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August 10, 2020

This page serves as a hub for our ongoing updates with links to several of our other pages where you can find more specific information about particular areas of our work throughout the pandemic. We will make every effort to keep all of this information up to date to ensure that UVA students, faculty and staff, and members of the Charlottesville community can access all that the center offers.

June 02, 2020

supreme court building

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.

March 23, 2020

Last Monday started with a call from one of my staff members, telling me that they’d tested positive for COVID-19. My eyes are welling with tears of gratitude as I type this next sentence: this Monday started with them calling me to tell me that they are recovering.

All of us at the Women’s Center are grateful for the support you all have shown us in this past week and your concern for the affected person. I have shared your calls and emails with them.

March 17, 2020

view of women's center from the corner

Dear Friends of the Women's Center,

You've likely seen President Ryan's announcement that a Women’s Center staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. We are holding them in our thoughts for a full recovery.

The Women’s Center is closed and being cleaned. Current plans call for the center to remain closed for the duration that our staff will be fully self-quarantined at their homes and until we receive official word that by every measure it is safe to reopen. When the Center reopens, we will communicate that here and in our usual channels.

January 27, 2020

books on shelf

So much has happened since we first posted our 2020 Reading Challenge but with each month that passes, it seems even more important to us. Some of our students who especially enjoyed the reading challenge were even inspired to start a book club to discuss books on the list with each other - and with a few of the authors, too!

August 29, 2019

Fontaine retired from her dean position July 31 and is co-editing a book with colleagues while on sabbatical this year. (Photo by Jane Haley)

This piece has been reprinted from UVA Today. You can find the original article here.

If there is one word that captures Dorrie Fontaine’s contributions to the University of Virginia, its School of Nursing and her leadership, it would be “compassion.”

January 04, 2019

supreme court building

Feb 12, 2019 Update: Today the Department of Education notified the public that, in an abundance of caution and due to technical difficulties, they are re-opening the comment period for the proposed Title IX regulations for one day only on February 15, 2019. 

We encourage anyone who was unable to submit their input on the proposed regulations during the comment period that ended on January 28 to do so on February 15. 

December 13, 2018

Alumna Sara Duke Grey Continues to Care & Advocate for Survivors

February 27, 2018

A student recently came to Anne Coughlin with a question.

He was struggling to come to terms with a sexual harassment allegation that had been leveled against his grandfather over something that happened decades ago. His grandfather was a distinguished lawyer and public servant who was now in his 80’s. The student was heartbroken.

How should he think about his grandfather whom he admired so much in light of the allegation?

August 16, 2017

Abby Palko at the Women's Center

At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we develop strong women leaders and those who work beside them, ready to face the real and daunting challenges of building the public good and ensuring justice for all. These are words we use often, but not lightly. They are the heart of what we, as a public university, are called to do. We shape the next generation of leaders. These are the ideals we pursue with you.

To our new and returning students: