UVA Researchers Focus on What Black Girls Experience

Posted: March 14, 2017, 12:00am

University of Virginia faculty members and students have taken on the complex subject of black girlhood in several ways – on the academic front, through an emerging interdisciplinary field focusing on black girlhood; and in positive community engagement. Their aim is to understand what holds girls of color back while developing and supporting programs that help them thrive. For researchers such as assistant professor Corinne Field and others, it has become clear that broad efforts to help all girls, or all African-American youth, are not specifically empowering black girls. Their work is urgent and the potential benefits to society are great. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

10 Places on Grounds to Rediscover Black History

Posted: February 27, 2017, 12:00am

When the University of Virginia’s famed Rotunda was being built, Robert Battles, a free man of color, hauled more than 176,000 bricks and several tons of sand to the site in 1823. Battles’ treks give a sense of the impact African-Americans made on the construction and early functioning of the University – a history overlooked for years in the telling of the University’s creation. You only have to look around the Academical Village to find more instances. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

New Law School Student Clinic to Focus on Civil Rights, Racial Justice

Posted: February 10, 2017, 12:00am

UVA Law students who volunteered during winter break gather around a table at the Legal Aid Justice Center with staff also assigned to the caseload.University of Virginia law students will gain practical experience working on civil rights and racial justice cases through a new pro bono clinic, launched this semester. The Civil Rights Litigation Pro Bono Clinic, a partnership between the UVA School of Law and Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center, received an $80,000 grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund. Students will work on civil rights cases involving topics found in many of today’s headlines, such as policing and race, criminalization of poverty and mental health. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Kimberly Reich)

UVA Holds Immigration Town Hall in Wake of Trump Travel Ban

Posted: February 8, 2017, 10:41am

Sajedeh Hosseini, right, represented the Iranian Students Association. Hannah Borja, to her left, represented DREAMers on Grounds. Attiya Latif, to Borja’s left, represented the Minority Rights Coalition. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Members of the international community at the University of Virginia attended a special town hall Tuesday evening to get answers on how President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban and other administrative actions will affect them. Organized by the International Studies Office, the University invited immigration attorney Mark Rhoads to present to students, scholars, faculty and staff in Gibson Hall. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

UVA President, Provost Address Immigration Issues

Posted: January 29, 2017, 12:00am

READ THE FULL LETTER to the UVA Community from President Teresa Sullivan and Executive Vice President and Provost Tom Katsouleas