Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and So Many Others

Posted: May 29, 2020, 10:10pm

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor

We are grieving and angry over the latest disturbing and reprehensible events, which have yet again exposed the tragic injustices and violence against African Americans and their humanity. Our hearts are heavy as we reflect upon the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other African Americans whose lives have been cut short. We recognize the pain, fear, anger, and hopelessness many in our UVA and Charlottesville community might be experiencing right now. UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stands firmly in our values of diversity and inclusivity and denounces all forms of hate and bigotry.

Today, we stand with everyone suffering and in anguish under the weight of racism. We are with you. As educators and leaders in higher education, we appreciate the power—and responsibility—we have to dismantle the systems that continue to permit bias-motivated ideologies and actions. Hate and violence are in direct opposition to the values our University and broader community aspire to uphold and who we want to be. We must continue to do the hard work that will help ensure that our future is different, more just, more accepting, and more inclusive. The future we envision is one in which the devaluing of life is no longer accepted, and where bigotry no longer contaminates our systems and institutions, burdening some community members much more than others.


The Collective

University Sets Up Volunteer Center for Community Response to Pandemic

Posted: May 6, 2020, 1:53pm


In this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, community service agencies are stretched to the limit. Volunteers are needed more than ever for a widening range of services. And as the commonwealth celebrates Virginia Public Service Week, more citizens may be looking to help.

As a response, the University of Virginia has established a virtual Volunteer Center to help connect UVA employees who wish to volunteer their time, skills and compassion with the needs of local service agencies that are working overtime to help community members cope. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Fariss Samarrai)

Q&A: How COVID-19 Is Exposing Health Care Inequities

Posted: April 17, 2020, 9:47am


As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the United States, data is beginning to emerge showing the disproportionate impact of the virus in minority communities, particularly African American communities.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released a study of a representative group of hospitalized patients showing that the percentage of black patients hospitalized for COVID-19 was much higher than the percentage of African Americans in the population as a whole, “suggesting that black populations might be disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

Four University of Virginia doctors – Dr. Taison Bell, Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz, Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb and Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb – are among a group of physicians who initially raised the alarm about these trends, pushing state and federal officials to release demographic data about the spread of COVID-19. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman) 

UVA’s Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award Goes to Three Recipients

Posted: April 15, 2020, 8:43am


Three members of the University of Virginia community who have shown persistence and innovation in working on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts – all with a focus on different areas of health care – will receive John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Awards.

The three recipients are:

  • Biomedical engineering graduate student Samantha Melinda Perez, who has opened the door to underrepresented graduate students in her field and across Grounds.
  • Dr. Catherine Casey, an associate professor of family medicine, one of the founders of UVA’s first multidisciplinary Adult Transgender Clinic.
  • Elizabeth Beasley, director of community partnerships for UVA Health, who works to foster relationships with local organizations and community members to address and reduce health disparities.


Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)

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)