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Year: 4th Year

Major: Political Philosophy, Policy & Law

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I knew some students in years above me who loved their time interning with the Women's Center! I was eager to have the same enriching and impactful experience that they did.

| April 22, 2021 | legal-clinic, interns

At the Women's Center, we hold the family of George Floyd, especially his daughter, in our thoughts tonight. We recognize that this trial has further traumatized the witnesses who testified. The Women's Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those who have suffered from the racism that still exists in our society.

By: Abby Palko | April 20, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Year: 2022
Major: Philosophy; Women and Gender Studies; Minor in Studio Art

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
It sounded like a cool organization that I really wanted to be a part of and I wanted to be able to help with the work they were doing!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Getting to act in Hauntings for Brown! Y'all should totally come by if we have it next year!

| April 15, 2021 | mens-leadership-project, interns

The Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and honors the life of Daunte Wright, the 20-year old man who was shot and killed by a police officer outside of Minneapolis on April 11. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all.

By: Abby Palko | April 14, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

Year: 2021
Major: Chemistry and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I've been here for 3 years now and originally, I was really interested in getting involved with survivor support work again. I've stayed because I love the community and the people I get to work with.

| April 01, 2021 | engaged scholarship, interns

Hi everyone! As the month of March comes to a close, here are some body positive affirmations you can use to round out the month and look onward to April. I like to use a new affirmation each day, repeating it five times in the morning and five times at night. I hope these affirmations bring you some peace and light.

  1. I am perfect, complete, and whole just the way I am.
  2. My body is worthy of love and respect.
  3. I am allowed to take up space.
  4. I love my body as it is today.
  5. My body radiates beauty and kindness.
By: Julia Paraiso | March 25, 2021 | Body Positive

Year: 2023
Major: Undecided

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
I saw the Women's Center booth at the student activities fair my first year and immediately knew that I wanted to get involved!

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
Going to Lighting of the Lawn with my friends first-year is probably one of my favorite UVA memories. There was something so surreal about the moment -- I couldn't believe my first semester at UVA was already coming to an end.

| March 25, 2021 | interns

We think often of our interns in the Class 2020 and were delighted when a recent update from Maddie Fleischmann assured us that she's not only faring well but remembering here time at the Women's Center just as fondly as we do. Earlier this month, International Women's Day put Maddie in mind of how much she enjoyed working with other interns to celebrate the same day on Grounds in 2019. 

Major: Biology & Foreign Affairs
Year: Fourth Year

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?
There's something really special about the people at the Women's Center. Each person has a riveting perspective to bring, analyzes societal implications so deliberately, and fights hard for change. I wanted to work alongside those individuals, as well as channel my usual rants into actual and productive action.

In the wake of the shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta on Tuesday evening, the Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Asian American community and honors the lives of those killed. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all. Among the many painful elements of the coronavirus pandemic is the rise in racialized violence against Asian Americans, and we denounce this violence.

By: Abby Palko | March 18, 2021 | Palko POV, counseling

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