UVA's Statement on Accessibility

Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:47pm


The University of Virginia values disability within the spectrum of human diversity and is committed to a living, learning, and work environment where individuals with disabilities can be their full selves and thrive. The University recognizes that ensuring equal access to educational, employment, and all other opportunities is a shared responsibility that demands our continuous identification and removal of physical, technological, and attitudinal barriers.

Retiring VP Marcus Martin Furthered Widespread Progress on Diversity

Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:39pm

Marcus Martin smiling at camera with one arm placed on a Rotunda column.


From occasionally delivering babies in the ER to delivering the final report of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, Martin has had several leadership roles at the University. Retiring after 23 years, he most recently served as UVA’s vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, having taken over permanently in 2011 after two years as interim. Martin’s efforts have advanced diversity, equity and inclusion in many areas of academia and administration on Grounds. He has built bridges in medical service and education, across departments and units, with the local community, in the nation and beyond. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

New UVA College Tour for First-Generation Students a Huge Success

Posted: May 31, 2019, 12:00am


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan has said one of his missions is that UVA “opens wide the door to opportunity for first-generation, low and middle-income students.” A group of students embraced that spirit even before Ryan joined the University last year and this past semester, opened their arms to local first-generation students with a day of programing tailor-made for them by current first-gen students at UVA. “Rise Together,” a UVA-founded nonprofit group-mentoring program that pairs UVA students with first-gen students at local schools, brought a group of students from Monticello High School to UVA this spring for a day-long tour given from the perspective of first-gen students who are also University Guides – students who give tours of Grounds to the public. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

Student Researchers to Explore Black Experience, Gardens in the Academical Village

Posted: May 30, 2019, 12:50pm


A graduate student and an undergrad will conduct research in the University of Virginia’s historic Academical Village this summer, exploring the Lawn experience for black students and the history of the pavilion gardens. Christian P.L. West, a doctoral student in UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, and Sophia McCrimmon, a rising third-year student double-majoring in American studies and history with a minor in historic preservation, will receive research funds from the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund of the Academical Village, which awards grants supporting students who conduct summer research projects that increase public understanding of the University’s original, Thomas Jefferson-designed precinct. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Matt Kelly)

Black Alumni Weekend Panel Highlights Memorial Design

Posted: May 30, 2019, 10:22am


As part of the University's biennial Black Alumni Weekend held April 5-7, 2019, the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee hosted a panel discussion and construction site tour for participating alumni. The panel included Jessica Harris (UVA Undergraduate Student, College '19, Curry '20), Devon Henry (CEO and President of Team Henry Enterprises LLC), Mary Hughes (University Landscape Architect), and Eto Otitigbe (Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Design Team). Marcus Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, welcomed the group and John Macfarlane, who chairs the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Campaign and is a former member of the University's Board of Visitors, provided opening remarks. Many members of the audience braved the cold, rainy weather to tour the Memorial construction site after the panel concluded. See photos below.

(All photos by Sanjay Suchak)


Four panelists sit at a table in the Rotunda Dome Room.


A group of people holding umbrellas stand on the construction site.


A woman reaches out to touch a mock-up of the carved stone of the Memorial.