Learn More about UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted: August 27, 2019, 1:06pm


The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia began with a student-led effort in 2010 and is a shining example of student self-governance. The memorial will acknowledge and honor the estimated 5,000 individuals who built and maintained the University—clearing land, molding and firing bricks, transporting quarried stone, fetching water, stacking wood, scrubbing fireplaces and windows, and completing daily chores for UVA students and professors.

For more than four decades, the entire University was a site of enslavement. Now, we’re confronting our past, uncovering new knowledge, and using that knowledge to teach, heal, and shape the future.

Please consider giving to the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers here. You can also read more about the UVA's $2.5 million matching fund for the memorial here.

UVA Sets Early Action Application Record, Including Large Increases in Minority and First-Generation Applicants

Posted: November 19, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia saw a record number of early action applications for the Class of 2023, including significant growth in applicants who are minorities or would be the first in their families to attend college. The deadline for early action applications was Nov. 1 According to preliminary data from the Office of Admission, the number of minority applicants increased by 24 percent, and the number of first-generation applicants increased by 18.6 percent. Included in the increase in minority applicants was a 32.5 percent rise in African-American applicants and a 21.9 percent bump in Hispanic applicants. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

University Creates 20 Rotating Professorships for Democracy and Equity

Posted: November 15, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia will create 20 new Research Professorships in Democracy and Equity to examine underlying causes that fueled the violent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville and at UVA on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017. The 20 professorships, awarded on a rotating basis to eligible faculty members for two- or three-year terms, will foster research and teaching innovation around various topics related to democracy and equity. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Ryan Forms Search Committee to Hire Next VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted: November 14, 2018, 12:00am


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan has established a committee to begin the search for UVA’s next vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Reporting to the president and serving as a member of his cabinet, the vice president works closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, community members and other stakeholders to develop and execute strategies that advance UVA’s inclusive excellence. The Office for Diversity and Equity provides a place to consolidate, support, communicate and guide the University’s efforts in these areas. It also promotes a University climate and culture that incorporates cultural competency and continuous learning about the varieties of human difference. Dr. Marcus Martin, who has announced his retirement, will stay on in the position until a successor is named. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Martin Luther King III Retraces His Father's Footsteps at Old Cabell Hall

Posted: November 4, 2018, 12:00am


On Saturday afternoon, Martin Luther King III looked out over rows of chairs in Old Cabell Hall that, 55 years ago, were filled with more than 900 University of Virginia students and faculty members listening to his father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King, the eldest son of the revered civil rights activist and Coretta Scott King, was in town for the premiere of “Charlottesville,” a new documentary created by UVA’s Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations about the violent white supremacist demonstrations at UVA and in Charlottesville in August 2017. He called the documentary “extremely moving,” and expressed hope that it would spur important discussions around the country.  (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)