Journalist April Ryan Lauds Charlottesville and Black Women in History

Posted: January 31, 2019, 12:00am


Journalist April Ryan responded warmly to the enthusiastic crowd who not only came out on a freezing night Wednesday to hear her remarks at the Paramount Theater, but gave her a standing ovation as she took the stage as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Community Martin Luther King Celebration. “That warms my heart on this cold night,” she said. Ryan, who said she prefers to describe herself as a White House correspondent who is also a black woman, joked and chatted with members of the audience as she eschewed the lectern to stroll back and forth across the stage. In a conversational style, she touched on a range of topics from the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville to the legacies of King and black women in American history. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

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)