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 Area Coordinators for upperclass residential life. 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!

 

  • Residential Director self-noms are no longer being accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

    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 2022-2023 Residential Director (RD) we are hoping (COVID restrictions dependent) to have a spring training on-campus (tentatively) May 23rd – 27th and a training in late August.  You must be available to return to campus for training on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 and be available on campus through August, 29, 2022 for RD and RLT training in its entirety.  We are also working on components that may take place on-line during the summer (TBD).  (The dates listed are still be finalized. We hope to have the information finalized soon  If you are going to be an EphVenture leader, please contact ACs Zach Cramer and Erin Stanton and Director Patricia Leahey-Hays to work out the training schedules). 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 Friday, January 14th at 8:30am. RD Info Session – Wednesday, January 12th at 12pm  (email 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 11:59pm on Monday, February 7th. RLT Interviews:  There will be daytime and evening slots for both RD and HC interviews from Thursday, February 10th –  Wednesday, March 2nd. Decisions made and conveyed to RD candidates onlyFriday, March 4th. Acceptance from candidates due with housing selection, building and pull-in information by Wednesday, March 9th at 4:30pm. New 2022-2023 Residential Director pull-in information due by Wednesday, March 9th at 4:30pm. If  you have any questions please contact the Director for Residential Life and Housing, Patty Leahey-Hays at [email protected] or Area Coordinators Erin Stanton at [email protected] and Zach Cramer at [email protected] Please see below for Eligibility & Selection.

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

    For the 2021-22 academic year, they are:
    • Southwest 1 Campus (Spencer):  Grace Goodall ’22 & Catherine Powell ’22
    • Southwest 2 Campus (Greylock):  Kendra Brenya ’22
    • Northeast 1 Campus (East):  Sareena Khanal ’22
    • Northeast 2 Campus (Dodd): Irfan Durmic ’22
      We are currently working on updating the Residential Director position for the 2022-2023 academic year, but the general position description is listed below: Responsibilities 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, as a RD staff, 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 Director of Residential Life & Housing 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 Director for Residential Life & Housing, the upperclass Area Coordinators, one rep from the Dean’s Office, one current Faculty/Staff Program Advisor, one rep from the Davis Center, and the current Residential Directors will interview the candidates and make the selections.  Only 2-3 of the committee members will sit in on each interview. Candidates should plan on attending the virtual RD Selection info session scheduled for Wednesday, 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 Director, Patricia Leahey-Hays or Area Coordinators Erin Stanton and Zach Cramer. Training & Participation Requirements
    • Residential Directors must participate in spring training (ideally, immediately after the conclusion of final exams).
    • The Office of Campus Life is currently working on having a spring training on-campus from May 23rd – 27th as well as virtual training which we are hoping will be able to be covered on-line during the summer of 2022.  This training will be required of all Residential Directors.
    • Residential Directors must return to campus for the fall on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022, both to participate and to assist the Area Coordinators and the Director of Residential Life and Housing in the facilitation of fall training. (*move-in and training days and times dependent on COVID restrictions)  RLT fall training is tentatively scheduled from Wednesday, August 24th through Monday, August 29th.
    • 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 the Director of Residential Life and Housing 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 (likely, Sunday, January 8, 2023).
    Compensation: Residential Directors have first-choice of housing within their assigned campus area’s available housing stock, and may pull in friends to live within close proximity in the RD’s selected house.  The RD will be able to use two rooms for their pull-ins.  They can select either 2 singles (for 2 pull-ins) or 2 doubles (for 4 pull-ins; doubles must be filled by the RD’s pull-ins).  RDs can also select one single and one double if available and they have 3 pull-ins. They receive a Residential Director staff T-shirt and additional RLT appreciation swag throughout the year. Leadership Stipend:  The RD stipends and the amount for the 2022-2023 academic year is as follows (pre-tax).  The stipend will be dispersed in two installments (the beginning of the fall semester, and the beginning of the spring semester):
    • Residential Directors — $3500/year
    As always has been the case, the students who serve in this residential leadership position will still be able to hold other paid positions on campus (e.g. TAs, research assistantships, admissions tour guides, etc).  

  • We are no longer accepting House Coordinator self-nom/applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Please see the information below for the timeline, process schedule and detailed information regarding the position.

    Self-Noms available live at the bottom of this page:  8:30am Friday, January 14th

    Self-Noms due: 11:59pm Monday, February 7th

    HC Info Session via Google Meet or Zoom – email [email protected] or es14 for an invite 

    General Open HC Info Session: Wednesday, January 19th at 12pm

    Info Session Focused for current First Year Students:  Thursday, January 20th at 12:30pm – if you cannot attend this info session feel free to ask for an invite to the Open Info Session

    Interviews: There will be both daytime and evening interview slots available from Thursday, February 10th – Wednesday, March 2nd

    HC Selection letters with HC Lottery information goes out Wednesday, March 9th

    HC Lottery: Thursday, March 10th at 7:30pm (via google meet)

    HC pull-in names and housing assignments due:  Thursday, March 17th at 4:30pm

    If selected to be a 2022-2023 House Coordinator (HC) we are hoping (COVID restrictions dependent) there will be spring training from May 23rd through May 27th (these dates are tentative and will be updated and finalized soon).

    HCs must be available to return to campus for fall training on Wednesday, August 24th and be available to participate in RLT training in its entirety through Monday, August 29th.  There will also be training on-line during the summer TBD.  (EphVenture leaders will be excused from training beginning on August 28th).

    If you are participating in an EphVenture leadership program please let ACs Zach Cramer and Erin Stanton or Director Patty Leahey-Hays know ASAP.  Thank you!

    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 Director of Residential Life & Housing, Patricia Leahey-Hays, [email protected] to discuss your specific situation.

    Please read below for Eligibility, Selection, & Co-‘s. We are currently updating this information for the 2022-2023 academic year, but please find important information about the role below.

    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
    • 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 and referral
    • diversity & inclusion support & intervention
    • conflict mediation to assist with roommate and/or neighbor issues
    • provide in-house programming and house snacks

    Collaboration with co’s & Area Coordinators

    • establish house community standards regarding noise, common space usage, etc.
    • deescalate tense interpersonal incidents between residents and assist to begin the facilitation of productive conversations and interactions
    • contact the AC on-call for assistance in emergency or escalating issues
    • contact the AC on-call for advice and clarification of response protocol

    Campus Responsibilities

    Each of the campus sectors has a Residential Life Team (RLT), led by a student Residential Director, with advisement and support from the Area Coordinator for that campus area.  Each RLT consists of the campus sector’s seven 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 is comprised of the Director for Residential Life & Housing, the upperclass Area Coordinators, representatives from the Dean’s Office, the current RLT Faculty and Staff Program Advisors (F/SPAs), representatives from the Davis Center and the current Residential Directors.   There will likely be 2-3 committee members in each interview/selection meeting.  Preference will be given to House Coordinator candidates who are able to fulfill the role for all three terms (fall, winter study, spring).

    We intend to select approximately 33 House Coordinators for the 2022-2023 academic year.  This is dependent on the outcome of the TAPSI (theme/affinity, program and special interest housing).

    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.

    Below is the outline of houses and the number of House Coordinators for the 2022-2023 academic year – again, this may change and is dependent on finalizing the TAPSI application and selection process as well as isolation and quarantine housing.

    We will know which houses will need House Coordinators by the time we schedule the House Coordinator Lottery.  Listed below is our most up to date information.

    2022 – 2023 HC placement

    • Southwest Campus
      • Spencer – Sector 1
        • Agard (1)
        • Brooks (1)
        • Garfield (1) – first floor HC
        • Garfield – TAPSI (2 Community Coordinators) – 2nd floor
        • Horn (2)
        • Morgan (2)
        • Perry  – TAPSI (2 Community Coordinators)
        • Spencer (1)
        • West (2)
        • Wood – TAPSI (2 Community Coordinators)
        • The following co-ops fall under Southwest Campus, Sector 1, but do not have House Coordinators:  Chadbourne, Lambert, Milham, Woodbridge
      • Greylock Quad – Sector 2
        • Bryant (2)
        • Carter (2)
        • Gladden (2)
        • Mark Hopkins (2)
    • Northeast Campus
      • Currier Quad – Sector 1
        • Currier (2)
        • East (2)
        • Fayerweather (2)
        • Fitch (1)
        • Prospect (2)
      • Dodd – Sector 2
        • Dodd (2)
        • Hubbell – Q/I
        • Goodrich/Parsons/Sewall (1)
        • Thompson – off-line
        • Tyler (1)
        • Tyler Annex (1)
        • Lehman (1) (Quiet Housing)
        • The following co-ops fall under Northeast Campus, sector 2, but do not have House Coordinators:  Doughty, Susan Hopkins, Poker Flats

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

    • There will be a spring RLT training from May 23rd through May 27th – more info to come!
    • House Coordinators must return to campus for the fall on Wednesday, August 24th for training through Monday, August 29th.
    • House Coordinators must participate in the entirety of fall training. Training will include day and evening sessions. 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.

    RLT & HC Meeting expectations:

    • 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 – day/time is flexible). 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 sector 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 8, 2023.
    • House Coordinators will formally meet with their Area Coordinators on regular basis TBD.

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

    HC Housing & Pull-ins:

    House Coordinators reside in pre-designated rooms within the house they are managing, and may pull in friends to live within close proximity to the HC room in the house selected.

    HCs may use up to 2 rooms for pull-ins.  Those rooms can consist of 2 singles (for a total of 2 pull-ins), 2 doubles (for a total of 4 pull-ins; doubles must be filled by HC pull-ins); or one double and one single, if available, for a total of 3 pull-ins.  House Coordinators also receive a House Coordinator T-shirt and additional RLT appreciation swag.

    Leadership Stipend:

    House Coordinators also receive a stipend. The amount for the 2022-2023 academic year is as follows (pre-tax).  The stipends will be dispersed in two installments (the beginning of the fall semester, and the beginning of the spring semester):

    • House Coordinators — $3000/year

    As always has been the case, the students who serve in these residential leadership positions will still be able to hold other paid positions on campus (e.g. TAs, research assistantships, admissions tour guides, etc).

  • NorthEast 1 (Currier Quad):  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.

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

    NorthEast 1 Currier Quad: Residential Life Team 2021-2022

    • Sareena Khanal '22, Residential Director
    • TBD, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Zach Cramer, Area Coordinator
    • Riley Farrell '24, House Coordinator for Currier A
    • Molly Arts '24, House Coordinator for Currier B
    • Chase Cohen '23, House Coordinator for East A
    • TBD, House Coordinator for East B
    • Allison Geis '24, House Coordinator for Fayerweather A
    • Jennifer Iospa '24, House Coordinator for Fayerweather B
    • Rebecca Brody '22, House Coordinator for Fitch
    • Arielle Nathan '24, House Coordinator for Prospect Ground, 1st & 2nd floors
    • Maxwell Song '23, House Coordinator for Prospect 3rd & 4th floors

  • Typically, North/Dodd 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.

    Dodd Campus' color is green and its mascot is the Dalmatian

    NorthEast 2 Dodd Campus: Residential Life Team 2021-2022

    • Irfan Durmic '22, Residential Director
    • Professor Steve Miller, Faculty/Staff Program Director
    • Zach Cramer, Area Coordinator 
    • Melodie Nerestant '24, House Coordinator for Dodd House A
    • Aliya Klein '22, House Coordinator for Dodd House B
    • Virginia Ontiveros '22, House Coordinator for Goodrich House
    • TAPSI 2021-2022, Hubbell House
      • Jaya Alagar '22, Sustainable Living Lab Community Coordinator 
      • Huijun Huang '22, Sustainable Living Lab Community Coordinator
    • Off-line Isolation Sewall House
    • TBD, House Coordinator Thompson
    • Solomon Pacifico Scholl '24, House Coordinator for Tyler House
    • Milo Chang '24, House Coordinator for Tyler Annex

  • Agard, Brooks, Garfield, Morgan, Spencer, Horn Hall, Perry, West College and Wood comprise SouthWest 1 Campus. SouthWest Campus 1 is near the middle/west of the Williams Campus, the Science Quad, Spring Street, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, and the Paresky Center.

    SouthWest 1 Spencer Campus' color is blue, and its mascot is a pirate named Phil Spencer.

    SouthWest 1 Spencer Campus: Residential Life Team 2021-2022

    • Grace Goodall '22, Residential Director
    • Catherine Powell '22, Residential Director
    • TBD, Faculty/Staff Program Director
    • Erin Stanton, Area Coordinator
    • Robin Lamb '23, House Coordinator for Agard 
    • Ri Garcia '22, House Coordinator for Brooks
    • Zach Houlton '24, House Coordinator for Garfield
    • Matt Freitas '23, House Coordinator for Horn Hall
    • Ben Lawrick '24, House Coordinator for Morgan A Ground, 1st, & 2nd floors
    • Michael Fallon '24, House Coordinator for Morgan B 3rd & 4th floors
    • Jacob Eckerle '23, House Coordinator for Perry
    • RDs Grace Goodall & Catherine Powell,  oversee HC responsiblities for Spencer
    • Essence Perry '22, House Coordinator for West College A
    • Annabelle Svahn '24, House Coordinator for West College B
    • Shreyas Rajesh '22, House Coordinator for Wood

  • Typically, SouthWest 2 Campus is comprised of Bryant, Carter, Gladden, Mark Hopkins. West 2 Campus is located near the Science Quad, the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, the Health Center, and the Clark Art Institute.

    SouthWest 2 Campus' color is yellow, and its mascot is the giraffe.

    SouthWest 2 Greylock Quad:  Residential Life Team 2020-2021

    • Kendra Brenya '22, Residential Director
    • Erin Stanton, Area Coordinator
    • Randy Fippinger, Faculty/Staff Program Advisor
    • Tyler Smith '24, House Coordinator for Bryant A
    • Shenba Vairavan '24, House Coordinator for Bryant B
    • Brady Carlos '24, House Coordinator for Carter A
    • Spencer Huang '24, House Coordinator for Carter B
    • James Burge '24, House Coordinator for Gladden A
    • Aishvarya Bedi '24, House Coordinator for Gladden B
    • Justyn Friedler '24, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins A
    • Leilani Fuentes '24, House Coordinator for Mark Hopkins B