Learn More about UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted: August 27, 2019, 1:06pm


The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia began with a student-led effort in 2010 and is a shining example of student self-governance. The memorial will acknowledge and honor the estimated 5,000 individuals who built and maintained the University—clearing land, molding and firing bricks, transporting quarried stone, fetching water, stacking wood, scrubbing fireplaces and windows, and completing daily chores for UVA students and professors.

For more than four decades, the entire University was a site of enslavement. Now, we’re confronting our past, uncovering new knowledge, and using that knowledge to teach, heal, and shape the future.

Please consider giving to the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers here. You can also read more about the UVA's $2.5 million matching fund for the memorial here.

Three Generations of Female Architects Seek to Bring More Women into the Profession

Posted: January 9, 2019, 12:00am


In architecture, the phenomenon is referred to simply as “the missing 32 percent.” The phrase is shorthand for the drop-off between the percentage of architecture students who are female – about 50 percent – and the percentage of licensed, practicing architects who are female – about 18 percent. The gap can be attributed to a number of factors, from architecture’s long history as a male-dominated profession to all-consuming workplace cultures that leave little flexibility for women expected to balance work and family. However, many at the University of Virginia – women and men – are working hard to close that gap, through their own achievements and through partnerships among students, alumni, faculty members and practicing architects. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Work on Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Gets Underway

Posted: January 7, 2019, 12:00am


East of the Rotunda and Brooks Hall, a tall fence wrapped in green marks out an important construction project: the future Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. Conceived initially by students almost 10 years ago, the idea for a memorial was continued by the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University. A design team for the memorial engaged UVA and local communities in months of discussions as it developed the final concept, and the UVA Board of Visitors approved the recommendation for the memorial’s design and location in June 2017. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Community MLK Celebration to Feature White House Correspondent April Ryan

Posted: January 4, 2019, 12:00am


The University of Virginia and the local community will commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with events planned from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1 under the theme “Women in the Movement.” April Ryan, the only black female reporter covering urban issues as a White House correspondent, will be the keynote speaker. She will give her address Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater; a reception begins at 5:30. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Meghan Faulkner)


UVA Sets Early Action Application Record, Including Large Increases in Minority and First-Generation Applicants

Posted: November 19, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia saw a record number of early action applications for the Class of 2023, including significant growth in applicants who are minorities or would be the first in their families to attend college. The deadline for early action applications was Nov. 1 According to preliminary data from the Office of Admission, the number of minority applicants increased by 24 percent, and the number of first-generation applicants increased by 18.6 percent. Included in the increase in minority applicants was a 32.5 percent rise in African-American applicants and a 21.9 percent bump in Hispanic applicants. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)