William & Mary

Aim 4

An academic and experiential program cultivating active citizenship

Aim 4 is a four year program which fosters students’ deepening experience of community engagement and growth as active and educated citizens. Students participate in academic coursework focused on community engagement, direct service with local community organizations, conferences and exchanges with regional universities, and facilitated reflections, while receiving personalized advising and unique opportunities and resources to support their development as active citizens.

The Aim 4 program:
  • Cultivates the skills and perspectives of active citizenship,
  • Develops teams of students with whom to explore, gain expertise, and collaborate for change,
  • Provides personal and purposeful advising to support an integrated experience at William and Mary 

Aim 4 is adaptive. Each of the four program year experiences is focused on the needs of that year’s cohort and asks students to explore and answer a specific guiding question.   

Freshman Year: Finding Roots supports students as they consider how they will develop their active citizenship.

Sophomore Year: Digging Deeper pushes students to explore how they will deepen their understanding of community.

Junior Year: Taking Responsibility focuses on students understanding how they are responsible for change.

Senior Year: Carrying Forth develops students understanding of how they will carry their active citizenship into communities. 

Aim 4 is flexible and individualized.  Students select their service partnerships and the social issues they study while receiving personalized support and advising from both the Coordinator of Community Engagement and Fellow for Local Engagement. Students may also apply into any year of the program and select to participate for one to four years based on their own devleopment and time commitments.  

Aim 4 is your pathway to active citizenship. To learn more about the opportunities of each year, including programs and application process, visit Finding Roots and Digging Deeper.

Applications for Freshman Year are due July 1st

Applications for Sophomore Year are due June 1st.