A William & Mary education is a "scholarship of engagement." Other people just complain about the devastating effects of poverty in the developing world, homelessness or global warming. We learn about social justice issues, develop partnerships with communities who are already taking action, and act alongside them in service for justice.
Each year, 6,000 W&M students participate in service projects, contributing more than 245,000 service hours through 90 regional partnerships and dozens of national and international alternative breaks.
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) connects W&M and the community to support students’ development as active and educated citizens and to promote positive, community-driven social change. Through active partnerships with local non-profit agencies and schools, and through community organizations across the country and around the world, student leaders facilitate all of their programs.
Every year, 75 motivated freshman students live and serve together as part of the Sharpe Community Scholars Program. "Sharpies" might take a special seminar on African American Vernacular English while participating in youth tutoring and mentoring programs, or study historic building preservation while lobbying to save a local landmark.
This scholarship of engagement affects and informs the lives of our graduates. W&M produces more Peace Corps volunteers than almost any other mid-sized college in the nation. Many others go on to public service, nonprofit management and simply living lives that prioritize their communities.
Learn more about community engagement at W&M and how you can become part of the solution.