Dear Members of the Darden Community,


While December is more commonly known for holidays such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, it also contains several dates of significance related to human rights and freedom.  Universal Human Rights Day is December 10th.  In 1948 the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an historic document that codified the fundamental conditions for human thriving and dignity.  This year the theme for Universal Human Rights Day is Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All.  December closes with Watch Night, commemorating New Years Eve of 1862 when free and enslaved African Americans gathered to await the new year, and with it the commencement of the emancipation proclamation.  It is fitting that the end of the calendar year allows us to meditate on the poignancy of those freedoms, and the work to sustain and appreciate them.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

  • Article 1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights


In whatever ways you rest, reset, reconnect, and reinvigorate,  we hope it provides a chance for reflection,  an opportunity for reinvention and renewal, and that you feel connected in that spirit of brotherhood.


Be well,

The Darden Diversity Team



December Commemorations and Observances


Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance – December 7

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – December 8

Bodhi Day – December 8

Human Rights Day – December 10

Hannukah – December 18 – December 26

Sacagawea Day – December 20

Christmas – December 25

Kwanzaa – December 26 – Jan.1

Watch Night – December 31




Report a Barrier on Grounds – Utilize this form to identify barriers to access across Grounds – blocked access ramps, inaccessible website, etc.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights – full text and articles of UN Declaration of Human Rights

Student Disability Access Center – SDAC provides academic accommodations support services and advocacy throughout the UVA Community



Upcoming Events and Trainings

I Felt That; Microaggression and Its Impact

Thursday,  12.15,  12:30pm – 1:45pm EST

This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions. Additionally, this presentation will provide examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and the impact it has on individuals. This workshop will also provide participants with an approach on how to defend themselves from microaggressions using the R.A.V.E.N. method. This method is useful in confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations. If you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata at Offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


One to 100 Campaign

Darden’s Healthcare Club, Outreach Committee, and Section A are partnering to raise funds for RIP Medical Debt a national nonprofit that uses money raised from fundraising campaigns to buy medical debt from the secondary debt market and forgive that debt. The campaign focuses on forgiving medical debt from Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Consider donating using the following link:

Please contact Syed Shehab for any questions.


Women’s Center Holiday Market

Monday, 12.12 1:00pm -5:00pm EST

Plan to take a break from work or studying, enjoy some coffee or cocoa, and complete your holiday shopping! We will be welcoming multiple woman-owned small businesses from the Charlottesville community. Shop for style essentials, beauty products, gourmet goodies and more right here on Grounds and support local  entrepreneurs. 1-5pm!

Faculty Women of Color Healing Hour

Tuesday, 12.13 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Don’t forget to register for the final Healing Hour of year on Tuesday December 13th at 12PM EST. This virtual Healing Hour event will be facilitated by Dr. Michelle Jacob, founder of Anahuy Mentoring. Anahuy Mentoring examines Indigenous Methodologies more broadly –to encompass Indigenous ways of knowing and being, especially as shared through stories, to inspire hope and love. This approach honors Yakama traditions that expect us each to be strong individuals, so that we may contribute to an even stronger collective.

Charlottesville Women in Technology Social and Give Back

Thursday, 12.15, 5:30PM -7:00pm EST

Network with members of the Charlottesville Women in Technology and take an opportunity  to donate to sister organization Tech-Girls

World Cup Final Viewing Party

Sunday, 12.18.  10:00am -12:00pm EST

Location: Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room

Come watch the World Cup 2022 Final in Newcomb Hall’s South Meeting Room! There will be food/refreshments available. This event is supported by the Office of Vice Provost for Global Affairs, the International Studies Office, Student Affairs, and the International Student Citizen Leaders Fellowship. Registrations are not required. Drop in/stay as you please. 


What We’re Reading/Watching/Listening To

Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion

On November 8, 2022, Ella Washington lead a live, interactive HBR webinar focused on how organizations can make real progress on equity and inclusion. Based on her years of experience as a DEI leader in multiple industries she discussed The requirements for a truly inclusive workplace, A framework for determining where your organization is on its journey, Real-world stories of companies that have made that necessary journey.

India Sims Can Do Everything You Can Do – Just Sitting Down

The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development.  India Sim’s first hand experience of being overlooked and experiencing discrimination while trying to put down roots in her community underscores why that theme is so powerfully resonant today.

Fishing With Dynamite

How can businesses do more than pursue short-term, easy profits at the expense of employees, customers, suppliers, and communities? Featuring R. Edward Freeman, Bethany McLean, Arthur C. Brooks, Jeff Cherry, and more, diverse leaders and thinkers chart a course forward for responsible business in the 21st century.