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University of Virginia

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
190 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Phone
(434) 924-0311
School Information
"In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry. More than two centuries later, this vision is thriving. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good." "The University of Virginia encompasses twelve schools in Charlottesville, as well as the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia. Not including the College at Wise, the University employs nearly 30,000 people, including approximately 16,000 faculty and staff, and approximately 12,000 Health System employees." (Source: https://www.virginia.edu/aboutuva) (Source: https://www.virginia.edu/facts)
General Information
UVA has taken several initiatives to support anti-racism on campus. The university administrators will be factoring "equity" into admissions and hiring practices. Anti-racist education will be required for all UVA community members, although the exact form is not yet clear. The task force formed by UVA has allocated $950 million towards racial justice initiatives, although where the money will be spent is unclear. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • University administrators will be implementing an “Equity” scorecard in admissions and hiring practices.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Anti-Racist Education will be required for all members of the UVA Community
Program and Research Funding
  • Task force allocated $950 million towards racial justice initiatives.
  • "A new UVA initiative, funded by a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will create a broad, interdisciplinary undergraduate program on 'Race, Place and Equity' while partly funding 30 post-doctoral fellows and three faculty members, expanding UVA’s academic strengths in teaching about racial equity and democracy."
Resources
  • In February 2021, the University launched a new VIVA Anti-Racism webinar series to discuss equity, racism, and “acknowledge the existence of systemic racism and oppression in library practices.”
  • On April 21, 2021, the UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted a session of the Racial Equity Speaker Series featuring a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • University administrators will be launching the “Grounds for All” campaign to rename symbols on campus, as well as creating new ones to commemorate “the lived experience of historically underrepresented groups at UVA”.
Last updated October 25th, 2022
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