At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we stand with the Queer Student Union and Black Student Alliance in mounting a positive response to recent degrading messages aimed at black and transgender people on UVA Grounds. An environment that welcomes and supports people of different backgrounds, beliefs, ages, identities, ethnicities and worldviews best accomplishes the goals of a modern public institution of higher education. The Women’s Center works to promote this environment at UVA by actively engaging in discussions about social change and bias, challenging our assumptions, and perhaps most importantly, by supporting the many students whose leadership among their peers is essential to bringing about a truly inclusive University community.

As always, students in need of a quiet space during challenging times may visit the Room to Breathe at the Women’s Center. We encourage students interested in information about additional support services to inquire by phone at 434-982-2361 or in person at 1400 University Avenue. We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When demand for our services exceeds what we are able to offer, we work to connect students to other resources on Grounds and in the Charlottesville community.