Dark Skies, Bright Kids (DSBK) is led primarily by astronomy graduate students at UVA. Their goal is to expose children to the fun side of science and astronomy by launching rockets, providing planetarium tours (in a portable planetarium!), making comets, and many other hands-on activities.
The Women’s Center is a place for UVA students to access a wide variety of resources and opportunities – to find what they need to thrive and to give back. Come see us on the Corner to access all of these features of the Women’s Center during our regular hours: quiet and comfortable spaces for studying or meetings, meditation space, satellite location of the on-Grounds food pantry system, books that students can borrow or take, and more.
Challah for Hunger’s primary mission is to increase awareness and raise funds to fight food insecurity both locally and nationally. CfH’s national organization was founded in 2004 and was established at UVA in 2011. In the 11 years since, CfH at UVA has raised over $100,000 and donated 100% of its proceeds to both the Blue Ridge Food Bank, Mazon, and Swipe Out Hunger.
Interested in making an impact on the world? Leave your lasting influence on non-profits and public service organizations in healthcare, education, sustainability, the arts, and more. Since 2005, the Parents Fund has supported 22 students a year in their pursuit of meaningful lives. Parents Fund and Sustainability Internship Grants (PFIG) are awarded in the spring of each academic year and are intended to provide funds that support students who have secured unpaid public service internships.
Over the past few years, Student Engagement has been listening to the concerns of our CIO officers and has been working to create a new place to ease their daily efforts. Thus, Hoos Involved was created. Hoos Involved, a name created and chosen by our students through a naming contest, is UVA’s newest CIO platform.
DeVon Christopher Wade is a program coordinator for Student Engagement in the division of Student Affairs. DeVon has a background in working for nonprofit organizations and has recently returned to working in higher ed. We asked DeVon a few questions about his past experiences, what led him to his career path, and what advice he would give to students.
The food system today is both complex and central – engaging all aspects of our world and economy. The VFSLI summer course recognizes this complexity by bringing together faculty and students from different disciplines and different universities – UVA, Virginia Tech, George Mason, James Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth University – as well as guest speakers from the grassroots food system – in a unique learning experience.
Reflecting back on the night, there are countless aspects of the show that I am proud of. This year, in partnership with Cville Solar Project, Sun Tribe, and UVA Facilities Management, the LOTL lightshow was entirely solar powered. We all worked together to assemble solar panels on the Rotunda that would be used to generate the power for this year’s extended lightshow – almost 25 minutes in duration.
Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) provides one-on-one, confidential tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults living or working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This service is provided by compassionate and enthusiastic volunteer tutors. Read on to hear more about the program and how you can get involved.
Student Affairs has welcomed four new fellows to various roles across the division. These recent graduates work to develop programs and support students in Multicultural Student Services, Orientation and New Student Programs, and Student Engagement. Learn more about the fellows and their motivations for returning to serve the University community.