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 and my deep love and commitment to William & Mary.
Recently I asked ten students to reflect on their relationship to the word activism. Here’s a glimpse into their thoughts. ACTIVIST – it’s complicated
Two years ago, I wrote about the member mentality and the Active Citizens Continuum which describes how our perspective on community engagement can change.
A year ago, I gave this assignment to students in my community engagement course: Select and practice one skill that you believe will support
When I first took the Life Values Inventory, I remember looking down at my results as Dr. Kelly Crace explained that Achievement, Responsibility, and
Dear Professor Pieper, I know it’s been ten years since I was in your class and by now I can call you Chris, but
Continuing our commitment to anti-racist learning and action, Office of Community Engagement staff recently finished reading Teaching Race: Helping Students Unmask and Challenge Racism,
Those who know me personally know I love to read. I once created a Facebook album (back when those were a thing) just of
How do I tell the story of five Office of Community Engagement colleagues reading bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress? I can tell you that the
For the last five months I have been working to make sustainable anti-racism changes in my life. Having read a lot of internet lists