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Class Year: 2022

Major: Global Security & Justice and Government

Hometown: Richmond, VA

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

After taking my first WGS class, I was interested in learning more about gender issues and meeting other students passionate about these topics. I'd heard a lot about the work that the Women's Center does and wanted to get involved and contribute.

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

| September 29, 2021 | legal-clinic, interns

Class Year: Fourth

Major: Computer Science B.A.

Hometown: Herndon, VA

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

I am very passionate about gender equality and activism and thought the Women’s Center would be a great place to not only learn more but also contribute to a better world!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

Hanging out with friends on the Lawn

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

| September 22, 2021 | gender-violence-and-social-change, interns

Class Year: 2023

Major: WGS and Cognitive Science (linguistics concentration)

Hometown: Oakton, VA

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

I was embraced by the welcoming female-led community at the WC and felt as though the WC served as the strongest support system available for students at UVA.

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

Halloween Drag Race at the Art park!

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

| September 15, 2021 | Speaking in Hues, interns

As Texas’ SB8 went into effect on September 1, 2021, Hurricane Ida continued to tear through the country, impacting both the Gulf region and the Northeast, and Western states and communities remained on high alert as they face record-setting wildfires. This temporal overlap must serve as a powerful reminder that barriers to well-being are intersectional – and they are intensifying. The need for access to comprehensive healthcare, crucially including reproductive care, grows exponentially when the disparate impact of natural disasters and environmental crises is considered.

By: Abby Palko | September 13, 2021 | Palko POV

The following article from UVA Today has been re-printed with permission from the author.

In her 14 years at UVA, Kimberley Bassett has touched the lives of so many students, helping them to claim their place at the University of Virginia and welcoming them into the UVA community,” wrote Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Director Abby Palko in an email.

By: Anne Bromley | September 08, 2021 | Awards

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Visit us to catch up, to start strong this semester with some time in a comfy, quiet study spot, or to learn more about all we offer for UVA students.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | September 03, 2021 |

Any change in life can cause stress, even a positive change. Whether you’re coming to UVA for the first time or returning to Grounds for your second, third, or fourth year, change can be stressful. Relationships are new or different, and you may find yourself in the middle of unfamiliar experiences and living spaces, all of which contribute to the excitement and challenge of adjusting to a new year. But any change presents a good opportunity for growth.

Crises of all kinds disproportionately impact the most vulnerable. And the well-being of women and children is tenuous at best in many places, especially where poverty is deepest. We at the Women’s Center are gravely concerned for those whose lives are threatened by the earthquake in Haiti and the political turmoil in Afghanistan. Closer to home, we know there are students who are worried about loved ones in Haiti and Afghanistan. We’re here to support you.

By: Abby Palko | August 16, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Proud and Grateful 1st Gen Grad

Reader, I corded some of our graduating students a few weeks ago.

As I type that sentence, I have to sit for a moment to absorb the feelings the memory prompts. I’m a sympathetic crier, as Gabriella Schmidt termed it during our virtual celebration of our graduates. Like yawns or sneezes, if you cry, my eyes well up.

By: Abby Palko | June 07, 2021 | Palko POV