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Every year, parents are invited to Grounds for Family Weekend, offering them the chance to experience the daily life their child has built at the University. In celebration of Family Weekend, the Women's Center Body Positive intern team invites students and their visiting family members to join Women's Center staff and interns in an interactive conversation about what it means to create a body positive environment.  

Get to know Social Media Marketing Team intern, Jieru Shi!
Year: 2nd
Major: Pre-Comm and Foreign Affairs
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
| October 30, 2017 | interns
Get to know Women, Girls & Global Justice intern, Augusta Durham
Year: 3rd 
Major: Double major in Global Development Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality and a minor in African American Studies.
Hometown: Reston, Virginia
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
| October 23, 2017 | women-girls-and-global-justice, interns
Get to know Women, Girls & Global Justice intern, Seshi Konu!
Year: 2nd
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center? 
The idea of community and being able to engage with women in the Charlottesville community as well as worldwide.
| October 16, 2017 | women-girls-and-global-justice, interns

To the Alumni of the University of Virginia

We write to you as alumni with a message and a request that we hope you will support.

The last several years have seen thousands of students launch and fulfill dreams at the University, much as we did. Yet there has also been a significant amount of turmoil. Many of us scattered around the country and the world have watched and read about the cultural and historical issues that are challenging students and the larger community of Charlottesville, Virginia. One of these issues is sexual violence -- which no one condones.

Tell us about the professional path that’s brought you where you are – completely planned, surprisingly organic or somewhere in between?

When I  was in high school applying to college, I was dead-set on being a politics major. Government was my favorite AP class, and I couldn’t wait to be 18 to cast my vote. When I got to UVA, I thought I wanted to be a journalist. By the end of my college experience, I found the middle ground that somewhat bridges the two - public policy.

By: Mary Esselman | October 09, 2017 | Alum Spotlight
Get to know Felicity Martin, an intern with the Body Positive team!
Year: 4th
Major: Foreign Affairs (& Philosophy Minor!)
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA (Charlottesville feels way more like home!)
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
| October 09, 2017 | Body Positive, interns

In a former life, I taught middle school for eight years. Four in a public school in a small industrial town south of Trenton, and four in a private school in Princeton. (I joke that eight years is three times as long as we make students stay in middle school.)

But the reality was that I loved working with this age group. They ask hard questions and expect honest answers. And they taught me so much about structural inequalities in our country.

By: Abby Palko | October 04, 2017 | Palko POV

At the start of every fall semester, our Big and Little Brothers head to the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course to kick off their year together. In the Men's Leadership Project, UVA undergraduate men serve as big brothers to local middle school boys, building strong, respectful relationships that help them both grow as leaders in their schools, communities, and families.

| October 02, 2017 | mens-leadership-project

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center takes a trauma-informed approach to our work to support survivors of sexual assault and everyone in the community impacted by it. As our colleagues in EOCR/Title IX review the interim guidance issued today, we encourage students with questions or concerns to reach out for assistance. We also stand with all of our students working to create a respect culture on Grounds and across the world.

By: Women's Center | September 22, 2017 | counseling