The “Before I graduate” Chalkboard Project is inspired by Candy Chang’s work, which you can find out about here. Chang made a chalkboard out of the side of a building and welcomed the community to finish the sentence, “Before I die…” The Center will be making a similar chalkboard using plywood sheets and board supports. This project works to motivate students to reflect on their values, as well as spread awareness of CHLS and the services it offers.
UMW Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service will place large chalkboards up on campus walk between Lee Hall and Trinkle Hall. These chalkboards will have four different prompts on it for students to respond to:
I will make the world a better place by….
Before I graduate I will…..
Leadership means to me….
Honor means to me….
This project impacts the UMW community, as well as community members visiting campus by providing them with an interactive way to voice their values and aspirations regarding honor, leadership, and service. As students and community members walk down campus walk each day, they will have the opportunity to read what others have written, as well as reflect and add their own responses to question prompts. Potential students visiting campus will understand that honor, leadership, and service are important qualities at UMW, and these boards will give off an air of student engagement. This simple project will inspire students to become more engaged in the community and refine their honor, leadership, and service skills.