UVA Program Arms K-12 Teachers with Resources on Slavery and Racism

Posted: March 30, 2018, 12:00am


In 1861, Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the short-lived Confederate States of America, gave a speech about the Confederate constitution, which included justifying and codifying the continuation of slavery as the basis for secession. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. … [I]ts foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man. Today, more than 150 years later, only 8 percent of high school seniors identify slavery as the central cause of the American Civil War, according to a 2017 study from the Southern Poverty Law Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Alridge and Nimax Honored as Leaders, Community-Builders in Equity Efforts

Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:34am

For their distinctive contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, Curry School of Education professor Derrick Alridge and Assistant Vice President for Compliance Gary Nimax have been selected to receive the University of Virginia’s 2018 John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Awards. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

UVA Historian Leads National Geographic's Unusual Self-Examination

Posted: March 19, 2018, 4:51pm

In the fall, National Geographic magazine approached University of Virginia history professor John Edwin Mason with an unusual request. Could Mason, Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg asked, help the magazine examine and acknowledge the racist coverage that predominated a large chunk of its 130-year history? Mason, who teaches both African history and the history of photography, was well-equipped for the task, and his analysis features heavily in a much-heralded letter from the editor that Goldberg published last week. The letter is part of the magazine’s April edition, “The Race Issue,” examining racial tension in the United States and around the world. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Medical Center CEO Named to "Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare" List

Posted: March 15, 2018, 2:47pm


Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of University of Virginia Medical Center since July 2014, has been honored among Modern Healthcare’s 2018 list of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.” “Our Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare are making a difference in the industry and their communities. And their professions,” wrote Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare’s editor, in a letter introducing the awardees. In honoring Sutton-Wallace, Modern Healthcare highlighted UVA Health System’s planning for August’s white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and caring for those injured that weekend. Sutton-Wallace was also noted for her leadership in improving quality and safety outcomes (such as reducing C. difficile infections by 35 percent in 2017) and helping establish a statewide pediatric care network. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Swensen)

55 Years Later, Panelists Ponder King's Question: "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Posted: March 14, 2018, 12:00am


Wesley Harris standing in front of podium, in front of panelistsOnly with a fuller understanding of individual, local, state and national history will people be able to answer the question the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. posed near the end of his life: “Where do we go from here?” That was the consensus of panelists who gathered Tuesday night at the University of Virginia to ponder King’s lasting impact. Throughout 2018, a series of discussions are being held in Virginia communities that King visited as he fought for civil rights for African-Americans. King came to Charlottesville on March 25, 1963, and spoke to a packed house in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall auditorium. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)