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Visit to learn about The Ground She Walks On, an initiative we launched this year to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8). It is borne out of our work to commemorate and celebrate women’s achievements at and contributions to UVA as students, faculty, and staff. In particular, we celebrate extraordinary moments of women’s leadership that have changed UVA, moving it closer to its ideals.

| March 04, 2022 | DEI

The following article from UVA Today has been re-printed with permission from the author.

For her accomplishments as a leader in academic medicine and her efforts to improve the training of surgeons, Dr. Barbara Lee Bass has been selected as the University of Virginia’s 2022 Distinguished Alumna.

By: Anne Bromley | March 01, 2022 | Awards

Our hearts are heavy. We are angry. The world is hurting.
The Women’s Center condemns the horrific killings of Michelle Go and Christina Yuna Lee. Michelle Go, a 40-year-old Chinese American, was pushed into the path of an oncoming subway train on January 15, 2022. Weeks later, Christina Yuna Lee, a 35-year-old Korean American, was followed home and killed in her apartment on February 13, 2022. We mourn for their family and friends.

By: Abby Palko | February 25, 2022 | Palko POV, counseling

Class Year: 2022
Major: Youth & Social Innovation
Hometown: Farmville, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I came to the Women’s Center in pursuit of finding a strong network of women who seek to build each other up through professional and personal support.

| February 17, 2022 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

Update: the essay competition has closed. Submissions for the design competition are due May 1. 

| February 13, 2022 | DEI, engaged scholarship

Class Year: 2023
Major: Youth & Social Innovation and Public Policy & Leadership
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

| February 10, 2022 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

Class Year: 2023
Major: Youth & Social Innovation, Leadership & Public Policy
Hometown: Wayne, PA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
Joining YWLP in September of 2020 brought me to the Women's Center. I wanted to do YWLP because I am passionate about education and thought I could benefit from real-life experience interacting with students, as well as wanted to challenge my empathy skills.

| February 10, 2022 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

The Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and honors the life of Amir Locke, the 22-year old man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on February 2. We also hold concern for the well-being of those in our community experiencing the trauma that racism inflicts.

We stand with our students and colleagues engaged in anti-racist work, echoing their calls for justice and equity. We affirm that Black lives, Black dreams, Black perspectives, Black experiences, Black futures matter.

By: Abby Palko | February 05, 2022 | Palko POV, counseling

Reading in Hues, a book club celebrating women of color authors, bloomed from the Women’s Center’s 20/20 Reading Challenge, the ingenuity of Engaged Scholarship alumna Alexis Gayle, and the guidance of Assistant Director for Engaged Scholarship Jaronda Miller-Bryant. With everything online in 2020, the interns on the center’s Engaged Scholarship team followed Miller-Bryant’s fearless lead to, in her words, “make an impact with so much virtual competition.” I attended its inaugural meeting in my childhood bedroom. 

By: Mary Margaret Lea | January 30, 2022 | DEI, interns

This year's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at UVA includes an award presentation honoring Sharlene Brightly (CLAS 1976) during halftime of the UVA Women's Basketball game against Clemson on February 6 at 4:00 p.m. Brightly, a member of the UVA's first Varsity Women's Basketball Team, was the first Black woman to represent the University in intercollegiate competition.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | January 29, 2022 | Awards