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Class Year: 2023

Major: WGS and Cognitive Science (linguistics concentration)

Hometown: Oakton, VA

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

I was embraced by the welcoming female-led community at the WC and felt as though the WC served as the strongest support system available for students at UVA.

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

Halloween Drag Race at the Art park!

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

| September 15, 2021 | Speaking in Hues, interns

As Texas’ SB8 went into effect on September 1, 2021, Hurricane Ida continued to tear through the country, impacting both the Gulf region and the Northeast, and Western states and communities remained on high alert as they face record-setting wildfires. This temporal overlap must serve as a powerful reminder that barriers to well-being are intersectional – and they are intensifying.

By: Abby Palko | September 13, 2021 | Palko POV

The following article from UVA Today has been re-printed with permission from the author.

In her 14 years at UVA, Kimberley Bassett has touched the lives of so many students, helping them to claim their place at the University of Virginia and welcoming them into the UVA community,” wrote Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Director Abby Palko in an email.

By: Anne Bromley | September 08, 2021 |

We’re here for you! Come find the resources and opportunities you need to thrive.



We serve the University as a whole with a focus on students. Learn more about who we serve here.


Visit us to catch up, to start strong this semester with some time in a comfy, quiet study spot, or to learn more about all we offer for UVA students.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | September 03, 2021 |

Any change in life can cause stress, even a positive change. Whether you’re coming to UVA for the first time or returning to Grounds for your second, third, or fourth year, change can be stressful. Relationships are new or different, and you may find yourself in the middle of unfamiliar experiences and living spaces, all of which contribute to the excitement and challenge of adjusting to a new year. But any change presents a good opportunity for growth.

Crises of all kinds disproportionately impact the most vulnerable. And the well-being of women and children is tenuous at best in many places, especially where poverty is deepest. We at the Women’s Center are gravely concerned for those whose lives are threatened by the earthquake in Haiti and the political turmoil in Afghanistan. Closer to home, we know there are students who are worried about loved ones in Haiti and Afghanistan. We’re here to support you.

By: Abby Palko | August 16, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Join One of Our COMMUNITY MENTORING Programs

Over the summer, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis from UVA students interested in serving as Big Sisters and Big Brothers to local middle school students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more about why our Bigs say YWLP and MLP are among the most memorable experiences they've had at UVA.

Proud and Grateful 1st Gen Grad

Reader, I corded some of our graduating students a few weeks ago.

As I type that sentence, I have to sit for a moment to absorb the feelings the memory prompts. I’m a sympathetic crier, as Gabriella Schmidt termed it during our virtual celebration of our graduates. Like yawns or sneezes, if you cry, my eyes well up.

By: Abby Palko | June 07, 2021 | Palko POV

Our Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grants for 2021 have been awarded to Abeba Amenshowa and Revati Joshi. Abeba Amenshowa is interning with Public Housing Association of Residents in Charlottesville. Her internship with PHAR's Residents for Respectful Research (R3) involves working to assure that public housing residents understand, have input into, and benefit from research conducted on or with public housing residents.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | June 01, 2021 | Awards