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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.

Students discover the power of community.
WILL* 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.

Students learn to apply theory to practice.
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 apply intersectional analysis to the practice of leadership. Students learn to speak up, listen to one another, and become better able to recognize whose voices are not being heard or are absent altogether. Other leadership skills, such as public speaking, working in diverse groups to accomplish a goal, and conflict management are sharpened.  

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 mentors.
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 WGSS.  If you are unable to provide enough WGSS content, consider another configuration of courses with a social justice focus.  

Diversity is a hallmark of the WILL* program.
WILL*’s diverse membership demographics reflect the university’s broader commitments to building and sustaining diverse, inclusive community.

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* graduate