Class of 2021 Newsletter
October 2019
Dear Class of 2021,

The William & Mary community is bustling with activity. Three highlights for this month include Family Weekend (Oct. 4-6), Fall Break (Oct. 12-15) and Homecoming
Weekend (Oct. 17-20). 

Family Weekend is a time when we invite all parents, siblings, grandparents and family members to enjoy a weekend full of events and special programs that you can enjoy with your student! We also hope that in addition to visiting on campus, you have the chance to enjoy the company of your student over Fall Break. 

Finally, we encourage you to consider hosting a student extern for one or two days at your business over winter break! The Tribe in Action Externship Program is a wonderful opportunity to have William & Mary students job shadow at your company--to develop a deeper understanding of a field that they are considering, as well as begin to develop a stronger professional network. The deadline to  post externship opportunities is  October 7th! Details are below.

Michael and Julie Britti P ’21
Save The Date: Academic Advising Webinar
On Thursday, October 17th at 12:00pm Parent & Family Programs will host W&M's academic advising team. While W&M uses a faculty advisor model, there is also a robust support system for faculty and students. Presented by Professor Tom Linneman & Faculty Director and Associate Director of the Office of Academic Advising Shelly N. Laurenzo, this webinar will emphasize the advising meeting that happens in the middle of the fall semester.
Family Weekend
Remember that this weekend, October 4-6, William & Mary hosts it's annual Family Weekend. Family Weekend features a wide variety of family-friendly events and special programs that you can enjoy together with your student or on your own. If you are planning on attending check out our schedule of events to see what we have in store.
Winter Externship Application
Have you considered posting an Externship opportunity? Time is running out! An Externship is a brief (1-2 day) job shadowing opportunity available over Winter Break. Externships give students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the fields they are considering and strengthen their professional networks. All externship opportunities must be posted on Tribe Careers by 5:00 PM EST Monday, October 7th, 2019.
Petit Fours and Petticoats - stop by on Family Weekend
You are cordially invited...Saturday October 5th, 4-6pm Join us for afternoon tea and refreshments at the William Randolph Lodging - the smallest residence hall at W&M. Take a picturesque walk through Duke of Gloucester Street to visit our unique college home at 406 E. Nicholson street. An opportunity to sit and mingle with students and faculty who all care deeply about what CW has to offer. Relax, and come learn about how to take advantage of the student collegiate passes, parent discounts, or how your student can apply to live in this amazing home.
Transfer Appreciation Week
October 21st-25th FYE and other offices on campus are celebrating our transfer students! Throughout this week, there will be educational and social events happening on and around campus to honor transfers and provide them with more resources. This is also a great opportunity for the transfer, commuter, JDP Host, and exchange students to catch up with their groups from orientation and meet transfer & more students from previous years.
Workforce Recruitment Program: A Collaborative Effort with Student Accessibility Services
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Applications are open and will close October 15. Contact Anna Whiston (Student Accessibility Services) at or Tonya Nations (Cohen Career Center) at for more information. Additionally, applications will open for the Cohen Career Center Externship Program in early October. Students can find these winter break job shadow opportunities posted in TribeCareers.
Orange is the New Black's "Big Boo"
Lea DeLaria
You are invited to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with ‘Big Boo’ Lea DeLaria, from the hit Netflix Series “Orange is the New Black” on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium. Lea DeLaria is an actress, comedian, jazz musician, and Carrie 'Big Boo' Black on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black. Sponsored by: Center for Student Diversity & Alma Mater Production (AMP).
Civic Agency Project
This year Nine Undergraduate students embark upon the inaugural year of W&M's first Civic Engagement Think-tank! The Civic Agency Project (CAP) is an undergraduate think tank 
that focuses on problems of civic engagement and democratic leadership and focuses on bridging the gap between academic learning & civic engagement.  
Break Transportation
Is your student traveling beyond Williamsburg for any one of their breaks this semester? Parking & Transportation Services offers a Shuttle Service to both Richmond and Newport News. They also provide a list of shuttles/transportation options to other areas of high frequency travel through third party organizations.
W&M Student Tutoring and Mentoring
Has your student been interested in why there is an opportunity gap and how they can help to close it? If so, they may be interested in working with Lafayette Kids or Griffin School Partnerships. Each week W&M students provide tutoring and mentoring to young people in the Williamsburg-James City County schools, and who live in Lafayette Village, a subsidized housing community in Williamsburg. Your student’s willingness to actively engage in these programs can help them contribute toward closing the opportunity gap by supporting students in our community as they navigate daily challenges.
Fall 2019 President’s Council Retreat
The Center for Student Diversity recently hosted our annual President’s Council Fall Retreat. This retreat focused on Organizational Goal Setting, Fostering Collaboration, Leadership Development Skills, Membership Engagement, Recruitment & Retention, and Team Building.

This council of leaders meets for two leadership retreats as well as 4 meetings throughout the year. 37 students representing 35 diversity-centered student organizations attended this five hour Fall retreat. The retreat was facilitated by Joseph Walters and Stephanie Walters of The Redelynn Group. This is the third year that The Redelynn Group has lead this retreat. Students were also given the book “This is Why You Go to College: How to successfully graduate in REAL LIFE STUDIES outside the classroom and beyond” by J. Yancy Merchant Jr. The author added a note and signed each copy of the book for the students. This retreat was made possible by Parent and Family funding.
The Haven's 5th Anniversary
To kick off The Haven's 5th anniversary celebration, we are excited to launch The Haven's first newsletter! We hope you join us  October 19th  during Homecoming weekend to celebrate five years of advocacy, support, and empowerment. This event will recognize current volunteers, bring back and celebrate past volunteers and their impact on the William & Mary community, and honor The Haven's extraordinary contribution to campus.

Those attending will receive a special commemorative 5th Anniversary lapel pin. Refreshments will be served and we will be joined by special guests.
Homecoming with FYE
Friends and Alumni of FYE are invited to join us for a tailgate before the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 19th. This will be a great opportunity for current students involved with FYE to meet former transfer students, Orientation Aides, Orientation Area Directors, and Initiative Directorate members.
Parent & Family Giving

This month, we highlight how the Parents Fund supports the Cohen Career Center to help your student become career-ready.

Last year, the Parents Fund provided:

  • $34,000 toward Funding for Unpaid Summer Experience, which – together with other philanthropy – awarded 20 students grants to pursue unpaid internships
  • Scholarships for students to participate in Cohen’s career immersion trips 
  • Transportation to SuitUp 
  • The Wine, Dine, How to Act Fine Etiquette Dinner
  • New technology in the presentation room and conference room and iPads to check students in to programs, workshops, and services offered at the Cohen Career Center

This summer I had the rewarding experience of working for the Boston City government in the Department of Neighborhood Development, which would not have been possible without the Parents Fund. 
Lauren Chapman ‘20

This summer, I interned with a team of scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It was an incredible opportunity to immerse myself into the supportive, education-oriented, curious culture of the museum and learn about the process of conducting research in a professional laboratory setting. My internship experience wouldn't have been possible without receiving funding from the Parents Fund.
Holly Waters ‘22

I am grateful for the Parents Fund and am fortunate to have been able to learn a significant amount of information this past summer, Interning at Boxwood Partners in Richmond.
Alhassan Ouf ‘21

Please make a gift to the Parents Fund this month and help us reach our goal of $1 million by June 30, 2020. Your gifts help students grow personally, academically and professionally.
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