+ Meet the Chairs: Eugenie Quan and Sururat Abiola
Hi! I’m a rising fourth year from Great Falls, Virginia, majoring in Economics and Biology. I joined the Diversity Initiatives committee my spring semester of second year and I’ve loved every second of it so far! As the current Diversity Initiatives committee cochair, I’m super excited for all the initiatives (watch out for some amazing guest speakers) we have planned for the upcoming school year. I especially hope to work alongside the Disability Access Committee to promote disability awareness and to conquer some of the issues we have with accessibility on grounds. Outside of student council, you can find me volunteering as an emergency medical technician with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, volunteering with Madison House, and writing for the Cavalier Daily.
I’m Vicky (Sururat) Abiola and I’m a rising third year. I’m double majoring in Chinese Literature and Language as well as Commerce and am really looking forward to being a chair for Diversity Initiatives! I think it’s important to experience other cultures and expose yourself to as many different things as you can in college. When I’m not thinking up events for Diversity Initiatives, you can find me at cultural events around grounds through the various cultural organizations like OYFA, OAS, KSA, and VSA to name a few. As for other positions, I’m a Peer Adviser for OAAA, Outreach and Social Chair for Virginia East Asia Society, and a Family Head for OYFA. Off Grounds I do a lot of cooking, watch as many movies as time allows, and listen to lots of Kpop. Excited to what this new school year has to offer!
The Diversity Initiatives Committee is responsible for promoting initiatives to improve the diversity of the University, and bringing issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion to the attention of the University.
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Past Committee initiatives include:
- Non-Discrimination: The committee would like to see the non-discrimination policy changed to reaffirm protections for “sexual orientation” and expand the policy to include “gender identity.” The committee helped research policies of the top 50 ranked schools. The committee also has endorsed Resolution SR 10-02 which was unanimously approved by Student Council.
- Handicap-Housing: The committee has secured a $2,000 joint donation from the Office of the Dean of Students, Wade Apartments, Woodard Properties, and Grandmarc at the Corner for a fund from which students with disabilities may draw to make necessary modifications to their off-grounds apartments. The committee has also created a print database of off-grounds handicap-accessible apartments and is finalizing an online version.
- The Memorial for Enslaved Laborers: The committee has successfully passed a resolution through student council articulating support for the construction of a new, more appropriate and prominent Memorial for Enslaved Laborers. The committee completed a survey of nearly 1,000 students which indicated the need for more education about the history of slavery at UVA. A very moving and well attended forum was held on April 5th that shared expert historical research by University professors.