The Gaudino Fund

The Gaudino Fund

Learning Through Experience and Reflection

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Welcome to the main page of the Gaudino Fund! Uncover the history of the fund, stay up-to-date with our newsletters, and learn more about fellowship opportunities for students as well as the work of our current Gaudino scholar.

The goal of the Gaudino Fund is to perpetuate Robert Gaudino’s emphasis on reflection, confronting our own biases through immersive engagement with otherness and, through that experience, learning to know ourselves more deeply and differently.

Read about our current Gaudino Scholar
Read about our Gaudino Scholar
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Katie Guthorn ’73
Vassar exchange student
Jon Kravetz ’74 James Mathieu ’72 Paul Peterson ’73


50+ Years of Uncomfortable Learning 

Students: apply now to attend the Living an Examined Life Retreat! More information  here


Professor Amy Holzapfel to Serve as the Next Gaudino Scholar

The Gaudino Fund’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Amy Holzapfel, Professor of Theater, will serve as the college’s next Gaudino Scholar beginning July 1, 2023.
Professor Holzapfel will be the 18th faculty member to hold this title, a position that has been active since 1982 to further the legacy of the Fund’s namesake, Professor Robert Gaudino, in promoting experiential learning opportunities on and off campus that challenge students and colleagues to reflect upon their own assumptions and deepen their understanding of others.
Amy’s three-year long Gaudino project, entitled ” Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Practices Across Disciplinary, Global, and Digital Divides,” will explore how, where, and by whom knowledge is acquired, processed, and stored in and through embodied practices. Amy’s vision for the project is to facilitate a deeper appreciation of ourselves and our humanity through engagement with embodied practices in the classroom and beyond.
Amy will succeed current Gaudino Scholar, Jason Josephson Storm, Professor of Religion, who has served in this capacity since July 2020. The Board of Trustees is incredibly grateful to Jason and Amy for their contributions to furthering experiential learning in the Williams community through their current and future work as the Gaudino Scholar.

Learn more about our Student Fellowships:  Watch our latest Gaudino Student Fellowship Overview (Sep ’22)

An endowment principally raised during the years immediately following Robert Gaudino’s death and during the College’s Third Century Campaign is overseen by the Trustees. Use of the Gaudino Fund’s monies is restricted to the purposes and subject to the procedures set forth in the Fund’s Mission Statement and By-Laws, which guide the activities of the Gaudino Scholar and Fund Trustees.