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UVA Reflection Conversation Schedule, August 12, 2017

On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the University is offering a day of events displaying its commitment to mutual respect and inclusion. Faculty and staff will facilitate discussions on constitutional rights and citizenship; community dynamics and polarization; local history; and other related topics, all…

By Martin Davidson-
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Understanding the Context for the Unite the Right Rally: A Summary

Earlier in 2017, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to rename Lee and Jackson parks in downtown Charlottesville to Emancipation and Justice parks, respectively. The vote came following a previous decision to remove statues of Confederate Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.Many communities are debating…

By Martin Davidson-
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Recap of the July 10 Community Conversation

Dear Darden Faculty, Staff and Students:On Monday, July 10, the Darden community in Charlottesville convened to discuss the experience and impact of the July 8 rally in Charlottesville by the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). As many of you know, the event transpired fairly peacefully with 50 KKK members rallying…

By Martin Davidson-
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Invitation to a Community Conversation for July 10, 2017

To: Faculty, Staff and StudentsSubject: Invitation to a Community ConversationMessage From Dean Scott Beardsley and Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer Martin DavidsonDear Darden Faculty, Staff and Students:At Darden, we strive to build and sustain a resilient, diverse and inclusive community. From time to…

By Martin Davidson-
Democracy, Diversity, Solidarity

Beyond Heated Conversation….

During the past few days, articles have appeared in the local and national news about a torchlit protest and subsequent candlelit vigil in Charlottesville that took place over the course of this past weekend. It’s important to understand what has prompted these events. Over the course of the past…

By Melissa Thomas-Hunt-