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Fontaine retired from her dean position July 31 and is co-editing a book with colleagues while on sabbatical this year. (Photo by Jane Haley)

If there is one word that captures Dorrie Fontaine’s contributions to the University of Virginia, its School of Nursing and her leadership, it would be “compassion.”

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Student Spotlight: Aidan Houser

My mentor's impact on me, has made it a goal of mine to positively impact others in a similar manner.

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Student Spotlight: Gabby Ringer

Leadership is having conviction in the things you are doing and making sure everyone in your group feels heard and empowered.

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Free Legal Clinic

December 11, 2019

The Women's Center Free Legal Clinic is staffed by local attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. The Clinic is designed to provide general legal counseling and information about legal options.

An appointment is required.  You can schedule an appointment one of three ways:


Poe's Office Hours

December 13, 2019

Stop by the Women’s Center to spend some time with our therapy dog, Poe! Poe is a six-year-old Goldendoodle, certified as a Canine Good Citizen and trained as a Psychiatric Service dog. You can find Poe and his owner, Cathy Erickson, in the lower level lounge of the Women’s Center during his office hours. Take a break from studying and come by for pets, snuggles, and refreshments!


Morgan Jerkins-Community MLK Celebration

January 27, 2020

Roxane Gay calls Morgan Jerkins “a writer to be reckoned with.” Jerkins is the author of This Will Be My Undoing - Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. She is also an associate editor at Catapult whose work has been featured in The New YorkerVogue, the New York TimesThe AtlanticElleRolling StoneLenny, and BuzzFeed, among many others. 

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