William Soergel is the digital communications assistant for the Department of Classics. His responsibilities include managing the department's website and social media, developing the department's communications, and writing news and information about the department. In addition to his responsibilities to the department, he also works at the Library Services Desks in the User Services & Resource Sharing Division at McKeldin Library and has more than three years of work experience in the Interlibrary Loan department.
Soergel is a senior Classics and History double-major and hopes to apply to graduate programs in ancient history in Fall 2016. He is a member of the History Department's Honors program, writing an honors thesis on interstate relations and the development of Roman societas in the period of the Early Republic under the direction of Distinguished University Professor Arthur Eckstein. As a Classics student, he is the secretary of the UMD Classics Club and a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the classical languages honors society. He was a member of the College Park Scholars Program in Public Leadership from 2013 to 2015, from which experience he was awarded the 2016 LGBT Equity Scholarship and became a member of the Lavender Leadership Honors Society at the university.
In addition to his academics and work, Soergel is the facilitator of a bisexual discussion group, Bisexuals at Maryland, and a fervent micronationalist in his micronational project, Sandus. He is active in his Tibetan Buddhist sangha, Kunzang Palyul Chöling, and is an independent political activist.