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First Year Community Engagement Programs

Begin with community

Welcome to William & Mary and the Williamsburg community. There will be many opportunities throughout your time at William & Mary to be part of positive social change and develop your active citizenship, and we offer opportunities to engage specifically for new students. 

7 Generations

7 Generations pre-orientation service trips are a four day experience directly preceding W&M Orientation. In small teams, incoming students engage the theme of sustainability in Williamsburg through direct service, education, and guided reflection while living together and exploring the community. This is a great program for students interested in an early introduction to community engagement and creating a social network before classes even begin. The program is open to freshman and transfer students. 

Welcome to Williamsburg

Welcome to Williamsburg programs facilitated by OCE introduce incoming students to the Williamsburg community through direct service, community scavenger hunts, and more. Opportunities are populated in late summer.

Civic Leadership Program

The Civic Leadership Program offers 15 select students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of engaging with their communities and creating positive social change. The program spans a Spring, Summer, and Fall term, includes two one-credit course opportunities, and provides at least $800 in funding to each participant. Applications open late fall.