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Most of the resources and opportunities offered by Women's Center are available remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check here first for the latest information. We will update this page to ensure that UVA students, faculty and staff, and members of the Charlottesville community can access all that the center offers. We will also provide links here to other areas of our site that are especially relevant during this time. 

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| August 10, 2020 | blog

Name: Grace Leffler
Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology, Cognitive Science
Hometown: Richmond, VA

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

I was curious about finding a more focused and intentional volunteer group, which is how I ended up here once my professor nudged me towards this program. I hate that the actual Women's Center is closed; everyone should visit the place at least once!

2.    If you could describe YWLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?

Embracing, mindful, energizing.

| August 06, 2020 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

As the 2020 recipient of our Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant, Jule Voss interned with Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5) this summer. She is a rising 3rd-year Echols and Jefferson Scholar studying global security and justice and planning to pursue the Batten School's Masters in Public Policy. 

By: Jule Voss | August 04, 2020 | Awards

Caitlin Kwalwasser, Politics honors student and Legal Clinic intern, was among the graduating students who presented their theses to members of the Women's Center staff this spring.  

Name: Brynna Gaffney
Year: Third (Rising fourth year? Terrifying!)
Major: Public Policy & Leadership (Batten School), Global Studies in Education Minor
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

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

Name: Emma Murphy
Year: Second Year (Class of 2022)
Major: English & Computer Science
Hometown: Red Bank, New Jersey

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

It’s not a secret that the Women’s Center embraces an ethos of trauma stewardship. In the past weeks, I have found myself turning to the epigraph from one of the field’s foundational texts: You can only go halfway into the darkest forest; then you're coming out the other side.

By: Abby Palko | July 08, 2020 | Palko POV

Claire Kaplan’s position with the Sexual Assault and Education Office here at the Women’s Center was established in 1991 after a student campaign demanding the addition of a full-time coordinator for this essential part of the fledgling center’s work. The students’ campaign included a candlelight vigil held for 134 hours – an hour for each sexual assault reported at UVA that year. 

By: Abby Palko | June 16, 2020 | GVSC, Palko POV

I first heard of MLP during my third year from one of my fourth-year friends whom I admired greatly. The mere fact that this person, who was involved in so many things, and whose opinion I valued so much recommended this program to me inspired me to further look into it, which led me to apply to be a mentor.

| June 15, 2020 | mens-leadership-project

When the safety and well-being of one member of our community is threatened, our entire community is harmed. Right now, we know, harms are coming from multiple directions, with competing demands for our attention. In addition to the immediate concerns of coronavirus and the sweeping protests against systemic racism, policy changes are coming to the ways that sexual misconduct complaints are handled.
 

By: Leigh Ann Carver | June 02, 2020 | blog

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