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Year: 2021
Major: Chemistry and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I've been here for 3 years now and originally, I was really interested in getting involved with survivor support work again. I've stayed because I love the community and the people I get to work with.

| April 01, 2021 | engaged scholarship, interns

Hi everyone! As the month of March comes to a close, here are some body positive affirmations you can use to round out the month and look onward to April. I like to use a new affirmation each day, repeating it five times in the morning and five times at night. I hope these affirmations bring you some peace and light.

  1. I am perfect, complete, and whole just the way I am.
  2. My body is worthy of love and respect.
  3. I am allowed to take up space.
  4. I love my body as it is today.
  5. My body radiates beauty and kindness.
By: Julia Paraiso | March 25, 2021 | Body Positive

Year: 2023
Major: Undecided

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I saw the Women's Center booth at the student activities fair my first year and immediately knew that I wanted to get involved!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Going to Lighting of the Lawn with my friends first-year is probably one of my favorite UVA memories. There was something so surreal about the moment -- I couldn't believe my first semester at UVA was already coming to an end.

| March 25, 2021 | interns

We think often of our interns in the Class 2020 and were delighted when a recent update from Maddie Fleischmann assured us that she's not only faring well but remembering here time at the Women's Center just as fondly as we do. Earlier this month, International Women's Day put Maddie in mind of how much she enjoyed working with other interns to celebrate the same day on Grounds in 2019. 

Major: Biology & Foreign Affairs
Year: Fourth Year

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
There's something really special about the people at the Women's Center. Each person has a riveting perspective to bring, analyzes societal implications so deliberately, and fights hard for change. I wanted to work alongside those individuals, as well as channel my usual rants into actual and productive action.

In the wake of the shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta on Tuesday evening, the Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Asian American community and honors the lives of those killed. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all. Among the many painful elements of the coronavirus pandemic is the rise in racialized violence against Asian Americans, and we denounce this violence.

By: Abby Palko | March 18, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Name: Sophie Thionville

Major: History with a French Minor

Year: Fourth Year

1.    What brought you to the Women’s Center?

As a transfer student, I was looking for a meaningful way to get involved in the UVA community. I knew I wanted to be a part of an organization that promotes such great resources and creates awareness. 

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

| March 11, 2021 | social-media-marketing, interns

Questions about life’s meaning are at the heart of grief after a death. We grieve because we love, and we are alive, and loving connection gives life meaning. Grief is a normal response to loss, not an illness, even though it can feel like one. Not everyone has the same reactions, on the same schedule. There is no one way to grieve.

When you are grieving, it is common to feel:

By: Counseling Staff | March 08, 2021 | counseling

Major: Economics and History with a minor in Statistics
Year: Second

1.     What brought you to the Women's Center?

I found the Women’s Center in the fall of my first year when I was trying to find something similar to the social justice and women’s rights work that I was involved in during high school. Unfortunately, the application was not open at that time, so I wrote down the date and remembered to apply a couple months later!

| March 04, 2021 | social-media-marketing, interns

It’s been about one whole month since the inauguration of our nation’s new administration, which also means it’s been about one whole month since we were graced with the powerful, provocative words of Amanda Gorman in her poem “The Hill We Climb” (if you haven’t had the chance to watch it, I highly recommend that you watch it here).

By: Julia Paraiso | February 28, 2021 | Body Positive, interns