Advocate for diversity leads
by Andrew Shurtleff
Timothy Lovelace Jr. (at podium) spoke at a vigil held this
winter. He challenged the University to channel emotions
into productive actions to fight racism. Lovelace was
the student member of the Board of Visitors this year.
By Anne Bromley
by nature, H. Timothy Lovelace knows there are times to stand
up and let your voice be heard.
the University community struggled after a racially motivated
attack against another student was reported earlier this year,
Lovelace told students, faculty and staff at a Feb. 26 meeting
that silence about race relations ends up being apathy.
however, isnt limited to race, and Lovelace has been involved
in a variety of activities over his four years at U.Va. Although
he considered majoring in engineering, having attended the Roanoke
Valley Governors School in Science and Technology, he chose
has been active in the University Democrats and the Black
Student Alliance and has practiced with the womens basketball
team, an experience he described as unique and phenomenal.
year he has lived on the Lawn and served as student representative
on the U.Va. Board of Visitors.
At the boards April meeting, which was Lovelaces final,
board members gave him a standing ovation for his work with the
board sought to include me in discussions, even outside of student
affairs. They treated me as a peer. It speaks to their character.
said he is grateful for the support friends and administrators
have given him, including board members. Ive been
challenged intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, and it
has helped me in trying to become a better person, he said.
he believes U.Va.s responses to recent events will improve
the diversity climate on the institutional level, he said changing
behavior is up to each person.
People need to understand that racial hatred and injustice
are moral problems, he said at the February meeting.
minorities may not be considered part of the mainstream culture
and society, being marginalized can cause them to question their
own identity. He has experienced the subtle and not-so-subtle
moments where latent racism surfaces like finding himself
the only African American in a discussion and being looked to
as a spokesman for his race, like walking alone at night and seeing
another lone walker clutch her pocketbook as he approaches.
challenged the U.Va. community to work together to fight racism
and channel emotions into productive actions. It is
a call he is still following. Lovelace will attend U.Va.s
of Law this fall and hopes eventually to work on improving
public education policy.