The University of Lynchburg is recognizing Black History Month in 2023 with a variety of events for students and the broader community.
Sometimes it’s an afternoon trip to the adventure course on the wooded outskirts of campus. Sometimes it’s a soul-shaking expedition all the way out in the Grand Canyon. No matter the journey, one walks away from it with a refreshed perspective, new skills, and good memories — par for the course when it comes to Outdoor Leadership Programs with Tim Slusser ’22.
Whatever the weather, the hustle and bustle around the downtown Lynchburg LOVE sign is always lively and warm. It’s a scene that Dr. Jimmy Roux fits into pretty naturally, chatting with passers-by at a table set up for Cycling Without Age. The nonprofit provides free rides for older people or those who have issues riding a bike on their own.
Dr. Emma Savage-Davis, dean of the College of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling, will be part of a multiyear research initiative alongside teacher educators from across the nation and beyond.
Professor of Athletic Training Dr. Debbie Bradney received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for 2022 from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) last month, adding to her laurels from training professionals’ organizations.
Provost Allison Jablonski recognized the recipients of this year’s faculty awards at a ceremony on Friday, alongside the presentation of student academic awards.
Black women are three times more likely to die from maternal complications in the U.S. than non-Black women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the rate of those deaths has only gotten worse over the past few years. It’s an issue that nursing major Alexandra Boatwright ’22 sought to tackle for her Westover Honors senior project. With plans to work as a labor and delivery nurse after graduating, she said her passion for maternal medicine and reproductive health rights fused with her investment in problems plaguing Black communities.
You’ve seen it in headlines everywhere: health workers are being stretched thin and suffering from burnout, and complications from the coronavirus pandemic have made it exponentially worse for them. Annabelle Nagy observed that trend and, as president of the nursing Class of 2022, decided last spring she wanted to drill down into what was causing it for her Westover Honors senior project. A key part of that phenomenon that she decided to focus on was compassion fatigue, especially among pediatric care nurses.
Stitching together snapshots from 400 years’ worth of racist systems in America was no mean feat for “The 1619 Project,” but the resulting cultural and political tsunami it’s led to in the three years since its release has felt just as significant.
Dr. Ghislaine Lewis, associate professor of communication studies and co-chair of the Africana studies program, now has a leading role in a local nonprofit that’s diving deep into stories of the city’s Black citizens.