Taylor Thompson (Arch '21) is this year's recipient of our Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant. Taylor's involvement with housing policy came through his long-standing work with Habitat for Humanity International as a volunteer and through his training to follow in his mother's footsteps as an architect.
Black feminist philosophy holds us to a high standard of solidarity. When we breach a barrier or achieve a success, we are obligated to turn back to help someone behind us. Michelle Obama articulates this responsibility as “when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”
As we posted Iris’s last issue for the 2018-2019 school year, we could not have been happier to have spent the last several months sharing our thoughts, ideas, and passions with the Iris readership. For many of us, the closing of this year means the closing of our chapters at both Iris and at UVA. On one hand, we all love a good transition. We love the opportunity to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new.
Our unique setting and expertise make the Women’s Center an especially good fit for many students seeking to improve their well-being. Our approach focuses on helping students identify the issues they want to address in their own lives. Our counselors are known for their extensive experience supporting college students with concerns ranging from the stresses of young adulthood to traumatic events in their lives or within their families or communities.
The past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about questions of representation. Spring is in full bloom, so I find myself wanting to quote baseball movies. “If you build it, they will come…” in my mind immediately segues into “There’s no crying in baseball!” Nostalgia aside, the juxtaposition of Field of Dreams and A League of their Own reminds us of the power of seeing people like yourself moving through spaces designed with you in mind – and the discouragement that can follow when you realize a space maybe wasn’t created for you.
Name: Komal Kamdar
Major: Leadership & Public Policy and Spanish
Hometown: Virginia Beach
1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
The Women’s Center has long been known as an approachable place for students and others in the UVA community to seek counseling. Over the past year, our Counseling and Wellness Services Team has grown to include new staff members and has extended the resources offered to better serve the variety of needs at the University. The team’s newest member, Uriel Santiago, joined the Center’s staff this spring to bring special expertise and experience in the role of cultural, racial, gender, and sexual identity in mental health.
Remarks from our 2019 National Girls & Women in Sports Honoree, Jane Miller
It seems like just yesterday that I told someone retirement wasn’t even on my radar. So much for that.
I want to thank Abby and her staff at the Women’s Center, not only for hosting this reception, but for the wonderful work you do at the University for women and men, alike. You change lives.
I also want to thank the NGWS Day Committee for selecting me to represent girls and women in sport today. I am honored.
Academia operates in the shadow of the ivory tower, a perception that studying can (should? does?) occur at a remove. Our students, however, are not content to withdraw from the world for four years while they pursue a degree (if such a withdrawal would even be possible). I have a front row seat for the multiple ways they deeply integrate learning and action. Learning about the detrimental impact of unhealthy cultural gender norms on our social interactions and other ways that gender influences our lived realities is not enough for them.
Name: Diana Sanchez
Year: Fourth Year
Major: Spanish and French double major
Hometown: Danville, Va
1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
I was a Big Sister for YWLP last year and fell in love with the program. I decided to become an intern because I wanted to continue to be a part of the program but also was interested to learn how YWLP functions behind the scenes.
2. What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?