January 18, 2020

Launch Party Ignites Farmer Legacy 2020 Celebration

A wreath on the James Farmer bust on UMW’s Campus Walk recognizes Farmer’s 100th birthday and UMW’s Farmer Legacy 2020 celebration. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

A wreath on the James Farmer bust on UMW’s Campus Walk recognizes Farmer’s 100th birthday and UMW’s Farmer Legacy 2020 celebration. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

Nearly 500 people turned out yesterday to help UMW kick off Farmer Legacy 2020, a yearlong celebration of Dr. James L. Farmer Jr., the day after what would have been his 100th birthday.

The hourlong launch party packed plenty of emotion, from student accounts of life-changing experiences they’ve gained through UMW – and learning about Farmer’s legacy – to a moving rendition of Happy Birthday by Mary Washington gospel ensemble Voices of Praise.

Held in the UMW University Center’s Chandler Ballroom, the celebration commenced a year of events paying tribute to Farmer, the late Mary Washington history professor who founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and made an immeasurable impact on the civil rights movement as a member of the Big Six. Fredericksburg residents, Board of Visitor members and colleagues in higher education joined UMW students, faculty and staff in recognizing Farmer and his contributions, and vowing to follow in his footsteps by dedicating themselves to civic action and inclusion.

Honorary celebration chair, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, the last surviving member of the Big Six, had to cancel plans to attend yesterday’s launch due to a recent cancer diagnosis. Attendees signed a card for him. Read more.

UMW Receives Aid from JED for Student Mental Health Assessment Program

JED CampusWith financial aid from the Jed Foundation (JED), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to young adult mental health, the University of Mary Washington will launch a four-year program of assessment and strategic planning to support students with mental health concerns.

The New York-based JED, a nonprofit founded by the parents of a young man who died by suicide, features a key component called JED Campus. JED Campus is a comprehensive public health approach to supporting the emotional well-being and success of college and university students by enhancing mental health and suicide prevention programs on campus.

An interdisciplinary UMW team will work in partnership with JED’s experts in program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts. UMW will also administer the annual Healthy Minds survey to help better understand and support the emotional health of Mary Washington students.

UMW’s Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair said the grant is a huge boost for Mary Washington’s efforts in supporting students’ mental health and well being. “We are always looking for innovative ways to help our students thrive at UMW,” she said. “In higher education, JED is celebrated for its collaborative spirit and expertise, and we feel very fortunate for this opportunity to grow our resources even further with JED’s guidance.” 

She added, “This work will support several tenets of UMW’s strategic vision, primarily the goal of inclusive excellence and adapting students to an age of accelerations.”

UMW joins a select nationwide list of about 250 JED campuses, including the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, VCU, Old Dominion University, and the University of Richmond.

UMW’s ASPIRE Values Promoted at AAC&U Conference

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker at AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh.

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker at AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh.

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker presented a poster session on UMW’s ASPIRE community values, The Value of Community Values, at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 29.

 

College is key to attaining the American Dream (The Free Lance-Star)

NOLA vs Nature: Building The Industrial Canal (WWNO 89.9)

TriPod: New Orleans At 300 (WWNO 89.9)

Landphair Interviewed for New Orleans Radio Program

Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, was interviewed by WWNO, an NPR member radio station for New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. Read the article, “NOLA vs Nature: Building The Industrial Canal” or listen to the interview at http://wwno.org/programs/tripod-new-orleans-300. The interview is based on research she conducted after Hurricane Katrina on the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. She is an expert on 20th century U.S. history, specifically New Orleans after WW II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMW Presents on Anonymous Social Media at NASPA  

How do today’s students use social media? What happens when tweets and yaks take a bad turn? And most important, how can today’s administrators use social media to build a positive online community?

These trending questions posed by higher education professionals across the country were front and center during the University of Mary Washington’s presentation on anonymous social media at the national NASPA conference this past March. In a session co-presented with colleagues from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and titled “Yik Yak, Attacks and Focusing Back on Inclusion: The Many Facets of Social Media on College Campuses,” UMW staff members shared real-world experiences interlaced with social media research on how to strategically build community on social media during crisis situations.

The four-person presentation panel included Mary Washington representatives Dr. Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs; Erika Spivey, Assistant Director of Marketing; and Colin Coleman, Assistant Director of Residence Life. Joining the group from Lewis & Clark College was Dr. Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students.

Rucker, Dean of Student Life, Honored by Colleagues

Dean Cedric Rucker has been chosen as the recipient of the NASPA Region III Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award, given by a national student affairs professional organization, “honors a senior student affairs professional or faculty member who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout their administrative or academic tenure.”

In recognizing Dean Rucker, the organizers noted that “this prestigious award…signifies that your fellow student affairs colleagues value the contributions you are making in the field. It also exemplifies your hard work within the profession and your institution. This year’s awards selection process received a record number of nominations, and the review committee commented on how strong and diverse the pool of nominations was this year.”

Several UMW faculty members, staff, and alumni wrote letters in support of Dean Rucker’s nomination, including Dr. Allyson Poska, Professor of History, who praised Dean Rucker as “a critical force on campus for equality, diversity, and inclusion, transforming student life through his remarkable ability to build strong organizations for underrepresented students, helping those students and their organizations become vocal, vibrant participants in campus life, and engaging with faculty to ensure a diverse, inclusive curriculum.” Dean Rucker will be presented with the award at the NASPA summer symposium in June 2017.

Landphair Publishes Article

Juliette Landphair’s article, “Bringing Life to Learning: Civic Engagement, Intersections, and Transforming College Students,” co-authored with Amy Howard and Amanda Lineberry, was published in Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions (Stylus: 2016), Brooke Barnett and Peter Felten, eds.