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Any change in life can cause stress, even a positive change. Whether you’re coming to UVA for the first time or returning to Grounds for your second, third, or fourth year, change can be stressful. Relationships are new or different, and you may find yourself in the middle of unfamiliar experiences and living spaces, all of which contribute to the excitement and challenge of adjusting to a new year. But any change presents a good opportunity for growth.

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.

By: Abby Palko | August 16, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Join One of Our COMMUNITY MENTORING Programs

Over the summer, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis from UVA students interested in serving as Big Sisters and Big Brothers to local middle school students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more about why our Bigs say YWLP and MLP are among the most memorable experiences they've had at UVA.

Proud and Grateful 1st Gen Grad

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.

By: Abby Palko | June 07, 2021 | Palko POV

Our Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grants for 2021 have been awarded to Abeba Amenshowa and Revati Joshi. Abeba Amenshowa is interning with Public Housing Association of Residents in Charlottesville. Her internship with PHAR's Residents for Respectful Research (R3) involves working to assure that public housing residents understand, have input into, and benefit from research conducted on or with public housing residents.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | June 01, 2021 | Awards

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.

By: Abby Palko | May 25, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

This year the UVA Women’s Center piloted the Reading in Hues Book Club, which turned out to be a much-needed space for cultivating connection and empathy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By: Alexis Gayle | May 18, 2021 | interns

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

By: Anne Bromley | May 11, 2021 | Awards

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.

By: Abby Palko | April 26, 2021 | Palko POV