Be a ROOT Leader & Help Welcome First Years to Williams

IMG_6649Are you interested in learning how to make Williams a more inclusive, sustainable,
equitable place? Do you want to help facilitate such an experience for a group of diverse students who feel passionately about issues that really matter? If so, apply to be a ROOT leader.


In this EphVenture program, you will have the opportunity to
build leadership and community-building skills by working with incoming First Years.  ROOT, now in its third year, is a collaboration between the Davis Center and the ZilkhaIMG_0019 copy Center for Environmental Initiatives. This program encourages participants to explore and affirm identities in light of social justice and sustainability. ROOT leaders guide first-year students in exploring the intersections of these themes through activities,
discussions, and travel experiences in the immediate area.

ROOT Leader Application

ROOT will include:

  • Discussions and exploration of identity and sustainability, including (but not limited to) the topics of race, gender, and food
  • An group overnight with all Root freshmen and leaders at a beautiful environmental community center
  • A range of community service projects including farm work, baking for local underprivileged communities, and local trail cleaning
  • Field trips to locations including community gardens, Native American sites, and an apple orchard
  • An introduction and explanation of the structure of and resources available to students at Williams

Root LOGO 2014


In Root, students will have the opportunity to get involved with issues of social and environmental justice on both the local and global levels, while being introduced to college through the lens of diversity, sustainability, and social justice. You will walk away with a host of meaningful friendships and a deeper understanding of yourself and the world.

ROOT leader expectations:

• You are interested in learning more about sustainability, diversity, and social justice.

• You are available to participate in spring training, May 23-25.

• You are available to return to campus for fall training and able to participate in this EphVentures program, from August 28–September 4.

Application deadline is February 10, 2016.

Learn more and check out photos from last year by visiting the ROOT Facebook page.