The University of Virginia is well known for its tradition of student leadership. At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we consistently see students giving their time and talents to a wide variety of ongoing civic engagements. UVA students’ dedication to service is a source of inspiration to us and to our colleagues on the faculty and staff across Grounds. We are also keenly aware that students, as well as faculty and staff, can easily find themselves swept up in their civic engagements to a surprising degree, especially when news of great significance comes unexpectedly.
A message from Women's Center Director, Abby Palko
In my four months as Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, I have come to understand that leadership is the culmination of a thousand small and large actions undertaken with the best interests of the group as the guiding principle. It is digging into the weeds of fire code regulations and seeing a decade-long picture of services provided in a single frame. It is making informed decisions that balance competing needs and desires.
Have you ever wondered whether genetics or environment is the primary factor for alcohol dependence? Wondered what is the most devastating drug? Or what are those monkeys doing on the beach?
Get to know Iris Magazine intern, Taylor Lamb!
Major: English with a minor in Drama
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
While orange and yellow mountains, apple picking at Carter's Mountain, and trick-or-treating on the Lawn are just a few of the many trademarks of Charlottesville during the fall months, nothing is better or more unique than the Virginia Film Festival.
Written by Latoria White
At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we stand with survivors of gender-based violence. The Women’s Center works to promote a supportive environment at UVA by actively engaging in discussions about social change, connecting with state and national advocacy organizations, and perhaps most importantly, by supporting the many students whose leadership among their peers is essential to bringing about a safe and healthy University community.