The first student organization at William and Mary for which there is evidence was the FHC. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and in the 18th century there was the birth and growth of literary societies and fraternities.
African American Student Groups
See African American Students for further information.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Nu Chi chapter - May 1981-
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kappi Pi chapter - May 1975-
Black Student Organization - 1970-
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Mu Upsilon Chapter - February 1976-
Ebony Expressions (begun as The Black Student Organization Choir)
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Xi Theta chapter - January 1992-
NAACP William and Mary Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Xi Lambda chapter - April 1992-
Asian American Student Groups
See Asian American Students for further information.
Asian-American Student Conference
Asian Student Council
Asian Student Union
Chinese Students Association
East Asian Studies Association
Focus on Asian Cultures Emerging in Society (FACES)
Indian Cultural Association
Korean-American Student Association (KASA) - founded 1984
South Asia Society
South Asian Student Association (SASA)
South-South East Asian Society (SSEAS)
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Groups
Alternatives, 1987/1988-1994/1995 (became Gay Student Union); see The Flat Hat 2/5/1988 page 13.
Gay Student Support Group - 1981-present; formed in 1981 with the assistance and support of Campus Ministries, Psychological Services, and the Dean of Students. See The Flat Hat 10/24/1989 page 9 and 9/4/1998 page 17 for sample meeting announcements. The finding aid for the collection in the SCRC is available online.
Gay Student Union - Fall 1995-?; formerly Alternatives, later became Lambda Alliance
Lambda Alliance - 1971-?
Lambda Alliance - 1978-Fall 1982; Student and Williamsburg group formed in the fall of 1978 and formally recognized by the Board of Student Affairs in 1981. Basically disappeared by the fall of 1982. "Lambda Alliance increases Social Opportunities of Gays," The Flat Hat 11/10/1978 page 1; The Flat Hat 2/1/1980 page 3, 1981 Colonial Echo, page 219.
Lambda Alliance - 1990s/2000s(?)-present; formerly Gay Student Union
Lesbian and Gay Law Association - circa mid-1990s(?)-present
Lesbian and Gay Union - 1984-?; formed in the fall of 1984 (constitution dated 9/12/1984), recognized by the Student Assembly in 1985. See The Flat Hat 2/1/1985 page 3; 10/26/1984 page 1. The finding aid for the collection in the SCRC is available online.
Safe Zone - 1998-present
SAGE - "Students support equal rights for faculty," The Flat Hat 2/4/1994 page 4
Wilma and Mary - circa 2001-2006; lesbian reading and literary group
Other: Gay Student Alliance at VCU The Flat Hat 4/22/1977 page 1.
General page for Fraternities.
College Glee and Mandolin Club-photograph and list of members in the 1899 Colonial Echo yearbook
Women's Glee Club-founded in 1923
The Christopher Wren Singers
The Gentlemen of the College
Improvisational Theatre (IT)
See Secret Societies for a list of known secret societies at the College of William and Mary as well as other information.
Groups for Women Students
- Alpha Mu Tau also known as The Royal Order of Blood
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- Review the Student Organizations Collection, University Archives Subject File Collection, and many other collections found in the SCRC Collections Database.
- The Colonial Echo yearbook as well as The Flat Hat and other student newspapers and publications are also important sources.
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