Williams’ residence halls for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are organized into four Neighborhoods, each led by a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT).
The Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT)
Each of the four Neighborhoods has a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT), led by a student Neighborhood Director, with advisement and support from the Assistant Director for Residential Life and Housing in the Office of Student Life. Each NLT consists of the Neighborhood’s six or seven student House Coordinators, two elected at-large student representatives and the Faculty Program 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. The NLT’s 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!
More about Neighborhood Directors
ND selection meeting interviews will take place from Friday, Jan. 20th through Friday, Jan. 27th.
A student Neighborhood Director leads each of the four Neighborhood Leadership Teams (NLT).
For Winter Study & Spring Semester 2017, they are:
- Currier: Lauren Steele ’18
- Dodd: Jose Lopez ’17
- Spencer: Sierra Betts ’17
- Wood: Jackie Orr ’17
Neighborhood Directors meet with the Assistant Director weekly.
Neighborhood Directors are members of EComm which meets weekly.
Each Neighborhood Director mentors, advises, & supports the House Coordinators by:
- Assisting the Assistant Director 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 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 with House Coordinators, hold neighborhood meetings, and/or neighborhood events.
- 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.
- 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 Director for Residential Life and Housing.
- Managing the overall Neighborhood budget and assisting House Coordinators with managing their individual house budgets.
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 one member from OSL, one from the Dean’s Office, one current Faculty/Staff Program Advisor, one Davis Center staff member, one representative 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 early in August (Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, no earlier than 2pm) for fall training, both to participate and to assist the Assistant Director in facilitation (specific date TBD annually).
- Neighborhood Directors must assist the Assistant Director 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 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.
More about House Coordinators
Self-noms for the 2017-2018 House Coordinator selection process will be available at the bottom of this page on Friday, Feb. 3rd. They will be due by Monday, Feb. 20th.
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 housing damage & cleaning issues
- providing in-house programming and house snacks
- managing the individual house coordinator programming budget
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
Each of the four Neighborhoods has a Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT), led by a student Neighborhood Director, with advisement and support from the Assistant Director for Residential Life and Housing in the Office of Student Life. Each NLT consists of the Neighborhood’s six or seven student House Coordinators, the Faculty/Staff Program Advisor (FPA), the Neighborhood Director, and elected at-large rep(s).
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 Neighborhood, the NLT provides large-scale programming events for the following campus traditions: Spirit Week and Homecoming, Winter Carnival and Spring Fling.
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 one member from OSL, one from the Dean’s Office, current F/SPA’s, a Davis Center representative, 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 27 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 (2) + 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 facilitating the General Room Draw selection process, along with the newly selected Neighborhood Directors and the current NLT staff.
- House Coordinators must return to campus early in August for fall training on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, no earlier than 2pm (date TBD each year) and must participate in its entirety.
- 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 Director and the Neighborhood Directors. This includes a training retreat day during winter study.
- House Coordinators will formally meet with the 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.
More about Neighborhood Representatives
At-Large Neighborhood Representatives (2 per Neighborhood)
Each At-Large Neighborhood Rep is selected by neighborhood election. If, after the initial At-Large Neighborhood Rep election, there are vacant positions available, students may submit self-noms to the Assistant Director of Residential Life and Housing. The assistant director and the 4 Neighborhood Directors will then select the Neighborhood Reps through a process based on the content of student self-noms and neighborhood needs.
The At-Large Rep fulfills the following responsibilities in their Neighborhood:
- Represent the student population of their Neighborhood at weekly Neighborhood Leadership Team (NLT) meetings;
- Participate as active members of NLT program planning, implementation and execution;
- Work closely with the House Coordinator of the house the Rep lives in for the 2017-2018 academic year on house programming, snacks, event marketing, house decorations, etc.
- Manage event programming initiatives as determined in collaboration with the Neighborhood Director;
- Actively reach out to Neighborhood residents for opinions, thoughts and general feedback for NLT programming ideas and community standards and development;
- Attend Fall Neighborhood Leadership Team training (encouraged but not required) and all subsequent trainings (Winter Study NLT training retreat); Training for Fall 2017 – Reps would need to arrive on campus for move-in on Wednesday, August 23rd (no earlier than 2pm) and training goes through the evening of Sunday, August 27th.
Self-Noms will be accepted beginning on May 1st and will be due by 12pm on Wednesday, May 10th. The election will take place from 1pm on Thursday, May 11th through 11:59pm on Sunday, May 14th. The results will be announced on Monday, May 15th.
Contact Patty Leahey-Hays in the Office of Student Life with questions.
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 2016-2017
- Lauren Steele '18, Neighborhood Director
- Marybeth Mitts, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
- Lara Lathrop '18, House Coordinator for Currier
- June Han '19, House Coordinator for East
- Chanel Palmer '19, House Coordinator for Fayerweather
- C.J. Levin '17, House Coordinator for Fitch
- Wilson Wang '18, House Coordinator for Prospect Ground, 1st & 2nd floors
- Francesca Eluhu '19, House Coordinator for Prospect 3rd & 4th floors
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 2016-2017
- Jose Lopez '17, Neighborhood Director
- Professor Catherine Kealhofer, Faculty Program Advisor
- Samantha Polsky '17, House Coordinator for Dodd
- Walford Campbell '17, House Coordinator for Goodrich/Sewall
- Margaret Draper '17, House Coordinator for Hubbell/Parsons
- Maryanne Masibo '19, House Coordinator for Lehman
- Jillian Jenkin '19, House Coordinator for Thompson
- Gibson Donnan '19, House Coordinator for Tyler
- Anna Cuellar-Parajon '19, House Coordinator for Tyler Annex
- Grant Johnson '17, At-Large Representative
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 2016-2017
- Sierra Betts '17, Neighborhood Director
- Professor Steven Miller, Faculty Program Director
- Kirstina Barry '19, House Coordinator for Agard
- Kiara Gordon '19, House Coordinator for Brooks
- Daniel Needham '18, House Coordinator for Morgan Ground, 1st, & 2nd floors
- Gary Chen '18, House Coordinator for Morgan 3rd & 4th floors
- Anthony Fitzgerald '18, House Coordinator for Spencer
- Naomi Francois '17, House Coordinator for Stetson Court
- Quan Do '19, House Coordinator for West College
- Karen Linares '18, At-Large Representative
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 2016-2017
- Jackie Orr '17, Neighborhood Director
- Randy Fippinger, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
- Janine Hetherington, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
- Coly Elhai '19, House Coordinator for Bryant
- Anna Sun '19, House Coordinator for Carter
- Anna Leonard '19, House Coordinator for Garfield
- Jacob Kahrs '19, House Coordinator for Gladden
- Ryan Kelley '19, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins
- Tess Richman '19, House Coordinator for Perry
- Roberto Cellini '16\9, House Coordinator for Wood
- Syed Hussain U. Fareed Bukhari '18, At-Large Representative
- Melani Ortega '19, At-Large Representative