Who is leading the trips?
Each trip will co-led by a Community Engagement Fellow and an upperclassmen student. The Fellows are recently graduate W&M alumni, serving a 10 month public service fellowship in our office. The student co-leaders are selected based on their skills and expereince with community engagement and service leadership.
Where will participants 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.
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 is also within walking distance to campus (468 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg). 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.
What's the cost?
The total 7 Generations program fee is $185 which is due by July 15 and is processed through W&M online payment system. A limited number of $100 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 the Tribe Family 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 freshman and transfer students called 7 Generations.
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 200 incoming students on the last afternoon 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.