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The Multicultural Student Center began its “Pathways” series Wednesday afternoon, inviting Alex Cintron, a fourth-year College student and Student Council President, to speak on his journey with representation.
James Forman Jr. — an author, scholar and Yale Law School professor — spoke about the myths and history of black criminality in America at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville Thursday evening.
The Latinx Student Alliance is organizing events on Grounds for students, faculty and the Charlottesville community from now until mid-October to recognize and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
A new organization on Grounds is pushing for inclusive sexual education inclusive of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Hoos for Inclusive Sexual Education, created by second-year College student Hunter Wagenaar, will advocate for more comprehensive sexual education on the local, state and federal levels.
U.Va. Students United hosted its first “Disorientation” event for the year last Tuesday evening in Maury Hall, titled “The Propaganda Machine,” bringing in roughly 80 students, faculty and Charlottesville residents to Maury Hall to describe a brief history of activism at the University. The event featured A.D. Carson, assistant professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, as a guest speaker to discuss his experience facing institutional racism in higher education.
Members of the University Board of Visitors approved the demolition of University Hall and other athletic buildings during an executive meeting in the Rotunda Friday afternoon.
The Board of Trustees of the Sky Alland Scholarship has selected third-year Commerce student Kate McGinn as this year’s recipient. This prestigious scholarship recognizes rising fourth-year students who have shown humility, devotion to the University and a capacity for leadership during their years in college. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for the next academic year.
The College Republicans hosted former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore to speak with students and faculty Monday night in Nau Hall. Gilmore talked about the influence of “leftist” ideas within America as well as his struggles of being a conservative student during his time as a student at the University.
The University’s Student Council held its inauguration ceremony in the Rotunda Friday to swear in officers elected by the student body in February and reflect upon the past Student Council term.
Angela Davis, a women’s and civil rights activist and author of several books such as “Women, Culture and Politics,” spoke about diversity, equality and justice at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville Tuesday as a part of the ongoing Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The Miller Center for Public Affairs hosted a panel conversation on “Power in the age of populism” with author Bruce Katz Friday. The conversation focused largely on the concept of power cities, or cities comprised of innovative ideas and financial sustainability.
Several hundred students, faculty and Charlottesville residents assembled in Old Cabell Hall to hear from Michelle Alexander, the New York Times best-selling author of “The New Jim Crow” Tuesday. The event was hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a part of the Excellence through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series.
TEDxUVA will host its annual conference at the Rotunda for the first time Saturday and will include several presentations on a wide variety of subjects by alumni speakers and guests. The theme of this year’s conference is “5 Seconds of Courage.” The event will be open to students and the University community.
Political organizations University Democrats and College Republicans endorsed a bill advocating for ranked choice voting — where voters rank candidates by order of preference — in local elections statewide. Two pieces of legislation in favor of ranked choice voting, HB553 and HB932, have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. HB553 was tabled Friday and HB932 will be voted on Monday.
The Echols Scholar Program hosted a town hall meeting last week to discuss new plans for the program during spring semester.
The day before classes of the spring semester, the University Guide Service moved from its historic office of many years, Pavilion VIII, to the Media Activities Center, located in the Lower Level of Newcomb Hall.
A chapter of the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom is claiming that the University violated constitutional rights and state law as a result of the group being denied official recognition as a Contracted Independent Organization.
White nationalist Christopher Cantwell was released from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail Dec. 7 on a $25,000 bond. With his release, Cantwell is ordered to wear a monitoring device at all times and is restrained from possessing any kind of firearm.
The University Judiciary Committee held its last meeting of the semester Sunday night and gathered to hear a presentation on hazing education and prevention by the Positive Organizations Expectations program.
As students are in the process of selecting their courses for next semester, a popular class that has already filled for the spring is a Religious Studies course that requires students to volunteer with the refugee community in Charlottesville. The course, titled “The Passover Haggadah,” is listed under the RELJ designation in the Student Information System and focuses on practices in Judaism aiming to address the role of being a community of outsiders.