Community Matters is a weekly dinner series on Tuesdays where students and community members have the opportunity to join together for fellowship and discussion of issues relevant to the community. Now, the series is virtual! You can join via this Zoom.
Madison House is incredibly excited about their newly funded Engaged Learning Initiative. With generous support from the UVA Parents Fund and The Jefferson Trust, the Community-Engaged Learning and Leadership Initiative will support faculty who want to utilize Madison House programs for community-engaged course service placements.
Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) brings people of varying ages together with horses for a fun, rewarding experience designed to help both children and adults with disabilities improve their physical, mental, and emotional skills and well-being. CART is currently in need of drivers! Read on for more information and to register.
Join the Public Service Programming Board on February 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. for an opportunity to have all of your service funding-related questions answered! PSPB is hosting a cookies and cocoa event where you can drop in, grab a snack, and chat about the process with the team. The event will be held in the Programs and Council space (PAC) on the first floor of Newcomb.
From the moment I stepped foot on Grounds, I knew that I wanted to use my education to empower and give back to the Latinx community that raised me. I wanted my education to mean more than just a pathway to a good job; I wanted to learn how to make a true impact in my community. Dissatisfied with academic discussions that talked about issues that my community back home faced like case studies through an emotionless, objective, and depoliticized lens, I began to question how exactly my education alone was going to give me a critical lens in which to view the issues I was passionate about.
Third-year Sofia Chen spent this past summer in Manhattan, New York, as a Business Development Analyst for 24/7 Teach. Last spring, Sofia was awarded a Parents Fund Internship Grant, which is intended to provide funds that support students who have secured unpaid public service internships. This is Sofia's first reflection from her time working at 24/7 Teach, and you can read more about her experiences this summer on the UVA Career Center website.
For anyone interested in seeing the many spring 2020 classes that offer an entry into community-based learning, they can explore the Civic and Community Engagement subcategory on Lou’s List. Take a look at the course descriptions or search for classes taught by some of UVA’s engaged faculty members who continue to work in the pursuit of the "great and good."
The Public Service Programming Board (PSPB) is housed within the Office of the Dean of Students and provides grant funding for student-led public service, civic engagement, and service learning initiatives. Through my time on the PSPB, I’ve had the opportunity to engage with different stakeholders throughout the University and greater Charlottesville community and learn about the many community-engaged initiatives UVA students take part in.
Camp Kesem is a free, weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Throughout the year, we fundraise, hang out with our campers and families, and plan reunions. The goal of Camp Kesem is to bring magic to families in Virginia that are affected by cancer and support our campers both during camp and all year round! This past year, we served 154 kids, ranging from the age of six to 18, hosted two reunions, fundraised over $110,000, and had an absolute blast doing it.
Alan and Sarah McLucas graduated from the Curry School of Education in 2016 with their Masters in Teaching, and a focus in special education. Alan also received a Bachelors Degree in History, and Sarah, in Cognitive Science. They were married in 2016 and taught Special Education in Charlottesville before deciding to move to Zambia, Africa, to use their skills in working with an organization called Special Hope Network. Special Hope Network works to create a world for kids with intellectual disabilities by training parents on how to care for their children with unique needs. Special Hope Network is about to celebrate 10 years of impacting the Lusaka community by changing the narrative on intellectual disabilities, and empowering communities to embrace and create space for every child and person!