College of William & Mary

Contact Information

PO Box 8975, 262 Richmond Road, Blow Memorial Hall 326
Williamsburg, VA 23187

(757) 221-3263

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Education & Youth
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Year Founded 1994
  • Legal Form Public Higher Education Institution

The Office of Community Engagement connects the College and community to support students’ development as active and educated citizens and to promote positive, community-driven social change. Our vision is that students will prioritize working within and understanding community in a lifelong pursuit of social justice.

  • About Us
    We offer several ways for students to connect to community. First, sign up for our volunteer listserv for up-to-date opportunities. Then explore - get involved in tutoring and mentoring through our Educational Programs, large-scale service, anti-poverty and ongoing local service through Local Community Engagement Programs, and immersive service in communities locally and around the world through Branch Out alternative breaks.

    We can also help you to work directly with people to set up your own community engagement opportunities. Visit our Local Agency Directory to learn about organizations in the Williamsburg area, and find out how to complete required community service hours.

    If you work with a nonprofit or public organization, or are a faculty member at William & Mary and would like to develop projects with us, we'd love to join you in that.

    Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member or community member, we are glad to partner with you.
  • Our Impact
    The William & Mary Community Engagement Fellowships are designed to give William & Mary graduates hands-on experiences in nonprofit work as a career. We select graduates who are interested in dedicating at least one year of full-time work in the Greater Williamsburg area. Graduates from any academic major are eligible. Each fellow receives a $15,000 stipend, University housing and access to University facilities.

    One fellowship is offered in each of the following areas:

    Education: The Community Engagement Fellow for education will work to mobilize college students to serve in our lowest performing schools to mentor, tutor and serve as peer role models to keep students in school and on track to graduate from high school and go to college. The fellow will work to expand tutoring and mentoring, create college advisory programs and spend considerable time in schools.

    Health and Nutrition: The Community Engagement Fellow for health and nutrition will provide education on and opportunities for good nutrition, physical activity, and preventative care that will increase quality of life for vulnerable populations in the local community.

    Alternative Breaks and Health Literacy: The Community Engagement Fellow for alternative breaks and health literacy will support the work of Branch Out Alternative Breaks, Literacy for Life and the summer health interpretation program on the Eastern Shore, overseen by Prof. Jonathan Arries.

    Citizen Engagement: The Community Engagement Fellow for citizen engagement develops an array of workshops, small group discussions, lectures and individual meetings with students to address the opportunity for civil discourse around topics of social concern. The fellow advises a freshman, year-long program aimed at increasing students understanding of community and capacity to become involved in their community.

Positions at College of William & Mary