The Women’s Center is now the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, in honor of the pioneering alumna whose $3 million endowment is the largest gift in the center’s 25-year history.

In June, the U.Va. Board of Visitors approved the re-naming. During the summer, staff members are working toward updating communication, signage and materials to reflect the Center’s new name. In the fall, the Center will hold a celebratory event in honor of Maxine Lynn and the Women’s Center’s 25th anniversary. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Fralin Art Museum. More details will be released next month.

Lynn graduated from U.Va. in 1951 from the Curry School of Education, before women were admitted in 1970 to all schools in the University. Lynn said she wanted to underwrite an endorsement that would have meaningful impact on the University. She sees the Women’s Center as having that impact.

Lynn said that one of the reasons for her gift to the Women’s Center is the fact that “U.Va. gave [her] a great sense of community and the importance of giving back.”

Diverse students from across Grounds work and learn at the Women’s Center through internships, mentorships, team- and skill-based learning, visiting scholars and activists, and academic courses that require action research and service.

These experiences include academic community engagement programs such as the Young Women Leaders Program; the Men’s Leadership Project; the Women’s Center Internship; the Women, Girls, and Global Justice program; and Gender Violence and Social Change.

The Women’s Center also offers Counseling Services, which includes trauma counseling for survivors of violence and Body Positive, the Eating Disorders Education prevention program, recognized nationwide.

By Agnes Filipowski with contributions from Anne Bromley