Who is leading the trips?
Each trip will co-led by a Community Engagement Fellow and an upperclassmen student. The Fellows are recently graduated W&M alumni, serving a 10 month public service fellowship in our office. The student co-leaders are selected based on their skills and experience with community engagement and service leadership.
Where will I stay?
Each trip will be housed together with their site leaders for the entirety of the program. Participants will not stay in on-campus housing at any point, but instead will be housed in community buildings (including churches and YMCAs) near their service locations. The 7 Generations program cannot provide housing for any nights before or after the official program dates.
When do I arrive and depart?
The 7 Generations program will official begin at 11:30 on Monday, August 21 in Blow Memorial Hall (262 Richmond Rd.) We will have staff available for check-in starting at 11:15am. Our final program events will be the evening of Thursday, August 24, but participants will remain in their groups and be provided housing through the morning of Friday the 25 when W&M move-in begins.
Can I move things into my dorm room?
Maybe. Some residence halls will be ready for early check in and some will not. We will not know which rooms will be ready until closer to the time of the trips. We work with Office of Residence Life over the summer to notify participants whether their room will be ready for early check in or not.
Note** If you are given access to your dorms, it is only temporary access. You will be able to pick up a key at 9 am and will need to return it by 11 am.
How do participants get to/from the program?
7 Generations begins and ends at Blow Memorial Hall (262 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA) and participants are responsible for all travel to and from the program. If students drive themselves to the program, they will be able to store their cars here for the week. The local Amtrak and bus station (468 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg) is a 0.2 mile walk to campus. If participants are flying into the program, we suggest either the Newport News or Richmond Airport. Both offer ground transit options to and from campus. Unfortunately, because we are a small staff, we are not able to provide transportation to or from the airport but can help connect participants who have similar flight times and would like to share ground transportation.
What's the cost?
The total 7 Generations program fee is $135 which is due by August 4 and is processed through W&M online payment system. A limited number of $50 scholarship are available, and student can apply for a scholarship through the registration form. You will receive further details about the payment process after you register.
What's the point?
In the Office of Community Engagement, we believe being part of William & Mary means a responsibility to and a connection with those around us. For us, this connection does not stop at the Wren yard but rather extends to our larger communities - that of Williamsburg, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building off these principles of family, connection, and social responsibility, we sponsor a community engagement pre-orientation program for incoming students.
Why is it called 7 Generations?
The program's name comes from an Iroquois proverb which states, "in every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Our program will take this concept one step further, reaching back through history to see how the past affects the world now while taking direct action to change the future.
What are other ways to start my W&M experience with community engagement?
If you can't make 7 Generations or you just want even more community engagement experiences, consider signing up for SHOW Day. SHOW Day brings together 150 incoming students on the last morning of Orientation to volunteer throughout the community with W&M student service leaders. It's a great opportunity to meet many new incoming students interested in service and get a hands on introduction to the Williamsburg community. Lunch and transportation provided.