The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship

The Girls Are All Write Creative Writing Program

18% of Charlottesville residents live with food insecurity, compared to 12% statewide

In Charlottesville, African-Americans are nearly five times more likely to be arrested than whites

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  • Community Fellows-In-Residence Program

     
  • The Girls Are All Write Creative Writing Program

  • 18% of Charlottesville residents live with food insecurity, compared to 12% statewide

  • In Charlottesville, African-Americans are nearly five times more likely to be arrested than whites

  • "Giving Thanks" - Community Launch of the Equity Center is on Nov. 14-15

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This year “The Girls are Alwrite” is hosting its second annual summer camp virtually.

Equity Center Lead Data Scientist Michele Claiborn and Research Associate Sam Powers contributed to Charlottesville Tomorrow’s “Determined” series. Using the Equity Atlas platform, Dr. Claiborn and Mr.

UVA President Jim Ryan appointed Kevin McDonald, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Ian Solomon, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and Barbara Brown Wilson, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and co-founder and Faculty D

Actionable Steps

Social media presents a myriad of tweets, commentary, and opinions on the events of the last few weeks. Rage, anger, disbelief , grief and in some cases  those who choose to deflect from the underlying cause of it all - systematic racism. I have hesitated adding to this range of emotion with the thought that my voice wouldn’t make a difference - that it wouldn’t change anything. But I realized while we can’t change what happened, we do have the power to change this from this occurring again. Allow me to offer some perspective. - Ben Allen, Ed.D; Executive Director, UVA Equity Center 

Equity Center Community Fellow-in-Residence Myra Anderson holds webinar on “The Trauma of Racism,”

Myra Anderson, mental health advocate, UVA Community Fellow-in-Residence, and founder of Brave Souls on Fire, led a webinar on the traumatic effects that systemic and cultural racism have on African Americans. This urgent mental health conversation will took place on July 29, 2020 at 6pm.

Equity Center research featured in Charlottesville Tomorrow: Determined to Be Free

Equity Center Lead Data Scientist Michele Claiborn and Research Associate Sam Powers contributed to Charlottesville Tomorrow’s “Determined” series. Using the Equity Atlas platform, Dr. Claiborn and Mr. Powers compiled Charlottesville City Police Department records of street stops by CPD officers. The Equity Atlas allowed the detentions data to be visualized both spatially and broken down by race, showing clearly that disparities persist in city policing.

Equity Center Faculty Director, Barbara Brown Wilson, Appointed to UVA’s Racial Equity Task Force

UVA President Jim Ryan appointed Kevin McDonald, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Ian Solomon, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and Barbara Brown Wilson, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and co-founder and Faculty Director of UVA’s Equity Center, to a task force addressing racial equity at UVA. The Task Force is reviewing stakeholder demands for racial equity going back 50 years and meeting with current student, faculty, and administrative voices.

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