Akil Mitchell and Chris Long Return to Grounds to Discuss Race and Athletics

Posted: April 29, 2018, 12:00am


The 90-minute discussion, moderated by University of Virginia professor of African-American and African Studies and History Claudrena Harold, frequently delved into the events of Aug. 11 and 12 in Charlottesville. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

UVA Making Health Care More Welcoming for LGBTQ Patients

Posted: April 23, 2018, 12:00am


Over the course of his professional career, countless gay, lesbian and transgender people have asked University of Virginia nursing professor Ken White for referrals to gay or gay-friendly physicians. “[Patients ask for referrals] because they fear two big things: judgment or a clinician’s lack of knowledge and understanding about their particular health concerns,” he said. While discrimination can sometimes be an issue, White said, most care providers “simply don’t know how to speak frankly with gay, lesbian and transgender patients about their health concerns. They fear saying the wrong thing, and so say nothing at all.” To help health care providers better serve their LGBTQ patients, organizers from UVA’s schools of Nursing and Medicine and the UVA Health System have organized a LGBTQ+ Health Care Symposium, to be held May 10 at the Boar’s Head Inn (online registration is open through May 2 at The program brings together a team from UVA with national and international experts to learn how to give the best possible care to everyone. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Swensen)

Diversity Series Speaker: NFL's First Openly Gay Player Finds His Calling

Posted: April 19, 2018, 4:01pm


It was the kiss seen around the world. After getting picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive end Michael Sam and his boyfriend celebrated with a smooch on national television. Sam had just become the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Sam, though, never played a regular-season game. The former University of Missouri star has been out of football for nearly three years. These days, Sam is sharing his experiences through work as a motivational speaker and LGBTQ activist. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

UVA Named State's Top Option for LGBTQ+ Students

Posted: April 5, 2018, 12:00am


Best and Campus Pride have selected the University of Virginia as the best college for LGBTQ+ students in Virginia. “The ranking … combines our Academic and Affordability Metrics along with the Campus Pride Index score, which is a comprehensive national rating system that measures LGBTQ-friendly campus life,” according to the announcement on the Best Colleges website. “Campus Pride takes an exhaustive and multifaceted approach, considering eight LGBTQ-inclusive factors to reach a measurement. The listing also includes descriptions of unique campus resources that provide support to students of various gender and sexual identities.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Dan Heuchert)

UVA Program Arms K-12 Teachers with Resources on Slavery and Racism

Posted: March 30, 2018, 12:00am


In 1861, Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the short-lived Confederate States of America, gave a speech about the Confederate constitution, which included justifying and codifying the continuation of slavery as the basis for secession. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. … [I]ts foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man. Today, more than 150 years later, only 8 percent of high school seniors identify slavery as the central cause of the American Civil War, according to a 2017 study from the Southern Poverty Law Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)