Virginia Teachers Talk Civil Rights and Social Justice at Inaugural Institute

Posted: July 9, 2018, 12:00am

Twenty educators from across Virginia gathered at the University of Virginia for an intensive five-day institute exploring civil rights and social justice in the classroom. With a focus on teachers during the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, the week’s conversations also expanded to include last August’s white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, hip-hop as social commentary, the true meaning of activism and more. The inaugural institute was part of “Teachers in the Movement,” an oral history research project housed in UVA’s Curry School of Education. It was co-sponsored by the Curry School’s Center for Race and Public Education in the South. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Laura Hoxworth)

UVA Staff Members Join Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery

Posted: July 6, 2018, 12:00am


Several University of Virginia staff and faculty members – including 16 UVA staff members sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost – were among the 110 Charlottesville men and women who were set to leave Sunday on a weeklong Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama. The group will stop at several historic sites along the way, but their ultimate destination is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, America’s first national memorial to victims of lynching. There they will deliver soil from the Albemarle County site where John Henry James, a black man living in the Charlottesville area, was lynched on July 12, 1898. Already, the memorial has collected soil from hundreds of other lynching sites around the country. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

New UVA Police Chief Has Extensive Background in Promoting Diversity

Posted: July 2, 2018, 12:00am


Tommye S. Sutton, deputy chief of police at Northwestern University, has been named assistant vice president and chief of police at the University of Virginia, effective Aug. 1. Sutton will succeed Mike Gibson, who is retiring after leading the University Police Department for nearly 13 years. Gibson started his career at UVA as a patrol officer in 1982. At Northwestern, Sutton has overseen all patrol, investigations, special event planning, security operations and the administrative functions on the Evanston and Chicago campuses since 2015. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley P. Hester)

VA-NC Alliance Gets $1M Grant to Increase Minority Students in STEM Ph.D. Programs

Posted: June 22, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia and a group of partner institutions will take an important step toward promoting a more diverse STEM workforce and professoriate through more than $1 million in new funding from the National Science Foundation. The funding will support a “Bridge to the Doctorate” program for graduate students in STEM fields and extend the educational mission of the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, of which UVA is the lead institution. The overarching goal of the VA-NC Alliance is to increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented students in the academic pipeline who pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM, which refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Alumna Amanda Davis is on a Mission to SAve NYC's LGBTQ Landmarks

Posted: June 21, 2018, 12:00am


You likely know about The Stonewall Inn, home of the 1969 riots that marked a key turning point in the modern fight for gay rights in the United States. However, you might not know about the hundreds of other places in New York City that have played an important role in LGBTQ history, from one of America’s oldest gay bars, Julius,’ to grim sites like the street corner where Julio Rivera was murdered in a 1990 hate crime that sparked the first Queens Pride Parade. Uncovering and recognizing those sites is the biggest and most rewarding part of Amanda Davis’s job. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)