August 26, 2011 — Madison House and the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy are offering opportunities to learn more about the local community beyond Grounds with a new program called "Cville 101."
To be held daily from 4:30 to 6 p.m. from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in the Garrett Hall Great Room, the program will feature speakers from organizations with whom U.Va. has made connections through Madison House, the Jefferson Public Citizens Program and other community partnerships. The events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Paul Martin, who coordinates community engagement programs for the Batten School, said the events are geared toward students and others who are new to the University.
"U.Va.'s students are very involved in volunteering, and we want to help them be more informed and learn from people who've been working on these issues for years," he said.
Elizabeth Bass, director of Madison House, the independent volunteer clearinghouse for University students, said they hope to replicate the program in the spring or future semesters with different topic areas, issues and speakers, to be more all-inclusive of the entire community.
"This is just a first pass, a snapshot of Charlottesville," she said.
Topics and Speakers
• Monday: Housing and Homelessness
Speakers: Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris; Jen Jacobs, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program; and Kaki Dimock, Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for Homelessness
• Tuesday: Youth Development
Speakers: James Pierce, Boys & Girls Club; Guian McKee, Charlottesville School Board; and Erica Lloyd, I Have a Dream Foundation
• Wednesday: Refugee Resettlement and Migrant Communities
Speakers: Harriet Kuhr, International Rescue Committee; Tim Freilich, Legal Aid Justice Center; and Sharon Root, Albemarle County Adult, Homeless and Migrant Education
• Thursday: Creating a Sustainable Community: Food, Homes, Transit
Speakers: Chris Murray and Judy Berger, Jefferson Area Board of Aging; Summer Frederick, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission's Livability Project
For information, call Madison House at 434-977-7051.