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Day of Dialogue Action Items

Dialogue Across U.Va.: Faculty Staff and Students Explore Power and Identity on Grounds

Faculty, Staff, and Students have been collaborating in an initiative to launch faculty/staff/student dialogue groups for the spring semester. Following the structure of the student led group "Sustained Dialogue", interested participants will join dialogue groups that meet regularly throughout the semester. These groups, open to all University community members, will pick up conversations started at Day of Dialogue and sustain them for an entire semester. At the end of dialogue, participants will document salient themes, concerns, and project proposals in an effort to provide concrete ideas for forward action. Participants will also be encouraged to participate, with their dialogue groups, in a service learning project of their choosing on the President's Inauguration/Day of Service this spring.

Get more information, download: Dialogue Across UVA Info and Registration (PDF)

A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at U.Va.

Gina Maisto Smith, an attorney and expert in university policy related to sexual misconduct, and Dorothy Edwards, an expert in prevention of gender violence, visited U.Va. on Feb. 7, 2013, and led an open conversation about ending gender violence at the University. President Teresa Sullivan and Honor Committee Chair Stephen Nash provided opening remarks. An overflow audience, consisting of students, faculty, staff and members of the larger Charlottesville community, filled Ern Commons for the event. View the video stream.

Let's Get Grounded Coalition

The Let's Get Grounded student-run initiative is intended to combat the social norm of bystander behavior—that is, to encourage and empower students, faculty and staff to recognize, react and respect at the University of Virginia.

If you are interested in hosting a Get Grounded: Step Up! Training session, please visit the Get Grounded Web page for more information and to sign up Each training will last approximately 90 minutes. The first half of the presentation focuses on bystander behavior and the steps to follow for a successful bystander intervention. The second half focuses on application of these steps, where the group will discuss scenarios related to bystander behavior.