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Using data from the 2010 census, the University of Virginia’s Wheldon Cooper Center for Public Service has created an extensively detailed map of the United States which shows, on a remarkably granular level, the country’s ethnic and racial diversity.
The mapping technique was developed by the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to provide a visual representation of how some cities and neighborhoods are divided.
When my school failed to make adequate yearly progress, we began a partnership with experts at the University of Virginia. This partnership supported the leadership team at my school, helping them dig deep to understand and act on student data. These school leaders then helped teachers like me institute stronger teaching practices to support of all of our learners.
“I do think that ultimately outreach is going to be what is most important for all of us,” said Teresa A. Sullivan, the president of the University of Virginia. “We’ve identified 80 high schools in Virginia that we’re paying particular attention to.”
Visitors walk on the lawn in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Tuesday. Thomas Jefferson presented his plans for the Rotunda to the board of visitors in 1821 and it was still under construction, plagued with delays and problems, when Jefferson died in 1826. It is now undergoing a $42.5 million renovation.
Children from Central Virginia saw history come to life in Newcomb Hall on Thursday when the University of Virginia Center for Politics hosted re-enactors of some of the lesser known, but still important, political figures of Virginia’s history.
When the Rev. William Gibbons died in 1886, 10,000 people attended his funeral in Washington. A second service in Charlottesville stopped traffic and commerce as throngs of mourners from the black community rushed to the Baptist church. Gibbons and his wife lived and died at a time of great change, from slavery – they were owned by professors at the University of Virginia — to emancipation, to leadership and great renown. Now U-Va. is telling their stories, and naming a new dorm in their honor, as the university delves into the darker side of its storied past.
The first of several new capitals was installed on the north side of University of Virginia's Rotunda on Tuesday afternoon. The 6,000-pound capitals sit on top of the historical structure's columns.
Archaeologists at Monticello are digging, sifting and sorting in search of the original foundation for Thomas Jefferson's Stone Stable. Researchers need to have a clear understanding of what the building looked like in President Jefferson's time before they can begin to restore it. As part of a six-week summer course through the Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School, students are excavating five-foot units. UVA archaeologists say they're working to make the landscape of slavery more visible and understandable.
A group of 25 young leaders from Africa gathered at the University of Virginia’s Garrett Hall on Monday to kick off a six-week training program that aims to help them change the world for the better. The university is one of a handful of institutions hosting African nonprofit leaders, political advocates, journalists and government officials — mostly between the ages of 25 and 35 — for training in leadership, political action and civic engagement.
Twenty-five African fellows are in Charlottesville learning how to become the leaders of tomorrow. The fellows are emerging leaders participating in the second year of the Africa Initiative, a program created by President Barack Obama, aimed at helping a highly select group of African men and women gain a skill set necessary to return to their home countries and make a difference.
The University of Virginia has announced that David S. Wilkes will be the next dean of its School of Medicine. He will begin his duties on September 15.
A dorm opening at the University of Virginia this fall will be named for Isabella and William Gibbons, a former slave couple who lived at the university in the 19th century. While other colleges are refusing to rename buildings named after white supremacists, UVA is actively working to address the university's role in slavery and oppression.