Part One: Hotspots on Campus
The first part of the resource section of the FGLI (first-generation-low income students) website is intended to serve as a place where students can find general information of important locations on campus that all William and Mary students should know, especially ones who are FGLI students. We call these locations “hotspots” since they are average locations/places that students interact in their college and academic experiences at William and Mary, such as the Dean’s Office. Below, the locations are ranged from most important to least important for FGLI students. Each place will be described in a small paragraph with its picture, address, and hyperlink to William and Mary webpages.
McLeod Tyler Wellness Center:
- The McLeod Tyler Wellness Center is an important location for William and Mary students to know as it has the Counseling Center, Health Promotion Office, and the student Health Center.
- The Counseling Center is tasked with helping only William and Mary students with “developmental issues and clinical concerns common to college students” (e.g. anxiety). In other words, the counseling center is tailored to helping students find and maintaining their mental, physical, spiritual happiness in the stressful/daunting life of a college student.
- It is also important to emphasize that counseling at the Wellness Center is free for students due to College donors.
- Additionally, the Wellness Center has the Student Health Center; it provides students with “primary care services” such as “evaluations, treatment and prevention of kinds of acute or chronic physical, mental and social issues.”
- Lastly, the Wellness Center also has wellness classes (such as Yoga) that help students maintain and achieve healthy lifestyles.
- In sum, the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center is important for FGLI students to know since it provides resources for college adjustment, wellness, support, etc.
|240 Gooch Drive|
|McLeod Tyler Center|
Financial Aid Office:
- The Financial Aid Office at William and Mary is in charge of creating financial aid packages to students at William and Mary.
- The information in these financial aid packages can be technical and confusing for any college student at William and Mary; however, these financial aid packages can be more puzzling to first-generation college students and low-income students.
- As a result, when students don’t understand their financial aid packages, they should not hesitate to ask questions at the Financial Aid Office.
- In fact, the Financial Aid Office is responsible for assigning each student on campus with a financial-aid counselor who is responsible for explaining financial aid packages.
- FGLI students and any other William and Mary students should go to the Financial Aid Office when wanting to understand what their cost of attendance entails.
|The Financial Aid Office is located in Blow Hall in 124 Blow Memorial Hall (262 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185)||Financial Aid Office|
- The prime epicenter of academic life can be found at Swem Library for all students at Willam and Mary.
- Swem Library has the Tribe TutorZone which provides students with tailored tutoring for undergraduate/graduate classes at William and Mary.
- Tutoring is not free for all students at William and Mary; however, students who are William and Mary Scholars or 1693 Scholar have the cost of tutoring covered.
- The library has the Writing Center that helps students with any phase of the writing process (e.g. drafting, revising, thesis making, etc.).
- Most sessions in the Writing Center are “one-to-one consultation.” Like the Tribe TutorZone, there is an associated cost for a consultation or multiple ones.
- The library also has the Research Center (located first floor next to the circulation desk), which has research librarians that can help students find information regarding their research topic.
- one can find the Reeder Media Center where students can borrow multimedia production equipment; in other words, students can borrow cameras, computers, microphones, etc.
- In general, Swem Library is a place where students can study for tests, work on assignments, and get help.
- The Dean’s Office at William and Mary is home to the four deans who are in charge of maintaining the daily operation of academics on campus.
- The Dean’s Office has various roles, such as recognizing students for maintaining a 3.6 or higher GPA per semester (the Dean’s List).
- Importantly, the Dean’s Office has a duty in providing students with accommodations due to classroom needs or outside classroom needs.
- Furthermore, the Dean Office is in charge of following up on Care Reports–a report filled by an observer who identifies a student in need of help–to ensure that a student is okay.
- If not, the Dean’s Office provides support and resources to these students who are experiencing hardships.
- The Dean’s Office, also, mediates any conflicts between students and professors in order to achieve conflict-resolution.
- Lastly, the Dean’s Office enforces the honor code: “As a member of the William and Mary community, I pledge on my honor not to lie, cheat, or steal, either in my academic or personal life. I understand that such acts violate the Honor Code and undermine the community of trust, of which we are all stewards.”
- Consequently, the Dean’s Office is important for all students to know (e.g. FGLI students) since it has various tasks that affect students.
|Contact Information:||W&M Link:|
|Contact Information for the Four Deans |
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Describing the functions of Campus Center in one paragraph is difficult as it encompasses many offices:
- Center for Student Diversity
- Dean of Students
- Flat Hat
- Honor Councils
- Public Access Computer (PAC) Lab
- Residence Life
- Student Accessibility Services
- Student Affairs
- Student Leadership Development
- Tribe Card Services
As you can see above, Campus Center is home too many offices that are important for all students to know. However, this list should provide a concise summary of important offices:
- The Center for Student Diversity is a place that provides “support services and advocacy for historically underrepresented and underserved populations” at William and Mary. In other words, Campus Center is a great place for FGLI students to meet other underrepresented students (the Center for Student Diversity is a great place to find a community).
- Additionally, Campus Center is home to Residence Life, which is tasked with helping students adjust to their hall. Residence Life is an especially important place for FGLI students to know as they explain room selection and contract information.
- Campus Center, moreover, has Student Accessibility Services who are responsible for providing students with accommodations.
- Lastly, Campus Center has the Dean of Students that provides FGLI students with academic enrichment, care support services, enrollment support, student accessibility services, parent & family programs, and community values & restorative practices.
|104 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185||Campus Center|
Kaplan Arena is a place where William and Mary holds “college-wide events such as commencement and intercollegiate events.” In other words, Kaplan Arena is a place where sports games are played (such as basketball) and sports clubs meet (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). If you are an entering freshman, Kaplan Arena will be a place where the majority of your orientation takes place.
|751 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185||Kaplan Arena|
Campus Recreation Center:
The Campus Recreation Center, also known as the “Rec.” by students, is where students can do exercise using gym equipment. The Rec. also has personal trainers that can help students become familiar with gym equipment; however, personal trainers are not free. Additionally, the Rec. is where students participate in intramural sports and sports clubs. Students can also participate in fitness and wellness classes at the Rec. For more information regarding the Rec., please contact 757) 221-3310, opt. 3.
|400 Brooks St, Williamsburg, VA 23185||Campus Recreation Center|
The following description comes from a William and Mary webpage:
“Located in the Campus Center, Marketplace is an extremely popular dining location for many students on campus. Marketplace offers a variety of fresh menu choices including home-style soups, hand rolled sushi, grill favorites, a salad bar, artisan deli, and indulgent desserts. Available to use dining dollars, W&M Express, cash and credit, Marketplace also has a Pick Four Meal Swipe program in place.”
|104 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185||Marketplace|
Sadler (Center Court):
The following description of Sadler comes from a William and Mary webpage:
“Center Court is a recently renovated all you care to eat dining facility, featuring a wide array of serving stations that are sure to meet the needs of any student. A highlighted feature of Center Court is the Simple Servings stations, an allergen friendly zone that does not contain gluten or seven of the most common allergens: milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and wheat.”
|200 Stadium Dr, Williamsburg, VA||Sadler Center|
Commons Dining Hall:
The following description of Commons Dining Hall comes from a William and Mary webpage:
“Commons Dining Hall is an all your care to eat dining facility that features menus designed by the W&M Dining Executive Chef that include just about every item you can imagine. From build your own rice & grain bowl concept to handcrafted sandwiches, just feast your eyes on what we have available!”
|651 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185||Common Dinning Hall|
Part Two: Programs and Organizations for Underrepresented Students
The second part of the resource page of FGLI is intended to provide FGLI students with information of programs and organization at William and Mary that can help incoming and current low-income, first-generation college students or current ones. The following programs and organizations are not presented in any particular order. These programs and organizations are chosen for their missions in helping underrepresented students, especially FGLI students.
Summer Pre-Orientation Programs for Incoming Low-Income, First-Generation Students:
The College of William and Mary has various pre-orientation programs for incoming students with distinct purposes. For example, 7 Generation pre-orientation program is open to any incoming student that wants to participate in “hands-on service while learning about local community.” In contrast, the W&M Pathways is intended for students who want to acclimate to William and Mary with outdoor activities led by campus recreation. These two pre-orientation programs are not free, and incoming students are intended to pay for these programs. For more information regarding both of these programs, please use the following link.
PLUS Program (Preparing for Life as a University Student)
Although the previous pre-orientation programs are helpful for any incoming student, they are not specialized at helping underrepresented students adjust to William and Mary, especially students who are low-income, first-generation college students. In order to bridge this gap, the Center for Student Diversity at William and Mary, under the direction of Shenè V. Owens, created the PLUS Program (Preparing for Life as a University Student), a program that offers students of underrepresented backgrounds a free pre-orientation program with intensive workshops to familiarize, equip, and prepare them for college life and expectations at William and Mary.
As a participant myself, I cannot emphasize how impactful the PLUS program was at preparing for success my first year of college as a first-generation college. Because of the PLUS program, I was able to familiarize myself with campus, make friends, create relationships with faculty, find resources, etc. This program is especially helpful, even vital, for first-generation college students who want to seriously prepare themselves for college life and expectations. Please contact Shenè V. Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information regarding the PLUS program, or use this to familiarize yourself with the application process for the PLUS Program. Keep in mind there is an application process for the PLUS program; therefore, applicants are not guaranteed a spot.
Part Three: Important Documents
The third part of the resources webpage offers important documents and sites for FGLI students.
William and Mary’s COVID-19 Response:
Financial Aid Guide 2020-2021:
Glossary of Common Academic Terms at William and Mary:
Definitions of College Curriculum/Classes:
William and Mary’s 2019-2020 Catalog:
William and Mary’s 2019-2020 Catalog provides information regarding academic calendar, admission and financial aid, total cost of attendance, requirements for degree, etc.
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