GEAR UP Camp Prepares Students to Jump from High School to Higher Ed

Posted: June 29, 2016, 12:00am

Two groups of excited and forward-looking ninth-graders spent part of their summer at the University of Virginia to hone skills that will better prepare them to make the transition from high school to higher education. The students, primarily from low-income backgrounds, were participating in a program called the GEAR UP Virginia Power of Youth Camp, facilitated by the youth engagement company CoolSpeak. GEAR UP, short for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a year-round federal discretionary program funded by a federal grant awarded to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, which partners with public universities in hosting the summer camps. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today

The STEM Effect

Posted: June 29, 2016, 12:00am

With a growing national emphasis on interesting high school students in pursuing STEM careers, enrollment in university engineering schools has been on the rise during the past several years. Despite the explosion in enrollment, recruitment of African American and female students remains a challenge in Virginia and across the country.  Nonetheless, several Virginia schools including UVA have fared well in national rankings examining engineering education diversity. (READ MORE)

Source: Virginia Business (Richard Foster)

Curry School Professor Leads Discussion on Gender-Based Violence Through Institute Hosted at UVA

Posted: June 23, 2016, 12:00am

Colleges and universities can help drive social change in the fight against gender-based violence, according to Nancy Deutsch, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. That’s why last week on Grounds, Deutsch led the first National Leadership Institute on the issue, drawing representatives from schools around the country. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Kaylyn Christopher)

Accolades: Group Honors McDowell, Sauls for Promoting Diversity on Grounds

Posted: June 15, 2016, 12:00am

On May 25, UVA's Black Faculty/Staff Employee Resource Group gave its Armistead Robinson Faculty Recognition Award to Deborah E. McDowell, director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African American and African Studies, and the Alice Griffin Professor of English; and its Dr. Lincoln V. Lewis Staff Award to Kellie Sauls, director of admissions and financial aid at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Dan Heuchert)

UVA Facilities Management Invites Girls to Consider Careers in the Trades

Posted: June 14, 2016, 12:00am

Young women from age 11 to 18 toured construction sites, examined chiller plants and watched three-dimensional printers Tuesday as participants in the University of Virginia Facilities Management Department’s first “Girls’ Day.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Matt Kelly)