UVA Historian Leads National Geographic's Unusual Self-Examination

Posted: March 19, 2018, 4:51pm

In the fall, National Geographic magazine approached University of Virginia history professor John Edwin Mason with an unusual request. Could Mason, Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg asked, help the magazine examine and acknowledge the racist coverage that predominated a large chunk of its 130-year history? Mason, who teaches both African history and the history of photography, was well-equipped for the task, and his analysis features heavily in a much-heralded letter from the editor that Goldberg published last week. The letter is part of the magazine’s April edition, “The Race Issue,” examining racial tension in the United States and around the world. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Medical Center CEO Named to "Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare" List

Posted: March 15, 2018, 2:47pm


Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of University of Virginia Medical Center since July 2014, has been honored among Modern Healthcare’s 2018 list of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.” “Our Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare are making a difference in the industry and their communities. And their professions,” wrote Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare’s editor, in a letter introducing the awardees. In honoring Sutton-Wallace, Modern Healthcare highlighted UVA Health System’s planning for August’s white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and caring for those injured that weekend. Sutton-Wallace was also noted for her leadership in improving quality and safety outcomes (such as reducing C. difficile infections by 35 percent in 2017) and helping establish a statewide pediatric care network. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Swensen)

55 Years Later, Panelists Ponder King's Question: "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Posted: March 14, 2018, 12:00am


Wesley Harris standing in front of podium, in front of panelistsOnly with a fuller understanding of individual, local, state and national history will people be able to answer the question the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. posed near the end of his life: “Where do we go from here?” That was the consensus of panelists who gathered Tuesday night at the University of Virginia to ponder King’s lasting impact. Throughout 2018, a series of discussions are being held in Virginia communities that King visited as he fought for civil rights for African-Americans. King came to Charlottesville on March 25, 1963, and spoke to a packed house in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall auditorium. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Diversity on the Rise at UVA

Posted: March 1, 2018, 1:55pm


Current institutional data show that the University has experienced a robust expansion in the breadth and depth of its cultural and socioeconomic diversity in recent years.
Data for 2017 indicate that since 2012:
  • First-Year minority student enrollment has increased by 38%
  • AFrican American enrollment of First-Year students has increased by 44.2%
  • First-Generation student enrollment is up by 42%
  • Enrollment of First-Year Pell Grant recipients is up 34.3%

Letter from VP-CODE (February 2018 Edition of Our Grounds: Dimensions of Diversity)

Posted: February 20, 2018, 9:46am


Dear Friends,
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Our Grounds.  I hope your year has gotten off to a great start.
During the last two weeks of January and early February, 32 events were held to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  With the theme “Be the Difference,” keynote speaker Joy Reid challenged the audience about we can make positive change in these divisive times.  The 2018 celebration was capped off by an event honoring Gregory Swanson, the first African American student admitted to UVA.  At the event, President Sullivan announced the formation of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.  The commission will succeed the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University and will examine the University’s role in a post-Emancipation and segregated society.  
This March, the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy will continue. On March 13th, the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission will partner with the Office for Diversity & Equity to host a community discussion at Old Cabell Hall from 6-8pm in commemoration of Dr. King’s visit to UVA in 1963.  This event is one in a series of community discussions that will be held throughout the Commonwealth in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.  The event will feature leaders from the community who will address the question, “Where do we go from here?”  
On March 23rd  the 8th John T. Casteen, III Diversity – Equity – Inclusion Leadership Award will be presented to a member of the UVA community who best demonstrates a dedication to leadership and a deep commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and in the community.  Any member of the University community (student, faculty, or staff) is eligible for nomination, according to the criteria.  In addition to the nomination form, the committee requires a letter describing how the nominee has exemplified the award-related criteria and three additional letters of support (one of which must be from outside the nominee's department or school).  Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Finally, congratulations to our men’s basketball team for being ranked #1 in the nation! Thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and productive 2018.
Marcus L. Martin, M.D.