One of UVA's 'Hidden Figures' Honored for Breaking Color Barrier

Posted: April 10, 2017, 12:00am

Mavis ClaytorMore than 300 people crowded into McLeod Auditorium at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing on Friday to honor the school’s first African-American enrollee and graduate, Mavis Claytor. She charmed the audience, joked and told stories of her family, her early education in segregated Virginia and the hurdles and triumphs she faced during integration, and at UVA. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Christine Phelan Kueter)

Change Agents with Compassion: Student, Medical Dean Awarded for Diversity

Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:00am

Dr. Randolph Canterbury and third-year student Attiya LatifOne honoree is a third-year Jefferson Scholar whose parents emigrated from Pakistan. The other is a longtime Medical School administrator who hails from West Virginia. As different as University of Virginia third-year student Attiya Latif and Dr. Randolph Canterbury may seem, they share qualities that led to both being selected as this year’s recipients of the 2017 John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

UVA Researchers Focus on What Black Girls Experience

Posted: March 14, 2017, 12:00am

University of Virginia faculty members and students have taken on the complex subject of black girlhood in several ways – on the academic front, through an emerging interdisciplinary field focusing on black girlhood; and in positive community engagement. Their aim is to understand what holds girls of color back while developing and supporting programs that help them thrive. For researchers such as assistant professor Corinne Field and others, it has become clear that broad efforts to help all girls, or all African-American youth, are not specifically empowering black girls. Their work is urgent and the potential benefits to society are great. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

10 Places on Grounds to Rediscover Black History

Posted: February 27, 2017, 12:00am

When the University of Virginia’s famed Rotunda was being built, Robert Battles, a free man of color, hauled more than 176,000 bricks and several tons of sand to the site in 1823. Battles’ treks give a sense of the impact African-Americans made on the construction and early functioning of the University – a history overlooked for years in the telling of the University’s creation. You only have to look around the Academical Village to find more instances. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

New Law School Student Clinic to Focus on Civil Rights, Racial Justice

Posted: February 10, 2017, 12:00am

UVA Law students who volunteered during winter break gather around a table at the Legal Aid Justice Center with staff also assigned to the caseload.University of Virginia law students will gain practical experience working on civil rights and racial justice cases through a new pro bono clinic, launched this semester. The Civil Rights Litigation Pro Bono Clinic, a partnership between the UVA School of Law and Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center, received an $80,000 grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund. Students will work on civil rights cases involving topics found in many of today’s headlines, such as policing and race, criminalization of poverty and mental health. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Kimberly Reich)