    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 their 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

    Campus Responsibilities

    Each of the four campus areas has a Residential Life Team (RLT), led by a student Residential Director, with advisement and support from the live-on Area Coordinator.  Each RLT consists of the campus area’s six to ten student House Coordinators, the Faculty/Staff Program Advisor (F/SPA), Residential Director and Area Coordinator.

    The RLT is responsible for enhancing the academic, intellectual, cultural, and social environment for its campus area.  In particular, the RLT addresses area-wide residential/community issues, provides area-wide programs, and vets requests by other groups to use residential spaces for programs.  Each RLT 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 RLTs, the RLT is responsible for large-scale programming events for the following campus traditions: Homecoming, Mohawk Forest Gift Giving Program, 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 Director for Residential Life & Housing, one rep from the Dean’s Office, current F/SPA’s, one rep from the Davis Center, the current Residential Directors, and the newly selected Residential Directors) will select candidates to facilitate community development within individual houses and to participate in the RLT 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 (TBD for the 2021-2022 academic year) 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:

    TBD – the campus areas (below) will likely change and be updated over the next 4 weeks.

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

    Training & Participation Requirements (could vary due to COVID and COVID restrictions – our intentions are the following):

    • House Coordinators must return to campus for the fall on Monday, August 23, 2021 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 24th through Saturday, August 28th. 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 OCL after training/prior to the start of fall classes – this may include the following – assisting with student arrival to campus and check-in, room and/or house inspections, programming for First Days and other duties as assigned.
    • House Coordinators must meet with their Area Coordinator and Residential Director regularly throughout each semester to discuss their house & RLT roles, issues, concerns.
    • House Coordinators must attend & participate in RLT Meetings (including hosting snacks every other Sunday evening @ 10pm). Each RLT staff will meet weekly as coordinated by the Area Coordinator and Residential Director. The Area Coordinators, with assistance from the Residential Directors, will also coordinate All Staff meetings a few times each semester where all 4 RLT campus area staffs meet as a team.
    • House Coordinators must participate in ongoing training opportunities as coordinated by the Area Coordinators and the Residential Directors. This includes a training retreat day during winter study (typically the first Sunday after Winter Study classes start) likely, Sunday, January 9, 2022.
    • House Coordinators will formally meet with their Area Coordinators on a basis TBD.

    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.

  • Currier, East, Fayerweather, Fitch, and Prospect comprise East Campus. East Campus 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.

    East Campus' color is red, and its mascot is the cougar.

    East Campus Residential Life Team 2020-2021

    • Catherine Powell '22, Residential Director
    • TBD, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Maddy Polidoro, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Samantha Kilcoyne '23, House Coordinator for Currier A
    • Arielle Nathan '23, House Coordinator for Currier B
    • Taylor Braswell '23, House Coordinator for East A
    • Homer Winston '23, House Coordinator for East B
    • Cynthia Masese '23, House Coordinator for Fayerweather A
    • TBD, House Coordinator for Fayerweather B
    • Abby Yu '21, House Coordinator for Fitch
    • Carter Melnick '22, House Coordinator for Prospect Ground, 1st & 2nd floors
    • Grant Swonk '21, House Coordinator for Prospect 3rd & 4th floors
  • Typically, North Campus is comprised of Dodd, Goodrich, Hubbell, Lehman, Parsons, Sewall, Tyler, Tyler Annex, & Thompson. North Campus is near Sawyer Library, Hollander Hall, Schapiro Hall, Cole Field, and Mission Park.  For the 2020-2021 academic year, the North Campus Residential Life Team will consist of HCs in Bryant, Carter, Gladden, and Mark Hopkins.

    North Campus' color is green and its mascot is the dalmatian.

    North Campus Residential Life Team 2020-2021

    • Grace Goodall '22, Residential Director
    • Professor Leo Goldmakher, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Patty Leahey-Hays, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Bishoy Yacoub '23, House Coordinator for Bryant A
    • Maddy Sullivan '23, House Coordinator for Bryant B
    • TBD, House Coordinator for Carter A
    • Mercedes Crestanello '23, House Coordinator for Carter B
    • Robin Lamb '23, House Coordinator for Gladden A
    • Ella Napack '23, House Coordinator for Gladden B
    • Aagat Sapkota '23, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins A
    • Malini Rudra '23, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins B
  • Agard, Brooks, Morgan, Spencer, Horn Hall and West College comprise Central Campus. Central Campus is near the middle of the Williams Campus, the Science Quad, Spring Street, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, and the Paresky Center.

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

    Central Campus Residential Life Team 2020-2021

    • Morgan Dauk '21, Residential Director
    • Professor Steven Miller, Faculty/Staff Program Director
    • Maddy Polidoro, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Gabby Mercier '21, House Coordinator for Agard 
    • Julia Lim '23, House Coordinator for Brooks
    • Matt Freitas '23, House Coordinator for Horn Hall
    • TBD, House Coordinator for Morgan A Ground, 1st, & 2nd floors
    • Vanessa Silva '23, House Coordinator for Morgan B 3rd & 4th floors
    • Elizabeth Bigham '21, House Coordinator for Spencer
    • Essence Perry '22, House Coordinator for West College
  • Typically, West Campus is comprised of Bryant, Carter, Garfield, Gladden, Mark Hopkins, Perry, and Wood. West Campus is located near the Science Quad, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, the Health Center, and the Clark Art Institute.  For the 2020-2021 academic year, the West Campus Residential Life Team will consist of HCs in Garfield, Perry, Thompson, Tyler, and Wood.

    West Campus' color is yellow, and its mascot is the giraffe.

    West Campus Residential Life Team 2020-2021

    • Chelsey Jordan '21, Residential Director
    • Patty Leahey-Hays, Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing
    • Randy Fippinger, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • David Elien '23, House Coordinator for Garfield
    • Emma Casey '23, House Coordinator for Perry
    • Maria Roman '22, House Coordinator for Thompson
    • Irfan Durmic '22, House Coordinator for Tyler
    • Amelia Levitt-Smith '23, House Coordinator for Wood