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Leigh Ann Carver

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.

May 21, 2020

UVA’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnae both graduated in 1979, Nancy Howell Agee from the School of Nursing and Marion Weiss from the School of Architecture. Photos Courtesy of Carilion Clinic and WEISS/MANFREDI.

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

Nancy Howell Agee and Marion Weiss each experienced an early and strong affinity for their respective fields. From opposite coasts, each chose the University of Virginia as the place they would build the foundation for rewarding careers, reaching levels of leadership where few women are found even now, 45 years after they arrived on Grounds.

December 17, 2019

With 9 different teams, there are lots of ways for you to get involved with the Women's Center next year. Our internship program gives you the chance to combine classroom study with the practical experience of working with staff members in a particular area of advocacy. Former interns give many reasons why they chose our internship program - and why they're glad they did!

June 20, 2019

Student Taylor Thompson with former President Jimmy Carter at Habitat Site

Taylor Thompson (Arch '21) is this year's recipient of our Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant. Taylor's involvement with housing policy came through his long-standing work with Habitat for Humanity International as a volunteer and through his training to follow in his mother's footsteps as an architect.

May 07, 2019

bouquet of peonies

Our unique setting and expertise make the Women’s Center an especially good fit for many students seeking to improve their well-being. Our approach focuses on helping students identify the issues they want to address in their own lives. Our counselors are known for their extensive experience supporting college students with concerns ranging from the stresses of young adulthood to traumatic events in their lives or within their families or communities. 

April 05, 2019

collage of counseling staff members

Cathy Erickson, Trauma Counselor, Janie Williams, Trauma Counselor, Uriel Santiago, Counselor, Margaret Edwards, Program Director for Counseling and Wellness Services, Poe, Psychiatric Service Dog, Latoria White, Counselor in Residence & Case Manager, Amelia Walton, Counselor in Residence & Body Project Coordinator

The Women’s Center has long been known as an approachable place for students and others in the UVA community to seek counseling. Over the past year, our Counseling and Wellness Services Team has grown to include new staff members and has extended the resources offered to better serve the variety of needs at the University. The team’s newest member, Uriel Santiago, joined the Center’s staff this spring to bring special expertise and experience in the role of cultural, racial, gender, and sexual identity in mental health.

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

April 23, 2018

Margaret Edwards New Program Director for Counseling & Wellness Services

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center is pleased to announce that Margaret Edwards, LPC, will be our new Program Director for Counseling & Wellness Services. As a counselor at the Women's Center since 2009, Margaret has provided individual and group counseling to UVA students, staff, and members of the Charlottesville community with a focus on helping clients who have experienced interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

February 01, 2018

While’s no great surprise that our Iris editor, Mary Esselman, has not one but four “favorite” fictional heroines, there’s one real-life feminist she loves to sing along with that you’ll have to read to believe.
1. Tell us about your path to UVA, to where you are now and the work you’re currently doing for the Women’s Center.