William and Mary


A year-long program for incoming freshmen who aspire to active citizenship



With help from Hannah Boes,  the Citizen Engagement Fellow, you will select a local service site to volunteer approximately three hours/week throughout the school year.  You will select a site from an array of agencies based on community need and your personal interest.  Examples include tutoring, mentoring, W&M Campus Kitchen, local assisted living centers, Housing Partnerships, Habitat ReStore, Literacy for Life, and more.  Transportation will be provided to all sites.


Taught by Melody Porter, the 3-credit course, Community Engagement in Context,  blends academics with practical experience.  Alongside your Aim 4  cohort, you will apply your service experience to develop your understanding of yourself and your community to grow as an active citizen and effective leader. Through readings, discussion, lecture and reflection, you will gain an understanding of respect and mutuality, active citizenship, identity and privilege, how to work for social justice, the importance of relationships in community, advocacy and activism and social change. 


Your Citizen Engagement Fellow will meet with the Aim 4 cohort each week to discuss your progress at the volunteer site, to consider root causes of social concerns as well as evaluate the role each student can play in addressing community challenges.


Each student will develop a four-year community engagement plan which she/he will share with the entire cohort at the end of the spring semester.  The plan will be developed with guidance from the Fellow as well as through discussions with faculty and staff at W&M. 


Each student will select five W&M discussions to attend each semester and then report back to the cohort what they heard, what they learned and how they might use the new information to inform their decision-making for their community.

Every member of AIM 4 will have the chance to attend the National Conference on Citizenship, free of charge! Your fellow will provide guidance and transportation. 

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