Elizabeth Miller '11

Elizabeth Miller '11
  • Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
  • Major(s): Women's Studies / Minor: Sociology
  • Associate Director, Office of Community Engagement

About Elizabeth Miller '11

I am one of the many faculty and staff for whom William & Mary is also our alma mater.

As an Associate Director in William & Mary’s Office of Community Engagement I have primary responsibility for our Aim 4 community leadership program, local community partnerships, and our student-community funding. Woven through all of these efforts is my investment in students understanding their role in community, particularly the Williamsburg area.

During my undergraduate life at William & Mary I experienced adventure, friendship, scholarship, some definite moments of struggling, many moments of learning, and a deep sense of empowerment. I graduated with a B.A. in Women's Studies, and later returned to William & Mary through an AmeriCorps VISTA program.

My undergraduate focus on gender and higher education (Check out my senior thesis on college marriage preparation classes.) has taken on a new focus in my professional life. I co-founded the W&M Women’s Mentoring program and continue to serve on the steering committee. I also co-instruct the Women in Leadership course offered through the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department.

My work is about active citizenship, but my commitment to community extends beyond my job, as I host dinner dialogues around my dining room table, foster kittens for the humane society, and support the local library by racking up overdue fines.

If you find your way to my blog posts you will find:

• Undergraduate memories and lessons learned
• Recaps of programs and adventures with the Office of Community Engagement
• Reflections on life as an alumna and staff member
• My deep love and commitment to William & Mary

Posts by Elizabeth Miller '11

Member Mentality

Much of our work in OCE is connected to The Active Citizens Continuum. The continuum describes how an individual can develop in their commitment

Ways of Welcoming

One of my favorite things about William & Mary is our enthusiasm for welcoming others in. I spent much of the last month welcoming

Finding the Meaning of Life

I asked Sonia Kinkhabwala ’21, recipient of the President’s Award for Community Service and member of the Aim 4 civic leadership program, to share

Magnitude and Direction

“If you remember anything from this class, I want you to remember that a vector has both magnitude and direction” – T. Wayne, my

Belong Here

Growing up in a military family shaped the way I relate to a sense of place. On the one hand, my connection to where

Celebrating Active Citizenship

Last week, the Office of Community Engagement hosted our annual celebration of active citizenship. We invite all students, faculty, staff, and community partners to

The Difference Community Makes

A few years ago, I asked the students in the Aim 4 community leadership program to write down three ways they are different because

Active Citizenship Reflection

Every year I get to host our Celebration of Active Citizenship which recognizes the many ways students have prioritized community in the past year.

An Education in Kittens

“Is it hard to give them back?” That’s almost always the first question I am asked when someone learns that I foster cats and