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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:

By: Abby Palko | January 28, 2021 | Palko POV, Awards

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.

By: Abby Palko | January 12, 2021 | interns, counseling

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.

By: Abby Palko | December 04, 2020 | Palko POV

Name: Sibel Al-Barzinji
Major: Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies
Year: Fourth-Year

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?
Ilhan Omar.

We’re entering the last full week of classes in perhaps the weirdest and most stressful semester of our college careers! While going home for the next two months might be a relief for some, the holiday season can be stressful for many, including me. Maybe you’re getting ready to face some judgmental family members, you’re nervous about a dramatic change in your routine, or you’re worried about the indulgent foods, desserts, and drinks that inevitably come with holiday celebrations… or maybe it’s a combination of all three and more.

| November 15, 2020 | Body Positive, interns

Name: Alyssa Candelmo
Major: Foreign Affairs, Minor in Psychology
Year: Fourth

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

I joined the Women’s Center to not only make a positive impact on the lives of my fellow students, but also to serve the Charlottesville community as a whole.

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

| November 12, 2020 | legal-clinic, interns

When trying to create a Body Positive atmosphere within our relationships, one area where we can potentially send messages that uphold societal standards and expectations is how we show love and praise to others.

If our only compliments to our friends and loved ones are based on their appearance, we inadvertently send the message that one’s value lies in their appearance. In addition, if we compliment someone on losing weight or appearing thinner, we uphold messages that glorify thinness as an ideal body type or goal. 

Name: Samantha Owens
Major: American Government
Year: Fourth

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

I saw the booth at orientation and knew it was something I wanted to be involved in eventually.

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

A class trip I had to the Special Collections Library where we traced the history of writing through the items they have there.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

| November 05, 2020 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

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