PHEW! What a year! I think 2020 was the year of being in my body. I don’t think I have ever been stretched, forced into feelings of vulnerability and attuned to the intersectional ways my body lives in the world more than I was this past year. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. I am happy to find myself back in this space with you all as we ring in the new year and new semester. Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope that this year is Just & Kind to everybody and every body.
Here in Charlottesville, the violence at the US Capitol in early January was especially painful to watch, challenging beyond what our usual messages about self-care could address. In the more than three years since August 11-12, 2017, we have seen so many of you engaged in working for equity and justice, and we know that seeing lessons not learned more widely since then makes this work more daunting.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption
we feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter.
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
from “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman
Last January, I had the joy of welcoming many of you to JPJ for our annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, where alumna Jennifer Langton was honored for her athletic accomplishments on UVA’s lacrosse team and her off-the-field contributions to the NFL as Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Innovation.
In my welcome, I shared a little-known personal fact:
January is Stalking Awareness Month, in which across the United States people and organizations raise awareness about the prevalence of stalking. Stalking, both in person and online, is a series of unwanted actions by a person towards someone else that makes the survivor feel afraid.
This January, students on our Gender Violence and Social Change team put together this infographic to share facts about what stalking is, what your options are if you or someone you know is being stalked, and resources that are available to those who are being stalked.
Here in Charlottesville, the violence at the US Capitol last week was especially painful to watch, challenging beyond what our usual messages about self-care can address. In the more than three years since August 11-12, 2017, we have seen so many of you engaged in working for equity and justice, and we know that seeing lessons not learned more widely since then makes this work more daunting.
YWLP offers young women a variety of ways to be involved with mentoring during their UVA years – and Claire Buckholz has served in ALL of them. Most students in YWLP serve as Big Sisters who mentor local middle school girls. Some of them return for another year in the program as mentoring group facilitators for a group of Big and Little Sisters. Others shift to supporting the program on the YWLP intern team working closely with our staff.
Calendar pages keep flipping, moving us closer to the end of 2020. The trees have released all but the most tenacious leaves, and one morning soon, we will wake up to winter, the fourth season of our coronavirus world. One thing I know for sure is that 2020 will not end the way we might have imagined when it began.
INTERN with Us in 2021-22
Internship applications for 2021-2022 closed on March 1, except for our Speaking in Hues podcast team which will continue to accept applications. Contact Jaronda Miller-Bryant for up to date information.
Name: Sibel Al-Barzinji
Major: Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies
1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
I wanted to work with a group that uplifts marginalized communities and raises awareness on issues that matter!
2. What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Any day that has involved basking in the sun on the lawn.
3. Who is a woman that inspires you?