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Some of you know that my husband is disabled. I usually say he “has mobility challenges” or “health issues.” He says he’s crippled. The medical reality is that he has a C4-level spinal cord injury that he incurred in a swimming accident at the Jersey Shore eight years ago. In the immediate aftermath, he spent 8 weeks in the hospital. We sought a “new normal” and, silver lining to that experience, I learned some things that I’d like to share with you.

By: Abby Palko | March 31, 2020 | Palko POV

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.

By: Abby Palko | March 23, 2020 | blog

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.

By: Abby Palko | March 17, 2020 | blog

Marwah: Incredible growth happens when people are able to look beyond the box of themselves.

Lizz: And just get past that guilt. Like, ok, you feel guilty but what else?

Marwah: When I procrastinate an assignment, I feel guilty. But...

Lizz: But then it gets done. You move on. And great work gets done at the end of it. Let’s not procrastinate on liberation, though. Because we need that. 


By: Abby Palko | February 28, 2020 | Palko POV

While it warms our hearts to hear that alumna Hannah Lyons (CLAS 2018) misses the Women's Center as much as it misses her, it's rewarding to see her thriving at the Law School as she steps into her new role as Lead Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review this year. We recently had the pleasure of receiving this update from Hannah:

| February 13, 2020 | legal-clinic, interns

Year: 2nd
Major: Undecided 
Hometown: Amsterdam, NL

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

Year: 4th
Major: Foreign Affairs and Spanish 
Hometown: Richmond, VA 

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I heard about the legal clinic internship and knew that it was something I wanted to be involved with. It has been a great opportunity to support both the UVA and Charlottesville communities while also engaging with other student interns and leaders at the Women's Center. 

2.    What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?
Alternative Spring Break and Tri Sigma sorority  

| February 06, 2020 | legal-clinic, interns

Year: 3rd Year

Major: Media Studies and Studio Art

Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA

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

I wanted to become more involved in the community of women at UVA and in the greater Charlottesville area.

2.    What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?

Madison House, Arts Mentors for Kids

3.    If you could describe your intern team in 3 words, what would they be?

supportive, helpful, and compassionate

| January 30, 2020 | social-media-marketing, interns

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!

By: Abby Palko | January 27, 2020 | Palko POV, blog

I’m “that” aunt: 99 times out of 100, my gift to you is going to be a book… or two… or three. For the past few years, I’ve watched memes about jólabókaflóð circulate Facebook with curiosity and longing. If you’ve missed this new cultural phenomenon, jólabókaflóð is the Icelandic tradition of giving books (gifts are traditionally exchanged on Christmas Eve) and then spending the late hours of the evening reading.

By: Abby Palko | December 13, 2019 | Palko POV