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Each year as the Women’s Center gathers faculty, staff, alumni and students to honor UVA’s Distinguished Alumna, we invite local middle and high school students and educators to join us as these inspiring leaders share the opportunities and challenges that have shaped their remarkable careers. When our 2020 Distinguished Alumnae, Nancy Howell Agee (Nurs 1979) and Marion Weiss (Arch 1979) were honored in an event hosted over zoom last fall, the recorded event was shared with local students who were then invited to submit essays on related themes.

| April 26, 2021 | Awards

In March of 2021, the interns of our Free Legal Clinic Team led the clinic’s most successful Transgender Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic to date. This specialty legal clinic facilitated connections between trans-affirming attorneys and transgender people looking for assistance in handling legal matters such as name and/or gender marker changes.

At UVA, I constantly feel like my worth and value is defined by my course load, grades, involvement, and extra curriculars. Even when it isn’t school work, I feel as if I constantly have to be doing something productive. This creates an unsustainable cycle of burnout. 

Year: 4th Year

Major: Political Philosophy, Policy & Law

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I knew some students in years above me who loved their time interning with the Women's Center! I was eager to have the same enriching and impactful experience that they did.

| April 22, 2021 | legal-clinic, interns

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.

By: Abby Palko | April 20, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Year: 2022
Major: Philosophy; Women and Gender Studies; Minor in Studio Art

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
It sounded like a cool organization that I really wanted to be a part of and I wanted to be able to help with the work they were doing!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Getting to act in Hauntings for Brown! Y'all should totally come by if we have it next year!

| April 15, 2021 | mens-leadership-project, interns

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.

By: Abby Palko | April 14, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Year: 2021
Major: Chemistry and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I've been here for 3 years now and originally, I was really interested in getting involved with survivor support work again. I've stayed because I love the community and the people I get to work with.

| April 01, 2021 | engaged scholarship, interns

Hi everyone! As the month of March comes to a close, here are some body positive affirmations you can use to round out the month and look onward to April. I like to use a new affirmation each day, repeating it five times in the morning and five times at night. I hope these affirmations bring you some peace and light.

  1. I am perfect, complete, and whole just the way I am.
  2. My body is worthy of love and respect.
  3. I am allowed to take up space.
  4. I love my body as it is today.
  5. My body radiates beauty and kindness.
By: Julia Paraiso | March 25, 2021 | Body Positive

Year: 2023
Major: Undecided

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I saw the Women's Center booth at the student activities fair my first year and immediately knew that I wanted to get involved!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Going to Lighting of the Lawn with my friends first-year is probably one of my favorite UVA memories. There was something so surreal about the moment -- I couldn't believe my first semester at UVA was already coming to an end.

| March 25, 2021 | interns