Community Action Projects in 2010

  • Questioning Blog: This blog is a safe space for students and others to speak openly about their experiences with their sexual orientation without fear of judgment. CAP students solicited and managed submissions, and promoted the site.
  • Namaste: This group is put together an event, including a self-made education video, to raise awareness in the William and Mary community about various issues affecting women in rural India. They plan to sell t-shirts to raise money to donate to Srijana, a organization in India that promotes women's education.
  •  "And the Beat Goes On..." Walk-A-Thon: This group hosted a Walk-A-Thon to raise money for the American Heart Association and to educate the William and Mary community about how heart health affects women.  
  • Surry Listening Project Documentary: Students in this CAP made a documentary about the women who are organizing the Surry Justice League against the construction of the Surry Coal Plant. It aimed to convey their stories with minimal influence from the producers. In a series of interviews, the women shared their insights into and experiences of community organizing.
  • Every Body is Fashionable: The purpose of this CAP was to promote discussion around campus of the diversity of body types, especially when it comes to tastes in fashion and different styles. Students hosted a fair on the Crim Dell Meadows where people could write about their fashion preferences, have their pictures taken, and enjoy snacks; created a blog; and produced a zine.
  • Women's History Performance: students worked on a performance that could be adapted to audience of different age groups to educate girls and young women, as well as boys and men, about prominent women in the fields of science, sports, and literature. They performed it for various children's and student groups off-campus.
  • The Hook-Up Etiquette Class: an opportunity to create an open dialogue about hook-up culture and consent at William & Mary. Students screened a short film that they made, Professor Danielle Currier (Sociology) spoke about her research into campus hook-up cultures, and students participated in a discussion.
  • "Hair":  explored the myriad relationships that women have with hair. Students screened a movie and guided a discussion afterwards.
  • Gay Play Day: an opportunity for the athletic community and the LGBTQIA community to come together. The event was created so that varsity athletes, who usually cannot attend Lambda meetings, could interact with Lambda members. Lambda's "Tribe Pride" t-shirts were sold and a potluck dinner followed the event, which was co-sponsored by Lambda.
  • Women in the Military: This CAP group worked to raise awareness of the difficulties and conflict that women frequently face while serving in the military. They raised funds and collected donations from individuals, groups, and businesses in order to send care packages to women living on military bases.
  • Mary Blog:  a blog addressing real and relevant concerns to William & Mary students. Each group member blogs about a different topic ranging from fashion and film to a section with an international focus and one that covers community happenings and progressive campaigns. Bloggers encourage their readers to comment on the posts.
  • Women and the Environment: This CAP group worked to raise awareness of the impact of environmental degradation on the quality of our lives, with specific emphasis on the particular ways women are affected. They created informational pamphlets about some of these concerns, and they also screened the documentary Love, Labor, Loss.
  • Azadah: Education brings Freedom: a music and poetry festival to help raise money for and awareness of the Central Asia Institute, an organization that helps bring education to women in Afganistan and Pakistan by supplying scholarships and building schools.    
  • Women's Access to Education: students collaborated with the Forum for African Women Educationalists, a pan-African NGO dedicated to retaining girls' enrollment in school and eliminating gender disparities within education. FAWE expressed the need for school supplies, as lack of basic supplies such as pencils and paper prevent children from attending school. Students collected school supplies that were sent to the Dr. John Garang Memorial School in Toirt County, Southern Sudan. They had a table at Sadler Center to collect supplies, and they also hosted a speaker from the School of Education to discuss the importance of women's access to higher education.
  • Same Sex Marriage Rally: this event was designed to raise awareness for the struggle to attain same sex marriages across the US. The rally culminated in a "mass same sex marriage" demonstration.  The project also involved an extensive media campaign advertising the event and raising general awareness for LGBT issues.
  • Real Beauty: Real Beauty is an organization inspired by the Dove Real Beauty Campaign that encourages a healthy body image among William and Mary students.  Students sought to reinforce the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The group conducted a survey of students' opinions of their bodies and what they find beautiful about themselves, and produced several flyers informing the campus of the results of our survey and exploring different beauty regimens from around the world. 
  • Weight-lifting for women: This CAP encouraged women to participate in free-weightlifting at the Rec Center by creating a class strictly for women.  A female certified personal trainer led a group of ten women in weight lifting exercises and strategies that best benefit women's bodies. Directly before the class, students gave a short presentation on our goals-- to make men and women feel equally comfortable in a public space.  To encourage a sense of community we sold spandex shorts, the proceeds of which went to Avalon Women's Shelter. 
  • Schools and Self-Esteem: This project sought to build self-esteem in young middle school girls by introducing them to feminist fairy tales. Students visited the Academy for Life and Learning for at-risk middle schoolers, and led a reading and discussion with students there.