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The Ground She Walks On: Women’s History Month x UVA

Join us as we celebrate women’s history and (borrowing from the 2021 Presidential Proclamation), “pay tribute to the trailblazers from the recent and distant past for daring to envision a future for which no past pr

Verdicts Announced and Awaited

As the first of three verdicts in trials involving racial/racialized violence has just come out (Kyle Rittenhouse's trial today, with the Charlottesville trial of the Unite the Right organizers and the trial of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery anticipated within the next few days), this is a moment to be especially attentive to community and sel

Palko POV: Telling Our Stories

We need to tell the stories that hold the greatest potential to transform UVA into a fully inclusive community and to fulfill our greatest aspirations. 

Crises in Haiti and Afghanistan

Crises of all kinds disproportionately impact the most vulnerable. And the well-being of women and children is tenuous at best in many places, especially where poverty is deepest. We at the Women’s Center are gravely concerned for those whose lives are threatened by the earthquake in Haiti and the political turmoil in Afghanistan.

Palko POV: From Challenges to Choices

Reader, I corded some of our graduating students a few weeks ago.

As I type that sentence, I have to sit for a moment to absorb the feelings the memory prompts. I’m a sympathetic crier, as Gabriella Schmidt termed it during our virtual celebration of our graduates. Like yawns or sneezes, if you cry, my eyes well up.

Reading in Hues

So much has happened since we first posted our 2020 Reading Challenge but with each month that passes, it seems even more important to us.

Palko POV: Hope

As I replaced the running shoes I got just after lockdown started with the new pair John gave me for my birthday I thought, "I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there, but I’m equally as sure that I’m too tired to look for it."

Palko POV: Joy

With 2021 well underway, we're finding ways to claim our right to joy, even as we work to create the healing that comes from justice.

Today's Verdict

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.

Palko POV: Play Like a Girl

The benefits that athletics offers women are as crucial as ever to the girls and young women discerning how to navigate our world. Pushing past limits, both physical and mental, they define new measures of success for themselves.