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Life@W&M - Emily Hall '21

Life@W&M - Emily Hall '21

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Week 308 — July 6 - 12, 2020 This account showcases "a week in the life" of our amazing students, faculty, and staff and features the range of opportunities and activities available both on campus and off.

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily Hall, I'm a rising senior here at #williamandmary and will be hosting the account this week! A little about me: I'm originally from the Maryland side of DC, I'm double majoring in Geology and Environmental Science, I'm on the club sailing team, (@tribesailing ) participate in student theatre (@shakespeareinthedarkwm ), and I'm a STEM panelist and tour guide for undergraduate admissions (@wmadmission ). 2020 has been a tough year to say the least, but something that has persisted is the strength of the W&M community. That's why this week, in addition to sharing my personal experience at W&M, I'll also be highlighting ways to support every member of our community and further the conversation around #blacklivesmatter. Protests are still happening, the fight for justice is not over, and we can all continue to educate ourselves to be truly anti-racist. As a white, cis-woman, I'm looking forward to continuing my education alongside all of you this week. The first organization I'd like to highlight is one that hopefully most of you are familiar with, which is The Lemon Project (@wm_lemonproject ). William & Mary was founded in 1693, and has directly benefited from the labor of enslaved persons for more years than it hasn't. Named for Lemon, one of many enslaved persons directly owned by the university, the project seeks to confront our long and complicated history by researching and publicizing information about African American history on campus. I'll be posting some of the research they've compiled on my story later today, but encourage you all to check out their instagram (@wm_lemonproject and website (wm.edu/sites/lemonproject) in the meantime. -@emily_ann_ginger

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Life at #williamandmary wouldn't be the same without student clubs and organizations. One of the first groups I joined here was @tribesailing , and I've met some of my best friends both on and off the water through team events. Pictured here are some of my best photos from weekday afternoon practices on the James River. I truly think there's a club for everyone on campus, and that everyone can find "their people." Although this fall will look very different, including a virtual club fair, socially distanced meetings, and no travelling for competitions, the people who have made W&M feel like home will still continue to be there. Even when we were all off campus this spring, student organizations and the people running them continued to fiercely care for our community. I was so humbled and proud when students raised more than $20,000 in less than twelve hours for the #ccfcampaign, which donated proceeds to Campaign Zero and the National Police Accountability Project, legal organizations that focus on policy changes and training to reduce the rate of police violence. Individually, the sailing team also matched $1,000 of donations to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund (@naacp_ldf ). And even though these specific campaigns have come to a close, the momentum and activism of the students who engaged with them has continued. The fight for justice is not over, and I'm proud to see my peers continuing the fight. ~@emily_ann_ginger

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