For Diversity Leads By Example
May 7, 2003 --
Quiet 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, isn’t 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 Governor’s School in Science and Technology, he chose
has been active in the University Democrats and the Black Student
Alliance and has practiced with the women’s basketball team,
an experience he described as “unique and phenomenal.”
year he has lived on the Lawn and served as the student representative
on the U.Va. Board of Visitors. At the board’s April meeting,
which was Lovelace’s final, board members gave him a standing
ovation for his work with the group.
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. “I’ve been challenged
intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, and it has helped me
in trying to become a better person,” he said.
he believes the University’s responses to recent events will
improve the diversity climate on the institutional level, he said
changing behavior is up to each person.
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 University community to work together to fight racism
and “channel emotions into productive actions.” It is
a call he himself is still following. Lovelace plans to attend U.Va.’s
School of Law this fall, and his hopes are eventually to work on
improving public education policy.
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857