The world opened up to Alexis B. Foxworth ’15 when she decided to come to William & Mary.
The 19-year-old sophomore from Virginia Beach was asked to introduce Princeton professor and renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West at his speech at William & Mary’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program in January 2012. She was moved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk about compassion to more than 8,000 people at Kaplan Arena on campus in October 2012. And she was captivated by author and essayist Tim Wise’s insightful and frank talk about racism in November 2012 at the School of Education.
This summer, she will participate in the William & Mary D.C. Summer Institute, an accelerated program that combines classroom and experiential learning through lectures, networking and an internship in the nation’s capital.
William & Mary’s varied and demanding coursework, coupled with these opportunities for learning and engagement outside the classroom, are providing unique stepping stones for Alexis for the future.
“The possibilities are limitless because this school is rigorous and requires so much,” she said. “The professors are passionate about their subjects and you have to give each one your best. That pushes me to do more.”
Gifts to the Fund for William & Mary, the largest source of unrestricted private monies at the university, open a range of opportunities and experiences to Alexis and other students.
Alexis’s goal is to become a lawyer. “I have wanted to be an attorney since I was 8 or 9,” she explained. She’s interested in civil rights law, specifically educational inequality. Alexis has lined up an internship during the spring semester at the nearby National Center for State Courts, where she currently is a volunteer.
Alexis also serves as vice president of the Pre-law Division of the Black Law Students Association chapter at William & Mary and as community liaison for Students for Criminal Justice Reform, an organization helping ex-felons to restore their voting rights.
“I knew William & Mary specialized in building students’ writing skills, analytical skills and critical thinking skills, all of which are important for law school. I have to write a paper in almost every class,” she said. “That’s helped me tremendously.
“Being a part of the William & Mary family, with so much history and such a legacy, means access. It means opportunity,” Alexis said, including those advantages for students created by private support to William & Mary. “I am here because so many alumni and others have paid it forward. And with all the opportunities I’ve had here, I’m obligated after I graduate and get my law degree to help this school grow even more and give others access to such a great education and institution as this.”