"Being an integral part of the William & Mary community was a fortifying experience for me. The community accepted me for who I was and valued me for what I had to offer. Diversity of thought, diversity of experience and the ability to be included allows us all to be more informed, more thoughtful and more aware of the world in which we live."
Ruth Jones Nichols ’96
A Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer
William & Mary is committed to advancing a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our community is comprised of individuals with different backgrounds, talents and skills and our vision is for everyone on and off campus to feel supported and affirmed.
Through initiatives across campus, we will build on efforts to enhance diversity and create a place where inclusive excellence is synonymous with William & Mary in word and deed. Philanthropic support and an engaged community that is dedicated to advancing our mission are vital to meet our goals.
Collectively, we can increase diversity among our faculty, student body population and academic programs and offerings. Together, we can fulfill our vision of providing an enriching and inclusive experience for our dynamic and vibrant community.
We hope you will help us pursue our vision and make a gift today!
Fanchon "Chon" Glover M.Ed. ’99, Ed.D. ’06
Chief Diversity Officer
Diversity & Inclusion Links
- 50th Anniversary of African Americans in Residence
- Task Force on Race and Race Relations
- The Neurodiversity Initiative
- The Lemon Project
- The Middle Passage Project
Diversity & Inclusion News
- Design for W&M’s memorial to the enslaved unveiled, fundraising target met for $2M project
- W&M receives national award for commitment to diversity
- LatinX founder shares why she gives back to W&M
- Ideas wanted for memorial to the enslaved
- W&M to mark site of 18th century school for black children
- Black at William & Mary - Fall 2017 Alumni Magazine
- Thomas to new students: "Get some light and share it."
- Progress continues on recommendations from W&M's task force on race
- W&M kicks off 50th commemoration with mural unveiling
- Hulon Willis Association celebrates 25th anniversary
- Shenkman Jewish Center to be constructed for W&M students
- W&M dedicates first buildings named for people of color
- Ernst & Young gives $1 million gift to support diversity and efforts at School of Business
- Camp Launch for gifted middle-school students
- Pride and prejudice: W&M's LGBTQ community
- Boswell Initiative
Supports teaching and scholarship on dimensions of LGBT life, both within the U.S. and globally.
- Camp Launch
Supports the Center for Gifted Education’s Camp Launch program in the School of Education.
- Carroll F. S. Hardy Scholarship Endowment *
Honors the late Dr. Carroll F.S. Hardy, an esteemed administrator who impacted the lives of multiple generations of William & Mary students and students from across the country from under-represented backgrounds.
- Center for Student Diversity
Supports the Center for Student Diversity at William & Mary.
- Diversity and Inclusion Fund
Supports the most pressing needs of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, or its successor program, at William & Mary.
- Dr. Betty Shabazz Lecture Endowment *
Honors the late Dr. Betty Shabazz and supports an annual lecture in multicultural affairs.
- EY Diversity and Inclusiveness Fund
Supports and promotes diversity and inclusiveness learning at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.
- Hulon L. Willis, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Endowment *
Recognizes students who have made significant contributions to the multicultural community at William & Mary.
- Hulon Willis Association Operating Account
Supports programs, events, and alumni engagement initiatives of the Hulon Willis Association, William & Mary’s African-American alumni affinity group.
- Jorge Alberto Urcuyo Scholarship
Provides need-based scholarship support to students who are residents in the U.S. but whose immigration status or classification makes them ineligible to receive federal student aid, with a preference for those who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
- Legacy Garden
Honors the first three African-American residential students at William & Mary and those that came before them. Learn more about the project.
- Lemon Project Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary
Provides support for a project to memorialize the enslaved people who labored on the campus of William & Mary. Learn more about this project.
- Multicultural Affairs Endowment *
Supports diversity programming at William & Mary.
- Neurodiversity Initiative
Provides programmatic support for the Neurodiversity Initiative.
- Richard Cornish Library Endowment *
Supports the purchase of materials to enrich the collections of the Earl Gregg Swem Library in literature and materials by and about gays and lesbians.
- W&M GALA Oral History Project
Supports the documentation of stories of the lives of W&M gay and lesbian alumni, faculty, staff and students.
- William & Mary Scholar Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE)
Provides operational and programmatic support for the participants in the WMSURE program.
* - Indicates an endowed fund.
To build upon existing efforts, the university aspires to create the following:
- An endowed lecture series.
- An innovation fund.
- Faculty fellowships
- Staff diversity initiatives
To learn more or support these efforts, please contact Mark Begly.