Longtime Admission Dean Valerie Gregory Honored for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:00am


Over a typical year, Valerie Gregory, associate dean of undergraduate admission at the University of Virginia, and her hardy team of admissions counselors take road trips across the commonwealth and the country, traveling as far as California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia and Connecticut and meeting with thousands of potential students of color and their families, as well as veterans, LGBTQ students and those from first-generation and low-income families. Gregory hosts approximately 6,000 special visitors to Grounds for information sessions, panels and signature open-house events for African-American and Hispanic students and other underrepresented groups. For almost 20 years, Gregory has dedicated not only her workdays, but also many nights and weekends to recruiting talented students to the University – and to staying in touch with them once they are here. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)


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)