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As students return to the University for another year, many are grappling with the recent Supreme Court ruling which has changed the landscape of college admissions for the foreseeable future. In light of the decision, students hope the University will continue to actively reaffirm their dedication to building a supportive and inclusive community on Grounds for individuals of all identities.
Members from various Native American nations across Virginia, including the Monacan, Powhatan and Chickahominy tribes, gathered together to celebrate their Indigenous cultures at the University Saturday. A thundering drum performance from the Red Clay Singers signaled the beginning of the Powwow. Performers adorned in traditional regalia dispersed throughout the Amphitheater and danced along to the powerful rhythm. The Native American Student Association’s Powwow put Virginia’s Indigenous communities on center stage with a remarkable show of pride and solidarity.
The contagious joy and excitement were palpable in the intricately transformed Newcomb Ballroom, as around 200 students, parents and community members gathered to celebrate and take part in East African culture — embracing the rich heritage of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.
Over the past few months, students at the University have witnessed Grounds come alive in a semester comparable to pre-pandemic years, due to the removal of many COVID-19 restrictions starting last spring. University operations, club meetings and many more hallmarks of undergraduate life have resumed in-person with full force, providing students opportunities to connect across Grounds and enrich their lives outside of the classroom.
The early morning air was crisp this Saturday as runners took their marks on McCormick Road to participate in the 31st annual 4th Year 5k, a longstanding and beloved University tradition presented by the Peer Health Educators.
Finding a sense of belonging and community is an integral part of the college experience. For first-generation students, this goal can be especially difficult to achieve as they venture into unfamiliar territory. To create a scaffold of support that addresses the specific needs of first-generation students at the University level, the Department of Student Affairs has a fully staffed office dedicated to the Hoos First Program, which organizes events like Hoos First Week in celebration and recognition of the first-generation community at the University.
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