About Our Office

Students volunteer with Habitat for HumanityThe mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to connect the College and community to support students’ development as active and educated citizens and to promote positive, community-driven social change.

Our vision is that students will prioritize working within and understanding community in a lifelong pursuit of social justice.

Our office is located on the third floor in Blow Hall. The third floor is a hub of activity for students, faculty and community partners in which they consider a variety of ways to learn together how to respond to needs and issues as part of our broader community.

What We Do
  • Promote the development of active, educated citizen students at William & Mary, combining intellectual  rigor and community service to generate positive, community-driven social change
  • Connect community organizations with students and faculty to create mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Provide opportunities to tutor and mentor local students through our educational programs
  • Offer ongoing and one-time local service projects  for students and groups through our local community engagement programs
  • Organize regional, national, and international opportunities for immersive service and action at home through Branch Out Alternative Breaks
  • Introduce new students to diverse social issues and community-building methods  before move-in day through our 7 Generations Pre-Orientation program
  • Connect students to programs of Community Studies, including the Minor in Community Studies and Sharpe Community Scholars program
  • Provide grant funding for innovative community engagement projects that develop students as active citizens and to support communities in achieving their own goals
  • Engage the minds of students, community partners, faculty and staff with discussions about social issues and community topics in Community Lunches
  • Sponsor campus events and forums promoting the development of active citizens, including the annual William & Mary Active Citizens Conference