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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.

By: Victoria Farris | May 30, 2018 |

When I accepted the position as the director of the Women’s Center two years ago, I only had one concern. I knew that the move would bring transitions both personal and professional. I was sure, though, that it would bring new challenges, and, when met, that these challenges would lead to exciting opportunities. The commitment to engaged scholarship at the Women’s Center assured me that these opportunities would include engaging undergraduate students in working for gender justice.

By: Abby Palko | May 30, 2018 | Palko POV

The Legal Clinic is one of the programs at the Women's Center through which interns are mentored by members of our staff in social justice advocacy work on one of several themes. Several of our staff-intern teams have developed traditions for interns to take on a additional leadership within their teams over time and we love seeing how the investment they make in doing so pays off for them and for their teams.

The sun is shining, the Corner is quiet, and the summer is finally here. Why would anyone need tips for summer time? It should be fun….right? Anytime there is a big change in your daily schedule, mental and emotional adjustments may be needed. Maybe your priority is to use the summer time for a stress break and take it easy. Or you may be focused on working and saving or gaining experience for future employment. And summer is also a popular time to travel, either for education or for enjoyment - or both. So whatever your plans are, here are some tips.

| May 06, 2018 | Tips

One Sunday in April when the trees were flowering and a cool wind blew through in advance of rain, I attended a workshop on Grounds entitled, “Learning to See One Another: Meditative Practices and Social Justice.” Eboni Bugg, the presenter, advocated the notion of an expanding self. Don’t think of yourself as a solid rainbow, she explained, but rather as droplets of water interacting with light.

By: Abby Palko | May 01, 2018 | Palko POV

Melissa Levy obtained her Ph.D. through the Curry School and became influential in creating the Youth and Social Innovation major, which she now teaches in. Levy also collaborates with the Women’s Center on the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP).

By: Hailey Ross | April 25, 2018 | Women on Grounds

This piece has been reprinted from UVA Today. You can find the original article here.


When University of Virginia alumna Sharon L. Wood was about 8 years old, her father, a civil engineer, took her to a construction site where he was working.

By: Anne Bromley | April 23, 2018 | Awards

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center is pleased to announce that Margaret Edwards, LPC, will be our new Program Director for Counseling & Wellness Services. As a counselor at the Women's Center since 2009, Margaret has provided individual and group counseling to UVA students, staff, and members of the Charlottesville community with a focus on helping clients who have experienced interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | April 23, 2018 | counseling

Your heart is racing, you’re losing sleep, your appetite is changing…is it love? Nope. It’s EXAMS! Stress is a normal reaction to an event or occasion where we need to do our best. The good news is that there are ways to manage stress so that we can function and be successful.

By: Alison Kuhn | April 13, 2018 | Tips


Rachel Most may have said it best in accepting our 2017 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award last fall: “We need to recognize one another, support each other, hold one another up, and push each other forward.”
We do just that at the Women’s Center every day. Now, we have a CHALLENGE for YOU!
Help us meet the $10,000 matching challenge offered by UVA alumna Laura Burrows (CLAS ‘78)! Support the Women’s Center during Giving to Hoos Day on Tuesday, April 10.

| April 09, 2018 |