This week’s spotlight shines on Katy Hutto, a third year in the College majoring in Political and Social Thought and English. She is co-founder of UFUSED (United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity), a student teacher for the CavEd program, co-site leader for Alternative Spring Break, and a moderator for Sustained Dialogue.
Growing up in the Deep South around an enormous amount of social inequality, Hutto was influenced to help found UFUSED, which has already held a panel titled “How Public is our Public University,” organized a series of Flash Seminars, and most recently, has participated heavily in the Restore AccessUVA campaign. Along with Restore AccessUVA, UFUSED is planning another event for the next Board of Visitors meeting in mid-November. UFUSED’s three committees – Outreach, Support, and Advocacy, are working on a number of important projects for the rest of the year.
Through Student Council’s CavEd program, Hutto is teaching “Greater Goods: The Ethics of Service and Giving” this semester with thirteen other undergraduate students. This course has helped students explore topics such as international aid, measures of effectiveness, celebrity giving, and impact investing.
After participating in Alternative Winter Break this past winter, Hutto will be co-leading a trip to the Dominican Republic in the spring with Katie Thompson. Hutto and Thompson will be working in Batey Libertad with an organization called Yspaniola. Yspaniola provides resources such as a literacy center and a number of scholarships to community members. Hutto, Thompson, and their team will be helping with a community development project and exploring underlying issues of Haitian-Dominican relations, implicit racism, and public education.