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Public Service and Community Engagement Offices

Diversity and Equity
The Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE) builds relationships with individual and institutional partners, both within and beyond the University, to embrace diversity and equity as pillars of excellence, synergize actions at all levels of the institution, and cultivate inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout the community.

Marcus Martin, M.D., Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, marcusm@virginia.edu, 243-4311

East Asian Studies and Information
The East Asia Center, designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, promotes interest in East and Southeast Asia.  The center sponsors a speaker series and promotes activities to enhance knowledge about China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet. Community outreach for the East Asia Center is coordinated through the Asia Institute Outreach Program.

Rachel Stauffer, Outreach Coordinator, staufferr@virginia.edu, 982-0560

Employee Volunteers, University Services
The Office of Community Relations, part of the Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs area, seeks to bridge the University and the local community by engaging in outreach efforts with neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, area schools, area businesses and area residents. It also encourages volunteer service by linking U.Va. employees and students to volunteer opportunities. It oversees the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, Day of Caring and Day in the Life, a program through which U.Va. students mentor and tutor area youth.

Ida Lee Wootten, Director of Community Relations, ilw2t@virginia.edu, 924-1321

Health and Medical Community Service
UVA Health System's Office of Community Relations and Outreach promotes the overall wellness and health of the community. Multiple volunteer efforts throughout the Commonwealth have reached an all time high in serving underserved regions.  Participation from staff and students of UVA has also reached an all-time high. Examples include the United Way Day of Caring, Remote Area Medical, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign and Children's Safety & Wellness within Virginia.  The Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory (MERCI) Program within the Health System provides support to missionary efforts throughout the world.

Angela Taylor, Project Coordinator, adt4x@virginia.edu, 243-5862

K-12 Outreach and Partnerships
As part of its mission to improve education, the Curry School of Education applies evidence-based expertise to problems through service learning, community outreach, clinical internships, public service, and K-12 volunteer and professional activities in Virginia.

Rebecca Kneedler, Associate Dean for External Relations and Partnerships, rdk@virginia.edu, 924-6749

Landlord/Student Relations
Off-Grounds Housing Office, sponsored by Student Council, serves as an advocate for U.Va. students with landlords.  The office works with students to address such issues as housing options, tenant/landlord conflicts and safety.

Vicki Hawes, Manager of Off-Grounds Housing, vlh4n@virginia.edu, 243-8924

Research and Innovation
U.Va. Innovation is a new initiative providing guidance and services supporting the University of Virginia’s strategic partnerships, entrepreneurial networks, new ventures and technology commercialization. This initiative brings together several of the University’s key offices and programs — including the Patent Foundation (now the Licensing & Ventures Group), the Office of Economic Development and the T100 start-up mentoring program (now Venture Forward) — to create expanded opportunities for University innovators, entrepreneurs and partners to excel.

Lianne Landers, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, lianne@virginia.edu, 243-2196

Student Volunteers
Madison House, a student-run, non-profit organization, serves as a student volunteer center at the University of Virginia. It coordinates volunteers, develops leaders, builds community partnerships and promotes lifelong volunteer service. Madison House organizes service programs to address the needs of the community as well as the educational and personal growth objectives of students. Sustained service projects are coordinated with community partners.

Melissa Young, Executive Director, myoung@madisonhouse.org, 977-7051

Student Engagement
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, part of the Office of the Dean of Students and the Vice President for Student Affairs, supports U.Va. fraternities and sororities, many of which have service requirements and regularly undertake volunteer service projects.

Michael Citro, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, mjc2w@virginia.edu, 924-7430

The Office of the Dean of Students, and part of the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer, oversees the student organizations and contracted independent organizations (student CIOs), many of which have a service mission and/or undertake service projects. Examples include Alternative Spring Break, Engineers without Borders and Pancakes for Parkinson’s.

Allen Groves, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, allengroves@virginia.edu, 924-7429

Learning in Action is a U.Va. website dedicated to connecting students, faculty and community members to academic community engagement and co-curricular service opportunities within and beyond the University.

Julie Caruccio, Director of Student Affairs Community Engagement, caruccio@virginia.edu, 924-7984

Technology Commercialization and Business Partnerships
The Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across U.Va.’s eleven schools and multiple research centers.  We are leading university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. 

Cheryl Wagner, Executive Coordinator to the Vice President of Research, cheryl-vpr@virginia.edu, 243-1100

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