Film Professor Recognized as ‘One of the Most Respected Artists’ in Film Today

Posted: September 12, 2019, 9:46am


University of Virginia art professor Kevin Everson has made more than 170 films and shown them at many of the world’s most famous museums and film festivals.

Today, he has one more accolade to show for that prolific body of work.

The Heinz Foundation named Everson as the recipient of the 2019 Heinz Award in the Arts & Humanities, a prestigious honor that comes with a $250,000 cash prize. The foundation cited Everson's 170-plus films and powerful portrayals of working-class African Americans. The Heinz Awards, now in their 24th year, honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in five categories: arts and humanities; environment; human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy and employment. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

UVA-Led Program Seeks to Broaden the Pool of STEM Researchers

Posted: August 15, 2019, 12:00am


For students in the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation, a summer research program at the University of Virginia showed them career paths in STEM fields they hadn’t considered before and gave them potentially life-changing experiences. “This program has opened my eyes to the environmental side of engineering,” said Sophia Keniston, a second-year student at Piedmont Virginia Community College, who said she might transfer to UVA. Her first research experience “rearranged my entire perspective of research,” said Princess Bush, a rising third-year student at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)


UVA Engineering Earns National Recognition for Diversity Focus

Posted: August 6, 2019, 12:00am

The University of Virginia School of Engineering is among the first in the country to earn a bronze award from the American Society for Engineering Education’s Diversity Recognition Program. The society’s program recognizes engineering schools “that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.” UVA Engineering has risen in multiple ways to the challenges of increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to meet America’s workforce, technology and security needs. Steps include the 2017 school-wide adoption of excellence through diversity as one of its core values. Faculty, staff and students now are collaborating to update the diversity strategic plan. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Chris Tyree)

Past, Present and Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UVA

Posted: August 2, 2019, 12:00am

Comments delivered at Old Cabell Hall during Black Alumni Weekend
April 6, 2019
Dr. Marcus L. Martin

Good morning! Greetings everyone. Welcome back black alumni, family, and friends. I hope you are enjoying your return to UVA. We are expecting about 2,000 participants for this wonderful weekend of events. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak.

So, this is what retirement looks like. I officially retired January 1, 2019, took a 30-day sabbatical and returned in a temporary capacity until the new Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hired, and President Ryan agrees I can retire again.

I was asked to address the past, present, and future of diversity, equity and inclusion at UVA. There is a lot to consider, so I will do my best in 30 minutes to paint the picture from my collective experiences as a father, faculty, physician, mentor, advisor, and chief diversity officer and Vice President under the 7th, 8th and 9th UVA presidents. (READ MORE)

Learn More about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA

Posted: August 1, 2019, 12:00am


“Honoring the enslaved laborers who built this University is a crucial step in fully recognizing our history as a university,” President James E. Ryan said. “I am delighted that we will be matching funds raised for this important memorial.”

A recommendation of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, the memorial’s design and location won approval in June 2017. The memorial is to be situated near the Rotunda on the grassy area between Brooks Hall and the Corner. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year. (READ MORE)