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Day of Dialogue

September 24th, 2010

Students, faculty and staff joined together for a day devoted to dialogue about community-building, violence prevention and best practices surrounding safety on the Grounds and beyond.

Next Step Toward a Caring Community

Dear Members of the University Community:

The 2010 Day of Dialogue was an extraordinary day in the life of the University community – a day for us to begin a sustained effort to build a more caring, compassionate community.

I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who took time from busy schedules to participate in the day's events, especially in the very difficult discussions that unfolded during concurrent dialogue sessions. More than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members came together in these candid discussions about our responsibilities to each other and to our community.

In my opening remarks I asked that we set aside our reluctance to face difficult matters head-on and that we acknowledge that we live in a community that represents many different perspectives on violence, abuse, and death. Some of us have only experienced these things from a distance; some have witnessed them first-hand; and some have been victims of violence or abuse. I was gratified to observe the care and respect that everyone involved showed for one another throughout the day. Read More.

September 26, 2010 -- The University of Virginia took what President Teresa Sullivan called the "first step toward building a more caring community" through Friday's Day of Dialogue. It was a day dedicated to expressions of mourning, connection and hope and to the exchange of ideas, thoughts and feelings through discussions and the arts.

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