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Abby Palko

December 01, 2021

Elizabeth Johnson and Kimberley Bassett with students

Elizabeth Johnson (left photo) prioritized recruitment and retention of Black students during her service as UVA's first full-time Black admissions officer. Students who served as senior peer advisors with OAAA credit Kimberley Bassett (right photo) with advancing the next generation of leaders.

At a recent pop-up that we hosted to engage students with our (re)present exhibit, one of the students who stopped by our table told me, “You're lying!” Her incredulity was in response to my assertation that there were women studying at UVA before 1970. This was definitely not the story that she had heard.

November 19, 2021

a word from the women's center

As the first of three verdicts in trials involving racial/racialized violence has just come out (Kyle Rittenhouse's trial today, with the Charlottesville trial of the Unite the Right organizers and the trial of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery anticipated within the next few days), this is a moment to be especially attentive to community and self-care.

October 21, 2021

lawn with reflection in water

History is not merely a set of facts. A robust slate of Women's History Month programming will meet participants' desire to consider not just the bare facts of the past but also the stories that link them, the multiple pictures that they form. Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications

Join us as we celebrate women’s history and (borrowing from the 2021 Presidential Proclamation), “pay tribute to the trailblazers from the recent and distant past for daring to envision a future for which no past precedent existed, and for building a [world] of endless possibilities for all of its women and girls.” Building on our work last year to commemorate milestone anniversaries of UVA’s journey to full

September 13, 2021

reproductive justice graphic

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.

August 16, 2021

a word from the women's center

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.

June 07, 2021

cording graduating student

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.

May 25, 2021

Photo by Caltech Center for Diversity

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.

April 26, 2021

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.

April 20, 2021

a word from the women's center

At the Women's Center, we hold the family of George Floyd, especially his daughter, in our thoughts tonight. We recognize that this trial has further traumatized the witnesses who testified. The Women's Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those who have suffered from the racism that still exists in our society.

April 14, 2021

Black Lives Matter graphic

Photo by Caltech Center for Diversity

The Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and honors the life of Daunte Wright, the 20-year old man who was shot and killed by a police officer outside of Minneapolis on April 11. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all.