Annie Rorem would be the first to tell you that in her personal life, she is a “capital-F feminist.” Although she’s inclined to take a more measured tone in the professional arena, her work as a mathematician has nonetheless become a crucial tool in understanding the social equality issues she takes on.
Get to know YWLP intern, Catherine Toro! Year: 3rd Major: Psychology and African American Studies, (AAS undeclared) Hometown: Baltimore, MD
1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we stand with students, faculty and staff in expressing support to the members of UVA’s international 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.
Through our Young Women Leaders Program and Men's Leadership Project, we give students the chance to give back to the community they call home during their years at UVA. These community-based mentoring programs pair undergraduate men and women with middle schoolers from the Charlottesville area. Pairing course work with group meetings, as well as one-on-one activities with their littles, our Big Brothers and Big Sisters grow as leaders while helping their littles realize their own leadership potential.
Many of us are aware of the impact of traumatic events on individuals. Post-traumatic syndrome became a familiar term in response to the Vietnam War and what men and women experienced in that war. There is also growing research on how an individual’s brain reacts to trauma with encouraging news about how to help individuals recover. However, we do not know as much about how trauma impacts a community. The Charlottesville community has had several traumatic events in the past few years that have affected many people.
UVA students have the opportunity to learn about the legal process by working closely with local attorneys in our Legal Clinic. The commitment from our local attorneys and student interns has allowed our clinic to grow and meet a greater need in the community.
This has been a year that none of us will soon forget. Many here and around the world experienced 2016 as a time in which uncertainty about the future escalated to levels unprecedented in our recent memories or even our lifetimes. Worst-of lists abound in the end-of-year airwaves. But at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we are fortunate to have a singular vantage point from which we’ve made some observations of a different sort.
Our historical home at 1400 University Avenue will be under renovation for all of 2017. During that time, you can find us in Emmet House on McCormick Road!