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Benefits of a WILL* Program

Benefits for Students

Intellectual curiosity thrives.
WILL promotes intersectional thinking across disciplines to help students investigate today’s most pressing social justice problems.

Students learn to claim their education.
WILL gives students space to question, critique, and explore in a supportive environment.

There is power in community.
WILL, a four-year program, provides students with the time and space to develop meaningful, lifelong relationships with one another.

Students learn how to make an impact.
WILL helps students better understand inequalities on a global scale and gives them the tools to be change agents.

Student engagement is fostered and sustained.
WILL students apply what they learn in the classroom to campus and local communities as they learn how to become better advocates for themselves and others.

Self-confidence increases.
WILL helps students approach their lives with more confidence and identify what values are important to them and how best to live by those values.

Students take the lead.
WILL students have the opportunity to practice leadership skills such as public speaking, working in diverse groups to accomplish a goal, and conflict management.

Students gain essential career preparation.
WILL prepares students to work effectively in diverse workplaces and to pursue a wide range of public and private-sector careers.

Strong relationships form between students and faculty/staff.
WILL students develop close working relationships with faculty and staff that help further their success in college and in life after college.

Benefits for Universities

Combining coursework, leadership opportunities, activism and community builds a rich foundation.
WILL combines these elements to create a stronger, more intensive program for students than any of these elements achieve in isolation. 

WILL amplifies student voices for an inclusive campus community.
WILL students take seriously their commitment to actively better their campus communities. Indeed, they direct a significant portion of their advocacy and leadership at making the campus a more inclusive place.  

Universities see improved retention.
WILL improves campus retention by creating a space in which students build close relationships with one another and with faculty and staff, thus increasing their ties and commitment to the university.

Bridging student affairs and academic affairs is mutually beneficial.
WILL creates a holistic educational experience for students which requires work across divisional boundaries. Faculty see more engaged, intellectually curious students in the classroom, and student development staff see more academically-informed programming outside of the classroom.   

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies grows as an academic program.
WILL calls for a rigorous WGSS foundation, thus guaranteeing a sustained base of participants in the required academic program (this can be WGSS or another configuration of courses with a social justice focus).  

Diversity is a hallmark of the WILL program.
WILL’s member demographics reflect the program’s commitment to attracting and retaining a diverse membership. Attention to diversity is woven throughout the fabric of the program and is integral to its success.

Student Voices

"WILL gave me a home on campus. It gave me a circle of friends that I love, faculty members I trust, and a sense of purpose and a sense of who I am. My time in WILL was by far one of the most meaningful things I’ve done at the University, and it opened up a world of possibilities. It completely changed how I envisioned my future and my confidence in going out into the world knowing that I’m part of a community.” —WILL student, 2012-13