The U.Va. Club of Washington and the U.Va. Women’s Center made good use of the dwindling summer days and co-sponsored a wonderful outdoor inaugural networking event.

The Washington chapter of the U.Va. Club, also known as the DC Hoos, is comprised of alumni, students, family and friends who have committed to bringing the University to the community in Washington, D.C.  Their purpose “is to engage members in social, educational, cultural, networking and charitable opportunities.”  Currently, the Club is overseen by President Tamira Roberson, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Sociology in 2009. Laura Chmar, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from U.Va. in 2005, hosted the networking event on August 17.

The U.Va. Club of DC has recently begun a Women’s Club, which kicked off its activities with an event introducing the Women’s Center to alumnae at the stunning Great Falls National Park in McLean, VA.  The Women’s Brunch and Hike took place on August 17, 2013 and had a fantastic turnout of D.C. area alumnae.  The U.Va. Women’s Center Director, Sharon Davie, Associate Director, Ginger Moran, Director of Mentoring and Diversity programs Jen Merritt, and Communications Assistants Jeanne Dupuis and Jyle Dupuis represented the Women’s Center.

About 50 DC Hoos attended and brought a breakfast feast of diverse foods.  The picnic tables adorned with U.Va. colors served as the perfect backdrop for engaging in stimulating conversation.  Alums were able to network with each other and with Women’s Center faculty and staff.  Together they generated ideas about workshops and potential future events.  Topics ranging from education to dating to the CIA to job switching swirled through the summer air as everyone set off on a scenic hike through the national park.

The U.Va. Club of Washington, which is supported by the Office of Engagement, has pledged to help raise funds for the Women’s Center which uses funds for many purposes.  Some examples include:

  • $250 covers an intern-generated event.
  • $500 allows a middle school girl to complete a full year of the Young Women’s Leadership Program.
  • $1000 goes towards organizing a Grounds-wide program focused on preventing sexual assault
  • $1000 supports the National Girls and Women in Sports reception which is held in conjunction with the Athletics Department.

There are many other opportunities for engagement with the Women’s Center, which can be further investigated at

The U.Va. Women’s Center would like to thank the Washington U.Va. Club for coordinating a great hike.  We look forward to future events!

Photos by Jyle Dupuis