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More visions of the University's future
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More visions of the University's future

Last month, we asked the U.Va. community the following question: What is your vision, your wildest dream for the University of Virginia in the next century, the new millennium? Here are a few more of the responses we received.

I hope that the University will be more encouraging of human diversity in the years ahead. As a lesbian faculty member, I especially hope that the University will become a more welcoming place for lesbian, gay and bisexual faculty, staff and students. Steps in this direction could be taken by providing more formal coursework relevant to sexual orientation, establishing a center for the study of issues related to sexual orientation, providing benefits to families of lesbian and gay faculty and staff that are equal to those now enjoyed by the families of other employees, and in many other ways. If an environment can be created that better acknowledges our common humanity, even while exploring differences between us, the University and all of us who work and study here will benefit.
Charlotte Patterson
Psychology professor

My dreams for U.Va. include the establishment of a Master of Fine Arts program in visual arts, a 2,000-seat concert hall, and to house these, architecture that is free of Palladian references, but that is motivated by a love of form-space poetics. My dream for U.Va. is the realization of the idea that unity is achieved through diversity.
John Wallace-Smith
Property accounting specialist

Quietly billions upon billions of dollars will be raised, but nobody will talk about it. It won't be on page one or page 20. It will be thought vulgar, a faux pas, and a violation of rectitude, of corporate strategy, of Judeo-Christian-Mammonist ethics, to plop one's name on or in a building. In Virginia, savoir-faire briefly emerges. ("In a building" has in mind mainly the recent desecration of window sills and cornice in Old Cabell Hall lobby.)
Charles Vandersee
Associate professor of English

My wildest dream is for the establishment of "The Thomas Jefferson Graduate School of Politics as Public Service. If there were an abundance of persons truly qualified for political office across the whole spectrum of political positions, for the parties to encourage, support, and endorse, then triumph of the unqualified -- while not barred -- would be rare. Gilbert S. Bahn
Member of the University's Cornerstone Society
Moorpark, Calif.

I would like to see The University of Virginia abandon its (semi) professional athletics program.
Homer C. Waits
A friend of the University
Columbia, Va.

In the 20th century the University took large steps to overcome embedded traditions of racial and gender inequality. Early in this new century, a further democratization will take place, as thousands of University employees demand the dignity and equality that is their birthright. An $8 living wage is but the first step.

We must build a powerful, democratic, multi-racial set of trade unions in order to banish the fear and insure the welfare of all those who now endure the condescension, insecurity, and low wages of University work. Housekeepers, cafeteria workers, and secretaries need a loud, clear, collective voice, but so too do librarians, nurses, medical technicians, and graduate teaching assistants. The faculty, always attentive to the moral dimension of their vocation, will undoubtedly support this new birth of freedom and citizenship. As for those in the upper reaches of U.Va. administration, many will find their services unneeded. Like the steel mill straw boss, the plantation overseer, and the Jim Crow sheriff, their jobs will vanish.
Nelson Lichtenstein
History professor
Labor Action Group


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