Despite unexpected obstacles and challenges throughout the past year, the Student Council Community Engagement Committee has been hard at work. The committee aims to develop the relationship between the University and the broader Charlottesville community through new and continuing initiatives.
Public Service Week, March 15–19, 2021, is an event series highlighting UVA’s ongoing contributions to public outreach programming, community-engaged teaching, and public impact research, all at the heart of the University’s “great and good” mission.
Hoos Connected brings together small groups of first-years or transfer students for weekly meetings to participate in fun activities and have real discussions that go beneath the surface level. Joining a Hoos Connected group is a great way to get settled in and move beyond the basic questions with people you might have never even met otherwise!
Can mentoring and tutoring programs still make an impact during a pandemic? These local nonprofits have shown that they can. Although their work looks different this fall, these organizations have found creative ways to continue making a difference in the Charlottesville community.
At the University of Virginia, we pride ourselves on being an elite university that prepares its students to serve the public. Madison House, hundreds of CIOs, and various NGOs in and around the University are full of students looking to serve, and there is a lot of good service, too. However, there is a component to public service that is necessary but often forgotten: humility.
Perennials for Patients is an organization started by nursing student Reanna Panagides. The organization seeks to build a sustainable, student-run flower garden that will provide flowers to patients at the UVA Hospital.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Snaps of Service photo contest! These photos are now on display in a special exhibit in the Upper West Oval Room of the Rotunda for the remainder of the year. Photographs were selected as representative of the various public service work in which University students engage throughout the year—from Alternative Spring Break trips to volunteering with Madison House programs to community-based research projects abroad—we are excited to showcase and celebrate the partnerships between the University, the local community, and beyond.
Community has become even more significant as we get used to the new normal of Zoom meetings and social distancing to protect ourselves, loved ones, and those around us. You might not think of the Career Center as a place to find and expand your community, but it is integral to our mission which is to help you discover and pursue a meaningful life. To do this, we believe you need the company of those who can expand your thinking and ideas of what careers look like. Our team cares deeply about your career goals and seeks to help you connect with other students, faculty, alumni, and employers who can support your discovery.
Community Engagement Curricular Coordinator Ellen Blackmon writes about challenges to community engagement this semester and how faculty and staff have been working overtime to sustain community engagement courses in the new virtual environment.
This week is bittersweet, as we say farewell to our outstanding communications intern, Xara Davies, and congratulate her as she graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences in the Department of English Distinguished Majors Program. Xara joined the UVA Public Service team in the fall of her second year and has planned and contributed to a number of projects and initiatives during her time in this role. Xara was eager to grow and learn new skills throughout the course of her internship and to contribute to public service communications in new and meaningful ways, which in turn allowed us to expand our efforts and opportunities to form connections between the University and the local community.