William & Mary

Living-Learning Community

A tight-knit community within the William & Mary community

  •  Director of the Sharpe Community Scholars Program Monica Griffin teaching in the Collaboratory.  
  •  An autumn trip to the pumpkin patch!  
  •  Sharpe Scholars in the Living-Learning Community Collaboratory.  
  •  Center for Geospatial Analysis Certificate Director Shannon White provides instruction on GIS mapping tools in the Collaboratory.  
  •  Sharpe Scholars gain hands-on experience with GIS tools.  
  •  The Sharpe Collaboratory is used for both academic and co-curricular learning opportunities...as well as photo opportunities.  
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In addition to the academic course work, there are several immediate, practical advantages to becoming a Sharpe Scholar. "Sharpies" live together in Spotswood Hall - a residence hall specifically for Sharpe and other Scholars. Students are able to interact and form bonds with their peers in Sharpe through the many academic and co-curricular experiences, mentor groups, seminars, community engagement projects, and social events. All Sharpe Scholars have at least one thing in common: they are interested in community-engaged research. The frequent interactions and common interest help form a close community and ease the transition from high school to William & Mary.

Our Living-Learning Community has the following goals:
  1. Deepening students’ social integration into the university and peer interactions related to academics outside the classroom.
  2. Increase meaningful connection to co-curricular opportunities that will enhance their academic and community engagement.
  3. Build students’ skills for collaborating effectively, ethically, and responsively with others in community work.
  4. Increase students’ capacity to describe academic relevance for engaging communities intellectually, in action and research.
  5. Foster transformational, collaborative learning among students from a variety of backgrounds and identities. 
There are plenty of benefits to living in a Living-Learning Community:
The Sharpe Collaboratory

A special room in Spotswood reserved for the Sharpe scholars which allows for most academic and co-curricular experiences to take place where Sharpies live! The room is equipped with resources for students to use throughout the day such as a large whiteboard, projector, lapdesks, creative art supplies, discussion cards, flip charts and reference resources. This is also where most weekly study hours take place as well as many of our social activities and events

An assigned Sharpe Fellow and mentor group

Fellows are always available to answer academic questions and help you navigate your first year in the program. Mentor groups meet throughout the year and participate in activities together such as going to see visiting speakers, attending sports events, nature walks, dinner dialogues, and much more.

Popcorn with Professors

Almost every week we have a faculty member come to the residence hall for an intimate discussion about their research, their department and their experiences in academia. Students are able to get access to faculty they may not take courses with and ask them questions about research and/or academic advice.

Community engagement as a community

Sharpies will participate in multiple community service projects as an entire cohort or with their mentor group.

Weekly community study hours

You'll have the chance to discuss coursework with your peers and provide a set recurring time for academic work. At various points throughout the year we have staff from Academic Advising and the Writing Resource center host study hours to assist students with any academic planning/registration or writing questions they might have.

Priority Registration

Due to required course enrollments and scheduling, Sharpe Scholars are among those who have first choice in choosing your fall semester classes. 

Research Funding

After your first year, you will be eligible to apply for $3,000 of funding for community-based summer research.

LLC Best-Practices Model