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September 27, 2021

Summary

I hope you all enjoyed Family Weekend as much as I did—with this being in-person this year, it was refreshing to see students and their families strengthen their bond with William & Mary. We have a full week of opportunities for engagement and learning, so without further ado, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

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I hope you all enjoyed Family Weekend as much as I did—with this being in-person this year, it was refreshing to see students and their families strengthen their bond with William & Mary. We have a full week of opportunities for engagement and learning, so without further ado, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. Tomorrow, the Studio for Teaching and Learning Innovation will host a discussion focusing on assessment of student work, especially the why, when and how of assessment. While in-person spots have been filled, the talk will be offered via Zoom from 12:30-2 pm. Please register if you are interested. 
  2. Starting Wednesday, the Center for the Liberal Arts is hosting a series of remote workshops for faculty on the COLL Curriculum, from proposing a new COLL 100 to workshopping COLL 300-level courses. Visit the Center for the Liberal Arts website for more information.
  3. The Democracy Project here at W&M has had a tremendous start to the year, with an initial panel for all incoming new students, “Better Arguments Bring Us Together,” featuring Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler, Law School Dean Ben Spencer, and Associate Professor of Government Jaime Settle. In addition, I’m excited for our community to read Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg for our One Book, One Community program. Vice Provost Steve Hanson, Dean Carrie Cooper and I had the opportunity to participate in a lovely Family Weekend event at Swem Library this past Friday, where copies of this book were given out to students and their families. Furthermore, Professor Klinenberg will be visiting campus later this year. I am also pleased to announce that noted democracy scholar Daniel Ziblatt of Harvard will be delivering the annual Tayloe-Ross Lecture on International Peace on November 11. More information on both lectures will be available soon. 
  4. I am proud that INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected William & Mary as a recipient of one of their Higher Education Excellence in Diversity awards for the fourth year in a row. We look forward to continuing to foster and support diversity on our campus across all populations of our community. 
  5. This week’s shout-out goes to the Election Law Program in our Law School. As we approach voter registration day on Sept. 28, students and faculty leadership have been hard at work on the Revive My Vote project, in which law students help eligible Virginians with felony conviction histories regain the right to vote. As one of the many projects in our community to defend and protect our democracy, this work speaks to the core of our purpose as an educational institution. 

Thank you all, as always, for your continued great work this year.