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Conference kicks off year-long self-study of U.Va. community

Commitment, Honor, Challenge
Feb. 18-19, 2000
Symposium & Workshop

Staff Report

The University is launching a year-long initiative to deepen understanding of diversity and foster new ways of responding to the changing needs of its community.

The year of introspection and study will kick off with a symposium and workshop this month. The symposium, "Charting Diversity: Commitment, Honor, Challenge," which is free and open to the public, will be held Feb. 18 in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. A related workshop will be held on Grounds Feb. 19.

In recent years, public universities around the country have been grappling with legal attacks on their affirmative action admissions policies, policies put in place as part of an effort to rectify past racial discrimination, particularly against African Americans.

The admissions policy is just one of several challenges that U.Va. faces as it strives to reflect an increasingly diverse country and an increasingly integrated global economy, according to conference organizers.

"During the last three decades the University of Virginia has witnessed a marked diversification in all its various sectors," said University President John T. Casteen III. "Diversity is an issue that has received ongoing scrutiny and we have been challenged to do better.

"The symposium and workshop on diversity come at a critical juncture in our history," Casteen said. "Across the country, institutions of higher learning face challenges to traditional means of achieving diversity. Launching this year of self-study, the symposium seeks to discover ways to meet those challenges and to set the stage for continued discussions across Grounds. We expect these discussions will lead to an academic landscape that reflects the rich diversity of our country." Full story.

Stephanie Gross

Research park planned for Blue Ridge Hospital site

By Rebecca Arrington

The University plans to develop a research park on its Blue Ridge Hospital property, at the foot of Monticello Mountain. Legislation introduced at the General Assembly last month would lay the groundwork.

U.Va. will transfer the property, just south of Interstate 64 and east of Route 20, to its real estate foundation. The foundation also plans to lease 32 acres of the 159-acre parcel to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation for a new Monticello tourism and visitors center, according to the bill, introduced by Del. John H. Rust (R-Fairfax) at the request of Gov. James S. Gilmore III. Del. Mitch Van Yahres (D-Charlottesville) and Del. Paul Harris (R-Albemarle) are co-sponsoring the legislation.

Plans for the new research park, a "high priority" of the University's, are preliminary, said Tim Rose, chief executive officer of the U.Va. Foundation. The existing buildings at Blue Ridge would be demolished, except for three that have historic significance, Rose said. However, there is no cost estimate, timetable or name for the project as yet. Full story.

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