Essential First-Year Initiatives

These five presentations (four in the fall semester; one in the spring) are considered "essential" in the holistic development of W&M students as each supports a key element found within our community. First-time-in-college students are required to attend three sessions with their residence hall community (although alternate sessions can be registered for on an individual basis when academic or health conflicts arise).

Community Values and Responsibilities

This session will engage students in scenario and discussion-based conversation regarding important aspects of our community values. Through discussion students will receive advice and information to assist them in making a successful transition during their first year at the university. Students also will learn about important resources available to them to assist with their success.

Tribe Unity within a Diverse Community

Tribe Unity is an exploration of identity and community. Our William & Mary community is made up of people from all over the world, every walk of life, with varied lived experiences. In this session, we will get to know the people in our community, explore our own identities, and understand new ways to hear and be heard.

Healthy Relationships

This session will engage participants in a values-based approach to developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Throughout this session, we will discuss the importance of communication, boundaries, and consent. Furthermore, this session will briefly discuss ways to support a friend if they are involved in an unhealthy relationship or may have experienced sexual assault.

Authentic Excellence II:  Resilience in a Relentless World (Late Fall Semester)

This online session continues the conversation from Orientation on flourishing and resilience.  Advanced strategies will be discussed that are specific to the first semester of the transition to college and that build upon the foundation of success they have already developed.

I Can...I Will...Using Your Values to Create Change (Spring Semester)

This web-based workshop will provide students with information needed to work from a place of values and intervene in a situation. Students will learn barriers to intervening, the steps to effective intervention, and see and hear examples of how others have successfully intervened. Lastly, students will be informed about resources on campus that can assist in situations where intervening may be necessary.