Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that differences make us stronger. Through authentic community-building and empowering educational programming, we strive to create an environment that celebrates your unique background and perspective. UVA would not be the same without you!

Multicultural Student Center

Multicultural Student Support

Whether you're from a historically underrepresented community or broadening your cross-cultural understanding, our four centers – Multicultural Student Center, LGBTQ Center, Latinx Student Center, and Interfaith Student Center – can help you find your voice.

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Veterans and Military Student Support

The Veteran Student Center was created in 2021 as an on-Grounds meeting point for veteran and military-affiliated students. Here, you can build community and learn to leverage your unique experiences and perspectives during your time at UVA.

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Student Disability Resources

Every student deserves to access all that UVA has to offer. If you've been diagnosed with a disability OR if you haven't been diagnosed but are struggling academically, the Student Disability Access Center can help you secure the accommodations you need.

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First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support

With an emphasis on community and mentorship, FGLI Student Support helps first-generation and low-income students feel at home at UVA.

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African-American Student Programs and Support

Your "home away from home" awaits on Dawson's Row! At the Office of African-American Affairs, you'll find social support, academic resources, and a team championing change on your behalf.

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Food Insecurity

Many UVA students find themselves having to choose between affording tuition and daily essentials. If this is your experience, we're here to help. Get the healthy food and hygiene products you need, anonymously and free of charge, at food pantries on and off Grounds.

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LGBTQ+ Student Support

Questioning, coming out, queer, or an ally? The LGBTQ Center is the place for you. We are a welcoming, safe space with services and programs that raise awareness of sexual and gender diversities at UVA.

Public Service

Volunteering and Service

Looking for a way to serve while doing what you love? Whether it's online tutoring, park restoration, or animal rescue, connect with a volunteer opportunity just right for you!

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Peer Mentoring and Support

Need health, career, or cultural support from someone who has been exactly where you are...and made it through? Get connected to a peer mentor today!

OAAA Weekly Newsletter

Look for the OAAA E-Weekly each Monday to share the latest events, opportunities and information of interest to the Black community and beyond.

Quick Links

Multicultural Student Center

Multicultural Student Center

Newcomb Hall, Second Level

If you're looking for a comfortable, collaborative, student-centered space, pay us a visit! We work to empower all students, with a focus on providing support to historically underrepresented communities.

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Interfaith Center

Interfaith Student Center

Newcomb Hall, Fourth Level

Welcome, students of all faith backgrounds! We provide a safe place to practice your beliefs while learning about those of others. Our goal is to encourage interfaith dialogue and relationships between the many vibrant religious communities on Grounds.

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Latinx Student Center

Latinx Student Center

Newcomb Hall, Third Level

Here, you'll find an inclusive space that celebrates the richness and diversity of the Latinx experience. Through our programming, we explore the roles of intersectionality and social justice in Latinx/Hispanic cultures and identity.

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LGBTQ Center

The LGBTQ Center

Newcomb Hall, Third Level

Are you an LGBTQ+ student, faculty member, staff member, alum, or ally? We're here to support you by raising awareness of sexual and gender diversities through programs, outreach, and services.

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Staff

Multicultural Student Services

Dashan Axson-Lawrence

Dashan J. Axson-Lawrence

Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

Vicki Gist

Vicki L. Gist

Senior Associate Dean of Students
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

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Davon Lewis

Davon Lewis

Student Affairs Fellow, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Nehali Patel

Nehali Patel

Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

 

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Carissa Temerson

Carissa Temerson

Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904

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Alex Winkowsi

Alex Winkowski

Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

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Hoos First

Michelle Bair

Michelle Bair

Director, Hoos First
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

Kalea Obermeyer

Kalea Obermeyer

Program Coordinator
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

Dean of Students

Vicki Gist

Vicki L. Gist

Senior Associate Dean of Students
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

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Orientation and Transition Programs

David Sauerwein

David Sauerwein

Assistant Dean of Students, Posse Liaison
Address:

Newcomb Hall Lower Level - Veteran Student Center
P.O. Box 400708
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4708

University Transfer Support Team

Alex Winkowsi

Alex Winkowski

Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Services
Address:

Newcomb Hall
180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4701

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