Andrew Williams ’85 grew up in a predominately African American working-class neighborhood of Indianapolis where he lived among people with direct experiences of the dehumanization, violence, and loss associated with U.S. and European racism.
Today, Williams works with undergraduate students seeking intellectual, political and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmentally sustainability. He is the executive director of HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“My Earlham education has definitely undergirded my success, first as a graduate student, and in my career,” Williams says. “Even though graduate school work demanded more time and a higher level of intellectual sophistication, I felt like the rigor of my undergraduate course work provided me a solid foundation for a smooth transition into graduate studies.
“Earlham is also where my passion for social justice was sparked,” he says. “That might sound cliche, but it’s true.”