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Student Programs

Students are the lifeblood of the University and a powerful font from which energy around social justice issues flows. The Center aims to educate, inspire, and empower our students. It partners with numerous student organizations across campus to develop and sponsor programming, including the Black Law Students Association, Equality Alliance, Journal of Race, Gender, & Social Justice, and the Student Bar Association. It offers students opportunities to interact with experts and activists, and students will actively participate in programs by moderating panels and facilitating discussions. The Center's blog will also solicit and publish student posts. To learn more and to volunteer, contact the Center at [[socialjustice]].

Social Justice & Diversity Graduate Research Fellows

The Social Justice & Diversity Graduate Research Fellows Program brings together graduate students from across the disciplines in a community to support and promote research in the areas of social justice and diversity. The fellowship facilitates networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, provides a platform for feedback and mentoring, and creates a space where new projects can be developed and promoted. The Program is housed in the School of Education and directed by Dr. Natoya Haskins, Associate Professor of Counselor Counseling and Dr. Janise Parker, Assistant Professor of School Psychology.

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Law School Leadership Institute

The William & Mary Law School Leadership Institute provides a special opportunity for select first-year students to identify and develop their innate leadership skills early in their legal careers. We seek to bring together students with varied backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate leadership potential, but past leadership experience is not a requirement. Many Institute participants have been inspired to assume leadership roles during their law school careers in organizations such as the Black Law Students Association, the Latino Law Students Association, the Student Bar Association, the Women’s Law Society, and many others. Some have started their own student groups or organizations or found other ways of practicing leadership in their communities. The Institute is directed by Laura Heymann, Chancellor Professor of Law.

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W&M Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience

The William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) program supports W&M Scholars, a small group of academically distinguished students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or are members of underrepresented groups who would contribute to campus diversity. Many will be the first members of their families to attend college. All applicants are considered for the award, and no separate application is needed. Awards are worth the amount of in-state tuition and fees and are renewable each year as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing. WMSURE faculty mentors provide guidance throughout the college experience and promote strategies for academic success and undergraduate research. WMSURE is directed by Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education and Dr. Iyabo Osapiem, Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies and Linguistics. 

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