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A Profile of Civic Engagement at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

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A Profile of Civic Engagement
at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
May, 2004
Prepared for Campus Compact and The Princeton Review's
Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student's Guide to College
It is hard to pass through the rolling Berkshire hills that surround Williams College
without being struck by the majesty and seeming perfection of this "village beautiful." To many
visitors, this idyllic setting would seem to be the main attraction to a liberal arts education in a
rural landscape. But beyond the green lawns and ivy-covered buildings of the College and the
small-town bustle of Spring Street is a complex region full of challenges, struggles, surprises,
and successes. The area around Williamstown provides interesting opportunities for community
service, internships, community-based research, and a whole lot of fun - and the College, from
first-year students right up to the top of the administration, does its best to tap into these
Among the most important ingredients of a Williams education are the challenges and
struggles of this region. Our poor and working class neighbors are being left behind as Berkshire
County struggles to transition from a manufacturing to a service/tourism economy, as federal and
state expenditures on social services decrease, and as national attention shifts to the international


Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College


Collections: Physics