University of Virginia Announces $15 Living Wage

Posted: March 7, 2019, 12:00am


The University of Virginia today announced that it will pay all full-time, benefits-eligible employees in its academic division and medical center a living wage of at least $15 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. “As a University, we should live our values – and part of that means making sure that no one who works at UVA should live in poverty,” UVA President Jim Ryan said in a message to the University community on Thursday.  The living wage adjustment will increase the paychecks of 1,400 full-time, benefits-eligible workers, which represents about 60 percent of employees currently earning less than $15 an hour. UVA is considering how to address wages for the remaining 40 percent of full-time workers making less than $15 an hour, who are employed by contractors.  (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley P. Hester)


Permanent Wheelchair Ramps Open, Making The Lawn More Accessible Than Ever

Posted: March 4, 2019, 12:00am


Settling in to watch the University of Virginia men’s basketball team take on the University of Pittsburgh Saturday, alumnus Cory Paradis saw something that took his breath away. Paradis, who graduated from UVA’s School of Architecture in May, was born with cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair most of his life. Throughout his time on Grounds, he was a committed advocate for accessibility. Among other activities, he served on the University’s Barrier-Free Access Committee, working with administrators, faculty members and students to push for permanent wheelchair ramps on the Lawn. On Saturday, cameras panning over the Lawn caught one of those new ramps, completed and opened last week. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

UVA Commemorates Enslaved Laborers at 'Liberation and Freedom Day' Ceremony

Posted: March 3, 2019, 12:00am


The songs and sentiments honoring the enslaved laborers who helped build and maintain the University of Virginia sounded bright and clear in a Rotunda Dome Room ceremony Sunday afternoon, even if the sun wasn’t shining outside. Among several local events this weekend for Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County on March 3, 1865, the University held an additional ceremony: for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, which is in the early stages of construction. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)


Brandon Avenue Housing Named for UVA Professor and Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

Posted: March 1, 2019, 12:00am


The name of the late Julian Bond, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement and a beloved University of Virginia history professor, will grace a new upper-class student residence building on Brandon Avenue. The six-story apartment building, scheduled for occupancy in August, is being constructed at the end of Brandon Avenue, adjacent to the University’s South Lawn, in a newly planned, sustainability-focused, student-centered neighborhood.  The UVA Board of Visitors approved the residence hall’s new name – Bond House – on Friday, in keeping with the University’s tradition of naming residence halls in honor of longtime, well-regarded faculty members. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

New Report Recommends Actions to Strengthen UVA's Ties to Community

Posted: March 1, 2019, 12:00am


A working group formed by University of Virginia President Jim Ryan with the charge of helping UVA become a better neighbor in the community has delivered its report to Ryan. Composed of local community members and University faculty, staff and students, the group organized its report around a prioritized list of the most pressing issues facing Central Virginia and recommendations for a three-pronged plan for how to address those issues. “One of the principles in the report that I take very seriously is the idea of institutional accountability,” Ryan said. “As I promised this group when we started, this is not for show. And part of being accountable as an institution is initiating a process like this and then acting on the recommendations. There’s plenty of work to do ahead, but this is one of my highest priorities as president.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Nick Mathews)