University Makes Two Lawn Rooms ADA-Accessible

Posted: July 28, 2020, 8:54am

The masonry work is part of the University’s efforts to adapt two student Lawn rooms to accessibility standards laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Being selected to live in Lawn rooms in Thomas Jefferson’s original Academical Village is considered a high honor, but until this summer, none of the 200-year-old rooms were ADA-compliant.     

Besides building an entrance ramp, the room makeovers, in Nos. 23 and 25 West Lawn, included lowering a light switch, raising a receptacle, adding a lower shelf and moving down the closet rod. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Matt Kelly)

Seeking to Learn More About Racial Justice? Start Here.

Posted: June 18, 2020, 12:00am

Maybe reading books and articles about racial justice issues is something you’ve been doing for years, or maybe the nation’s current crisis has spurred you to learn more. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to read more, some University of Virginia faculty and administrators with expertise in this area have some recommendations. 

As many in the U.S. continue to protest police brutality in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and many other African Americans, some are also responding by writing and reading about systemic racism, discussing who tells our history and what we might do to resolve these problems. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)

UVA Announces That All Students, Regardless of Citizenship Status, Are Eligible to Enroll

Posted: June 16, 2020, 12:00am

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan today announced that all students, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, will now be eligible for admission and enrollment at UVA.

“Our mission as a university is to attract outstanding students who will make our community stronger and the world a better place,” Ryan said. “We should be open to all qualified applicants – and this decision is an important step in the right direction.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley Hester)

Virginia Athletics Announces Changes to New V-Sabre and Cavalier Shield Logos

Posted: June 15, 2020, 12:00am

University of Virginia athletics director Carla Williams announced Monday that changes have been made to two of the new marks the department released on April 24. The sabres that are featured in the new V-Sabre logo, and on the Cavalier Shield, have been changed to remove the curves that were added to the handles. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jim Daves)

UVA Racial Equity Task Force to Pursue ‘Thoughtful, Bold’ Solutions

Posted: June 12, 2020, 12:00am

President Jim Ryan said Friday that the task force he established this month will deliver recommendations no later than early August on how the University of Virginia can improve racial equity, and he encouraged its members to pursue bold ideas.

The task force is ready to begin soliciting community input, and already has begun compiling the many recommendations, demands and suggestions that have been made over the years at UVA.

The task force comprises Kevin McDonald, UVA’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion; Ian Solomon, dean of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and Barbara Brown Wilson, assistant professor of urban and environmental planning and faculty director of the UVA Equity Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (McGregor McCance)