New Commissioners Will Focus on Untold Stories of UVA in the Age of Segregation

Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:00am


In the quest to learn more about the University of Virginia’s history as it heads into its third century, President Teresa A. Sullivan recently announced the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation and has made appointments for service. She reviewed more than 120 nominations for a commission membership that consists of 24 faculty, staff, students and community members, plus five others who are ex officio. In addition, four advisory boards will provide guidance to the commission. Kirt von Daacke, assistant dean and professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Andrea Douglas, a UVA alumna and executive director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, will serve as co-chairs of the commission. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Akil Mitchell and Chris Long Return to Grounds to Discuss Race and Athletics

Posted: April 29, 2018, 12:00am


The 90-minute discussion, moderated by University of Virginia professor of African-American and African Studies and History Claudrena Harold, frequently delved into the events of Aug. 11 and 12 in Charlottesville. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

UVA Making Health Care More Welcoming for LGBTQ Patients

Posted: April 23, 2018, 12:00am


Over the course of his professional career, countless gay, lesbian and transgender people have asked University of Virginia nursing professor Ken White for referrals to gay or gay-friendly physicians. “[Patients ask for referrals] because they fear two big things: judgment or a clinician’s lack of knowledge and understanding about their particular health concerns,” he said. While discrimination can sometimes be an issue, White said, most care providers “simply don’t know how to speak frankly with gay, lesbian and transgender patients about their health concerns. They fear saying the wrong thing, and so say nothing at all.” To help health care providers better serve their LGBTQ patients, organizers from UVA’s schools of Nursing and Medicine and the UVA Health System have organized a LGBTQ+ Health Care Symposium, to be held May 10 at the Boar’s Head Inn (online registration is open through May 2 at The program brings together a team from UVA with national and international experts to learn how to give the best possible care to everyone. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Swensen)

Diversity Series Speaker: NFL's First Openly Gay Player Finds His Calling

Posted: April 19, 2018, 4:01pm


It was the kiss seen around the world. After getting picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive end Michael Sam and his boyfriend celebrated with a smooch on national television. Sam had just become the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Sam, though, never played a regular-season game. The former University of Missouri star has been out of football for nearly three years. These days, Sam is sharing his experiences through work as a motivational speaker and LGBTQ activist. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

UVA Named State's Top Option for LGBTQ+ Students

Posted: April 5, 2018, 12:00am


Best and Campus Pride have selected the University of Virginia as the best college for LGBTQ+ students in Virginia. “The ranking … combines our Academic and Affordability Metrics along with the Campus Pride Index score, which is a comprehensive national rating system that measures LGBTQ-friendly campus life,” according to the announcement on the Best Colleges website. “Campus Pride takes an exhaustive and multifaceted approach, considering eight LGBTQ-inclusive factors to reach a measurement. The listing also includes descriptions of unique campus resources that provide support to students of various gender and sexual identities.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Dan Heuchert)