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It seems unlikely that any of you reading this have missed the highly contentious nature of this year’s elections. Many of my colleagues who know more about politics are writing insightful commentaries, and I defer to their political expertise as we wait for official results. 

From our vantage point at the Women’s Center, however, I do have a few observations to share:

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

In my last post I mentioned our recent work on values and promised to return to talk more about them. Given that we’re the Women’s Center, in some ways our first value, social justice, seems self-evident. But in other, crucial ways, the traumas of 2020 remind us that it bears reflecting on it. It was important for us to explicitly articulate that “we work for social justice through anti-racist and feminist approaches.” I’d like to share a series of impressions and observations to help explain why.

By: Abby Palko | October 29, 2020 | Palko POV

Name: Rachel Dadoo
Major: Economics- Pre Comm track
Year: Second

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

My first-year RA inspired me to apply to the Women's Center because she would always tell me about the amazing opportunities she had while being an intern. The women's Center is more than just a program, it's a family of incredible women who motivate and inspire each other to be the best versions of ourselves.

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

View the (re)present Exhibits Now!

View the (re)present jury selections and other submissions in our virtual gallery or the exhbit in-person in Clemons Library

| October 28, 2020 | interns

Name: Evie Galvan
Major: Women and Gender Studies, dance minor
Year: Fourth

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

I wanted to be part of a supportive community of individuals with similar goals and passions to mine.

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

The Aminé concert.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

| October 22, 2020 | interns

Name: Abeba Amenshowa
Major: Global Development Studies and Foreign Affairs
Year: Third

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

I was attracted to the welcoming environment full of diverse women who I knew I'd be able to depend on and learn from.

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

My favorite memories at UVA have all been nights I've spent kicking it at my crib with my friends and us just enjoying each other's company.

As the Body Positive team settles into our new routine of virtual weekly meetings, we have been working hard to revamp our programing to make it online friendly and welcome more voices to the table. One of the coolest things (in my opinion) about our program is that we offer a two-session group-based intervention called the Body Project to female identifying women at UVA.

By: Aisha Saeed | October 14, 2020 | Body Positive, interns

I stare at the reminder on my calendar: draft due to Leigh Ann, and the only words that come to mind are “I have no more words.” It’s time to write my next column. But it’s also time to pause and absorb the fact that we are six months into living remotely in an effort to contain a global pandemic, and over 200,000 of my fellow citizens have died in those six months.

It has been a long six months. 

There is a very good reason I feel like I have no more words – an intertwined set of very good reasons, actually.

By: Abby Palko | October 08, 2020 | Palko POV

Name: Chloe Lyda
Major: Double Major in Government and English and Double Minor in Global Sustainability and Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Year: Third Year

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

I wanted to learn how to advocate more effectively and respectfully (in terms of not speaking over those that have experiences and identities that I do not).

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

| October 08, 2020 | interns

Name: Julia Paraiso
Year: Third
Major: Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

| October 07, 2020 | Body Positive, interns