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Office of University Community Partnerships
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 400308
Charlottesville, VA
22904-4308
Physical Address:
Booker House
1709 University Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Who Do I Call?

Academic Connections: Courses and Research
The Office of University Community Partnerships, part of the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office, seeks to connect the academic life of the University to public service. Understanding that partnerships should be mutually beneficial, the office works closely with faculty, students and community organizations to develop courses, research and service projects that engage U.Va.’s academic expertise to address real-world problems.
Megan Raymond, Director of Academic Community Engagement, meganr@virginia.edu, 924-0875


Diversity and Equity
The Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE) builds relationships with individual and institutional partners, both within and beyond the University, to embrace diversity and equity as pillars of excellence, synergize actions at all levels of the institution and cultivate inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout the community.
Marcus Martin, M.D., Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, marcusm@virginia.edu, 243-4311


East Asian Studies and Information
The East Asia Center, designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, promotes interest in East and Southeast Asia.  The center sponsors a speaker series and promotes activities to enhance knowledge about China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet. Community outreach for the East Asia Center is coordinated through the Asia Institute Outreach Program.
Rachel Stauffer, Outreach Coordinator, staufferr@virginia.edu, 982-0560


Employee Volunteers, University Services
The Office of Community Relations, part of the Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs area, seeks to bridge the University and the local community by engaging in outreach efforts with neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, area schools, area businesses, and area residents. It also encourages volunteer service by linking U.Va. employees and students to volunteer opportunities. It oversees the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, Day of Caring and Day in the Life, a program through which U.Va. students mentor and tutor area youth.
Ida Lee Wootten, Director of Community Relations, ilw2t@virginia.edu, 924-1321


Health and Medical Community Service
The U.Va. Health System's Office of Community Relations and Outreach promotes the overall wellness and health of the community. Volunteer efforts throughout the Commonwealth have reached an all-time high in assisting underserved regions.  Examples include the United Way Day of Caring, Remote Area Medical, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign and Children's Safety and Wellness.  The Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory (MERCI) Program within the Health System provides support to missionary efforts throughout the world.
Angela Taylor, Project Coordinator, adt4x@virginia.edu, 243-5862


K-12 Outreach and Partnerships
As part of its mission to improve education, the Curry School of Education applies evidence-based expertise to problems through service learning, community outreach, clinical internships, public service, and K-12 volunteer and professional activities in Virginia.
Rebecca Kneedler, Associate Dean for External Relations and Partnerships, rdk@virginia.edu, 924-6749


Landlord/Student Relations
The Off-Grounds Housing Office, sponsored by Student Council, serves as an advocate for U.Va. students with landlords.  The office works with students to address such issues as housing options, tenant/landlord conflicts and safety.
Vicki Hawes, Manager of Off-Grounds Housing, vlh4n@virginia.edu, 243-8924


Research and Innovation
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR)  seeks to stimulate and enhance research, promote intellectual property and foster interdisciplinary approaches in five areas, including healthy aging, morphogenesis and regenerative medicine, nano and quantum science and engineering, computer and information science and engineering, and environment, conservation and culture.
Lianne Landers, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, lianne@virginia.edu, 243-2196


Student Volunteers
Madison House, a student-run, non-profit organization, serves as a student volunteer center at the University of Virginia. It coordinates volunteers, develops leaders, builds community partnerships and promotes lifelong volunteer service. Madison House organizes service programs to address the needs of the community as well as the educational and personal growth objectives of students. Sustained service projects are coordinated with community partners.
Elizabeth Bass, Executive Director, elizabeth@madisonhouse.org, 977-7051


Student Engagement
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, part of the Office of the Dean of Students and the Vice President for Student Affairs, supports U.Va. fraternities and sororities, many of which have service requirements and regularly undertake volunteer service projects.
Michael Citro, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, mjc2w@virginia.edu, 924-7430

The Office of the Dean of Students, part of the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer, oversees student organizations and contracted independent organizations (student CIOs), many of which have a service mission and/or undertake service projects. Examples include Alternative Spring Break, Engineers without Borders and Pancakes for Parkinson’s.
Allen Groves, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, allengroves@virginia.edu, 924-7429

Learning in Action is a U.Va. website dedicated to connecting students, faculty and community members to academic community engagement and co-curricular service opportunities within and beyond the University.
Julie Caruccio, Director of Student Affairs Community Engagement, caruccio@virginia.edu, 924-7984


Technology Commercialization and Business Partnerships
The Office of Economic Development serves U.Va.'s faculty, students, alumni, and corporate and community partners by supporting innovation and economic growth, both within and outside the University. The office helps to educate the workforce of the future and leverages resources for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Pace Lochte, Director of Regional Business Development, pm7u@virginia.edu, 924-7566