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Alumni Join Forces to Fight for Diversity, from Silicon Valley to the Beltway

Posted: August 17, 2016, 12:00am

For a decade, University of Virginia alumna Tina Paikeday has been fighting for diversity and inclusion among the historically whitewashed tech companies of Silicon Valley. Fellow alumnus Mauricio Velásquez has been doing the same in the marbled halls of the federal government, working with clients including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Service. After meeting as alumni trustees of UVA’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Fund, Paikeday and Velásquez decided to merge their teams this summer, creating a coast-to-coast alliance committed to more vibrant, diverse workplaces.(READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Immeasurable Experience: Minority Students Rave about Science Research

Posted: August 10, 2016, 12:00am

Astronomy faculty member Nitya Kallivayalil, standing, shows a slide about galaxies made by Colleen Smith-Patikas, a Spelman College undergraduate engineering-physics dual-degree major seated at table's center. About 20 minority students from colleges and universities participated this summer in an unprecedented collaboration between UVA programs that include the Leadership Alliance, the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance and an astronomy professor’s grant. The coordinators pooled resources to provide a spectrum of experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for under-represented undergraduates, from hands-on work in a laboratory to presenting at a national conference in Connecticut. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley), Photo by Dan Addison

Adding Color to the Corner

Posted: August 9, 2016, 12:00am

A few days ahead of the mural’s dedication, Dove joined Guinn on scaffolding high above the corner to fill in the last unpainted word, “world.”"The world called, and I answered.” That line, written by University of Virginia English professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, is the centerpiece of a new mural gracing an exterior wall of the Graduate Charlottesville hotel on University Avenue. It comes from Dove’s poem, “Testimonial,” originally published in her book, “On the Bus with Rosa Parks.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman), Photo by Sanjay Suchak

Monticello Summit on Race, Legacy of Slavery to Conclude UVA-Led Celebration of NEH

Posted: July 13, 2016, 12:00am

University of Virginia forum expected to draw some of the world’s leading artists, authors and filmmakers to Charlottesville in September will be capped by a public summit, hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, examining how the history of slavery shapes today’s conversations on race, freedom and equality. The entire series of events will be free and open to the public. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today

New Summer Program Helps High School Students Grasp Legacies of Slavery

Posted: July 6, 2016, 12:00am

Heather Moore Riser, leaning down, head of public services in the Small Special Collections Library, shows high school students a selection of Thomas Jefferson’s papers. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak/University Communications)week before Independence Day this year, a group of high school students came to the University of Virginia for a new adventure: the first-ever Cornerstone Summer Institute, a residential camp where they delved into American history, focusing on historical research, archaeological excavation and community engagement related to slavery and its aftermath. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

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