One Tribe One Day offered the perfect opportunity to learn more about your favorite initiatives and programs at William & Mary.

There were more than a dozen virtual events offered throughout the day where attendees could tune in to hear stories of impact and connect with peers and W&M partners from across campus.

*Event recordings available

9 a.m. ET Events

Inspiring Teaching & Learning (Even in a Pandemic!)*

In this live Zoom session, Mark Hofer, director of the Studio for Teaching & Learning (STLI), will be joined by faculty, undergraduate student partners, STLI Faculty Innovation Fellows, and STLI team members to share inspirational stories of innovation in teaching and learning — now and beyond the pandemic. Discuss questions, share ideas and help STLI to imagine new opportunities as we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year.

Camp Launch: Providing Access to Educational Opportunities for Students of all Backgrounds*

Since 2012, William & Mary’s Camp Launch, a privately funded two-week residential summer program for middle and high school students hosted by the Center for Gifted Education, has been changing the lives of high-ability youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Designed to provide students with a vision for the future that extends beyond the world they know and to instill a love of learning, Camp Launch allows participants to explore STEM fields, writing and personal development. An exciting new opportunity will be available for campers in 2021 with the addition of day and residential marine science programs offered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Please join us as we discuss the impact Camp Launch has had on providing equal access to educational opportunities, building stronger communities and developing a pipeline for diversity in STEM fields.

12 p.m. ET Events

Business: Solving Tomorrow's Puzzles

Meet the business students and faculty solving tomorrow’s puzzles — today! We encourage all alumni, parents and friends to drop in virtually to meet the next generation of business leaders and learn about their transformational experiences at the Mason School. Ask leading business educators questions about how the Mason School is changing the world of business education and hear directly from our students and faculty. Featured partners include:

  • Wayne F. Gibbs Accounting Society
  • Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance
  • Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center
  • MBA Programs

Your William & Mary Alumni Association: The Power of Our 100,000-Piece Alumni Puzzle

Our volunteer leaders are the corner pieces in William & Mary Alumni Association’s 100,000-piece puzzle! David “Dac” Caldwell ’10, performance coach, motivational speaker, vice president at NFL Alumni Association and former NFL player will show you how to use your power of influence to maximize your connections within William & Mary’s vibrant and inclusive alumni community and beyond. You will learn how to strengthen your bonds with fellow alumni and alma mater for all time coming through engagement and volunteer leadership opportunities supported by the William & Mary Alumni Association Fund, including alumni career development and professional networking, alumnae, affinity and inclusion initiatives, regional networks, alumni admission volunteer network, signature events and more.

W&M Athletics Open House

Spend an afternoon with W&M Athletics coaches and student-athletes. At noon on One Tribe One Day, coaches, staff and student-athletes will be available for an “open house” for W&M Athletics supporters. Browse around “virtual tables” and join in on conversations with athletics representatives on various topics, including COVID-19 protocols, recruiting and the student-athlete experience. Learn about the impact of your donations and catch up on the ongoing operations of the athletic department.

W&M VET: Optimizing the Military & Veterans Network

Made possible by a generous $10-million gift from an anonymous alumna, W&M VET (Veteran-to-Executive Transition) is an incredible demonstration of cross-campus interdisciplinary partnerships to support our veteran students, alumni and veterans in our community. Join us at our virtual table to discuss W&M VET, veteran affairs on and off campus and how W&M is making a difference for those who have served our country.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Merkl, Special Assistant for Military & Veterans Affairs
  • Charlie Foster M.Ed. ’17, Director, Office of Student Veteran Engagement
  • Michael Dick J.D. ’06, Co-Director, The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic and Visiting Professor of the Practice
  • Kathryn Floyd ’05, Director, Whole of Government Center of Excellence
  • Elizabeth Burgin, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Military and Veterans Counseling Program Coordinator

Sharing Authority & Better Public History

Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellows Maria DiBenigno ’03, Ph.D. ’20 and Jajuan Johnson will discuss the significance of their ongoing collaborative work for the Lemon Project and William & Mary’s Highland that is central to this chapter of William & Mary’s history and evolution. The fellows will discuss William & Mary’s initiatives and historic sites that are a monumental piece of the puzzle concerning the university’s steps in sharing knowledge, strengthening existing relationships and building new collaborations to examine the afterlives of slavery in Williamsburg, Charlottesville and beyond.

One Tribe One Family: An Interview with Ginger Ambler - Vice President, Alumna, Mom*

Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06, P ’24, vice president for student affairs, wears many hats at William & Mary. Just who is the woman behind student life? Tune in to this exclusive interview with her son, Mac Ambler ’24, as he discovers what drives his mother to help students flourish at William & Mary.

Engaging W&M Students in Real-World Conservation and Social Justice at Highland*

The hallmark of the William & Mary education is that it extends beyond the classroom to engage students in research needed to address real-world challenges. This panel discussion will focus on a new student-led vision for William & Mary’s 535-acre campus at James Monroe’s Highland as an interactive field laboratory for students to engage in research that advances conservation and environmental justice in Virginia. A collaboration between the Charles Center, the Institute for Integrative Conservation and Highland, this research project will activate Highland as a center for place-based learning where students work alongside community stakeholders and conservation partners to address pressing issues.

  • Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director at Highland and W&M Anthropology Research Professor
  • Dan Cristol, Chancellor Professor of Biology and Director of the 1693 Scholars Project
  • Melissa Mukuna ’23
  • Grace Breitenbeck ’22
  • Eileen Dinn ’23

Experiential Teaching & Learning in Washington, D.C.*

Join the W&M Washington Center and current Study in D.C. Faculty and Staff as they discuss what experiential teaching and learning looks like in the nation’s capital. This event showcase will offer attendees a chance to listen and ask questions of our guest panelists in a discussion moderated by Washington Center Director Roxane O. Adler Hickey M.Ed. ’02:

  • Adrienne Petty, History Associate Professor
  • David Trichler, Global Research Institute Director of Programs & Outreach
  • Caro Rivera ’23
  • Astrid Garcia ’23

W&M China Initiative - Views Across the University*

At William & Mary we strive to understand and change the world through collaborative research. Join Steve Hanson, vice provost for international affairs, as he moderates a discussion highlighting the cultural, economic and political implications of the new administration as it relates to China. Panelists include:

  • Brad Parks ’03, AidData Executive Director
  • Michael Hill, Program Director and Associate Professor - Chinese Studies
  • Deborah Hewitt ’75, Professor Emerita, Raymond A. Mason School of Business
  • TJ Cheng, Class of 1935 Professor - Government

Come Grow with the Muscarelle*

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is growing in multiple ways — renovating and expanding its building, adding to its collection of art and enhancing its role as an academic resource to William & Mary students and faculty. Join David Brashear, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, as he provides an insider’s look at the plans for The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts, shares an overview of some of the museum’s most important recent acquisitions and shows how students are using the museum as a learning lab.

Research, Educate, Act: Engaging in Social Justice Work

Established in fall 2020, the Center for Racial and Social Justice is a university-wide initiative housed at William & Mary Law School. Within it, faculty and students across disciplines collaborate to conduct research, educate and engage in antiracist and social justice work. Join us to learn more about the Law School and School of Education’s work in advancing racial and social justice through student and community education, research and advocacy, and student development and success.

Support the Fraternity & Sorority Life Community

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Fraternity & Sorority Life team has worked hard to keep students safe while still helping to provide them an experience of brotherhood/sisterhood during these difficult times. Join students, staff and alumni speakers to learn how you can support our vibrant Fraternity & Sorority life community.

7 p.m. ET Events

Study Abroad, Then & Now

Join us for a virtual hour celebrating study abroad at William & Mary. Mingle with current students who have studied abroad, reminisce on your own shared experiences and learn more about study abroad programs at William & Mary from those who have experienced them.

Celebrating and Supporting First-Generation William & Mary Students

Did you know that 10% of current William & Mary undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college? Our first-generation students are high achieving and persistent but some struggle to find community and navigate the “hidden curriculum.” Join us to hear from first-generation students, learn what W&M is doing to assist them and find out how you can help.

  • Drew Stelljes, Ph.D. ’07, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership
  • Lauren Garrett ’02, Director, Student Transition Engagement Programs
  • Katherine Barko-Alva and Iyabo Osiapem, WMSURE Co-Directors
  • Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development
  • Shené Owens, Associate Director, Center for Student Diversity
  • Suzie Armstrong ’93, Executive Director of Development for Scholarships & Special Projects
  • Student Leaders from the First Generation Low Income (FGLI) student organization

One Tribe One Family: Cocktails with the Kushans and Parent & Family Programs

It’s been a rough year, but brighter days are ahead! Mary Hallahan Kushan ’85, P ’22 and Jeff Kushan ’85, P ’22 will show you how to mix up their favorite cocktail as they chat about the highlights of the year with Mark Sikes Ph.D. ’15 and Heather Deere. So grab a drink and hang out with families around the globe! There will be breakout rooms by class year and geographic region to help you make valuable connections and build community.

Collaborative Student-Faculty Research Teams

Undergraduate research is one of the signatures of a W&M education, providing technical training as well as close relationships with professors. The pioneering Roy. R. Charles Center for Excellence has been rolling out collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to attack society’s knotty problems. At this event we will meet and feature several such faculty and student teams:

  • Natural Sciences: English-Stonehouse Fellowship teams
  • Social Sciences: Margaret S. Glauber Faculty-Student Research Fellowship team
  • Humanities: Vertically Integrated Research team
  • Honors Fellowship teams

They will briefly present their work and then you will have an opportunity to discuss with them what it was like to be a part of a collaborative project and how it benefitted them in their research.

Porch Beers with GRI Director Mike Tierney

While we can’t gather for our traditional Scotland Street barbecues, you’re invited to celebrate this year’s One Tribe One Day with GRI Director Mike Tierney ’87, M.A. ’88 as he samples beer made by our own W&M alumni. Grab a beer or beverage of your choice and join Mike and GRI researchers as they provide updates from the Global Research Institute.

Flourishing: The Puzzle Pieces of Wellness

At William & Mary, we approach wellness as conscious, self-directed and evolving; holistic and multidimensional; positive and affirming; and inclusive. Join W&M instructors for three opportunities to cultivate wellness in your life.

  • Yoga – Emma Wise ’21
  • Mindfulness Meditation – Becca Nimmer Marcus, LCSW, Director of Mindfulness Training
  • Art Therapy – Sarah Balascio, Adjunct Professor and Art Therapist