Lt. Col. Geraldo Peralta, the new commander of the Army ROTC program at the University of Virginia, is not a stranger to Charlottesville, or to teaching. 

Peralta, a former instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, has visited Charlottesville often as a bicycle racer.

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After months of quarantines, cancellations and social distancing, the pandemic has disrupted countless connections. But it has forged some new ones as well.

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In a virtual town hall on Monday evening, University of Virginia leaders spoke with community members from Charlottesville and surrounding areas and answered their questions about the upcoming fall semester.  

To start, UVA President Jim Ryan acknowledged the close ties between UVA and the surrounding Charlottesville and regional community, ties that have become even more important during this pandemic.

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In the hours before New York City emergency physician Dr. Lorna Breen took her own life in April – after months of days-long shifts, swarms of sick coronavirus patients, tragic deaths of patients in hospital hallways and waiting rooms, and deprived of sleep for at least a week – a terrifying thought consumed her:

Would she lose her job, her medical license, and be ostracized by colleagues for acknowledging she was struggling and needed help?

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The University of Virginia’s Racial Equity Task Force today released its report, titled “Audacious Future: Commitment Required,” outlining 12 key initiatives to improve racial equity at UVA.

UVA President Jim Ryan established the task force June 3 amid nationwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, a string of other traumatizing cases of police brutality and racism and ongoing discontent with race relations in the country, as well as discussions about UVA’s history of racial inequity.

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Three years after the violent “Unite the Right” white supremacist rallies at the University of Virginia and in downtown Charlottesville on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, a panel of religious leaders who are racial justice activists will talk about what inspired them to hold the counter-protest that Saturday and the work that continues during these unprecedented times.

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In a virtual town hall Friday morning, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan and his leadership team answered questions from students, faculty and staff and covered a variety of topics related to the approaching fall semester.

Ryan opened the meeting by thanking students, faculty and staff for their hard work and cooperation thus far, and acknowledging the challenges ahead.

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To help keep Charlottesville and the surrounding area safe, UVA Health is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Health, Thomas Jefferson Health District and community partners to offer four free COVID-19 testing events each week.

“We are proud to help expand COVID-19 testing in the Charlottesville community and our region as part of a plan to keep our community safe,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs. “By offering expanded weekly testing we hope to detect the virus early so that we can minimize the likelihood of spread.”

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Words made famous by the late tennis great Arthur Ashe.

But for former University of Virginia football player Ian-Yates Cunningham, they are much more than that.

Cunningham was a second cousin of Ashe, and as a young boy grew up with many of the values that the pioneering tennis great championed.

Right at the heart of everything is the well-known quote.

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The University of Virginia will host a virtual town hall for community members Monday to discuss plans and answer questions about the fall semester.

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This summer, University of Virginia student leaders have been working hard to create a safe and welcoming environment as the University prepares to begin the fall semester amid a global pandemic.

A video, released this week, is one piece of a new student-to-student message campaign with the hashtag “#YOUva,” designed to urge everyone to take seriously their personal responsibility to keep Grounds safe while also enjoying the fall semester.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference released updated 2020 football schedules for its member institutions today. The University of Virginia’s revised slate features 11 regular-season games, including six home games.

Starting times and television broadcast information for all contests will be announced at a later date.

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The socioeconomic gap between Black Americans and non-Black Americans hasn’t changed considerably in a half-century, fueling assertions that many social institutions disproportionately exclude Blacks and are structurally racist, Hamilton Lombard said.

Lombard, a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, recently explored why the income gap between Black Virginians and other Virginians exists. In a new report, he examines a wide range of factors, including education.

UVA Today caught up with Lombard to hear about his findings.

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On Friday, the University of Virginia will host a virtual town hall for students, faculty and staff to discuss plans and answer questions about the fall semester.

The virtual town hall will be held on Zoom at 11 a.m. EST. President Jim Ryan, Provost Liz Magill, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. K. Craig Kent, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis, Director of Hospital Epidemiology Dr. Costi Sifri and Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Patricia Lampkin will lead the discussion and a moderated Q&A.

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Dr. Jeffrey Young just spent a week of his summer in California, but he wasn’t on vacation.

Young, a University of Virginia alumnus and a trauma surgeon at UVA Health, traveled there with a team of medical professionals organized through the National Disaster Medical Service Trauma Critical Care Team to help treat COVID-19 patients at overflowing hospitals.

Young and his team spent eight days at El Centro Regional Hospital in Imperial County treating patients and running an exceptionally overwhelmed intensive care unit. The team had its work cut out for it.

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A new, personal health assessment phone app and web-based program, “HOOS Health Check,” will become available Monday for use by the University of Virginia community. Students, faculty and staff members will be required to use the app to check for symptoms related to COVID-19 every day that they plan to be on Grounds.

HOOS Health Check is one of many components to the University’s plan to safely return students and employees to Grounds for the fall semester.

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Undergraduate students at the University of Virginia have a big decision to make in the coming days: to stay at their current residence and take courses online or opt for in-person instruction on Grounds.

Either way, this fall semester promises to be quite different from more typical UVA academic semesters.

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On Dec. 7, 1990, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings opened his broadcast with a revelation: After four months of sheltering in the U.S. embassy in Kuwait following Iraq’s invasion, the few remaining American diplomats there were preparing to return to the United States.

The United States had decided to close the embassy, which had been surrounded by Iraqi troops, saying that with most U.S. citizens having escaped the overrun country, American’s diplomatic mission was complete.

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The South, the U.S. region with the most HIV infections each year, also has the greatest barriers to obtaining drugs that can prevent the disease for people who rely on Affordable Care Act insurance plans, research reveals.

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The University of Virginia has awarded research grants to five groups of students who are applying their academic skills to solve real-world problems, domestically and internationally.

The groups received funding from the University’s Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grants, designed to foster collaboration between students and a community partner to identify an issue or problem, propose research questions, and develop methods for collecting and analyzing data to address the issue.

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