“Have you stopped to smell the roses lately?”
Major: Economics and Political Philosophy, Policy, & Law
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Here at UVA, the 400+ graduates of the Exceptional Assistants Seminar Series sponsored by Talent Development form a network that focuses on personal development and community service.
This article has been reprinted from UVA Today.
Deborah E. McDowell’s colleagues at the University of Virginia call her a “trailblazer,” note her collaborative activities and point to her commitment to diversify not only the faculty on Grounds, but throughout the nation. The University’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center will give McDowell the 2018 Zintl Leadership Award this fall for these and other long-time efforts.
Get to know Craig Wendelken, a big brother with our Men's Leadership Project!
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Biology
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Most of us in the UVA and Charlottesville communities remember where we were or what we were doing during the events of August 11th and 12th in 2017. The horrifying events of that weekend had a significant impact on many, especially those directly affected by the violence and those dealing with current or past cultural and community trauma.
Everyone struggles with stress and anxiety sometimes. We are biologically programmed to assess for threat related to safety, both in our physical environment and in our relationships.
In small doses, it is a good thing. If a car runs a red light just as we are about to cross the street, anxiety helps activate the muscles needed to jump out of the way. If our partner is sick, we will feel stressed and worried because we need stable, connected relationships to feel safe.
The Women’s Center welcomed alumni back to Grounds during Reunions this summer with a panel on the importance of intergenerational mentoring relationships and an open house in our newly renovated space in the Corner Building. In both of those gatherings, alums spoke to us about the life-long friendships they formed during their time on Grounds and the importance of those bonds to their post-university years.
Major: Public Policy & Leadership and History
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
We are always working to strengthen the internship program that the Women’s Center offers for UVA students. In the Spring 2018 semester, as part of that effort, we provided a second part to the fall course that all of our interns take. Below is an example of the work our students have been doing in Front Lines of Social Change II. You’ll also find more about the classroom component of our work and links to other examples from our students in this month’s PALKO POV: Back in the Classroom.