UCARE Priorities for 2013
- Bring more local youth on the University of Virginia grounds to help prepare them for college.
- Reverse the decline and increase enrollment of African American students at the University of Virginia, with an emphasis on local students.
- Support the student-led memorial to University of Virginia’s enslaved workers, including accompanying programming.
- Improve staff (i.e. community members) quality of life, including but not limited to living wage.
- Improve the representation of public space, including especially the names of buildings (e.g., Jordan Hall).
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Overview of Past Work
The Action groups met from May-December of 2009. These groups were intended to organize people around themes, or topics, and discuss ideas that would generate further understanding of these themes. These groups stopped meeting in January 2010 in order to support the City of Charlottesville’s Dialogue on Race. Group meetings evolved in project-based groups. All meeting summaries are available on the Resources page, under “Meeting Summaries.”
Truth and Understanding
The goal of the Truth and Understanding Action Group was to support research on the shared University-Community History and to promote the teaching of a more complete history within our community. Key themes that have been identified include the need for combining oral and archival histories and the need for representing our history through classroom learning, public memorials and representation, and the arts. Among other initiatives, the group worked on developing a course that was co-taught by community members and University faculty in Spring 2010.
The Repair Action Group sought to address continuing racial disparities in our community through University/Community partnerships. One idea that emerged was that there are many groups working on disparities in our community who are not coordinating their efforts with one another. The Repair group suggested periodic networking meetings that will allow these groups to convene throughout the year in order to learn from each other and develop collaborative partnerships. Ultimately, the Repair group wanted to build consensus around policy recommendations for local institutions.
The Relationship group worked to build and strengthen relationships between the University and local communities. Reconciliation involves not just developing a common understanding of shared history and encouraging actions that repair the effects of past wrongs, but also healing relationships that have been broken or distorted. Therefore, this group worked to promote healthy interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships between members of the University and members of the community. We actively supported the City’s Dialogue on Race. This group may continue after the summer of 2010.