University of Virginia
Signatory: Thomas C. Katsouleas, Executive Vice President & Provost
Joined: November 2015
Contact: Archie Holmes, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
The University has committed to a range of projects and research, especially through the Curry School of Education and in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences:
- In the Curry School of Education’s Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, associate professor Joanna Lee Williams, a 2014 William T. Grant Scholar, led an October conference “Youth of Color Matter.”
- UVA’s Young Women Leaders Program, which since its inception in 1997 has served more than 1,000 middle school girls and trained more than 1,000 college mentors, has also led to new programs at other universities and colleges in the U.S. and in several international locations, including Cameroon, Ethiopia and Mozambique. Led by Curry School professor and clinical psychologist Edith “Winx” Lawrence and Program Director Jaronda Miller-Bryant at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the program uses a curriculum developed and based on UVA research.
- The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, directed by Alice Griffin Professor of English Deborah McDowell, has supported significant work in this area, including the “Black Girls Matter” symposium on Nov. 12 as part of its “Engaging Race” series.
Vice Provost Maurie McInnis*
*Dr. McInnis assumed the position of Provost at University of Texas at Austin in July 2016
“UVA supports research addressing the lives and experiences of women and girls of color because we know that making this research available, present and visible changes the academic landscape.”read more
The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather an interdisciplinary network of scholars to frame the emerging field of black girl history.read more
“We’ve now identified a national problem: what’s happening to women and girls of color. UVA will be one of the initial signing institutions, having pledged well in excess of $1 million over the next five years devoted to research on women and girls of color. In fact, we already do an enormous amount in this area.”read more
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