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Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship Nomination

Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

About the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

In 2014, Beverly Cobble Rodriguez and Joe V. Rodriguez, Jr. generously endowed the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship Fund Supporting Women’s Education and Global Leadership to allow us to host an annual lecture on women’s education and global leadership with a special emphasis on healthcare, multi-national business, and the liberal arts.

The Selection Process

The Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship uses a pan-university nomination and selection process. We publish an open call for nominations in February. Our selection committee chooses a lecturer whose talk will serve to expand the thinking of UVA students to include a broader sense of global responsibility. The lecture takes place during UVA’s International Education Week in October.


Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturers are:

  • Leaders engaged in global work in one or more fields:  healthcare, business, education, liberal arts.
  • Able to inspire students to become leaders in helping solve some of the most challenging global issues.
  • Qualified to contribute to students’ preparation to be the determined and results-oriented women leaders that the world needs.

Nomination Form:

During the nomination period, our nomination form is available on this page. Please be prepared to include one or more links that the selection committee can use to view footage of the nominee speaking.


2016 Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturer

Gretchen Steidle (pictured above on the right with the Rodriguez family)
UVA alum and Jefferson Scholar, Gretchen Steidle, returned to Grounds as our Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturer in 2016. Her work with Global Grassroots catalyzes women and girls and leaders in their communities by tackling issues of water access and solving water-related social issues that impact them. Gretchen has worked closely with UVA and our interns in the past, teaching “Conscious Social Change” during the January term and working with our Women, Girls, and Global Justice interns on research for Global Grassroots.

Read more about her work with Global Grassroots and how she utilizes conscious social change here.

Nominations for the 2017 Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship are closed

Nominations for the 2017 Rodriguez Lectureship are closed. Nominations for the 2018 Rodriguez Lectureship will open in the winter of the 2017-18 academic year.

Past Lecturers for the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

2016     Gretchen Steidle, Founder and President of Global Grassroots

2015     Jessica Posner Odede, Co-founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities