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Spend your day exploring international student research, local community engagement, the world of innovative entrepreneurship, and more during UVa's biannual public service conference, Innovation in Public Service.

Discussions will address topics such as:

  • utilizing what is taught in our classrooms while abroad;
  • bridging the gap between students and the local community;
  • becoming more engaged in the public service scene.

The Innovation in Public Service Conference is a partner of TEDxUVA, which will take place the previous weekend, Feb. 22. The conference is ideal for those who are inspired by the TEDx event and wish to increase their community engagement. Opportunities for domestic and international public service will be presented through a series of speakers and panelists.


(Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

12 - 12:30 p.m.

Check-In and Refreshments

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Keynote and Opening Speaker: Bob Swap
Professor, Environmental Sciences

1:15 - 2:10 p.m.

Student Panel: International Service
Katie Thompson, CLAS
Ali Aslam, SEAS
Cameron Elward, SEAS

Moderator: Mallory Combemale, CLAS
Kaleidoscope Room

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Social Entrepreneurship Speaker: Toan Nguyen
Co-founder and CEO of C’ville Central
Co-founder and board member of the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC)
Co-founder and CEO of C'ville Coffee

3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

Community Partner Panel: "Do's and Don'ts"
Graham Scharf
Rebecca Hightower
Dolly Joseph, Computers4Kids
Harriet Kuhr, International Rescue Committee
Colleen Keller, PACEM

Moderator: Jessica Snyder, United Way Thomas Jefferson Area
Kaleidoscope Room

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Coffee Break and Networking
Resource Fair

5 - 6:15 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Workshop

Jefferson Rounds

In the week leading up to the conference, several Lawn residents have generously opened their rooms to host Jefferson Rounds. These events form a series of interesting discussions aimed at prompting meaningful conversations that anticipate and enrich the rest of the conference.

Feb. 24, 5 p.m.

A Home Away From Home: A Discussion on the Refugee Community
Sara Almousa

Feb. 25, 2 p.m.

A Frank Discussion of a Student's Desire to Help in a Dire Humanitarian and Political Crisis: North Korean Refugees
Jenni Jung

Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

How Does Verse Help Envision and Activate Social Change?
Liz Bickley

Feb. 26, 12 p.m.

Obligations of Health Care Providers
Tristan Jones

Feb. 26, 3 p.m.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Colleen Gallagher

Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m.

Crossing the Border or Crossing the Line: Is It Better to Serve Domestically or Abroad?
Frances Russell and Caroline Trezza

Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Is Charity Public Service?
Will Warren

Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

Seditious Acts: Criticism and Service
Charlie Tyson

Feb. 27, 5 p.m.

What is a University?
Adam Campbell

Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

The Art of Public Service
Conor Sheehey

Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Minority Status on the Lawn
Daniel Artin

Feb. 28, 4 p.m.

The Gap Yah Phenomenon
Kaz Komolafe

Flash Seminars

Flash seminars are partnering with the conference the month following the event to extend the conversation. These one-time classes will feature exciting topics that react and respond to the world around us and incorporate themes discovered throughout the public service conference. In the interest of bringing people together in small, informal settings to explore ideas and issues outside the formal classroom, flash seminars are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Are you inspired by TEDxUVA? Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to the Innovation in Public Service Conference and continue the dialogue.