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Name: Komal Kamdar

Year: 2nd

Major: Leadership & Public Policy and Spanish

Hometown: Virginia Beach

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

| April 25, 2019 | interns

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.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | April 05, 2019 | counseling

Remarks from our 2019 National Girls & Women in Sports Honoree, Jane Miller

It seems like just yesterday that I told someone retirement wasn’t even on my radar. So much for that.

I want to thank Abby and her staff at the Women’s Center, not only for hosting this reception, but for the wonderful work you do at the University for women and men, alike. You change lives.

I also want to thank the NGWS Day Committee for selecting me to represent girls and women in sport today.  I am honored.

By: Jane Miller | April 01, 2019 | Awards

Academia operates in the shadow of the ivory tower, a perception that studying can (should? does?) occur at a remove. Our students, however, are not content to withdraw from the world for four years while they pursue a degree (if such a withdrawal would even be possible). I have a front row seat for the multiple ways they deeply integrate learning and action. Learning about the detrimental impact of unhealthy cultural gender norms on our social interactions and other ways that gender influences our lived realities is not enough for them.

By: Abby Palko | March 29, 2019 | Palko POV

Name: Diana Sanchez

Year: Fourth Year

Major: Spanish and French double major

Hometown: Danville, Va


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

I was a Big Sister for YWLP last year and fell in love with the program. I decided to become an intern because I wanted to continue to be a part of the program but also was interested to learn how YWLP functions behind the scenes.


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

| March 28, 2019 | interns

Our series on alumni who served as Big Brothers in the earliest years of our Men's Leadership Project continues this week with Miles Leviste. Miles graduated from the College with an Anthropology major in 2009. Today, Miles is a third year Pediatric resident physician at the University of North Carolina. 


1.    Tell us about the path you’ve taken to where you are now in your career. Has it been planned? Organic? Some of both?

| March 25, 2019 | Alum Spotlight

Isela Melendez-Carpio: Masters candidate (‘19) in Higher Education Student Affairs

| March 20, 2019 | international-womens-month

In the wake of the shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, remember that the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is here year-round for members of the University community who are grieving or need support in coping with news of violence aimed at members of their faith or any other community that is important to their identity. We stand, as always, with all of our students, alums and colleagues working to create a respectful culture on Grounds and across the world.

By: Women's Center | March 18, 2019 | counseling

Danielle Heckert is a second-year Rodman Scholar in the E-school studying Biomedical Engineering. Alongside being a first-year Resident Advisor, Danielle is also an EMT with the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad. When asked about why she is passionate about this work, Danielle responded, "To say this job is hard would be an understatement, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t so incredibly worth it. You get to be that person who’s there for people when they need you most, and honestly that’s what keeps me going every Friday night when I’m serving at the rescue squad.

| March 08, 2019 | international-womens-month

Alex is a graduate student currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and recently won the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP) and Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology’s (CUDCP) Inaugural Distinguished Student Scientist-Practitioner Award. She identifies as a science-practitioner by integrating treatments backed up by research and science while working with her therapy clients.

| March 08, 2019 | international-womens-month