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W&M’s Asian Centennial to culminate with special events

After a year and a half packed with academic collaborations, research, performances, exhibits and other programs, William & Mary’s Asian Centennial commemoration will culminate with several special events later this month, including Asian Centennial Day on April 30.

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W&M sociology professor discusses context around fleeing Ukrainians

As the Russian war against Ukraine entered its second month and U.S. President Joe Biden announced the U.S. will accept up to 100,000 displaced Ukrainian people, W&M News asked Professor of Sociology Jennifer Bickham Mendez to talk about forced migration.

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Filmmaker to document Asian history at W&M for centennial

Documentary filmmaker Marissa Aroy, distinguished film fellow for the university’s Asian Centennial, will be on campus in April to begin work on a video history of Asian people’s experiences at William & Mary.

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Tennis, anyone? Alumni-created app takes the hassle out of scheduling sports activities

If you can schedule rides using an app, why not tennis games? That was the thinking behind creation of a platform launched in 2017 by Paul Stratta ’85 and his then-teenage daughter, Manuka, with assistance from tennis-loving fellow William & Mary alumni Ann Searle Horowitz ’85 and Robert Weissman ’86.

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Leaders, W&M students bring local Black history to K-12 curriculum

A partnership between two William & Mary faculty members and local educational group The Village Initiative morphed from a community-engaged course into a project that is allowing local leaders and W&M students to bring Black history to the Williamsburg community and K-12 students.

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Exhibit shares stories of first Asian students at W&M

Sumié Yotsukura ‘22 and Brian Zhao ’23 recently celebrated the installation of the exhibit, “Pu Kao Chen: Thoughts of 1923 U.S. & W&M,” at Swem Library. The exhibit was the culmination of their research project to unearth the stories of the first Asian students to attend W&M.

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Congressman Scott outlines path to equality in virtual conversation

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott spoke about efforts to redress longstanding racial and economic inequality and systemic racism in the United States during a virtual conversation on April 8 with students, faculty, staff and other members of the local community.

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W&M’s working group on naming, renaming submits final report

William & Mary’s Working Group on the Principles of Naming and Renaming (PNR) this week presented its final report to President Katherine A. Rowe, who accepted it during the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday in the Alumni House.

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W&M alumna named White House press secretary

William & Mary alumna Jen Psaki '00 has been named the next White House press secretary by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office in January.

Kibiriti Majuto
W&M students learn from Black-led community organizations as interns

As part of the sociology department’s Social Justice Policy Initiative at William & Mary, six students are doing internships this semester with three local organizations working in the areas of voter registration, legal redress, educational equity and African-American history.

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W&M establishes Social Justice Policy Initiative

William & Mary students and faculty have formalized and expanded several programs focusing on equity issues in the local community, and added new ones, with the establishment of the Social Justice Policy Initiative in the sociology department.

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Alumna uses experience combating Ebola to fight COVID-19

As an officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Megan L. Casey ’04 evaluated hospital and clinic infection control practices in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Now she's taking her expertise stateside.

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Lamar Shambley '10 helps Brooklyn teens study abroad

Lamar Shambley '10 founded Teens of Color Abroad, a nonprofit that offers language immersion study abroad programs to high school students of color, to provide the same opportunities to others.

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Eight weeks in Asia: W&M students get real-world experience a world away

Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.

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Doctoral research details Magruder neighborhood history

In his William & Mary doctoral dissertation, Travis Harris Ph.D. '19 details how residents of the predominantly African American neighborhood of Magruder were displaced when the Navy took over their property to build Camp Peary in the early 1940s.