Even an institution as historic as the University of Virginia, now entering its third century, has stories yet to be told. Some are inspiring, while the truths of others are painful, but necessary for a fuller accounting of the past.

The University’s President’s Commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation were established to find and tell those stories. Here are some of them, written by those who did the research.

These are stories of discrimination and oppression. And they are stories of inspiration and determination. Together, they contribute to the University’s efforts to explore and present a more complete account of its past so that it can better fulfill its values in the future. 

Published as a series on UVA Today, the stories are written by faculty authors and by researchers who serve as members of the Commission on Segregation, or who conducted research as part of the commission’s work. 

Established in 2018 at the direction of then-President Teresa A. Sullivan and supported by current President Jim Ryan, the commission complements the findings and recommendations of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, which concluded its formal work last year.

The series resumes this month. Check back for additional installments.

The final story in a series about the findings of the President’s Commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation. This installment examines efforts emerging from a UVA-based center to advance school integration.
This installment in the series examines the various ways the University and Charlottesville were embroiled in a momentous clash to end racially segregated education in Virginia.
This installment in the series examines the history of employment discrimination at the UVA Hospital – and how Black employees confronted and changed it.
This installment in the series examines the effects of gentrification in Charlottesville linked to rapid growth and redevelopment in the city and at the University.
This installment in an occasional series examines the experiences of Asians and Asian Americans at UVA and more broadly in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries.
One in an occasional series about the findings of the President’s Commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation. This installment examines the gathering momentum, and conflict, for change in the 1950s.
One in an occasional series about the findings of the president’s commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation. This installment examines the false narratives of statues, including the George Rogers Clark statue.
One in an occasional series about the findings of the President’s Commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation. This installment explores the origins and rise of eugenics.