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Big Sisters and Little Sisters of the Young Women Leaders Program are gearing up for their annual food drive on Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Kroger locations in Charlottesville - on 1159 Emmett Street, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, and on 1904 Emmett Street.

YWLP will be collecting non-perishable food items that supporters may conveniently purchase that day or that they bring from home.

| October 15, 2014 | young-women-leaders-program, blog

As someone who has given to the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center for the most consecutive amount of years, Nesta Ramazani is one of the Center’s most esteemed donors. In its 25th anniversary year, the Women’s Center would like to recognize Ramazani’s continuous support by highlighting her here on our website.

Ramazani first found out about the Women’s Center at a social event in which she met Director Sharon Davie.

| October 15, 2014 | donor-profiles, blog

Author and psychotherapist Ashley Warner, a survivor of sexual assault, visited the University of Virginia during a time when local and national media coverage had already been focusing on concerns regarding the safety of women in Charlottesville and on Grounds.

| October 15, 2014 | gender-violence-and-social-change, blog

The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) program, formerly Sexual and Domestic Violence Services, is excited to collaborate with the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority and the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (SVPC) for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the University of Virginia.

| October 01, 2014 | gender-violence-and-social-change, blog

Q&A with Dr. Iglesias reveals plans for new CAPS position, provides mental wellness tips

| October 01, 2014 | counseling, blog

Our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by U.Va. student Hannah Graham's disappearance.

When a traumatic event occurs, people can have many different kinds of reactions. The reason for this is that trauma shatters many of the beliefs people need to hold onto in order to function. Humans need to believe that the world is safe, people are trustworthy and responsible, and that they have some sense of control in their community and in their life.

| September 29, 2014 | blog

Jane Miller’s “three families” were all in attendance on Sept. 18 when she accepted the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award at the U.Va. Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library.

The award is presented annually by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center in memory of Elizabeth Zintl, who served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the University. Given to a woman employee at U.Va., the award honors the high degree of professionalism, creativity and commitment that characterized Zintl.

| September 29, 2014 | Awards, blog

When U.Va. alumna Maxine Platzer Lynn (Curry ’51) asked for tips on how to handle some off-color comments from young men in her undergrad classes, she got “[…] the best advice for that day and time: ‘Ignore it!’”

Lynn recognizes how much has changed at U.Va. since then: “Today, I feel that the University is more egalitarian, particularly in that it gives women, as well as men, the ability to pursue their dreams. […] If you have the desire to do something, go for it!”

| September 27, 2014 | donor-profiles, blog, events

The following has been re-printed from Iris with permission from the author.

Story by: Sophia Socarras

| September 22, 2014 | internship-program, blog

Dear Friends,

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Center! We’re celebrating in many ways and we invite you to join us.

There are exciting student, faculty and alumni events. The Center is distributing a new booklet to students, a guide to safety and to opportunities for leadership. Stop by the Center, pick one up and learn more from one of many student interns.

| September 22, 2014 | blog