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) 

Meet the 2020 Community Fellows

Posted: January 30, 2020, 8:48am


Beginning this spring, four Charlottesville community leaders will come to Grounds to continue work on their projects addressing racial and economic inequality. The Community Fellows-in-Residence will share their work with University of Virginia students, faculty and staff – all part of the UVA Equity Center’s work to mutually share its resources and power with the local community.

The yearlong fellowships, launched this year, are designed for individuals who have a history of actively working to reduce inequity in the Charlottesville community and have a project that could benefit from access to the University’s support and resources. This year’s fellows – Myra Anderson, Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Tanesha Hudson and Destinee Wright – will spend a year bringing their expertise to UVA and using University resources, including faculty mentors, libraries, office space and other support, to grow their projects. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

UVA Nurses Study the Needs of Transgender Senior Citizens

Posted: January 8, 2020, 10:05am


Of the 1.5 million Americans who identify as transgender, roughly 217,000 – about 14% – are older than age 65. According to a 2011 report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 97% transitioned (claimed their preferred gender identity that differed from their sex at birth) at age 55 or older.

UVA Health, like many U.S. hospitals, participates in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index program, and each year offers dozens of learning opportunities and on-demand courses through the National LGBTQ Health and Education Center and the Human Rights Campaign’s Center for Affiliated Learning to ensure clinicians’ understanding of, and commitment to, compassionate, holistic care of LGBTQ patients. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Christine Phelan Kueter)

UVA Launches New Resource Site to Serve Autism Community

Posted: December 10, 2019, 9:35am


An autism diagnosis is the beginning of a long journey for individuals and their families.

To offer much-needed resources and information to individuals and families, UVA’s Supporting Transformative Autism Research, or STAR, team has launched a unique database that combines information on current research and evidence-based resources available across the state.

The open-source online platform, Autism DRIVE (Data System for Research Integration, Visualization and Exchange), houses a registry of upcoming, ongoing and completed research studies taking place at UVA. Families and self-advocates are also able to review and ultimately choose to participate in studies for which they qualify, participating directly in discovery and the creation of new knowledge about autism. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Audrey Breen)