Minority Resources

The Minority Rights Coalition has compiled an ever-growing list of resources that it feels minority students at UVA and members of the Charlottesville community at large may find helpful. Please fill out the contact form here or email us at mrc.uva.publicity@gmail.com if you believe there are any resources missing from the list!

* CIO: Contracted Independent Organization (Club at UVA)

** Information on this page may be outdated, check the Multicultural Student Center website or the Career Services page for specific populations for more information on programs and scholarships. 

 

general Resources

  • Resources for Diverse Populations via the Career Center
  • Multicultural Student Services
    • Multicultural Student Services (MSS), as part of the Office of the Dean of Students, aims to promote inclusion and engagement for historically underrepresented students. We enhance the undergraduate experience through co-curricular programs and culturally relevant services that are meant to empower students in their identity, build community, and help a diverse group of students find their individual and collective voices.
  • Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity (web)
    • The Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE) provides leadership, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to the various units and constituencies within the University of Virginia.
  • Multicultural Community Resources (web)
  • Marc Paulo Guzman, Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services at the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Just Report It (web)
    • Just Report It! is a system that allows students to report hate or bias-related incidents, as well as incidences of sex and gender-based violence that they have witnessed or experienced. There are multiple ways to report these occurrences. Please review the Just Report It! website for further details
  • Safe Ride (web, phone)
    • Safe Ride is an on-demand van shuttle service intended to provide UVa students safe transportation home in lieu of walking alone after UTS has gone out of service. Safe Ride operates within a specific service area to maximize van availability and minimize wait times. Rides may be requested via Transloc OnDemand (online or mobile app) or by calling 434-242-1122. Ride requests will be grouped with nearby pick-up and drop-off locations.
  • Transportation Options Around Grounds (web)
    • Information on UBike (University of Virginia Bike Share), Zipcar, CavPool, Zimride, CAT (Charlottesville Area Transit), and Occasional Parking Programs
  • Pre-med minority students' opportunities (web)
  • Unidays
  • Sean N Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  • LendEDU: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Loans for Minorities
  • A Vegan's Guide to Eating in Charlottesville

ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER/DESI AMERICAN COMMUNITY

  • Multicultural Student Center Resources (web)
  • Women’s Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI) (web)
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Training Institute (APALTI) (web)

black/african-american community


disabled/chronic illness community

  • Student Disability Access Center (web)
  • Accommodations & Services (web)
  • Career Center: Students with Disabilities (web)
  • Disability@UVA Blog (web)
  • Disability Studies Initiative (web)
  • Parking and Transportation Services (web)
  • Report A Barrier (web)
    • The University of Virginia is committed to equal access and the civil rights of people with disabilities. Barriers to this access may include things such as an inaccessible website, an inoperative elevator, a blocked access ramp, video without captions, or other lack of access to an event or program

  • DART (Demand and Response Transportation) (web)

    • Students, staff, and faculty of the University of Virginia, who due to a temporary or permanent disability are unable to use the fixed route bus system, may apply to use the DART service. An application must be completed to establish individual needs and service requirements.

  • Accessible seating at UVA sports venues (web)

  • Construction Alerts from Facilities Management which may impact accessible pathways


First generation/Financial Support

  • Access UVA Scholarships, Fellowships, & Funding (web)
  • Financial Literacy Sessions (web)
  • UFUSED at UVA
  • Financial Assistance Programs for Single Mothers (web)

Hispanic/Latinx community

  • Hispanic - Latinx Peer Mentoring Program (web)
  • CIO: Latinx Student Alliance (Facebook)
  • Latinx Leadership Institute (web)
  • Latinx and Migrant Aid (web)

in need of shelter

  • The Haven (web)
  • Affordable housing in Charlottesville (web)
  • Shelters and Supportive Housing Listing (web)
  • Shelter for Help in Emergency (web)
    • Shelter for survivors of domestic violence: services include 24-hour crisis hotline, 24-hour emergency shelter, resource assistance, supportive individual and group counseling.
  • Charlottesville Free Clinic (web)

JEWISH COMMUNITY

  • The Brody Jewish Center - Hillel at UVA (web)
    • Located at 1824 University Circle

    • Weekly events both on- and off-Grounds for Jewish students and the entire UVa community: Friday night services, Shabbat dinner, Bagels on the Lawn every Wednesday

  • The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)

    • JLC is an umbrella organization for the 5 Jewish student clubs at UVA: Jewish Social Connection, Jewish Education Initiative, Jewish Religious Life Council, Jewish Social Justice Council, and Hoos For Israel

    • JLC works with Hillel to provide Jewish students at UVa a wide range of events ranging from cultural and educational to purely social

    • Contact Talia Sion (tps7hq@virginia.edu) with any questions


LGBTQ+ community


middle-eastern community


muslim community

  • CIO: Muslim Student Association (web, Facebook)
  • Islamic Society of Central Virginia (web)
    • Prayer Times and Information (web)
      • Contact Raisa Noshin (srn2vb@virginia.edu) or Sohaeb Mohammad (shm5nq@virginia.edu) two days in advance for rides to JummahThrough the opportunities we offer for student leadership development and empowerment-based counseling, the Women’s Center contributes to the full flourishing of UVA’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Charlottesville community. We develop strong women leaders and those who work beside them to bring social justice, especially gender and racial justice, to our world.
  • Designated Meditation/Prayer Room on Grounds: Newcomb Hall, Room 466
    • Spare prayer mats and hijabs available
    • Prayer times are coordinated through the MSA GroupMe: contact Al Ahmed (aha3mf@virginia.edu) to be added to this group
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
    • Contact Al Ahmed (aha3mf@virginia.edu) to be added to the MSA listserv, including the weekly newsletter
    • Second Jummah on Grounds: every Friday at 2 PM in Newcomb 489
  • Meditation Room in 1515
    • Directions: upstairs and to the left
    • Hours: 9 AM to 1:30 AM, seven days a week. Doors lock at 1:30 AM. Students already in 1515 must vacate no later than 2 AM.
  • Halal and Zabiha food options

    • On Grounds (dining hall food): all chicken breast and bone-in chicken are Zabiha halal, but chicken thigh, "rotisserie chicken," and pre-packaged chicken (e.g., chicken nuggets) are NOT Zabiha halal.

      • Meal plan accommodations can be made during when Ramadan falls within the school year. For more information, please contact dining@virginia.edu.

    • Off Grounds: Kabob Palace, Mezeh, Afghan Grand Market, Sultan Kebab, Milan, Burger Bach, and Indian Cuisine are all restaurants that have Zabiha halal food options. Be sure to check in with staff at each specific location to see which specific menu items are Zabiha halal.

      • The following restaurants either have designated prayer areas or will allow you to pray upon request: Afghan Kabob Palace and Sultan Kebab.

  • Muslim psychiatrist Mudhasir Bashir, M.D., an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences (mb5qd@virginia.edu)

  • External Scholarships/Fellowships

  • External Professional Associations


native/indigenous community


those affected by domestic/sexual abuse

  • Domestic Abuse (web)
  • Shelter for Help in Emergency (web)
    • Shelter for survivors of domestic violence: services include 24-hour crisis hotline, 24-hour emergency shelter, resource assistance, supportive individual and group counseling.
  • Just Report It (web)
    • Just Report It! is a system that allows students to report hate or bias-related incidents, as well as incidences of sex and gender-based violence that they have witnessed or experienced. There are multiple ways to report these occurrences. Please review the Just Report It! website for further details

those affected by drug/alcohol abuse

  • Charlottesville Drug Abuse Treatment Programs (web)
  • Project Know: Charlottesville Rehab Programs (web)
  • Drug Rehab (web)
  • Alcohol Treatment (web)


WOMEN/GENDER RESOURCES


Coming Soon

  • Resources for International Students