Public Service Week

Alert Icon As per the March 11, 2020, email from President Ryan, many of the events currently scheduled for Public Service Week must be cancelled.  We are reviewing the programming on a case-by-case basis and will post here accordingly over the next few days. We are exploring the possibility of hosting faculty-facing events virtually, where possible.

March 23–28, 2020

Public Service Week is an event series highlighting UVA’s ongoing contributions to public outreach programming, community-engaged teaching, and public impact research, all at the heart of the University’s “great and good” mission. 

With events designed for faculty, staff, students, and the larger Charlottesville community, Public Service Week will offer many chances to connect. By showcasing work with public impact from around the University, this event series aims to celebrate accomplishments and invites audiences to apply a community engagement lens to their own work.

Public service takes many forms across the university, and if you feel your work—in the classroom or out—fits in with our program, we invite you to join us!  Please contact Ellen Blackmon in the Office for Academic Outreach for more information on how to become a part of this inaugural event, or fill out an Event Submission Form here. 

Planning to advertise your event on your own social media channels? Use #uvapublicservice to tag us and spread the word!

March 23, 2020

Albemarle County Public Schools Global Health Case Competition POSTPONED 

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: UVA Darden School of Business, Classroom 50: 100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Sponsored by the Center for Global Health, Albemarle County Public Schools, and Darden School of Business— The Center for Global Health is collaborating with Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) and the Darden School on a county-wide Global Health Case Competition which brings together ACPS student teams, mentored by UVA student leaders, to develop interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges. All students will become more aware of global health issues as well as the ways in which the same or similar factors and structures impact health locally. Open to the public. More information.

VIRTUAL: International Public Service: Landing Opportunities in the Humanitarian Field UPDATED: READ BELOW

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Zoom Session
Sponsored by the Career Center and Batten School— As a part of Public Service Week, learn more about internships and jobs in the humanitarian and development field! Join the Batten Global Policy Center for an insider’s look into the field, and how to navigate opportunities in the field to advance your career. A web-based panel discussion will be followed by virtual Question and Answer. Registration is required. More information.

♦ Marquee Event ♦ CANCELLED
Connecting Lives, Opening Hearts: Community-Engaged Teaching

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; reception to follow
Location: Newcomb Hall, Theater
Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Center for Teaching Excellence— The community is invited to this special event showcasing the transformative power of community-engaged teaching. The evening will feature a screening of Seats at the Tablea 90-minute documentary by Rosalia Films about UVA's Books Behind Bars program founded by then-Lecturer Andrew Kaufman in 2009. Now in its 10th year, the course has UVA students meet weekly with students in a juvenile correctional center in Virginia to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through life-changing conversations about Russian literature. At this event, President Jim Ryan will deliver welcoming remarks and Provost Liz Magill will moderate a panel discussion. Reception to follow.

March 24, 2020

UVA Equity + Environment Fund Online Workshop UPDATED: READ BELOW

3:30-5:00 PM
Location: Online Meeting

Join the UVA Sustainability Civic Engagement Subcommittee via Zoom Meeting to learn more about the UVA Equity & Environment Fund for student-community collaborations. The Equity & Environment Fund has over $50,000 available to help support any meaningful project, event, or initiative at the intersection of equity and the environment. This interactive online workshop will explain the Fund, highlight a few past recipients, connect students and community groups in Zoom breakout rooms for various topics, and give participants the chance to workshop an E&E Fund proposal idea in the $500-$5,000 range, if they wish. Projects do not have to be completed this academic year, so take the opportunity this spring to get a jump start on a summer or fall project. Please register if you are interested in participating, and we will send Zoom Meeting reminders to everyone a few days in advance.

Engaged Writing Project POSTPONED

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Bryan Hall 229
Sponsored by the Writing and Rhetoric Program— Join us to learn more about the Engaged Writing Project, a new initiative to incorporate engaged learning into the first-year writing curriculum. This event will showcase exciting collaborative opportunities for faculty, graduate students, community members, non-profit organizations, and undergraduates to build meaningful partnerships that use writing to ignite social change. Presentations and open discussion will feature infrastructure development, including the details and recruitment for the new Summer Institute, a week-long training and development program for faculty and graduate students interested in teaching engaged writing courses.

Bridge Year and Your Career 2020: An AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Public Service Gap Year Experiences Showcase POSTPONED

Postponed, but if you are interested, please register at the link below to receive updates about a future event which will not be offered in-person, but virtually.
Sponsored by the Career Center and Batten School— Are you looking for experience before starting graduate school? Interested in a year in service before launching your career? Do you want to develop new skills? Come learn more about bridge year programs and connect with alumni and recruiters representing a number of opportunities! We welcome all years, all majors and especially students who want to gain experience before starting graduate school or launching their careers in healthcare, education, or public service fields. Registration is required. More information.

March 25, 2020

NGIC Charlottesville Student Career Fair and Hiring Event

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Career Center and NGIC— Please join the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) for a virtual career fair.  Positions will be posted on 24 February 2020 - 6 March 2020 for students to apply utilizing Symplicity. We invite all students who are majoring in the following fields: engineering, physics, mathematics, geospatial science, data science, computer science, security studies, information technology, economics, finance, security studies, history, political science, language, social science, military science, international affairs/relations and foreign area studies. Only registered applicants can attend. You must register via Symplicity

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Garrett Hall, Great Hall room
Sponsored by the Athletics Department— 1591: the number of hours UVA student-athletes volunteered in the summer and fall of 2019. Hear from a panel of student-athletes about what engaging with the local community means to them. They will also discuss what it takes to be the “Total” student-athlete – diving into leadership, academics, and personal development.  We welcome all students, professors, staff, and community members who are interested in learning more about the behind-the-scenes life of a student-athlete. Open to the public.

Screening and Discussion: Community Engagement Preparation Video Series POSTPONED

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Newcomb Hall, Conference Room 177 
Sponsored by the Office for Academic Outreach, Student Affairs, UVA Health, Jefferson Trust, and Madison House— Faculty and staff are invited to view and discuss the newly released Community Engagement Preparation video series. These videos provide jumping-off points for classroom discussions on issues of local concern, such as housing and healthcare (as identified by the UVA Community Working Group (PDF), and the complex historical relationship between UVA and the greater Charlottesville community. These videos feature interviews with local experts and nonprofit leaders working to address pressing local issues, offering viewers an overview of their community engagement practices and guidance on how members of the university community can become involved. Registration required; lunch will be provided. Viewing schedule and event registration.

Lunch Panel: New Models for Rural Collaboration CANCELLED

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Newcomb Hall 389
Sponsored by the Office of Economic Development— Join us for lunch and a panel discussion highlighting partnership between UVA and UVA Wise to support economic and research development in Southwest Virginia. Panel to feature sponsoring departments for two jointly envisioned positions created to 1) address community-identified needs in Southwest Virginia and 2) build research collaboration between UVA and UVA Wise. Learn about the roles of two Research Program Managers and the inspiring story of interdisciplinary support that made their positions a reality. Free and open to faculty, administrators, and community members interested in partnership with rural Virginia. Registration appreciated but not required. *Space is limited. More information.

Building Bridges to College for First-Generation, Underrepresented, and Low-Income Students CANCELLED

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hotel A, West Range, Central Grounds
Sponsored by the Virginia College Advising Corps— Interested in strategies to address the college access equity gap?  Professor Sarah Turner and the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) will illuminate research and programmatic approaches that increase postsecondary matriculation for first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students. Plenty of time for audience participation, so bring your questions and thoughts. Open to the public. 

Public Impact Research Workshop CANCELLED

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Wilson Hall 142
Sponsored by Office of the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the Office of the Provost— The Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities recently issued a report, Public Impact Research: Engaged Universities Making the Difference, asking its member institutions to adopt the term “Public Impact Research” to describe research that “improves lives and serves societies.” This may leave some to wonder: Doesn’t all research serve society? Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to this informal roundtable discussion hosted by the Vice President for Research to consider this and other questions, learn about public impact research opportunities, and to hear from faculty who have placed the mission of public interest research at the heart of their work. Open to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Registration required. More information

Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind CANCELLED

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Garrett Hall, Great Hall room
Sponsored by the Batten School— SE@UVA Speaker Series presents distinguished author and entrepreneur Alex Counts. Join us as Counts discusses his new book Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons From Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship. Alex Counts has dedicated over 30 years of his professional career to alleviating poverty. His commitment to poverty eradication began as a young professional and deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. Since its modest beginnings, Counts has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support international volunteerism in microfinance making Grameen Foundation one of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations.Today, Counts sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion and lectures as a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park. Open to the public. More information.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Workshop CANCELLED

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Hotel A, West Range, Central Grounds
Sponsored by the Equity Center— Registration required. More information to come.  

March 26, 2020

NGIC Charlottesville Student Interview Event CANCELLED

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Location: Carver Recreation Center, 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Sponsored by the Career Center and NGIC— If you’re interested in viewing or applying to open jobs that will be represented at the NGIC Career Fair on March 25, please use this link to login or to create a student account. Positions will be posted on 24 February 2020 - 6 March 2020 for students to apply utilizing Symplicity and they will be hiring in the following fields: General Military Intelligence (GMI), STEM Science & Technology (S&T) Analysts, and Mission Support Operations. If after you apply online and are selected for an interview, you will be messaged via Symplicity to interview on 26 March 2020 from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Interview selectees may receive on-the-spot job offers.

Civic Innovation Meet-Up POSTPONED

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; reception to follow
Location: Center for Civic Innovation: 117 4th St. NE Suite B (above the Pie Chest), Charlottesville, VA 22902 
Sponsored by LinkLab, Center for Civic Innovation, City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, School of Data Science, and the School of Architecture— This event is part of a series of meet-ups hosted by the Center for Civic Innovation, a community-based organization located in Charlottesville where community residents, local governments, and University of Virginia students and faculty tackle some of our region’s biggest challenges. For this event, all interested in dialog and conversation on the use of technology and data for promoting innovation in transportation within our local community are welcome. Open to the public. More information.

Building Bridges: University-Community Partnerships Reception CANCELLED

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Location: Rotunda Dome Room
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach— The Building Bridges Reception is an informal occasion to convene university faculty, staff, and community partners engaged in public-impact work. Meet and reconnect with colleagues while learning more about community-engaged work taking place around campus, Charlottesville, and beyond. Invitation only. Please contact Ellen Blackmon in the Office for Academic Outreach for more information. 

March 27, 2020

Engaging with Charlottesville POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Madison House
Roots lunch included.
If you are hungry for a better understanding of Charlottesville’s current issues and UVA’s relationship with the larger community, then this is the workshop you have been waiting for. It will feature a series of recently released videos with community member voices speaking into the history, current issues, and experiences with UVA faculty and students.  In addition to providing information about the respective issues, the videos highlight best practices in community engagement being practiced by the featured community organizations. After viewing the videos, there will be opportunity for discussion.

March 28, 2020

A Practical Workshop in Teaching Anti-Racist History: Resources, Risks, and Rewards POSTPONED 

8:30 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m
Location: Zehmer Hall: 104 Midmont Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22904
Sponsored by the Center for Liberal Arts— This is the 3rd Annual Program with Teaching Tolerance. This year, we aim to increase K-12 teacher engagement by crowd-sourcing compelling learning resources developed by teachers, for teachers. All registrants will have access to a shared folder that will stay "live" at the program, and  we will be asking you to submit resources and to share your experiences, success stories, and challenges. Registration required. More information.