What Can You Learn from UVA's First Female Law School Dean? A Lot

Posted: January 5, 2017, 12:54pm

Risa Goluboff headshotJust a few weeks into her new role as dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Law, Risa Goluboff rewrote one of the most famous lines in law school history. “Look to your right. Look to your left,” Goluboff told first-year students at this year’s orientation, beginning a line that normally ends with a gloomy prediction that some students will drop out. Instead, she continued, “These are going to be your friends, your colleagues and your networks.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Mary Wood)

At UVA, Governor Signs Non-Discrimination Order for State Contractors

Posted: January 5, 2017, 12:00am

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs Executive Order at UVAVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe chose the University of Virginia as the place to hold a Thursday press conference announcing an executive order barring state contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. “We want to keep Virginia open and welcoming to everyone,” McAuliffe said in the auditorium of UVA’s Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture and Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Hear from 'Hidden Figures' Author, UVA Alumna Margot Lee Shetterly

Posted: January 3, 2017, 12:00am

Margot Shetterly headshotUniversity of Virginia alumna Margot Shetterly’s book proposal was rapidly snapped up by Hollywood producers, as the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – African-American women known at NASA as “the computers” – proved irresistible. The three women, portrayed by Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, were mathematicians at NASA’s Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. In 1962 – a time when segregation was still common and women were underrepresented in the sciences – they were some of the leading minds behind John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

For 40 Years, This Office has Enhanced the Lives of African American Students

Posted: December 13, 2016, 12:00am

Before the Office of African-American Affairs became a stalwart foundation for black students attending the University of Virginia, a dedicated group of students in the early 1970s brought attention to the need for such a center.

In the 40 years since its founding, the office and its programs have helped create a sense of belonging to the UVA family and enhanced the University as a whole over the years, emphasizing African-American student achievement and building on past successes. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E Bromley)

Can Better Classroom Instruction Close the Racial Discipline Gap?

Posted: December 7, 2016, 12:00am

Better classroom instruction is one answer to reducing the racial discipline gap, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia, Rutgers University and University of British Columbia. The finding, reported in the current issue of School Psychology Review, has important implications for addressing one of the most alarming and persistent trends occurring in high school classrooms across the country – that African-American students are typically disciplined, suspended and expelled at much higher rates than adolescents from other racial backgrounds. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Kathy Neesen)