Category: Community Engagement & Service

Getting Acquainted with Bangladesh

After a rough start, I’ve settled into life in Bangladesh quite well. At first I was miserable. A friend called it “culture shock”, and putting a name on it made me realize it was a common feeling. As soon as I left my hotel room and actually started meeting fellow interns, I felt an immediate



Welcome to the Frontlines of the Battle Against Poverty

Those are the words used to welcome my group of W&M students from W&M’s DC Summer Institute to DC Central Kitchen.  A week later, I am participating in the battle against poverty via my new internship as a Program Assistant for DCCK’s Culinary Job Training program.  C.J.T. is a 14 week program which gives the



DCSI-LCE Week 1: I Can’t Tell Where the Journey Will End, But I Know Where to Start

This past Wednesday, Professor Stelljes asked all of us within the Leadership and Community Engagement Institute (LCE) of William & Mary’s D.C Summer Institute (DCSI) to describe our experience so far in 2 words or less. I described my experience up to that point in just one word,”AHHHHHHH!”, which is a word that still remains accurately reflective



Words from an Active Citizen

From these experiences with Branch Out I learned that service is a continuous process rather than a single act, one that must be approached with care and intention.



Newbies step up

The MANOS students had reason for concerns about language proficiency and depth for the annual project trip.  Two of our most talented and experienced teammates would not make the trip.  Lester Chavez ’14 (8 trips) and Kristina Ripley ’15 (2 trips), both native Spanish speakers and both deeply knowledgeable about our research, methods, and theory, were missed for



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Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can

Arthur Ashe, one of the first African-American tennis players, spoke these words –”Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can” – as an activist.  At a one-day, personal development seminar held at William & Mary on the 16th, Ashe’s words nicely summarized what we students had learned that day and how



W&M Alumni Living the W&M Vision – Changing the World

In this entry, Charlotte Mabon, ’15, serves as guest blogger. Below is her reflection from a recent Community Engagement Lunch Discussion. 2002 William & Mary graduate Abbitt Woodall is now the director of a local non-profit agency called Housing Partnership Inc. Located right in Williamsburg, HPI uses state and local government funds to provide essential




Chaguite, Cuje, Clinic

We have worried about the value of our annual clinic since we first opened the doors in 2007.  We intended NOT to be a duffle-bag medicine project—arriving with U.S.-based notions about what our patients might need and dropping off short-dated medicines in small quantities.  Eight years later, we’re still trying to find ways to make



It’s Not Linear; 2/28/14

In November 0f 2009, I wrote that SHC was becoming MANOS and that the timing seemed more than incidental.  (And, it happened even before Chrissy Sherman joined the team.)  It seemed clear to me then that the project was evolving from the “service learning” group of 2006 and was finding its way.  The new name,



Persistence and Partnering. 2/27/14

The MANOS advance team (Johnathan Maza ’15; 5th project trip); Stephanie Wraith ’15, fourth project trip; Sarah Martin ’17, 1st project trip; and me, 8th project trip) met with Dr. Benito Blanco, Medical Director of the MINSA clinic in Totogalpa, Nicaragua.  We summarized our medical and community efforts over the past seven years in Cuje