Community Action Projects in 2011

  • FYI: We are an organization, publication and news source at the College of William and Mary, dedicated to showing how current issues relate to women's and gender issues. With this scope we hope to provide an alternative to the public media and educate about issues that affect us all. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.
  • "Stereotypes, Feminism, and You": This group worked to elicit discussions in the W&M community about what feminism is and, in particular, who feminists are.  One of our central questions was: how do stereotypes affect how we view feminism and how feminists view us?
  • Beauty, Actually: This CAP sought to promote a positive body image through discussing and analyzing the media's effect on how we perceive beauty and body image. We sponsored a "Campus-Wide No Make-Up Day" as well as interviewing students around campus and organizations such as CARES. This project culminated in creating a documentary using the footage we created and screening it to the W&M community.
  • Perceptions of Muslim Women: This group made a documentary exploring the perceptions of Muslim women and culture on the William & Mary campus. The documentary was screened and discussed in the W&M community.
  • Eating Disorder Awareness: Through fundraisers, informational flyers/brochures, and a movie screening of America the Beautiful (a documentary on America's beauty obsession and perceptions of body image), we raised awareness about eating disorders on the W&M campus, shedding light on little known information, dispelling myths, and promoting resources (i.e. CARES) along the way.
  • Trans Action Zine: This CAP project was dedicated to raising awareness about transgender issues throughout the campus community. Students created a zine which discussed various topics and answered questions about transgender life. They also held a screening of The Birdcage in order to promote the zine. 
  • Alta Gracia at William and Mary: This CAP group worked on advertising for the new line of sweatshop-free clothing from the company Alta Gracia at the W&M Bookstore. Alta Gracia is a humane, living wage environment that employs many women, giving them a better life. They worked with the aWEARness Fashion Show for Multiple Sclerosis and put some of the clothes in this show. 
  • Perception: A look at how gender and racial roles affect our daily lives. The purpose on our CAP was to explore hidden biases and prejudices among William and Mary students in a documentary format.
  • STRIP: Students Together Rallying for Inner Peace: Our main goal was to encourage both men and women to recognize and accept their beauty and strengths rather than focusing on the unattainable beauty that the media promotes. We believe this could be very positive for the College as we have recognized that there are many personal issues related to self image and conformity right here on our campus. As a generation that largely relies on the media and technology in our everyday lives, we constantly view unrealistic images of how we ought to look, feel, and dress. Instead of trying to be generic, we would like STRIP to encourage everyone to be their perfect and unique selves. Our project encourages students to "strip" themselves of outside influences and listen to themselves. After all, you cannot accept or appreciate others until you love and appreciate yourself.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy: Our group is lobbying Greek Life as well as student clubs and organizations to adopt formal non-discriminatory policies in their bylaws.  In addition, we are organizing a day where students will be encouraged to sign a pledge to not discriminate in their daily lives, and to not tolerate discrimination when they see it.
  • Feminist Youth Project: This CAP project sought to present non-stereotypical gender roles to young children ages five to eight. Students did a reenactment of Babette Cole's Princess Smartypants at the Williamsburg Regional Library. The book is about a young princess who doesn't want to get married and instead wants to be an independent woman. Before the play, the kids decorated crowns and had their faces painted. The students also handed out bookmarks with a suggested reading list on the back.
  • Vox Promotional Group: This group advertized and promoted activities and events for Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood, in order to increase membership and participation.
  • The Sex Slam: an open reading of poetry and other creative materials about sexuality, as well as a discussion about cultural taboos surrounding sexual activity and expression.