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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.

March 18, 2021

a word from the women's center

In the wake of the shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta on Tuesday evening, the Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Asian American community and honors the lives of those killed. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all. Among the many painful elements of the coronavirus pandemic is the rise in racialized violence against Asian Americans, and we denounce this violence.

February 03, 2021

collage of social media images

For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption
we feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter.
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

from “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

January 28, 2021

girl wearing olympic gold medal with Leah Smith

Last January, I had the joy of welcoming many of you to JPJ for our annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, where alumna Jennifer Langton was honored for her athletic accomplishments on UVA’s lacrosse team and her off-the-field contributions to the NFL as Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Innovation. 

In my welcome, I shared a little-known personal fact:

December 04, 2020

view of women's center from the corner

Calendar pages keep flipping, moving us closer to the end of 2020. The trees have released all but the most tenacious leaves, and one morning soon, we will wake up to winter, the fourth season of our coronavirus world. One thing I know for sure is that 2020 will not end the way we might have imagined when it began.

November 04, 2020

It seems unlikely that any of you reading this have missed the highly contentious nature of this year’s elections. Many of my colleagues who know more about politics are writing insightful commentaries, and I defer to their political expertise as we wait for official results. 

From our vantage point at the Women’s Center, however, I do have a few observations to share:

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