It’s been a little more than two weeks since I last checked in with you. With classes due to end next week, I hope you have managed the altered routines of this semester reasonably well.
I’m writing today to offer updates on a few subjects, and also to check in on you. As April begins, it’s still somewhat difficult to fully grasp all that has occurred over the past few weeks. I imagine you are feeling a range of emotions.
President Ryan and I want to remind all of you who live off Grounds, even if you might be at your family’s permanent home or another temporary location right now, to complete the census using your Charlottesville address.
Much has occurred in the past week since your Spring Break began. I realize you have been receiving a great many messages from the University this week, so I am going to highlight my most important points up front.
I write to follow up with additional details about imminent changes to University operations resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19, which President Ryan described in his email to all of you earlier today.
Please read the below message carefully. In advance of Spring Break, the University is urging everyone in the community not to travel internationally or to areas of the U.S. affected by the coronavirus.
UVA this month introduced four new and expanded student centers in Newcomb Hall. Since the opening, some questions have been raised regarding the scope or inclusivity of these centers and their missions.
The University provided the following statement on Feb. 12 to address these questions:
“Earlier this month the University announced the relocation and expansion of its Multicultural Student Center as part of an effort to offer a variety of spaces that embrace and support the diversity of this institution. These new spaces also included an expanded LGBTQ Center, as well as new Latinx-focused and Interfaith Centers. As UVA President Jim Ryan said at the opening of these centers, ‘I believe deeply that we need to build a community that is not just diverse, but also inclusive.’ In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community. They complement existing student-focused spaces such as the 1515 Building on the Corner, opened in March 2017, and Ern Commons in the Alderman Road residential area, opened in March 2012.”
This has been a wonderful week in UVA history. Many of you turned out at JPJ yesterday to welcome our basketball team home, and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday afternoon in Scott Stadium when the broader community comes together to celebrate our National Championship. These student-athletes and their coaches have brought honor and pride to the University, not only for their win but also for staring down adversity and embodying the meaning of “calm under pressure.”
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Tomorrow begins a significant occasion in your life as well as in the life of the University. We will officially conclude the academic year by celebrating you, our newest degree recipients, during Finals Weekend.
Late this afternoon, we were alerted to viral social media posts appearing to originate in the United Kingdom, urging acts of violence against Muslim individuals on Apri
The University of Virginia received the honor of Best in State for LGBTQ Students for 2018!
Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity - The University of Virginia supports and promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.
I begin this message with a warm welcome to our new students. We look forward to introducing you to the UVA family and all the opportunities that await you as a member of this community.
Diversity stands with integrity and academic excellence as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.
View the 2015-16 Bias Summary .pdf