Our residence halls are at the heart of William and Mary. Students are empowered to create, govern and take responsibility for their community. Together we strive to create an atmosphere that encourages and nurtures friendships, allowing students to learn, develop, explore and find their place at William and Mary.
- To provide a safe and secure living community that complements the mission of the College and contributes to individual development.
- To challenge residents to accept responsibility for themselves as individuals and as members of the College residential community through the policy of Self-Determination.
- To provide and support well-trained staff to assist residents as they pursue successful college experiences.
- To serve as liaisons to Facilities Management to provide residents with a clean and functional living environment.
- To encourage an environment of mutual respect that promotes personal, social and academic development.
- To help students develop a sense of belonging in their residential community by supporting and promoting opportunities for involvement, leadership, and diversity.
- To offer residents programs and opportunities to engage in social and intellectual interactions.
Residence Life Diversity Action Statement
As a department central to the social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of students at the College of William and Mary, Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse residential community, enriched by the presence and participation of men and women of different races, nationalities, ethnicities, socioeconomic circumstances, abilities, ages, sexual orientations, political viewpoints, veteran status, religious/spiritual, and/or philosophical beliefs, or any other category protected by the Commonwealth or by federal law. This commitment goes beyond mere tolerance of differences by seeking to minimize attitudes and actions that have separated, excluded, marginalized, or oppressed people in the past, and facilitating understanding and recognition. These aspirations complement, in a meaningful way, the mission of the College, its curriculum, social life, and general climate. Forging an appreciation for diversity in the residence halls is a fundamental commitment, consistent with the goals of an institution of higher learning. We actively demonstrate our commitment to the success of all community members through our programs, policies, and services. Therefore, pursuant to the goals of the College, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Residence Life Diversity Action Plan Residence Life will annually review and bi-annually assess this plan and modify it accordingly.
Student Affairs Division Diversity Statement
The Division of Student Affairs strives to ensure a safe, affirming, and nurturing environment for William and Mary students and staff. Inherent in this mission is a belief that a strong community is built upon, and enriched by, both commonalities and differences. Division members recognize and celebrate the fact that William and Mary students, staff, and faculty are diverse—varying in age, physical abilities and cognitive talents, socioeconomic status, political viewpoints, religious/spiritual and/or philosophical beliefs, and sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic identities. We actively demonstrate our commitment to the success of all community members through our programs, policies, and services. We foster a welcoming environment based upon open and considerate dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect for individual differences.
College's Statement on Diversity
The College of William and Mary in Virginia is a community of teachers, students, and staff who share our national ideals of human equality, democracy, pluralism, and advancement based on merit. We give life to these principles—and prepare women and men to be citizens of the wider world—when we value diverse backgrounds, talents, and points of view.
As a community, William and Mary believes that cultural pluralism and intellectual freedom introduce us to new experiences, stimulate original ideas, enrich critical thinking, and give our work a broader reach. We cannot accomplish our mission of teaching, learning, discovery, and service without such diversity.
William and Mary belongs to all Virginians, to the nation, and to the world. Yet our College, like our country, failed for many years to open the door of opportunity to all people. In recent decades, William and Mary has made itself a more diverse community, and thus a better one. Structures and habits that create injustices, however, have yet to be fully banished from American society. We are committed to establishing justice.
The College of William and Mary strives to be a place where people of all backgrounds feel at home, where diversity is actively embraced, and where each individual takes responsibility for upholding the dignity of all members of the community.
- Approved by the Board of Visitors on November 17, 2006.