Someone else’s shoes
Increasing awareness of disability is an element
of a diverse University
Photo by Michael Bailey
able-bodied” is how one disabled person describes
normal, healthy individuals, because disabilities can affect
anyone at any stage of life.
By Anne Bromley
A U.Va. doctoral student, who is blind, tutors student-athletes
in mathematics. A computer programmer in a wheelchair takes
his service dog to work with him in Alderman Library. An
English professor, who is deaf, teaches American Sign Language
and American literature with an interpreter. A student with
diabetes brings to classes an unfamiliar machine that sounds
like a beeper,
but is an automatic insulin pump on which her life depends.
These and other faculty members, students and co-workers live
daily with the particular challenges of a disability, but
larger University community, many are only minimally aware
of the issues these individuals face. Full
Raven Society turns 100
By Matt Kelly
Raven Society members — those Poe aficionados who exemplify the University’s
best in academic achievement and service — have pondered “many a
quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” over the past 100 years.
celebrate, they had a party. The Ravens, who now number
around 4,000, held their centenary banquet
March 20 at Memorial Gymnasium, with pre- and
receptions at Alumni Hall. Full story.
Fraser answers the call
By Charlotte Crystal
Fraser attended a conference in California last summer
for women of color in academic leadership.
It was a small group of about three dozen women — African-American,
Asian-American, Native-American — who held jobs ranging from
department chairs and deans to provosts and university presidents. For several
days, the women discussed institutional leadership and the ways in which their
roles as path-breakers
shaped their views of leadership. Full story.