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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Asking for Effective Feedback

The phrase “can I offer you some feedback” can illicit some uncomfortable feelings. Together, we will talk through processes for asking for, offering, and receiving feedback that is productive and useful.

Essential Leadership Skills

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Become a more versatile and skilled leader by connecting with the fundamentals of powerful leadership. Assess your current strengths and challenges with the goal of enhancing your current skillset. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

CRG: Doing the Work: White People Committing to Anti-Racism (Group B)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Zoom (link will be shared before meeting)

The current racial justice movement has most likely motivated you to think more about racism and in many ways, question how you participate and perpetuate racism in your own life. Fortunately there are many steps one can take to embark on the journey of anti-racism. Many of us are at different stages of learning and unlearning how racism operates in our lives and often the question is where to start? This new CRG will guide us through a series of self-reflection activities and action steps to begin and dive deeper into the work of anti-racism. We will utilize the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Sadd, to guide our process.

A space for staff to examine what it means to be white, learn how to identify and confront racism in ourselves, the systems and people surrounding us, and to critically reflect on our actions and socialization. We will emphasize building our own capacity as white people doing anti-racism work that centers BIPOC.

For the fall semester we will host two separate groups of 20 people each. Both sessions will be co-facilitated by Angie Tissi-Gassoway and Dr. Sarah Erickson. Please email Angie at to request your book and learn about next steps.

Registration Required
Loeb Center Diversity Career Day

Diversity Career Day Meetup (Co-Hosted by Amherst College & Williams College)

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning invites students of all class years to participate in our first-ever virtual Diversity Career Day Meetup, co-hosted by Amherst College and Williams College. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with organizations that offer jobs and internship programs that are actively seeking diverse student applicants.

Secure your spot by registering and signing up for one or multiple group sessions or 1-on-1 chats as soon as possible via Handshake. Spots are limited and must be secured BEFORE the Meetup's 1 p.m. EST start time.

Employers attending represent a wide range of industries, such as Education, Management Consulting, Non-Profit, Advertising, PR & Marketing, International Affairs, Investment/Portfolio Management, Fashion, Technology, Law, and Entertainment/TV/Film.

Students Only
Registration Required

Essential Leadership Skills

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Become a more versatile and skilled leader by connecting with the fundamentals of powerful leadership. Assess your current strengths and challenges with the goal of enhancing your current skillset. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

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CHI Salon: Amherst College Press Authors in Conversation

Join Amherst College Press authors Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel in conversation with Press Director Beth Bouloukos for a discussion about violence, culture and personhood.

In A Sense of Brutality: Philosophy after Narco-Culture (Amherst College Press, 2020), philosopher Carlos Sánchez argues that violent cultural modalities, of which narco-culture is but one, call into question our understanding of “violence” as a concept. In narco-culture, the normalization of brutality into everyday life is a condition upon which the absolute erasure or derealization of people is made possible.

Sánchez will be joined by ACP author James Martel, whose book Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (ACP, 2018) investigates why the presence of the abandoned corpse can be seen by both authorities and protesters as a source of power. Martel explores how those who have been marginalized by structures of authority find their aspirations for dignity and humanity.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required
Loeb Center Diversity Career Day

Diversity Career Day Panel: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work — Amherst and Williams Alumni Share Experiences and Advice

Amherst and Williams Colleges have partnered to present our inaugural Diversity Career Day on Wednesday, October 21. Following the virtual afternoon meetup between employers and students, please join us for this alumni panel discussion on the topic of "Bringing Your Whole Self to Work."

In this discussion, student moderators Jeremy Thomas (Amherst ‘21) and Essence Perry (Williams '22) will invite alums from both schools to share experiences from their own career paths, as well as advice for current students. This event is open to all, but primarily targeted towards current students who are navigating the job search, hiring process, and entry into the workplace as diverse candidates and hires.

Our panelists' and moderators' bios are as follows:

PRINCESS ADEDOYIN (Amherst '19) is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and has been working in the firm’s Boston office, though now remotely, for over a year. At Bain, she serves as Diversity Lead for the Amherst recruiting team and the Volunteer Engagement Officer for its social impact consulting group, Inspire. This summer, Princess led a virtual, six-week Consulting “Summer Camp” for Black women at Amherst College, meeting weekly to prepare for the upcoming recruiting season and going through resumes, cover letters, case prep and how to obtain an offer. During her time at Amherst College, Princess was involved in a number of activities: she co-ran the popular AC After Dark Program, was heavily involved in the African and Caribbean Students Union (ACSU) as Senior Chair, was a Resident Counselor, worked as a Questbridge Telementor for 4 years, and also ran and founded her own hair braiding business to service the Black community in the Pioneer Valley.

VALERIA CUETO (Williams '09) is a first-generation American from Miami, Florida. She is the eldest daughter of Cuban and Nicaraguan immigrants and a first-generation college graduate from her alma mater, Williams College. Cueto is the Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) at Illinois College (IC). She also holds membership in Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization (CIELO), Springfield Dominican Anti-Racism Team (SDART), and Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Board, and she is treasurer of the Springfield Advocacy Network (SIAN). In these positions, she has organized rallies in downtown Springfield against the inhuman treatment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Cueto is committed to journeying with immigrant communities and fighting against systemic racism. Cueto advocates for local immigrant families; has written and delivered speeches; published op-eds in the SJR; and appeared on the local radio and television for immigrant advocacy. She lives in Springfield, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters.

ASHLEY J. FINIGAN (Amherst ’08) is an upper school History and American Studies teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School. In addition to teaching, Ashley is also a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Chicago, where she is currently at work on her dissertation – an organizational history of the National Council of Negro Women. While at Amherst, she double majored in Black Studies and History, worked as a Resident Counselor, served as a telementor, was a member of the Black Students Union and sang with the gospel choir. Building on her experiences in the Reading, Writing, Teaching program and Inside-Out Prison exchange, Ashley chose to pursue a career in education, and after graduation returned home to New York City to work as a high school global history teacher through the Teach for America program. She then moved on to earn an M.A in African American Studies from Columbia University and eventually relocated to Chicago to pursue further graduate study. While at Chicago, Ashley led summer arts education programs housed at the Smart Museum of Art, in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, and served as a mentor with the Minds Matter program. In her current position at the Berkeley Carroll School, Ashley has developed courses in African American and Caribbean history and served as a faculty advisor to the school’s A Capella Club and the Girls II Women student group. Through all her work, Ashley has come to think of herself as a knowledge producer and seeks to apply her skills as a historian to multiple venues as an educator.

LANDON MARCHANT (Williams ‘20) is a Global Manager at ZX Ventures (Anheuser-Busch InBev’s global innovation and investment group). They are currently working on operations and global strategy rollout for an early-stage e-commerce startup launching in eleven countries across three continents. Landon is also a disabled USAF veteran, former skilled trades apprentice, community college student, and graduate of Williams College. At Williams, they majored in Philosophy and Sociology with a concentration in Science and Technology Studies. Their advocacy work ranges from direct mentorship and resource-sharing to public speaking, writing, and research. Landon is a founding member of the active-duty transgender military group SPART*A, a Point Foundation alum (2017—2020), and has performed extensive graduate-level research examining the individual experiences and collective standpoint of transgender military service members and veterans.

ESSENCE PERRY (Williams '22) is an Economics and Philosophy major from Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Throughout her time at Williams, she has taken classes related to public policy, the relationship between capitalism and the state, and creating a more equitable future for marginalized communities. On campus, she is the Co-President of College Democrats, an organization dedicated to fostering political engagement on campus, as well as a member of the newly-formed student government, helping provide students more equitable access to funding and college governance. Generating change and creating positive social impact is something that is incredibly meaningful to her, and it guides many of the activities she does on campus and hopefully after Williams.

JEREMY THOMAS (Amherst ‘21) is a senior at Amherst College from Houston, Texas, where he graduated from William P. Clements high school. At Amherst, Jeremy is a double English and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought major. He is currently Student-Body President and Student-Director of the Office of Student, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Previously, he has been Captain of the Mock Trial Association and President of the Black Student Union. During his summers, Jeremy has worked as an investigative intern with Georgetown Law Center’s Prettyman Clinics, as an Elizabeth Ruyter Fellow with the Southern Center for Human Rights, and as a summer fellow with Reprieve. After graduation, Jeremy plans to attend law school to pursue a career in public interest law.

Learn more about Diversity Career Day at Amherst's Loeb Center for Career Exploration & Planning website ( or Williams' '68 Center for Career Exploration website (

Cultural Loss Mixer

Please join ASA, ACSU, MENNA, BSU, LA CAUSA, MSU, CSA, SASA, KSA, AND NISA on October 21st at 8pm EST via Zoom in a discussion about the types of relationships that we have with our cultures and how they play a role in our daily lives. This mixer will be a good opportunity for you to meet people from various affinity groups, as well as a chance for us to discuss the similarities and differences in our cultures.

Students Only