Elizabeth Miller '11

Elizabeth Miller '11
  • Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
  • Major(s): Women's Studies / Minor: Sociology
  • Assistant 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.

After four years of undergraduate life at William & Mary full of 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 in 2011. I returned to William & Mary through an AmeriCorps VISTA program, and it is quite full circle that I now supervise some of the public service fellows at William & Mary.

As the Assistant Director in William & Mary’s Office of Community Engagement I have primary responsibility for our Aim 4 community leadership program, local engagement programs and 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.

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 Heritage 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

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

The Welcoming Semester

As I compiled the end of semester reports, I noticed a bit of a theme for the Office of Community Engagement this fall. We

A Decade After Deciding

Tomorrow I am presenting a session on community engagement at Day for Admitted Students. I will also be celebrating ten years since I decided

Vocation, Capacity, Community Part One

When I talk about vocation with students, I often describe it as the overlap between what you want and are equipped to do and

Anne

Wherever Anne Davis ’16 was, those around her were sure to feel a burst of energy. That’s one of the reasons I selected her

Sounds of the Semester

A few weeks ago, I asked the first year students in Aim 4 to tell me about the most memorable smells on-campus so far,

Who I Am Is Here

I just logged into my blog dashboard to upload an end of semester post and for the first time noticed that I have a

To All the Incoming Students Who Are Petrified

To all the incoming students who are petrified, unbelieving you’re ready for this, and just trying to make it through Orientation without crying in