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Democracy Initiative


W&M aspires to be a place where respectful dialogue takes place on challenging topics.


As we chart a more inclusive future for our university, this democratic initiative will: shape our W&M experience to explore democratic ideals and practice civil discourse, deepen the understanding and practice of democratic citizenship in the United States and beyond to meet the most pressing needs of our times, and elevate W&M’s voice in the national and global conversations to uphold the democratic norms and institutions in the 21st century.

  • Acknowledge the past – Lemon Project
  • Invite broad involvement
  • Promote values – Strategic plan
  • Engage diversity
  • Practice discourse
  • Build a foundation of theory and practice
  • Activate learning
  • Convene conversations
  • Commit to process
Related Media

{{youtube:large|a9ZXNlvYl3w, Dr. Daniel Ziblatt delivers the 2022 George Tayloe Ross Address on International Peace at William & Mary. The lecture was also sponsored by W&M's Democracy Initiative.}}

{{youtube:large|AYhWf76XzOE, Overview of the Better Arguments Project, a national civic initiative created to help bridge divides by helping people have better arguments.}}