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  • In 2014, Williams received a $1,047,311 subaward to support its participation in the Mellon Creating Connections Consortium (C3). Funded by a $4.7 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2012, the Mellon C3 is a three-year collaborative project, led by Middlebury College, Connecticut College, and Williams, to recruit and hire more underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and faculty. These undergraduate schools partner with Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley in achieving this goal. C3 postdoctoral fellowships have been created at Williams, Connecticut, and Middlebury for graduate students from Columbia and Berkeley and summer research internships have been created at Columbia and Berkeley for underrepresented students from the consortium schools. The first three Mellon C3 Postdoctoral Fellows started at Williams in fall 2014, teaching courses in English, Africana studies, and Latina/o studies.  The current C3 postdoctoral fellows teach courses in Latina/o studies, religion, art history, and music. Between 2014 and 2016, Williams undergraduates conducted research as C3 Undergraduate Fellows at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.

Michelle May-Curry '15 C3 Undergraduate Fellow 2014

Michelle May-Curry ’15
C3 Undergraduate Fellow 2014

  • The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUFP) is funded nationally by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as its signature initiative to remedy the problem of underrepresentation of scholars of color among college professors.  The program is designed to encourage undergraduates to enter PhD programs and to pursue academic careers.  Over its 25-year history, the MMUFP at Williams has grown in strength and scope.  Of the 25 Mellon Mays Fellows who graduated in the classes of 2007 to 2011, 64% have either earned PhDs or are enrolled in PhD programs.  Seven former Mellon Mays Fellows are currently members of the Williams faculty.
  • In 2013, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the college $64,000 in support of an exchange program between the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship programs at Williams and the University of Cape Town.  The grant funded expenses for Mellon Mays undergraduate fellows and faculty from the two schools to visit each other’s campuses.