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A student recently came to Anne Coughlin with a question.

He was struggling to come to terms with a sexual harassment allegation that had been leveled against his grandfather over something that happened decades ago. His grandfather was a distinguished lawyer and public servant who was now in his 80’s. The student was heartbroken.

How should he think about his grandfather whom he admired so much in light of the allegation?

Get to know Men's Leadership Project intern AND Big Brother, Kevin Westfield!
Year: 3rd year
Major: English and Women Gender and Sexuality, double major
Hometown: Hollywood, Florida
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
| February 26, 2018 | mens-leadership-project, interns

Proust had his madeleines. I have fasnachts. 

By: Abby Palko | February 23, 2018 | Palko POV

UVA alumna Sarah Lawson serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Book at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and works on one of our favorite Charlottesville and UVA traditions: Virginia Festival of the Book. During her time as a student at the University, she interned for Iris, which she says helped spark her interest in publishing and design.

1) When did you attend UVA? What did you study?
I attended UVA as an undergraduate between 2002 and 2006, graduating with a bachelor's in Media Studies. 

By: Hailey Ross | February 23, 2018 | Women on Grounds

Daughters of the Fatherland

Nigeria is home to many young women as the most populous country in Africa with almost half of the inhabitants being women and roughly half of the population aged 15 years old or younger.
While the patriarchal country has had significant moments of women’s rights and feminist movements since its pre-independence days, the fight for female equality is still an issue today.

Year: Third
Major: Government
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
| February 19, 2018 | young-women-leaders-program, interns
Get to know Social Media Marketing Team intern, Nicky Demitry!
Year: 3rd
Major: Foreign Affairs/Anthropology 
Hometown: Military brat 
1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
| February 16, 2018 | interns

UVA alumna Amy Chestnutt coordinates the Body Positive program at the Women's Center and co-teaches Gender, Body Image & Activism

Getting enough high quality sleep is the one of the best things you can do for your brain and body. No matter what is going on in terms of mood, energy, memory or emotions, sufficient sleep will almost always help. Sleep also does wonders for new learning. Wresting the last few minutes you can out of a day can be very tempting, but the cost in terms of fatigue and forgetfulness the next day is higher than you think.

Try these approaches to getting sufficient sleep:

By: Counseling Staff | February 05, 2018 | Tips
While’s no great surprise that our Iris editor, Mary Esselman, has not one but four “favorite” fictional heroines, there’s one real-life feminist she loves to sing along with that you’ll have to read to believe.
1. Tell us about your path to UVA, to where you are now and the work you’re currently doing for the Women’s Center.
By: Leigh Ann Carver | February 01, 2018 | staff-spotlight, iris