William & Mary

First-Year Initiatives

Essential Initiatives

These four programs are considered "essential" in the holistic development of W&M students as each supports a key element found within our community.

Making a Tribe Choice: Be Upstanding!

Health Outreach Peer Educators (HOPE) will present a program on bystander intervention.  As we are One Tribe, One Family, all students should learn how to step forward and help others faced with potentially unhealthy situations by offering assistance, support, and/or resources.

Community Values and Responsibilities

This program is a follow up to the Tribe Values session offered during the initial New Student Orientation. Members of the Honor and Student Conduct Councils will present scenarios that reflect some of the issues that freshmen face during their first year in college and steps they can take to avoid pitfalls that may arise during their time at the university.

Tribe Unity

This program is a follow up to the One Tribe, Many Stories session. Students will be able to explore further the various areas of diversity with current William & Mary students who will present this topic from the peer perspective.

Healthful Relationships

This program is a follow up to the Making a Tribe Choice session. This program is special, as the presenters are current William & Mary students who are dedicated to promoting healthful relationships, reducing sexual violence, and supporting survivors.