In my view, people benefit enormously when they possess cultural dexterity--when they learn to engage differences from themselves with sympathetic understanding and with pleasure in the rich diversity of human experience. The greater the cultural dexterity a person has, the greater his or her capacity to make a difference for the better and to thrive in the 21st century, where living and working amid diversity is the norm.
Engaging our differences with sympathetic understanding is hard work. We don't shrink from it at William & Mary. We want to be, and are, a community that genuinely welcomes people of all backgrounds.