Posted: December 5, 2016, 12:00am
About 40 local residents joined design consultants, University of Virginia representatives and students Friday night to consider ideas about what a memorial to the enslaved African-American workers who helped build and maintain the University might convey.The idea of a memorial to UVA’s enslaved laborers has gained momentum and support over the past several years. It was built into the mission of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, which President Teresa A. Sullivan established three years ago. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)
Posted: November 16, 2016, 1:08pm
Since my last communication, there has been an increase in bias-motivated incidents around Grounds. The University administration condemns these hateful acts that violate our core values of diversity and inclusion. This link will take you to a recent response from the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights. During this post-election season, we are paying close attention to the climate on Grounds and any incidents that may occur.
At the end of September, the University of Virginia held a charrette, sponsored by the Provost’s Office, to address our environment and culture. A charrette is a meeting where all stakeholders work together to design a solution to a particular challenge or develop the means to achieve a goal. Over one hundred leaders including faculty, staff, students, administrators, and surrounding community members met to develop concrete action items that will help cultivate a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming community at UVA. During the charrette, I presented information on resources currently in place that may enhance the University’s culture, environment, and respect, both on Grounds and in the local community. The resources document is included in this edition of Our Grounds. The list is not exhaustive but presents examples of what resources are currently in place, spanning the administration, schools and deans, student body, faculty and staff, alumni, and the neighboring community. While we may not be able to measure the effectiveness of all these resources, I believe they have helped us make advancements and can help shape the foundation for our future. We hope to update you throughout the year about further progress in our efforts to improve the culture and environment at UVA.
Thanks to many of you, after years of fundraising, the Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences was officially announced during the “Keep the Movement Comin’ On” symposium organized in remembrance of Julian Bond last month. This professorship is a way for Julian Bond’s legacy to live on here at the University for years to come, and will allow students to further engage in issues of civil rights and social justice.
As we are approaching the end of the semester, I extend an early Thanksgiving wish to each of you.
Marcus L. Martin, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Posted: November 15, 2016, 12:00am
Cadets and midshipmen from the University of Virginia’s ROTC units held a 24-hour vigil Monday and Tuesday in the McIntire Amphitheater to remember American prisoners of war and those missing in action. The vigil ended Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony honoring all veterans. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Paul S. Wilson, commander of the Army Legal Services Agency and a graduate of the UVA School of Law, was the keynote speaker. Among his posts, Wilson served as the director of the Center for Law and Military Operations at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Matt Kelly)
Posted: November 15, 2016, 12:00am
Though each of UVA’s three official language houses is greatly diverse, their missions are very much the same: to encourage their residents to experience complete language and cultural immersion. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Kaylyn Christopher)
Posted: November 3, 2016, 12:00am
A team of University of Virginia School of Law students and local attorneys is building a record of success in advocating for veterans pursuing disability claims. The pro bono effort, under the direction of local attorneys K. Jay Galloway (a 2015 Law School graduate) and Dan Krasnegor, helps veterans navigate the complex process of appealing disability claims denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Kimberly Reich)