Ryan Names Kevin G. McDonald as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted: April 29, 2019, 12:00am


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan today announced the appointment of Kevin G. McDonald as vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. An experienced administrator with a proven track record of advancing initiatives that help universities be diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities, McDonald is currently the vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the University of Missouri system. He will assume the top leadership post on Aug. 1. (READ MORE)


Source: UVA Today (Anthony P. de Bruyn)

Class of 2019: As a 'Coda,' Kim Built Bridges for UVA's Deaf Community

Posted: April 23, 2019, 12:00am


Christina Kim was born in the United States to parents who immigrated from South Korea, but neither English nor Korean is her first language. As a child, the first language Kim learned was American Sign Language, or ASL.

Though Kim has typical hearing and speech, her parents are deaf. Kim is a “CODA” – a  child of deaf adults – and that identity has shaped her life. The soon-to-graduate University of Virginia biomedical engineering student has sought opportunities during her four years on Grounds to make life its best for the deaf community and for other CODAs. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Fariss Samarrai)

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)