Purple Mountain Pathways

Give Extraordinary Students the Best Start to their Williams Experience

Your gifts to the Alumni Fund ensure that all Williams students have what they need to be successful once they start their first semester. Purple Mountain Pathways offer Alumni Fund leadership donors a closer connection to incoming first year students—especially those with a passion for STEM or the humanities who are the first in their family to attend college or from a historically underrepresented background.

It definitely did prepare me for my first semester here….you have more access to becoming the best student you can be here at Williams. -Meklit Tesfaye ’20, SHSS 2016


With your Alumni Fund gift of $25,000 you can make the Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program and the Summer Science Program possible for three incoming students. These programs are part of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Pathways for Inclusive Excellence.

Each five-week pre-frosh residential session of these programs provides new Williams students an immersive, supportive, and academically stimulating experience. Students are introduced to life at Williams, and establish close relationships with faculty, staff, and peer mentors. These programs help create a community of learners by introducing students to the academic, social, cultural and mental well-being support structures the college has to offer. The connections they forge among themselves and with faculty buoy them throughout their four years at Williams and allow them to feel an earlier and deeper sense of belonging on campus and in the community. 

When you commit to making a Purple Mountain Pathways gift, you make it possible for Williams to continue to provide this and other Pathways for Inclusive Excellence programs completely free to students.

There really is no cookie cutter ‘Williams student’ and [SHSS] is really about each person making a space for themself and growing in confidence in what they do and what they’re meant to be. -Abi Matthew ’18, SHSS 2014 and resident mentor, SHSS 2016


To sponsor Purple Mountain Pathways or to learn more about the program, please contact Laura Day ’04.