We’ve been keeping you up to date on the latest and greatest in the Women’s Center with our weekly, “Max Recaps”. Now, with 2015 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to look back at these highlights from our blog posts over this past year.


1. We gave Women’s Center Director and Founder, Sharon Davie, the big send off she earned over 25 years.

Leonard Sandridge said it best at our celebration of Sharon’s retirement, “It is evident to me that we were fortunate to have the right person in the right place at the right time. Sharon, very well done. Thank you for causing us to stretch our thinking. Thank you for helping us imagine what could be.”


2. Mandela Fellows shared their special energy with our staff.

Posing insightful questions about the ways we support students, the visiting Fellows from President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative inspired us with their commitment to leading change in their communities across Africa.

3. Faculty from across Grounds celebrated Farzaneh Milani at the 2015 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award.zintl recipients

Third-year Iris intern, Kimia Nikseresht noted that “it is Milani’s mentorship, friendship, and integrity rather than mere professionalism that filled the room with faces of admiration, gratitude, and the utmost respect for Milani and her family, seated in the front row.”


4. As the first lecturer in the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship, Jessica Posner Odede inspired us all.
Rodriguez Lectureship

Having eagerly awaited her arrival to Grounds, we all found ourselves inspired to confront global challenges by the poise, certainty, and modesty with which Jessica shared her story of “shining hope from the most hopeless places.”


5. Women’s Center welcomed several new staff members as a result of increased University funding.
New Staff

We welcomed 5 new staff members to the Women’s Center team this year, several taking on positions that came out of increased University funding for the Center’s Counseling Services and our Gender Violence & Social Change Program.
Pictured, left to right: Nora ArkinCathy EricksonLatoria WhiteRashona Sharpless, and Alison Kuhn.


6. October was packed full of events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Interns and staff on our Gender Violence and Social Change team were hard at work from the start of the fall semester to put on a series of events throughout October, including our featured speaker, Ulester Douglas, Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence.


7. Seven Society and other organizations of UVA alumni, parents and students provided generous support.

UVA organizations whose members came together to provide us with much-needed and appreciated support in 2015 were The Seven Society, Order of the Claw and Dagger, Virginia Club of New York, UVA Women’s Club, ADPi, HerCampus, Jefferson Public Citizens and the UVA Parents Fund. If you are involved with a UVA Club or another organization and would like to support the Women’s Center, please contact us for information. 


8. Substance and style keep Iris strong and growing at 35.

It was a big year for Iris. Having turned 35 this year, Iris reached a record 30,000 users – more than twice the number the site saw in 2014 and three times the distribution of the print version in the years preceding the shift to an online-only publication.


9. Carrie Daniel visited YWLP Sister Sites in Cameroon.

Creating connections between YWLP sites here in the Charlottesville area and in Cameroon, Carrie spent January term in 2015 working with Curry PhD Caroline Berinyuy and learning about how YWLP is impacting the lives of girls growing up in Cameroon.

10. The Men’s Leadership Project had one of its best years yet. 

With a unique, enthusiastic, and committed group of Big Brothers, we had a year full of fun activities and important conversations between our Bigs and Littles.


We’re eager to dive into our 2016 programs and initiatives! 

With the enthusiasm that students like MLP Big Brother Luke bring to all of our programs, we know that we will continue to thrive in the New Year. We hope you are just as excited about what lies ahead for you.

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