Williams Economics Major Named Global Citizen Finalist

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Will Turett, an economics major of Williams College and native resident of Irvington, N.Y., has been honored as a finalist for the IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award. 

The IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award is the first student-focused study abroad award of its kind, recognizing six U.S college students who studied with IES Abroad in 2017, positively impacted their communities through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts while abroad, learned from their cross-cultural experience, and continued to better their communities, at home and abroad.

Through internships abroad with the European Environmental Bureau and European Forum Alpbach, Turett invested his translation and research skills and was able to partake in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to share knowledge globally. 

One winner from Grinnell College, Yesenia Ayala, and four other finalists - from Loyola University of Chicago, University of California-Berkeley, Villanova University and Yale University - join Turell as the next generation of global leaders as part of the 2017 Global Citizen of the Year Award. 

IES Abroad is a not-for-profit organization providing access to 140 study abroad and internship programs in 34 cities around the world. IES Abroad received inspiring submissions from its students across more than 30 different U.S. colleges, such as Williams College, University of California- Berkeley, and Yale University, to name a few.

As part of their applications, student winners shared a range of meaningful contributions and anecdotes, such as working with students from low-income communities in Santiago, translating documents to support the work of an environmental bureau in Vienna, volunteering with a nutritional health organization in Buenos Aires, and bringing attention to the individual stories of women in Spain and Morocco.

As the winner of the Global Citizen of the Year Award, Ayala will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and the five finalists will each receive a $200 cash prize.

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Williamstown Housing Board Advised to Focus on 'Below Market' Demographic

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust this month was encouraged to focus its activities on creating opportunities for people earning just less than the area median income.
A well-known local real estate developer and the CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. both told the body that there are more funding options for from state and federal sources for housing aimed at those making 60 percent or less than the AMI than for those earning 80 to 100 percent of AMI, a federal measure that depicts a number that half of an area's population earn above and half earn below.
"If there is a demonstrated need for 60 percent [below AMI], funds are available," David Carver told the trustees at their November meeting. "Your local funds should be directed to 60 to 100 [percent AMI] because that's where it gets difficult for the private sector to handle it and not possible for [BHDC's] projects to do it."
The board invited Carver and BHDC's Eileen Peltier to share their thoughts about the business of developing affordable housing and advise the body on how it might direct its efforts.
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