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.
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.
Today on the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, we are thinking of his family and loved ones, and we stand in solidarity with all those work for equity and justice. We affirm that Black lives, Black dreams, Black perspectives, Black experiences, Black futures matter.
This year the UVA Women’s Center piloted the Reading in Hues Book Club, which turned out to be a much-needed space for cultivating connection and empathy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following article from UVA Today has been re-printed with permission from the author.
I just celebrated my second pandemic birthday. I’m at that stage of life that I honestly have to think for a moment if you ask me how old I am. The early major milestones are long passed; the second set of transitional ones are still far enough in the future that it’s too soon to start counting down.
Each year as the Women’s Center gathers faculty, staff, alumni and students to honor UVA’s Distinguished Alumna, we invite local middle and high school students and educators to join us as these inspiring leaders share the opportunities and challenges that have shaped their remarkable careers. When our 2020 Distinguished Alumnae, Nancy Howell Agee (Nurs 1979) and Marion Weiss (Arch 1979) were honored in an event hosted over zoom last fall, the recorded event was shared with local students who were then invited to submit essays on related themes.
In March of 2021, the interns of our Free Legal Clinic Team led the clinic’s most successful Transgender Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic to date. This specialty legal clinic facilitated connections between trans-affirming attorneys and transgender people looking for assistance in handling legal matters such as name and/or gender marker changes.