Letter from the Executive Board
It’s in hard times that we're reminded how relentless this community’s love is. From commemorating the 5th anniversary of August 11th and 12th, standing in solidarity amidst anti-Black hate crimes, to mourning the loss of our friends and classmates, Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry: we have stood together as a community. These are not the circumstances under which we would have wanted to be in community, but these are the circumstances in which we find ourselves. And in these circumstances, we could not be prouder to be here with all of you.
It’s challenging to think that this time next week, we will be asked to reflect on what we’re thankful for. In this moment, we can say, without a doubt, that we are thankful for you. We are thankful for your kindness to each other, patience with us, and compassion for everyone around you. We are grateful for you checking in with and taking care of each other. We could not serve a more resilient and empathetic student body. We are thankful for you.
We are also thankful for the Parent’s Fund and their generous donation that funded gatherings for over 200 CIOs this week. We are thankful for the opportunity they helped provide for groups to find comfort in community with each other.
We found comfort in joining thousands of you on the South Lawn the other night, in student governments across the country who have reached out in solidarity with our student body, in Virginia Universities shining orange and blue on their campuses, and in each other.
The only thing that feels normal right now is how generously students, faculty, and staff are supporting each other. We encourage everyone to continue giving grace, looking out for each other, and sharing the love that this community has to offer. The coming days, weeks and months will be hard, no one can change that, but we’ll do this together.
With love and in solidarity,
The UVA Student Council Executive Board
Ceci, Jaden, Riley, Gaby, Holly, Tichara, Avneet, Ryan, and Christian