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Family Connection: February 2021
Last month, Washington and Lee University introduced this new publication designed to communicate the latest news for W&L parents and families. W&L Family Connection will be distributed each month and will complement other university channels to help keep parents and families informed about life on campus. Please send your suggestions for future issues to
Communicating with Students – and You
By Sidney Evans, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Sidney EvansI'm pleased we have launched this new publication for parents and families of our undergraduate students. It provides a unique overview of the many different activities taking place on campus. Some parents have asked me why so much of the university's communication occurs directly with students. Primarily, it's for educational and developmental reasons. We want students to become responsible for managing their email, reading information carefully, making note of deadlines, communicating directly with people they may not know, learning to ask questions, and other related behaviors. These are crucial skills to apply both inside and outside the classroom, and we know they're important to employers. We understand your desire for information and certainty during uncertain times, and we encourage parents to ask their children about what information they're receiving from the university. That, too, can be an integral part of a student's learning experience as those conversations unfold and as parents understand how their child is processing and managing these messages. We appreciate your partnership in helping our students grow into their responsibilities and become more self-reliant.
Ashley Shugart '22, Ana Estrada '22 and Lane Johansen '22 have a snowball fight on the Front Lawn.
Scene on Campus: 02.04.2021
Every week during the academic year, university photographers Kevin Remington and Shelby Mack capture the scene on campus through their lenses. In this recent edition: a robust return to class and snow on campus!
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Feature Stories
International Students Bond Over Unusual Term
At the start of the academic year, 17 first-year international students began their W&L experience in Scotland. Today, they are taking courses in Lexington as a unique group of friends.
A Taste of China
When her Critical Language Scholarship to China went virtual because of COVID, Maria Kisker '21 got a six-week sampler of the country and its language through her computer screen.
W&L Introduces Minor in Religion
The new religion minor requires completion of six courses and complements any major.
‘Abundantly Thankful’ in Austria
Despite COVID-19, Jared Nickodem '20 was able to make it to Austria, where he is teaching English to students as part of the U.S. Teaching Assistant Program.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Celebrates 20 Years
The WGSS Program is celebrating the milestone with a series of events that include a film screening, art exhibits and panel discussions.
A Center for Positive Change
W&L’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement is expanding, reaching an unprecedented number of people with its programming.
Featured Events
W&L Hosts First-Year Activity Day
The all-day event was facilitated by upper-division student volunteers.
Celebrating Black History Month
W&L presents a monthlong schedule of events celebrating Black History Month.
Contact Committee Hosts Molly Bloom for Virtual Event
The Feb. 11 conversation with Bloom was open to the W&L community.
Ty Seidule
W&L Hosts Interview with Ty Seidule ’84
Seidule discussed his new book, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.”
Sociology and Anthropology Department Presents Lecture Series
The department is collaborating with the Environmental Studies Program to present a new social justice series titled “White Supremacy and Society.”
Additional Events - registration details communicated to students
Campfire with President Dudley
Pavilion, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Want to sit around a nice fire and have a down-to-Earth conversation with President Dudley? This is your chance! Bring a Crazy Creek/camp chair, mask up, and meet at the back campus pavilion.
Ebony Stewart - Spoken Word Artist
Virtual Event, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Ebony Stewart is an international touring poet and performance artist.
Queer Theology: A Discussion on LGBTQ+ Experiences with Religion.
Virtual Event, 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Read more on The Columns
Foundations of Career Development Series: Networking and LinkedIn
Virtual Event, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join Kelley Melvin ‘08, Career Advisor in Career and Professional Development, for a program about best practices for networking and utilizing tools such as LinkedIn.
Artist's Lecture: William Ransom: Solastalgia: "On Hold"
Virtual Event, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Read more on The Columns
A Discussion with Reporter David Fahrenthold
Virtual Event, 5:30 p.m.
Read more on The Columns
Events and Happenings
Program Spotlight: The Office of Inclusion and Engagement
The Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) supports Washington and Lee University's mission by striving to foster a culture in which all community members feel entirely welcome and able to participate in everything the university has to offer. The primary goals of OIE are creating and maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere for students as they integrate into the university's educational, cultural and social environment. Toward this end, OIE develops programs that explore, promote and celebrate the increasingly diverse backgrounds of our students, faculty and staff.
At W&L, Tamara Futrell, dean for diversity, inclusion and student engagement, and the OIE staff seek to foster harmonious relationships by providing opportunities for the campus community to enhance its knowledge about diversity and social justice issues. 
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