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November 1, 2021

Summary

I want to start this week’s email with expressing my deep appreciation for all of your efforts this semester in supporting and teaching our students in multiple ways, making sure that they are equipped to learn as effectively and as positively as possible during their time here.

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I want to start this week’s email with expressing my deep appreciation for all of your efforts this semester in supporting and teaching our students in multiple ways, making sure that they are equipped to learn as effectively and as positively as possible during their time here.

Here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. With Election Day tomorrow, I ask that you be as accommodating as possible with your students, whether that be offering an asynchronous option or otherwise, so that they feel they have time to vote. I also hope that those of you who are registered to vote find the time to exercise your right to do so. Moving forward, we will continue to work together to explore how we can make Election Day a campus-wide holiday in the future.
  2. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion will rebroadcast two of the 6th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium presentations next week. Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart’s presentation will be shared on Wednesday, November 10, at 12:30 p.m., and Mr. Caylin Moore’s presentation will be shared on Thursday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m. Evelyn Hu-DeHart is a professor of history, American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University. Caylin Moore is the author of A Dream Too Big: The Story of An Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford.
  3. I congratulate the team involved in William & Mary’s research on the Bray School, in light of the new partnership with Colonial Williamsburg. This exciting project, including the William & Mary Bray School Lab directed by Professor Maureen Elgersman Lee, will enable community members from W&M and beyond to gain a deeper understanding of this history and the life of those associated with the Williamsburg Bray School. I look forward to watching this project develop further.
  4. This week marks the 20th Anniversary of W&M’s Washington Center, and many of us, including President Rowe, myself, deans and other members of the W&M community, will be attending Thursday’s celebratory events at W&M’s newest location in Washington. As we look toward expanding our presence and program offerings in the D.C. area, we are engaging in external and internal market and interest research to help identify opportunity areas that may be well matched with W&M’s strengths and vision for the future.
  5. My shout-out for this week goes to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. This office, through its work with IDEA grants, Diversity Champions, symposia and more, advances William & Mary, making us better, more equitable and more aligned with our values. The individuals in this office embody the core of our mission as a university: to educate accomplished, compassionate students who are prepared to make a positive impact on our world. I am proud of the work that has been done, with recognition that this work is never final and that W&M has a long road still ahead.

As we wrap up LGBTQ History Month and move into American Indian Heritage Month, I want to encourage you to talk with your students about meaningful ways to honor and celebrate these important times of recognition. Please watch the W&M Event calendar and the W&M Digest for opportunities.