Community

College is the place you’ll call home for some of the most transformational years of your life, so the people you encounter are as important as the location you choose. At W&L, you’ll find a sense of community that is evident on and off-campus.

You’ll hear it in our Speaking Tradition, which encourages students and faculty to greet friends and strangers alike. You’ll experience it in the close relationships between students and faculty. You’ll feel it in the bonds that develop between classmates while participating in clubs and activities. You’ll appreciate it in the camaraderie of teammates who share the love of a sport. 

As a W&L student, you will become part of a vibrant, welcoming community of individuals who have their own unique interests and dreams, who share core values of honor, integrity, and civility, and who spend four years in Lexington building friendships that last a lifetime.

The Campus Unity Initiative

The Campus Unity Initiative is a series of events and activities that occurs every other week. Organized and produced by students, this campus-wide programming includes everything from karaoke, to interesting speakers, to free food. This programming is open to all students — first-years to seniors — and is a great casual way to meet students from all areas of campus.

Inclusion and Engagement

We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment and retention of students, faculty and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

The Honor System

The Honor System at W&L is entirely student-run. It is based on the fundamental principle that students will not lie, cheat, steal or otherwise violate the community’s trust. The result is an environment that is collaborative, not cutthroat, and where rational discourse is the norm rather than the exception.

Sustainability

At W&L, we are sensitive to the stewardship of natural resources and mindful of their responsibility to future generations. Our commitment to sustainability includes a plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050, and it can be spotted in projects big and small across the W&L campus

Global and Diverse

W&L students are engaged citizens of a global and diverse community.

Stories


Laura Murambadoro '26

An Extraordinary Combination

Laura Murambadoro ’26 brings varied interests, a collaborative leadership style and a passion for community engagement to W&L’s campus.

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W&L Students Host Lunar New Year Celebration

The Feb. 10 event will include performances and a dinner.

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W&L Hosts Fifth Annual Black Future Leaders Experience Conference on Feb. 3

This year’s Black FLEX conference theme is “Around the Clock.”

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Members of AKA and Phi Beta Sigma plant trees at Boxerwood.

 United in Service

Washington and Lee students are making a dynamic impact in the community through National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

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W&L Hosts Statewide National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show Competition

The Oct. 29 event celebrates the history and culture of NPHC organizations.

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W&L Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Comunidad Latina Estudiantil student group has planned and organized numerous events in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

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Heidi Bustos

Meet a Colleague: Heidi Bustos

Heidi Bustos serves as the assistant director of inclusion and engagement.

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W&L Celebrates Earth Month

The campus community will promote sustainability and environmental advocacy with various events throughout the month of April.

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W&L Hosts Statewide National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show Competition

The Feb. 11 event celebrates the history and culture of NPHC organizations.

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Kyle Bass is the Next Speaker in the Mudd Center’s CareLab Event Series

The playwright will host a screening of his play “Citizen James” and a playwriting workshop Feb. 14-15.

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National First Gen Day in Elrod Commons

W&L Celebrates National First-Generation Student Day

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement organized and hosted events to mark the occasion in collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Career Services and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Communidad Latina sash

Building ‘Comunidad’

The Nuestro Hogar Latino theme house's new location accommodates more students and offers expanded space for programming.

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"W&L has given me the opportunity to be part of a community of amazing people who are not only genuinely passionate about what they’re interested in, but also very genuine people who care about the community around them."

Elizabeth Mugo
Columbia, South Carolina