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Essential Initiatives

These five presentations (four in the fall semester; one in the spring) are considered "essential" in the holistic development of new-to-W&M students as each supports a key element found within our community.

Community Values and Responsibilities

This online session will teach students about the Student Conduct process and the Honor process. By using both video and written slides 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.

Let's Get Consensual

This session engages participants in a values-based approach to sexual violence prevention. Throughout this session, we will discuss the importance of communication, boundaries, and consent. We will understand how we can act to intervene to care for members of our community. Finally, this session will briefly discuss ways to support a friend if they experience harm on our campus. 

Authentic Excellence II:  Flourishing in a Relentless World

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.