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

What I (Don’t) Know

About a month ago, I was on what felt like the tenth Zoom call in a row centered on the statement, “there’s so much

The Third William & Mary

Years ago, I shared my reflections to the graduating Class of 2013 about their connection to the two William & Marys: Close your eyes

Celebrating Active Citizenship

Closing her letter to students this year, Melody Porter, Director of The Office of Community Engagement, wrote: Your actions this year and throughout your

Because of Community: Professor Jennifer Bickham Mendez

This post is written by Caitlyn Whitesell ’20, who serves as the communication intern for OCE. She interviewed Professor Jennifer Bickham-Mendez in Fall 2019.

Living Our Values

With Daily Work of Justice in full swing, The Active Citizens Conference fast approaching, and my weekly meetings with Aim 4 students, my mind

Community = Q(f x d)>R(f x d)

On our first day in class this semester, I asked my students — all first years in the Aim 4 program — how they

Because of Community with Professor Carrie Dolan

This post is courtesy of Caitlyn Whitesell, Communications Intern for The Office of Community Engagement. #BecauseofCommunity allows us to share reflections from across campus

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