Group photo of the 2023-24 Global Scholars

With a full slate of symposia, workshops, forums and a new course—Global Questions, Global Frameworks—Williams’ inaugural cohort of 12 Global Scholars hit the ground running in the fall. 

Over the next three years, the sophomores (who were selected last spring) will take a Winter Study travel course, fulfill foreign language requirements and participate in summer internships and independent study projects. As they move through the rigorous program, each student will have the support of a faculty member, two alumni mentors and a Williams senior to provide guidance on coursework, travel opportunities, managing life-work balance and future career goals.

Global Scholars Director Magnús T. Bernhardsson worked with staff in the Office of Alumni Engagement and the ’68 Center for Career Exploration to pair each student with alumni mentors based on shared interests and experiences.

“I had extensive conversations with each of the scholars to get to know their academic interests, particular areas of the world that they would like to explore, and how and what their dreams and hopes for the future look like,” says Bernhardsson, the Brown Professor of History and chair of global studies.

Students’ interests crisscross the academic disciplines, and their goals include attending medical school, solving aquatic pollution and studying developmental economics.

Sarah Wang ’26, a prospective history major with an interest in reparations and refugee belonging, says her alumni mentors have been “extremely helpful in offering advice both in regards to my academic experience at Williams as well as future career goals.” She was paired with Narah Moon ’14, an attorney adviser with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Chicago area, and Sarah Whitton Corstange ’05, an immigration lawyer in New York. 

“I was relieved by how willing they were to share their personal and professional uncertainties throughout the years after Williams,” Wang says. “As someone who hopes to pursue law school, I found it reassuring that I was able to be matched with such understanding and knowledgeable mentors.”