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At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we develop strong women leaders and those who work beside them, ready to face the real and daunting challenges of building the public good and ensuring justice for all. These are words we use often, but not lightly. They are the heart of what we, as a public university, are called to do. We shape the next generation of leaders. These are the ideals we pursue with you.

To our new and returning students:

By: Abby Palko | August 16, 2017 | blog

The recent violence in Charlottesville has many in our community deeply concerned. News that throws our community into the spotlight suddenly can have a significant impact on all of us whether or not a particular event has affected us directly. While it’s natural to worry about events that call into question our physical and emotional safety or that of friends, family, neighbors and colleagues, everyone reacts differently to social injustice. Understanding a bit about how we, as humans, process extremely troubling information can be helpful.

By: Women's Center | August 10, 2017 | counseling
This piece was written by Director of Counseling, Charlotte Chapman, including information from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.
 
 
When a traumatic event occurs, people can have many different kinds of reactions. The reason for this is that trauma shatters many of the beliefs people need to hold onto in order to function. Humans need to believe that the world is safe, people are trustworthy and responsible, and that they have some sense of control.
By: Charlotte Chapman | August 10, 2017 | counseling

Expecting parents field a lot of questions, but none more often than this one. This question reveals how deeply embedded gender is in our social interactions. It is also indicative of an overly simple understanding of sex and gender identity. 

A number of complex biological factors interact to determine and signal a person’s sex. For most people these dimensions match: 

  • chromosomal make-up (XX or XY genes)

  • the ways that their body has developed (female or male), and 

By: Abby Palko | August 08, 2017 |
Join us in welcoming Genevieve Brackins, the newest addition to the Women's Center team! Genevieve has joined us as the Outreach Coordinator for the Men's Leadership Project. She will not only be working closely with our Big Brothers, but will be assisting the Gender Violence and Social Change team in planning events and developing programs related to women's and gender issues for the University community. 
 
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.

Editor's note:  Courtney Morgan submitted this post from Zambia during the three-week global internship that she had there in the summer of 2017 as a member of our Women, Girls & Global Justice team. 

By: Courtney Morgan | July 14, 2017 | interns

A couple of birthdays ago, my husband and daughter gave me a plaque for my office with a quote from Louisa May Alcott: “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.” How well they know me! Periodic escape into the world of fiction is one of the activities that keeps me me. For as long as I can remember, reading has been a form of self-care for me. When you live on the academic calendar, as I have my whole life, summer becomes a time to indulge in a love of reading. And when you’re a booklover, people often ask for recommendations. Where to start?

By: Abby Palko | July 12, 2017 | blog

At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we stand with students, faculty and staff in expressing support to the LGBTQ+ members of UVA’s diverse community who are so essential to the vitality of our University. 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.

By: Women's Center | July 07, 2017 | counseling

Did you know there is a life stage called Emerging Adulthood? Well, as a UVA student or recent graduate, you’re right in the middle of it! It’s an exciting and uncertain time, full of opportunity and change. Read on for tips on how to enjoy and master this important phase of life.

The Five Defining Characteristics of Emerging Adulthood are:

By: Hannah Trible | June 15, 2017 | counseling

During the spring semester of 2016, Curry PhD candidate Nora Arkin conducted surveys and interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the Body Project, an eating disorders prevention intervention used in the Women’s Center’s Body Positive Program. Nora’s soon to be presented findings from her research verify the Body Project’s positive impact on undergraduate women at UVA.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | June 07, 2017 | blog

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