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.
Description taken from http://www.wm.edu/bfsf/purpose.php 24 May 2007. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Forum, The.