Our commitment to diversity and inclusion shines through our work at William & Mary, both in University Advancement and in our central Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
In 2018 William & Mary received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity. Also, in 2018, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored our Associate Vice President for Development Earl T. Granger III ’92, M.Ed. ’98 with the CASE District III Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award. We joined several other universities as part of the Aspen Diversity Partnership to work together to enhance the professional growth and career success of current and aspiring advancement professionals from diverse, under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds.
In 2017, we established our Advancement D&I committee. The committee, which comprises approximately 30 staff members from different areas across university advancement is charged with promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, advocating for D&I initiatives and awareness and cultivating a welcoming work environment for all.
W&M faculty, staff and students all are part of the university’s mission and vision for D&I. The central D&I office’s recent work includes our faculty diversity symposium, in its fourth year, and our student diversity symposium, in its second year. All employees at W&M have access to staff resources like the Women’s Network, EqualityWM, The Forum, Staff Assembly and the Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly.
Graduation ceremonies like the Lavender Graduation, Ceremonia Raíces and Donning of the Kente; university initiatives such as the Lemon Project, the Center for Student Diversity, the Ally program; alumni affinity groups for women, veterans, LGBTQ, African-American and LatinX alumni; along with recent recognition of 100 years of coeducation and 50 years of African-American residential students are examples of our forward-thinking philosophy and vision for D&I at William & Mary.