Equity is having access to personal and situational resources and opportunities in all areas of your life. 

There are three key components of Equity:

  1. Security:
    Safety from violence, abuse, and danger, as well as physical, mental, social, and financial instability
  2. Justice:
    Fair treatment, freedom from discrimination and bias, and equitable access to social, economic, and other structurally determined opportunities
  3. Belonging:
    Being fully acknowledged by and welcomed within your community, society, and institutions

Your well-being, the realization of your fullest potential, and your ability to contribute to the well-being of your communities and the natural world depend on satisfaction of these most basic needs.

Resources and services supporting first-generation and low-income students 

Basic Needs
Resources supporting student health, safety, security, and equity—the foundations of flourishing

First Gen Mentoring Network
Faculty and staff available to advise and mentor first-generation college students

LGBTQ Student Services 
Services, programs, support groups, and resources supporting inclusivity and well-being related to sexual and gender diversity

Multicultural Student Services
Academic success programming, support and mentoring services, and resources promoting the flourishing of historically underrepresented students, including the LGBTQ Center, the Latinx Student Center, the Interfaith Student Center, and the Multicultural Student Center

Office of African American Affairs 
Academic success programming and other resources and opportunities supporting the flourishing of African American students

Total Advising
Resources and services for students related to Living on Grounds, Student Involvement, and and Well-Being 

Veterans & Military Student Support
Resources and services to help student vets and service members thrive at the University

Women’s Center
Counseling services and numerous resources and opportunities at the intersections of social justice and student well-being

Financial Stability
Collection of resources on financial well-being from Student Health and Wellness

Insight Timer Playlist: Contemplation & Racial Justice
Guided meditations and contemplative practices focused on racial justice from the award-winning smartphone app (UVA students have free access to the app’s premium content)

UVA Student Council Resource Guides
Student-created guidebooks on meeting basic needs in student life

A free online mental health tool offered through CAPs

Tips on Community Resilience
A collection of resources across Grounds for considering and supporting the political, social, economic, health, and educational needs of the community (compiled by the Office of Health Promotion)

UVA and Charlottesville Resource Guidebook and Locator
Comprehensive index and map to basic needs resources around UVA and the local community from the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center

University of Flourishing
A vast online portal of information, audio and video resources, and virtual events for exploring the art and science of EQUITY and other Keys to Flourishing (under development from the Contemplative Sciences Center)


Anti-Racism Educational Resources
A variety of social justice and anti-racism learning materials compiled by Multicultural Student Services

Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law (CLEAR)
Project of the Democracy Initiative at UVA uniting a diverse group of scholars who focus squarely on the causes, methods, and consequences of corruption 

Hoos Got Your Back Bystander Intervention Training
An hour-long presentation designed to empower people to act when they notice a moment of sexual harm

LGBTQ Center Workshops
Three different workshops available to “University faculty, staff, students, and community members who are committed to learning more about LGBTQ+ advocacy”

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE)
The “leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education”

Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Educational Resources
“Information about a broad range of diversity, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and anti-racism learning resources, recommended by members of the UVA community”

Religion Race & Democracy Lab
“Supports teaching, facilitates research, and produces stories in many forms on religion, race, and democracy”

Student Groups/Clubs

Black Student Alliance
“Represents the social and political concerns of the African-American student body”

Black Student-Athletes Offering Service and Support
“Organization designed to provide the opportunity for unity among Black Student-Athletes at the University of Virginia”

International Justice Mission @ UVA
“University chapter of human rights agency “dedicated to securing justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression in response to the biblical call to justice”

Student Service Organizations  
UVA student groups involved in local, national, and international community service activities, fundraising, or activism


Asian Pacific American Leadership Training Institute (APALTI) 
A “student-facilitated and MSS-sponsored leadership development program for 30-40 1st and 2nd year APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American) students”

Latinx Leadership Institute (LLI)
A “student-facilitated, and cohort-based leadership development program for 1st Year, 2nd Year, and 3rd Year transfer Hispanic/Latinx emerging leaders”

Muslim Institute for Leadership and Empowerment (MILE)
A “leadership, identity, and community development program that seeks to create socially-aware leaders within the University and beyond

Woman’s Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI)
A “student-facilitated and MSS-sponsored leadership development program for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th year Asian/Asian-American women identifying students”

Women’s Center Internships 
A variety of opportunities to work with the center and “combine service work with classroom study of gender equity and other social justice issues”

Mentorships/Public Service

Information for UVA students, faculty, and staff on current and ongoing community based initiatives, courses, and projects

“Strives to provide a safe space for students of color and the larger UVA community to discuss environmental injustice in the United States and globally”
Students who provide identity-based peer mentorship for first-year and transfer students  
Students who assist “Black first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition by providing personalized, sensitive support and counseling”
“A collaborative and diverse group of students who aim to educate their peers on culture and issues of social justice”
Opportunities that connect “students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities”

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