Public Service Week

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Public Service Week, March 15–19, 2021, 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. UVA students and student groups are invited to apply for up to $1500 in funding to support their event using the Event Submission Form.

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Public Service Week 2021 Calendar of Events

March 15, 2021 

Public Service Week Batten Hour: Alumni in Public Service

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: Graduates of the Batten School form a vibrant network of purpose-driven servant-leaders committed to solving the world’s toughest policy challenges. Our alumni enter the workforce as collaborative catalysts, dedicated to serving the greater good and ready to lead diverse communities to positive, lasting change. Their Batten education prepares them for various careers in public service—from nonprofits and public interest groups, to research institutions and think tanks, to government and the private sector—at the local, state, federal and international level. In honor of UVA’s Public Service Week, please join us for a panel discussion featuring Batten alumni who are committed to serving our democracy through careers in public service. The conversation will be moderated by Batten School Dean Ian Solomon. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Click here to register for Public Service Week Batten Hour.


Introduction to the Office of Citizen Scholar Development and Q&A 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

The Office of Citizen Scholar Development is the fellowships office of the University of Virginia and uses the process of applying for fellowships as a catalyst to further the personal, social, intellectual, and professional development of UVA students and alumni as citizens and scholars, people who are thoughtful, ethical, and mutually connected to their communities. Following an introduction to the office, learn about the breadth of the fellowships available, with a focus on those that are oriented around public service, and hear about the next steps for students to get involved. Open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Click here to register for the Introduction to the Office of Citizen Scholar Development and Q&A. 


Bridge Year and Your Career

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Career Center: 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 connect with recruiters representing bridge year opportunities like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Virginia College Advising Corps. 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, public service, or the STEM fields. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please email or email Click here to register for Bridge Year and Your Career.


March 16, 2021 

Talk: From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice, with Randy Stoecker, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology University of Wisconsin

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Equity Center, and Office for Academic Outreach – Higher education community engagement—a practice where faculty and/or students attempt to partner with “the community”—has been problematic from the beginning in the United States because it has been led by and constrained from within higher education institutions. And the more institutionalized the practice is, the more constrained it is. This talk will argue that we need to instead find “free spaces” in the margins of higher education institutions—those few places where academic freedom still thrives—from which to practice community engagement in ways that has a hope of supporting progressive social change. Open to the public, faculty, staff, and students. Click here for complete information and to register for From the Margins to the Streets.


"For the Love of It: Service at the Heart of Leadership," a Conversation with Humans of UVA and Batten School Dean Ian Solomon

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Humans of UVA: Please join Humans of UVA and the Batten School for a conversation on leadership and public service with Dean Ian Solomon and Humans of UVA President DeMario Moore (Darden ’22). As dean of the Batten School, Solomon leads a multidisciplinary faculty in creating new knowledge and developing leaders who can solve humanity’s greatest policy challenges. Trained as a lawyer, Solomon is a devoted student and teacher of both negotiation and conflict resolution. Under the Obama administration, he served as the U.S. executive director for the World Bank Group, where he championed private-sector development and innovation in Africa. He has also been a consultant with Mckinsey & Company, an associate dean and visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, and a vice president and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago. Before joining the Batten School, he led his own international consulting practice focused on conflict and collaboration. At the Batten School, public service is an expectation. Batten scholars, students, staff and alumni form a vibrant network of purpose-driven leaders who are attuned to today’s challenges and know how to mobilize collaborative, lasting change. The Batten community is dedicated to making an impact through public service—from nonprofits and public interest groups, to research institutions and think tanks, to government and the private sector—at the local, state, federal and international level. Open to all students. Click here to register for "For the Love of It."


Workshop: Implementing Liberating Service Learning, with Randy Stoecker, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology University of Wisconsin

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Equity Center, and Office for Academic Outreach – Liberating service learning is a practice that stands the institutionalized service learning model on its head.  Rather than putting student learning first, service second, community building third, and social change last, we reverse the order. This interactive workshop will begin with a brief presentation on how to put social change first, supported by community organizing, research forms of service, and collective learning. Participants will then discuss the implications of this model for their own work.This event is a small, interactive workshop. Open to faculty. Space is limited to allow for interaction, and registration is required. Click here to register for Implementing Liberating Service Learning.


Equity and Environment Fund Project Workshop

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office for Sustainability – Join the UVA Sustainability Civic Engagement Subcommittee via Zoom to learn more about the UVA Equity & Environment Fund for student-community collaborations. The Equity & Environment Fund has over $30,000 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. This event is open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Click here to register for the Equity and Environment Fund Project Workshop.


Same Page Community-Wide Reading Series: An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson

7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Sponsored by the Virginia Festival of the Book and Jefferson-Madison Regional Library: In partnership with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson will discuss her work, including Red at the Bone, as well as her National Book Award winning memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, and her newest book, Before the Ever After. Woodson, the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books which share the multitudes of Black life experiences, will be in conversation with Lisa Woolfork. Free, open to the public. Click here to register for the Same Page Community-Wide Reading event or tune in to the event live at


March 17, 2021 

“Every week is public service week at Madison House!”: Learn more about Madison House and How to Get Involved, No Matter Your Role at UVA

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by Madison House: Madison House is the volunteer center for students at the University of Virginia. Its volunteers and partners have demonstrated great vision and resilience in the face of this global crisis, leading the pivot to virtual volunteering, and developing innovative approaches towards meeting the critical needs of our shared communities. Our programs continue to provide critical mental health support services, remote tax prep for low-income families, safe virtual tutoring for the most at-risk students in local public schools, and virtual support to UVA nurses and medical staff. Student leadership applications are now open, and there are also spring and summer volunteer opportunities available. We are also helping facilitate safe, virtual service placements and projects for faculty members teaching community-engaged courses. Sign up here to learn more, and/or to RSVP to this open house information session. 


Equitable Collaboration in Action

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation: The Institute for Engagement & Negotiation will present a workshop on “Equitable Collaboration,” which involves engagement that is trauma-informed, inclusive, responsive, truth-seeking, deliberative, and adaptive. Learn about local and regional projects that illustrate elements of Equitable Collaboration, including HEARR (Health Equity & Access in Rural Regions), a local grass-roots collaboration to improve access to health in the Scottsville-Esmont region; a mediation involving a historic bridge spanning two counties; and the community-based design process for UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Founded in 1980, the IEN is a public service organization of UVA's School of Architecture. They work as facilitators and mediators to help communities, agencies, nonprofits and businesses make sustainable decisions through collaborative approaches, in order to sustain communities ecologically, socially and economically. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Click here to register for Equitable Collaboration in Action.


Jacqueline Novogratz Book Series: Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Social Entrepreneurship at UVASE@UVA Book Series presents distinguished author and entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz. Join us as Novogratz discusses her book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution. Jacqueline’s work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to co-found Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. The experience inspired her to write the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor, and create Acumen, a nonprofit global impact investing fund. Nineteen years later, under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested $135 million to build 136 social enterprises across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States.The first 50 people to register and attend will receive a free copy of the book. This event is open to all, and registration is required unless you are a student in the Social Entrepreneurship capstone class. Click here to register for the Manifesto for a Moral Revolution book talk with Jacqueline Novogratz.


America Reads: UVA Tutors in the Community

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the America Reads Program, School of Education and Human Development: With the radical changes in schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community’s children and teachers have needed tutoring assistance more than ever. America Reads is a federal work-study program that assigns college and university students to tutor local schoolchildren in literacy and math. While UVA America Reads tutors usually work in area schools, this year they have tutored students online and in “learning pods” organized by community partners. Please join us for a panel discussion featuring UVA tutors and partners, and learn how America Reads tutors provide a valuable service to our community – and enrich their own personal and educational experience in the process. Click here to register for America Reads: UVA  Tutors in the Community.


March 18, 2021 

Public Service Week Research Talk: Breanna Gray

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: Please join the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy for a research discussion with Batten alumna Breanna Gray (MPP '12), titled "The Restrictive Rule Revolution in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Impending Challenges that Special Rules Pose for Deliberative Democracy." As a Batten student, Gray launched UVA’s first University-wide service week, then called “’Hoos for Public Service Week,” in 2011. Gray is currently a doctoral candidate, a Benjamin Franklin Fellow, and a Fontaine Society Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research areas include the contemporary (post-1990) U.S. Congress, congressional rules and procedures, and the ways in which changes made in the contemporary U.S. Congress have influenced public policy outcomes—especially for communities of color, for women, and for low-income neighborhoods. Gray received her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia in 2011 and 2012, respectively. This event is open to the public. Click here to register for Public Service Week Research Talk: Breanna Gray.


UVA Alumni Panel: Educational Career Paths in Policy, Technology, Equity and Public Service 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Career Center: Interested in working in education but not sure where to start or what roles are available? This event is a great opportunity to learn about career paths that impact education and youth development in a variety of ways. Panelists’ areas of experience include policy, government, teaching abroad, education research and more! Students of all years and majors are encouraged to attend. Click here to register for UVA Alumni Panel: Educational Career Pathways.


Reimagining "Health" and Striving for Equity: A Conversation with Cultivate Charlottesville and the Women's Initiative

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Students for Health Equity Advancement (SHEA) at UVA: Please join us in a conversation with organization leaders from Cultivate Charlottesville and the Women’s Initiative about the role of Charlottesville nonprofits in local health equity work. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities in healthcare that disproportionately impact marginalized communities, exposed numerous social drivers of health that affect population health, and broadened our national understanding of what constitutes a “healthy life.” While community-driven solutions and partnerships between nonprofits, government, and community members have incredible changemaking potential, the ways to facilitate these partnerships is often elusive. Join us in drawing on Cultivate Charlottesville’s experience in food justice advocacy and The Women’s Initiative’s programming to expand access to mental health services for underserved communities, as we discuss the ways to further health justice and equity in Charlottesville and beyond. This event is open to the public. Click here to register for Reimagining "Health" and Striving for Equity.


March 19, 2021 

UVA Employee Volunteerism: An “All Hands” Event 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and UVA Employee Volunteer Center committee: Are you interested in giving back to the community? Interested in improving your sense of wellbeing? How about expanding and honing your professional skills? If this all sounds good, have you considered volunteering in your community? All university employees are invited to join an informational session to discuss resources available to UVA employees who are interested in volunteering time both during and outside of work. Hear from colleagues about their personal service experiences, understand how much volunteer service leave you have available to use for volunteering, and learn about the many positive benefits to volunteering. This event is open to University Staff and Faculty. Click here to register for this special "All Hands" event. 


March 20, 2021 

Global Health Case Competition: Problem Solving in a Global Context 

11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Health Equity: Are you a student interested in problem solving in a global context? Register for UVA's Center for Global Health Equity Case Competition today! The case competition is an exciting event where interdisciplinary teams come together to propose creative and feasible resolutions to some of the world's most intractable problems. The competition is judged and mentored by distinguished professors and international partners presenting an opportunity for collaborative and reflective learning. Click here for registration information for the Global Health Case Competition.


Please click here for the 2020 Public Service Week calendar of events.