Ryan Announces Emergency Fund to Assist Contract Workers, UVA Employees

Posted: April 7, 2020, 1:33pm


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan on Monday announced the creation of a $2 million emergency fund to assist workers furloughed by contractors and a separate $1 million contribution to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

In a message to the University community, Ryan said the new fund and the contribution were part of UVA’s commitment to “doing our best to be a good neighbor and to live our values.”

“That means, among other things, doing what we can to support our most vulnerable community members,” he said. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (McGregor McCance)

New “Arts on the Hill” Series Debuts at Carr’s Hill with Moving, Live Performances

Posted: March 5, 2020, 9:42am


Fragrant winter jasmine and unseasonably warm temperatures welcomed arts enthusiasts to the residence of University of Virginia President Jim Ryan Wednesday afternoon for “Arts on the Hill,” a free, new series of performances for students, faculty and staff.

The brainchild of Ryan, Provost Liz Magill and Vice Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa, “Arts on the Hill” will be a regular occurrence during the academic year, with free tickets available through a lottery.

“Welcome to the first edition of “Arts on the Hill,” Ryan told the crowd. “It’s a very simple concept. About once a month we are going to invite artists, either from among our faculty or students or visiting artists to perform at Carr’s Hill. This is a way to showcase the amazing talent we have here on Grounds among our faculty and students and also to take advantage of the fact that Charlottesville is a real crossroads for incredible artists coming through.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

On and Around Grounds, Diversity Leader Emphasizes Inclusiveness and Community

Posted: March 5, 2020, 9:40am


From advocating for prisoners in his early law career to leading major universities’ diversity and equity efforts, Kevin G. McDonald has been working on social justice concerns and helping create inclusive communities for nearly 25 years.

McDonald, who in August became the University of Virginia’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, is not a stranger to Virginia, having served as Virginia Tech’s vice president for equity and inclusion from 2007 to 2010, but he had only been to Charlottesville once before coming to UVA. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)

4 New and Expanded Student Centers Create ‘Inclusive Community of Trust’

Posted: February 10, 2020, 1:33pm


The University of Virginia moved a step closer to its goal to be both great and good Thursday as it introduced new and expanded student centers that will support such diverse communities as Latinx and interfaith populations.

Newcomb Hall, the student hub on Grounds, was abuzz as a huge crowd of people, mostly students, lined up excitedly for the afternoon grand opening of the Multicultural Student Center.

The center was one of four new student spaces that opened following years of student input. Administrators also enthusiastically introduced LGBTQ, Latinx and Interfaith student centers. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

President Ryan Announces Additions to UVA’s Historic Landscape

Posted: February 3, 2020, 11:30am


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan today announced new initiatives to update and contextualize the University’s historic landscape with commemorative markers, portraits and photographs, and new digital tours.

These additions to our landscape and our tours will help us celebrate agents of change, highlight important parts of our landscape, and tell a more complete story about our university and those who have shaped it,” Ryan said. “These projects will also highlight one constant that links our present to our past: change. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)