Learn More about UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted: August 27, 2018, 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.

First-Year Class is Largest, Most Diverse in UVA History

Posted: August 27, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia this week welcomed approximately 3,840 first-year students to Grounds. It’s the largest and most diverse first-year class in UVA history. The Class of 2022 speaks to the University’s commitment to making an affordable, world-class education available to high-achieving students from all walks of life. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

Virginia Teachers Talk Civil Rights and Social Justice at Inaugural Institute

Posted: July 9, 2018, 12:00am

Twenty educators from across Virginia gathered at the University of Virginia for an intensive five-day institute exploring civil rights and social justice in the classroom. With a focus on teachers during the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, the week’s conversations also expanded to include last August’s white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, hip-hop as social commentary, the true meaning of activism and more. The inaugural institute was part of “Teachers in the Movement,” an oral history research project housed in UVA’s Curry School of Education. It was co-sponsored by the Curry School’s Center for Race and Public Education in the South. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Laura Hoxworth)

UVA Staff Members Join Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery

Posted: July 6, 2018, 12:00am


Several University of Virginia staff and faculty members – including 16 UVA staff members sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost – were among the 110 Charlottesville men and women who were set to leave Sunday on a weeklong Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama. The group will stop at several historic sites along the way, but their ultimate destination is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, America’s first national memorial to victims of lynching. There they will deliver soil from the Albemarle County site where John Henry James, a black man living in the Charlottesville area, was lynched on July 12, 1898. Already, the memorial has collected soil from hundreds of other lynching sites around the country. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

New UVA Police Chief Has Extensive Background in Promoting Diversity

Posted: July 2, 2018, 12:00am


Tommye S. Sutton, deputy chief of police at Northwestern University, has been named assistant vice president and chief of police at the University of Virginia, effective Aug. 1. Sutton will succeed Mike Gibson, who is retiring after leading the University Police Department for nearly 13 years. Gibson started his career at UVA as a patrol officer in 1982. At Northwestern, Sutton has overseen all patrol, investigations, special event planning, security operations and the administrative functions on the Evanston and Chicago campuses since 2015. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley P. Hester)