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The Forum of the College of William and Mary took a concrete form in the Spring of 1989 with two meetings and a reception. This effort was revived in 1991, and the Black Faculty and Staff Forum (as it was then known) quickly became a recognized vehicle for advancing the interests of the Black community at the College in the 1991-92 academic year. The Forum organized itself formally with bylaws and duly elected officers in the Fall of 1992. The purpose of the Forum is to: * Promote the recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, and professional development and career advancement of a diverse faculty, administrators, and staff at the College; * To address issues of concerns to the campus community, including campus climate; * To provide support for recruitment and retention a diverse student body; * To expand and strengthen the relationship and involvement of faculty and staff of the College with the wider College community. * To foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among the faculty, staff and students of the College through mentoring and networking. The organization's name was changed to the Forum in 2005.[1]


Material in the Special Collections Research Center

The Flat Hat, William & Mary News, and Alumni Gazette:

  • Forum works for Black issues on campus WMN, 3/17/1993, pg. 1, 2.
  • Sets regular meetings FH, 3/19/1993, pg. 16.
  • Employees to get Time to attend HACE and BFSF meetings WMN, 3/24/1993, pg. 2.
  • BFSF picnic FH, 4/8/1994, pg. 18.
  • BFSF invites members of College community to picnic WMN, 4/20/1994, pg. 3.
  • Sponsers talent show WMN, 4/20/1994, pg. 6.
  • BFSF showcases college talent WMN, 3/26/1997, pg. 7 (picture).
  • Showcases area talent WMN, 5/16/1996, pg. 3 (picture).
  • Talent show raises $400 for charity WMN, 5/19/1994, pg. 3 (picture).
  • BFSF holds membership drive WMN, 9/1/1995, pg. 3.
  • Sponsors ‘Remembering the Dream’ WMN, 2/7/1996, pg. 8.
  • President tells employees the tide is turning FH, WMN, 3/27/1996, pg. 1, 2 (picture).
  • Budget thaw to offer new options FH, 3/29/1996, pg. 1, 5.
  • Mentors, Advocates and Friends WMN, 12/11/1997, pg. 3 (picture).

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