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Past Community Conversations

President Katherine A. Rowe is hosting Community Conversations to address questions about how the university is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 18, 2021
Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 18, 2021

Join President Katherine Rowe for the second and final Community Conversation centered on the university's strategic planning effort: Vision into Action. During this phase of planning, we are charting a longer-term vision and near-term actions that will maintain the university's positive momentum under pandemic. Guests include Peggy Agouris, Provost, Co-chair of SPSC; Ginger Ambler, Vice President for Student Affairs, Co-author of Flourishing & Engagement White Paper; Henry Broaddus, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Public Affairs, Phase III Lead of Strategic Planning; Steve Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies, Co-author of Teaching & Learning White Paper; Amy Sebring, Chief Operating Officer, Co-author of Research & Innovation White Paper. Learn more about Strategic Planning: http://www.wm.edu/strategicplanning

Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 30, 2021
Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 30, 2021

It's been a year like no other. Even in the midst of pandemic, graduating students are prepared to pursue their passions and thrive in a rapidly changing world. With the 2020-21 academic year concluding in May, President Katherine Rowe held a special Community Conversation with student Commencement award recipients. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities over the last year, what they’re looking forward to over Commencement Weekend and life after graduation.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - March 22, 2021
Community Conversation with President Rowe - March 22, 2021

What will William & Mary look like in a post-pandemic world? Join President Katherine Rowe and guests for a Community Conversation that will look ahead as W&M renews its third phase of strategic planning: Vision into Action. In Phase III, we will chart a longer-term vision and near-term actions that will maintain the university's positive momentum under pandemic.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - February 4, 2021
Community Conversation with President Rowe - February 4, 2021

This Community Conversation with President Katherine Rowe explores the different ways students, faculty, staff and alumni are taking positive action to improve the lives of others during the pandemic. Amid so much uncertainty in our world, their work brings renewed hope for greater unity and a brighter future.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - October 20, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - October 20, 2020

Join President Katherine Rowe for the next edition of Community Conversation as she sits down with William & Mary’s three new deans — representing Arts & Sciences, the School of Education and the Law School — to discuss their vision for the future. The conversation will raise the curtain on a variety of new innovative projects and initiatives students and faculty are working on this fall semester, both in person and virtually. Participants: Rob Knoeppel, Dean of the W&M School of Education Ben Spencer, Dean of the W&M Law School Maria Donoghue Velleca, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Community Conversation with President Rowe - September 2, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - September 2, 2020

This week's Community Conversation focuses on how the fall semester will be different and new opportunities offered by the university that enrich the student experience. Participants address social justice issues and the steps William & Mary is taking to keep our community safe and well. Participants include: W&M Police Chief Deb Cheesebro Assistant Director for Health Promotion T. Davis Student Assembly President Anthony "AJ" Joseph Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership Drew Stelljes Dean of Students Marjorie Thomas

Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 13, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 13, 2020

Join President Katherine Rowe for a special Community Conversation with Kristen Popham '20, Cameron How ’20, Elizabeth “Ellie” Thomas ’20, Milka Mered ’20 and Alexis C. Michalos M.Ed. '20 focusing on Commencement and life after graduation.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 6, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - May 6, 2020

Join President Katherine A. Rowe, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center & Clinical Lecturer Graham Henshaw, Armed Services Arts Partnerships Founder Sam Pressler '15, Map My Customers Director of Marketing Natalie Marcotullio '19 and Former Miller Center Fellow Sonali Gobin '20 for a virtual two-part Community Conversation focusing on the importance of entrepreneurial thinking during a pandemic. Part One: Overview of the skills and mindset of entrepreneurial thinking. Part Two: A "pitch" and panel discussion with guests about the ways they are using entrepreneurial thinking during the pandemic and the outcomes of those efforts. Entrepreneurial Thinker Scavenger Hunt - www.bit.ly/wmethinkers

Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 22, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 22, 2020

Hear from President Katherine A. Rowe, Provost Peggy Agouris, Vice President for Finance & Technology Amy Sebring, Vice President for Student Affairs Virginia Ambler, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Public Affairs Henry Broaddus, Abhi Chadha '20 and Ellie Thomas '20 about how William & Mary is responding to the challenges of COVID-19 and grappling with big questions and big decisions.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 15, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 15, 2020

In this week's Community Conversation, President Katherine A. Rowe discusses Admission & Enrollment Challenges and Opportunities in a Pandemic with Tish Canaday, Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity and Access, Henry Blackburn '20, Sonia Kinkhabwala '21 and Ellie Kurlander '24.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 8, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 8, 2020

For the third Community Conversation, President Rowe is joined by Peter Atwater '83, founder of Financial Insyghts, Marjorie Thomas, Dean of Students, and Eva Wong, Director of International Students, Scholars & Programs, for a discussion about confidence and decision making amid crisis.

Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 1, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - April 1, 2020

For the second installment in the virtual Community Conversations series, President Rowe is joined by Kelly Crace, associate vice president for Health & Wellness, Maddy Miller, senior and wellness ambassador and Colin Cross, graduate student and graduate assistant with the Fitness & Wellness program. The group discusses the keys to flourishing during this period of such rapid change and uncertainty. Read the W&M News story: https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2020/wellness-focus-of-president-rowes-second-virtual-community-conversation.php

Community Conversation with President Rowe - March 27, 2020
Community Conversation with President Rowe - March 27, 2020

In the first virtual Community Conversation, President Rowe gives the William & Mary community an update on the university's response to COVID-19 and discusses the path moving forward. She is joined by Student Assembly President Kelsey Vita, Junior Class President Aria Austin, Assistant Professor Carrie Dolan and Professor John Swaddle, who provide some insight into what their first week was like after making the transition to distance learning. Read the W&M News story: https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2020/wm-president,-university-community-explore-themes-of-resilience-during-virtual-discussion.php