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)

Event: Liberation and Freedom Day - March 3, 2019

Posted: February 15, 2019, 11:10am


Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, will be celebrated in Charlottesville on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room with a service led by chaplains of the United Ministries of UVA and featuring remarks by University officials and local community members.  Light refreshments will be served following the service. At 4 p.m., a Blessing Ceremony will occur at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, with participation of local clergy and members of the memorial design team. 

All are invited to attend these free events. Registration is not required.

March 3, 2019:

3 p.m. - Liberation and Freedom Day Service, UVA Rotunda

3:45 p.m. - Light Refreshments

4:00 p.m. - Blessing Ceremony at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (across from The Corner and down the hill from Brooks Hall, CLICK HERE FOR MAP)


Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage adjacent to Newcomb Hall.


These events will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the 4 p.m. blessing ceremony will be held in the Rotunda Dome room.


The celebration of Liberation and Freedom Day in Charlottesville is presented by: 

•    UVA Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
•    Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
•    Charlottesville City Council
•    United Ministries
•    Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee 
•    UVA Bicentennial
•    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at UVA
•    Virginia Humanities
•    Citizen Justice Initiative 
•    Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
•    Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

10 Years of 'Love is Love' at UVA: See How This Valentine's Day Tradition Began

Posted: February 13, 2019, 12:00am


Ten years ago, a group of University of Virginia students and administrators came together around Valentine’s Day to send a simple message of support to LGBTQ students. “Love is love.” The phrase stems from a national movement for LGBTQ rights and has grown in usage and recognition over the past decade, especially around the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. “We wanted to make a broad statement that would recognize those communities, include many different identities and mean a lot to a lot of people,” said Ed Warwick, who in 2009 was coordinator of student services at UVA’s LGBTQ Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Journalist April Ryan Lauds Charlottesville and Black Women in History

Posted: January 31, 2019, 12:00am


Journalist April Ryan responded warmly to the enthusiastic crowd who not only came out on a freezing night Wednesday to hear her remarks at the Paramount Theater, but gave her a standing ovation as she took the stage as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Community Martin Luther King Celebration. “That warms my heart on this cold night,” she said. Ryan, who said she prefers to describe herself as a White House correspondent who is also a black woman, joked and chatted with members of the audience as she eschewed the lectern to stroll back and forth across the stage. In a conversational style, she touched on a range of topics from the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville to the legacies of King and black women in American history. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Three Generations of Female Architects Seek to Bring More Women into the Profession

Posted: January 9, 2019, 12:00am


In architecture, the phenomenon is referred to simply as “the missing 32 percent.” The phrase is shorthand for the drop-off between the percentage of architecture students who are female – about 50 percent – and the percentage of licensed, practicing architects who are female – about 18 percent. The gap can be attributed to a number of factors, from architecture’s long history as a male-dominated profession to all-consuming workplace cultures that leave little flexibility for women expected to balance work and family. However, many at the University of Virginia – women and men – are working hard to close that gap, through their own achievements and through partnerships among students, alumni, faculty members and practicing architects. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)