The Center for Student Diversity (CSD) strives to enhance students' success both in and out of the classroom and create a climate on campus that is inclusive and welcoming to all students.
The Center for Student Diversity is closed from Monday, December 20, 2021 to Sunday, January 2, 2022 for Winter Break!
The Center for Student Diversity Staff is remotely working on Monday, December 20th - Wednesday, December 22nd and Monday, January 3rd - Wednesday, January 19th.
The W&M family recognizes that Christmas is a period of joy, celebration, and prayer for our Christian faculty, staff, and students.
Kwanzaa is an annual holiday affirming African family and social values celebrated primarily in the United States from December 26 to January 1. Both the name and the celebration were devised in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies at California State University in Long Beach and an important figure in Afrocentrism. Karenga borrowed the word kwanza, meaning "first," from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, adding the seventh letter, an extra a, to make the word long enough to accommodate one letter for each of the seven children present at an early celebration. (The name Kwanzaa is not itself a Swahili word.) The concept of Kwanzaa draws on Southern African first-fruits celebrations. Kwanzaa is celebrated this year from Wednesday, December 26, 2021, to Saturday, January 1, 2022.
The W&M family recognizes that Kwanzaa is a period of reflection, joy, and celebration for our African Families and we want to take a moment to wish you a Happy Kwanzaa!