May 2nd, 2013
On Wednesday morning, May 1, many of us awoke to find two slurs painted on Beta Bridge, a public space that has served for so many years as a place to promote this special, inclusive community. These slurs, targeting our African-American and LGBTQ students, are repugnant to our shared values at the University. We should rightly condemn them.
When I was first made aware of the slurs yesterday morning, I immediately directed my staff in Student Activities to do two things: repaint the bridge so that the slurs would have a very short time within which they were visible, and begin an investigation in an attempt to determine who might be responsible for painting them. Although we must remain mindful that some ugly or repugnant speech may be constitutionally protected and thus outside our ability to sanction, that does not preclude us from making a firm statement of condemnation in response.
We should also be mindful of several things regarding the timing and possible motivations of the person or persons who did this. We do not know if they were students, or if it was an individual acting alone or in concert with a few others. Given the timing of the act, coming as students face the pressure of final examinations, I suspect that it was designed to cause distress and anxiety in certain student communities at a critical juncture. I also suspect that it was intended to drive a wedge between members of our community, given the attempt to attribute it to a fraternal organization on Grounds. We must maintain a clear perspective and not let the acts of one or a few cowards painting two slurs in the cover of darkness create anxiety, mistrust or discord in what each of us knows is a welcoming, supportive and vibrantly diverse University community of 21,000 students and many thousands of faculty, staff and Charlottesville neighbors. Our message needs to remain that excellence is the sole standard for membership in the University community, and a diverse population that reflects the world in which our students will work and live after college is the best environment within which to learn while here.
Please know that the University’s commitment to these shared values remains unshaken and firm.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students
February 11th, 2013
Why Love is Love?
The Love is Love campaign is a celebration of love that is meant to create greater social awareness at the University of Virginia and beyond. The power of its message is found in its simplicity. It is a message that can span all communities. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and community-affiliation, true, committed relationships between adults are founded in love. All relationships are equal. All love is equal. Love is Love. It’s not about what it looks like; it’s about how it feels.
The Love is Love campaign is scheduled for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a holiday that often overlooks members of the LGBTQ community through heterosexist traditions, advertising, and greeting cards. It is also designed to help correct the common misconception that same-sex partnerships and relationships are simply based on sex and sexual attraction with no real feeling or emotion involved. It is meant to represent progress from the past and remind us of how far we still have to go.
It’s a simple message, but one that bears great meaning. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties. Just because it looks differently, doesn’t mean it feels differently or should be treated differently. In the end, LOVE IS LOVE.
Show Some LOVE. Pick up a Shirt in the LGBT Resource Center (Newcomb 435) from 2/11-2/14.
Wear your shirt on February 14th!
February 6th, 2013
January 28, 2013
To Whom It May Concern:
The Committee to select an individual to live in the Augustus Silliman “Gus” Blagden, III, Room 15 West Lawn, is soliciting nominations from the University community. The Committee is looking for an undergraduate student in their fourth year of study at the University. The Scott family, who endowed the room in 1968, characterized the desired recipient as someone who:
• Selflessly commits their time to serving the University community;
• Maintains good moral character;
• Conducts themselves according to a high standard;
• Displays genuine concern and care for fellow students;
• May be distinguished by academic merit (but need not be);
• May be in a recognized position of leadership (but need not be); and
• Carries these fine qualities with the utmost humility.
Gus was a student at the University in the early 1960’s. During these years, he was beloved and admired throughout the University community. Gene Corrigan, past athletic director at Virginia, knew Gus very well. He wrote that “Gus was a very average student and a mediocre athlete, at best, but was so well respected by his teammates that they chose him to be co-captain of the 1963 Lacrosse Team. He was, above all, a kind, generous and gentle person.” Gus died only a few years after graduation, but he had so affected the people with whom he had contact that this room was endowed and dedicated to his honor.
Nominations for the Gus Blagden room should include a letter describing the characteristics and qualities of the nominee that make them worthy of this high honor. All members of the University community are invited to make nominations. Please include any personal stories that shed light on the character of the individual. Letters of nomination must be at least 250 words and should not exceed 500 words. Letters must be sent electronically as a Word attachment and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Nominations must meet the above criteria or they will not be accepted. These letters carry an especially heavy weight as they will be the starting point of consideration for all nominees.
Virginia Moore, on behalf of the
Gus Blagden Selection Committee
January 23rd, 2013
Thursday, February 7th from 6-7:30
The University is pleased to welcome for this event two national experts on the issue of sexual violence on college campuses. Gina Maisto Smith, JD, an expert in university policy related to sexual misconduct, and Dorothy Edwards, PhD, expert in prevention of gender violence, will lead a public conversation about ending gender violence at the University. What is a Community of Trust? A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at UVA will provide a unique opportunity to participate in a discussion of how the University can be a national leader in ending gender violence. All members of the University and greater community are invited to attend. Opening remarks by President Teresa Sullivan.
January 16th, 2013
A Public Talk Featuring:
Former Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, and author of All Our Relations (1999), Recovering the Sacred (2005), and the Militarization of Indian Country (2011).
A Public Talk at the Harrison Institute at UVa’s Small Special Collections Library
Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 5:30 pm.
Open to all.
Hosted by Brown Residential College’s Visiting Environmental Writers and Scholars Series.
November 26th, 2012
Applications are now available to live on the Lawn. Learn more here.
November 13th, 2012
Engage in critical thought about the state of the Hispanic/Latino student experience at UVA
- Dive more into the community; work with the Office of the Dean of Students to analyze trends and suggest new programming and improvements to current services and learn about the field of Student Affairs while becoming more engaged.
- See details in the application (.docx)
- Due on Friday November 30th.
October 10th, 2012
Monroe Hall 124
Wednesday, October 17 – 5:30 PM (dinner provided!)
Join us for an extremely informative panel featuring representatives from Study Abroad, Summer Session and J term offices, as well as our resident expert on study abroad funding from Student Financial Services. Come learn about the breadth of opportunities and the various ways that you can fund them. Even if you are not planning to study abroad until later in your career here, it is never too early to start planning. There will be plenty of time for Q & A as well, so come prepared with all of your questions. As always, free dinner will be provided. RSVP HERE so that we can plan accordingly for food!