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Renowned artist, architect, and academic leader – Karen Van Lengen amazes with each new project, a legend in our midst. The former School of Architecture Dean and current William Kenan Professor of Architecture took time from her brilliant work to answer our burning questions. Add “saint” to her list of accomplishments, and take a gander at her economical Spotlight responses below.

By: Alison Kuhn | May 03, 2017 | blog

Your heart is racing, you’re losing sleep, your appetite is changing…is it love? Nope. It’s EXAMS! Stress is a normal reaction to an event or occasion where we need to do our best. The good news is that there are ways to manage stress so that we can function and be successful.

By: Alison Kuhn | May 02, 2017 | Tips, blog

We live in a society that does not value mothering (as measured in economic terms).The amazing thing isn’t that it is hard to make all of these pieces fit together in a coherent, sane manner – it’s that anyone manages to do so! Simultaneously, our national ethos of bootstrap independence suggests that success is a wholly personal accomplishment that is achieved with no external supports.

By: Abby Palko | May 01, 2017 | Palko POV

There are over 2 million images posted and stories shared on Instagram under “#bodypositive.” You can find articles on BuzzFeed like, “23 Body-Positive Tips That Aren’t Garbage” or “19 of the Most Totally Awesome Body-Shaming Clap Backs of 2015.” Celebrities and models like

By: Alison Kuhn | April 18, 2017 | Body Positive, blog

When you are in a relationship with someone who has been harmed, it is difficult to know how to help your partner while also managing your own reactions. Some of the reactions you may have are:

By: Alison Kuhn | April 11, 2017 | counseling, blog

Humans tell stories to make sense of life. We like neat analogies.

Boy : blue :: girl : ____. If you reflexively answered "pink," you've probably 1) been prepped for the SAT and 2) been socialized into an American understanding of gender differences (and if you think that analogy has always been so, that's anachronistic.)

By: Abby Palko | April 07, 2017 | Palko POV

Get to know Counseling and Psychological Services Director, Nicole Ruzek! Nicole has been with UVA since 2012 when she started as a staff CAPS psychologist and the Groups Coordinator. In 2014, she assumed the position of Assistant CAPS Director –Clinical Director and in 2016 assumed the position of CAPS Associate Director of Counseling Services. Prior to her tenure at UVA, she served as a psychologist and research coordinator at Cal Poly University from 2006-2012.

By: Alison Kuhn | April 06, 2017 | Women on Grounds

We never shy away from a challenge and we know you don't either. Here's a challenge we can meet together.

Your support for the Women's Center always goes a long way thanks to the time our students invest to extend our work far beyond what the Center's staff could ever hope to achieve alone. With the combined person power of 17 staff members and 108 interns, Big Sisters, Big Brothers, and facilitators this year, each and every infusion of support makes a BIG difference in what our programs can do.

By: Alison Kuhn | April 05, 2017 | blog

Sarah Steele holds the keys to the Women’s Center’s heart – and its doors and filing cabinets and every administrative undertaking. The first face you see when you walk in the Center (or at least that’s when Sarah’s receptionist desk faced the front door at the Corner location, before we had to move for an office overhaul), Sarah is the essence of calm, caring friendliness and impeccable professionalism. What’s more, she’s wicked smart and could run circles ‘round us in Russian and other subjects.

By: Alison Kuhn | March 27, 2017 | staff-spotlight

Get to know Gender Violence & Social Change intern, Carrie Bohmer!

Year: 4th
Major: Psychology and Women, Gender, and , Sexuality
Hometown: Richmond, VA

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?

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