This Alumna's Book Just Debuted on the NYT's Children's Best-Sellers List

Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:00pm

A self-challenge posed in a tiny, sublet room last January in Brooklyn has taken a University of Virginia alumna to a place she never expected: the New York Times best-seller list. Vashti Harrison, who graduated in 2010 with a double major in media studies and studio art, moved to New York City in December 2016 to see if she could make it in the big city. Soon she was working full-time as a free-lance illustrator and finishing up drawings for a children’s book called “Festival of Colors.” In the late hours of Jan. 31, 2017, in that small room, a thought came to her: Why not draw one African-American woman every day for the month of February in honor of Black History Month? She would post her art on her Instagram account as a way to challenge herself. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

This is How the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Came to Speak at UVA in 1963

Posted: January 12, 2018, 12:00am


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to the University of Virginia was the result of a small-but-determined group of students fighting an uphill battle for racial equality at a time when the nation was deeply divided. Wesley Harris, then an African-American student raised in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood and now a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was at the center of that effort. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

Inspiring Events Commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: January 9, 2018, 12:00am


Every year, the University of Virginia’s Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, along with dozens of UVA departments and offices, partners with local organizations to offer a variety of events that echo and continue the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for social justice, from interfaith services to talks with leading intellectuals and artists. This year’s schedule runs from Jan. 15 – which is officially recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day – through Feb. 5. The theme for the 2018 Community MLK Celebration is “Be the Difference.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Narrowing the Health Care Gap for Latinos, One Visit at a Time

Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:00am

Dr. Max Luna, a native of Guatemala and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, saw a need – and filled it. The Charlottesville area’s Latino community was in need of affordable, sustained health care. UVA students, looking to sharpen their health care skills, were yearning to serve. Thus was born the Latino Health Initiative, a program that pairs the two in a mutually beneficial relationship. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

University Statement Regarding "White Student Union"

Posted: November 27, 2017, 10:50am


The University of Virginia is aware of a Facebook page purporting to be the “UVA White Student Union” that appeared over the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no registered University student organization (CIO) by this name. It is highly likely that the creator of the page is not a member of the University community. As reported by Medium, similar Facebook pages have been affecting colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.


We are aware some UVA community members have seen this Facebook page and have found it highly distressing. These social media posts do not reflect the views and values of the University of Virginia. Diversity and inclusion are of the utmost importance to us, as is providing the University community with a safe living, learning and working environment.


The University is currently assessing the matter to explore options to address it.