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The Persian Cultural Society and Iranian Student Association co-facilitated Students for Humanity Week, a series of events from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 that raised awareness and solidarity for select green-card and visa holders impacted by President Donald Trump’s recently enacted immigration ban.
This Saturday, Habitat for Humanity at U.Va. held its annual Rake-a-Thon along with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and student-led CIOs. The event raised funds for Project 20, Habitat Charlottesville’s initiative to build twenty homes annually in Charlottesville as part of its mission to ensure affordable housing for low-income families.
Last week, members of the Disability Council — a subcommittee of the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Diversity Council within Student Council — held Disability Acceptance Week. Events aimed to educate, raise awareness and increase acceptance within the University community.
There is no doubt a degree from the University can open up countless doors to places beyond Grounds. However, for some graduates, the draw of the University is strong enough to keep them here well beyond their four years, as they return to the school as members of the faculty.
University students engaged in Hazing Prevention Week — spanning Sept. 19-23 — aiming to bring to light the harmful behavior of hazing. The U.Va. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team campaign, entitled “These Hands Don’t Haze,” gave students the opportunity to pledge their support throughout the week.
Sustained Dialogue, a student-led Contracted Independent Organization that facilitates dialogues between students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, is implementing new structural changes this year to moderate constructive conversations within the current political and social climate both at the University and even the United States at large.
The student-led “Worker Voices of UVA” exhibit was showcased at OpenGrounds April 22 with a two-fold mission — to highlight the experiences of University employees who ensure the school operates every day and to illuminate the unpleasant truths about working and living in Charlottesville.
Associate Prof. Mark Sherriff in the Computer Science Engineering Department was recently awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s 2016 Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching Award. Sherriff will be recognized in June in Atlanta for his contributions to the field through innovating, teaching and committing increasing diversity in computer science programs.
Nationally recognized scholarships like the Truman and Rhodes programs not only connote prestige but also provide students unparalleled opportunities to seek academic and professional pursuits. However, with highly competitive applicant pools and time-consuming essays, maintaining a positive perspective and preparing thoroughly ensure the process is a worthwhile experience regardless of whether or not the student wins the grant.
This past Wednesday, Deafness Education & Awareness for Students at U.Va. held an American Sign Language workshop at OpenGrounds. The event provided background on deaf culture, basics in fingerspelling and signs related to the upcoming holidays.
The student-led project “21st Century Citizens Initiative” presented the outcomes of their first venture titled “The Winneba Project” and discussed future endeavors Thursday.
The Native American Student Union and Astronomy professor Ed Murphy came together this past Wednesday to put on the first Native American Stories of Night Sky at the McCormick Observatory.
The excitement of fourth year often dwindles when the pressure of solidifying post-graduate plans reaches its peak. This semester, the pilot course professional and strategic career development offers fourth years the opportunity pave their post-grad paths.
Fourth-year Architecture student Ashley Blackwell’s passion for social justice has led her to pursue work on a host of equity issues within the University and Charlottesville communities over the past few years.
Like many University students, third-year Engineering student Matthew Baron and fourth-year College student Mirenda Gwin balance various extracurricular activities with demanding schoolwork. However, Baron and Gwin are unique in their roles as student teachers. Through the Cavalier Education Program, these students instruct a course for their peers, combining academic interests with a passion for teaching.
Second-year College students Hartini Lestari, Pooja Ranganathan and Lexi Schubert are promoting the professional and personal growth of women through Enactus — a business CIO working to solve Charlottesville’s social and economic problems.
After finding limited success with popular dating apps like Tinder, second-year College student Joshua Choi took matters into his own hands — developing the mobile app Pear, which launches in the Apple and Android stores this week. The app, Choi said, relies on users’ natural inclination to play matchmaker with their friends.
The U.Va. chapter of Campus Kitchen held Turkeypalooza - an annual event that provides Thanksgiving meals to low-income families in the Charlottesville community - this past weekend.
CIO Connections — a branch of University Program Council — held its annual Culturefest Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, featuring a multitude of cultural dances, food and activities.
Grassroots activism is a powerful tool to raise awareness in communities near and far. The efforts of ONE@UVA — a bipartisan contracted independent organization working to tackle poverty and preventable disease in Africa — have produced tangible results in the federal political arena.