The goal of the Graduate Student Lunch Speaker Series is to provide learning and networking opportunities to all Higher Education graduate students, so that they might gain better insight into the workings of William & Mary as a complete university. The Higher Education Student Association (HESA) will coordinate these speakers and lunches as part of their executive duties.
Project Title:The Daily Work of Justice Conversation and Speaker Series
Various collaborators from across the College and community are planning for our second year of a social justice issues conversation series, based around the theme, The Daily Work of Justice. We envision hosting three conversation evenings in spring 2018, featuring guest speakers who can share their perspectives and lived experience related to a social issue. The conversations will be facilitated by members of the W&M community, and allow students, community members, and guest speakers to develop a sense of shared empathy and ways to act for justice, by sharing personal experience.
The team will be meeting in late August to make a final selection of social issue theme, following a spring meeting in which we brainstormed several options, including immigration, refugee crises, military families, and various issues affecting women. Many of the issues are intersectional, offering opportunities for further or expanded conversation. As in the past year, we will also be researching and sharing opportunities for action related to the social issue.
We are excited to build on the success of the series last year, which was empowering, compelling, and energizing for those of us on the planning committee and for many who attended. We received extraordinarily positive feedback and hope to continue that trend.
Project Title:Culturally Based Fraternity/Sorority (CBFO) Retreat
The William & Mary Fraternity/Sorority Community is experiencing growth in areas unlike before. There is growing interest from students who wish to start a fraternity or sorority that aligns with their cultural identity. With growth in these organization on campus, there is a need to create an advising and governance structure for those culturally based fraternities and sororities. Many strides have been made in this area in the past year. The addition of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. allowed for the creation of a Multicultural Greek Council. The W&M National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has made some wonderful progress in the past year with the operation of their organization. However, two-thirds of the membership graduated in May, the focus is to keep the momentum going.. This project would bring together the students in these organizations to work towards three things 1) continues to operationalize a governance and advising structure that meets the needs of its members and member organizations, 2) create a shared identity as a community, and 3) increase affinity as vital members of the W&M fraternity/sorority community. This project would fund an outside facilitator to come to campus and facilitate a day long retreat for the students in these organizations. This project was funded on the 2016-2017 academic year and was a huge success. This project will allow us to bring back the same facilitator for continued progress.