Flash Funding: Funded Projects

Below are the recipients for 2017-18 Flash Funding, which was awarded to projects that work toward “Achieving the Culture and Environment We Value”, with a special emphasis on creative ideas for programming and initiatives that uproot the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that lead to racial tension. Proposals that are in partnership with the Charlottesville-area community were particularly encouraged. All funding for the fall of 2017-18 has been disbursed.


What Violence Has Torn Apart: A Conversation on Writing Across the Lines

Abstract
The late John Berger wrote that the work of “every authentic poem” is to “bring together what life has separated or violence has torn apart.” At this moment, many American poets feel keenly the importance of writing across divides. What can our poems do to cross the lines of race, gender, class, or sexual identity? What obstacles—imposed by ourselves or others—get in the way? Two poets—Rita Dove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Commonwealth Professor of English at UVA, and Mark Doty, National Book Award winner and Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at UVA—will discuss these questions with each other and with the audience, talk about what they have or haven’t been able to write, and why poetry feels necessary now

Lead Organization
UVA Creative Writing Program

Contact
Jane Alison,
Director
Jeb Livingood, Associate Director


African-American led Redevelopment in Charlottesville -- A "New Vinegar Hill"

Abstract
The destruction of the vibrant African-American community of Vinegar Hill, resulted in not only razed homes and thousands of displaced residents but also the destruction of family businesses and the appropriation of assets. With the loss of household assets – businesses, homes and land – generations  of African-American families have been unable to pass on and grow wealth from one generation to the next. We propose that the University draw on its expertise, research and resources to proactively support the building of a strong and growing black middle and upper class through a robust African-American community-led redevelopment initiative including affordable housing, entrepreneurship and career pathways. We propose a Design Thinking process to facilitate productive conversations and creative solutions to move beyond racial division and toward equitable wealth building for all.

Lead Organization
Social Entreneurship @ UVA

Contact
Christine Mahoney, Professor of Public Policy and Politics


Hacking Diversity

Abstract
IIn order to promote diversity in UVA IT and the Charlottesville-area technology industry, the School of Medicine, Dean’s Office Information Technology team would like to host a hackathon exclusive to underrepresented genders and ethnicities—specifically, women, African-Americans, Hispanic individuals, and LGBTQ individuals.

Lead Organization
Application Development, Dean’s Office in the School of Medicine

Contact
Michael Szul, Lead Software Engineer
Robert Pastor, Manager of Enterprise Architecture
Sara Elizabeth, Usability Tester


Bridging the Gap: A conversation about Race and the LGBT community

Abstract
People often believe that race and sexual orientation are two separate categories with no effect on each other. Any LGBT Person of Color can tell you that is not the case. LGBT People of Color usually face even more oppression and obstacles due to the intersection of their marginalized identities. This event would be a Q&A panel with the people of color from the LGBT Speakers bureau. The audience would get to ask questions about their experiences as LGBT people of color, and the speakers would get to share their stories, all with the goal of creating a more inclusive environment.

Lead Organization
Theta Lambda chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Contact
Taylor Lamb


Supporting Local Teachers and Curry Teacher Candidates to Engage with Diverse Students’ Families: Comprehensive Professional Development for Relationship-building Home Visits

Abstract
This project will combine anti-bias training with comprehensive home visit training so that a cadre of local teachers can become leaders at their schools (and mentor their Curry student teachers) in implementing this powerful practice. Home visits support teachers’ cultural competence development and create teacher-family partnerships that support children’s learning.

Lead Organization
Curry School of Education

Contact
Judy Paulick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Elementary Education


The University of Virginia, Gentrification, and Housing Justice: A Diagnosis and Proposal

Abstract
We propose a one-day conference to understand the University of Virginia’s role in a local housing market that remains unaffordable to low-income residents and people of color in Charlottesville and to consider solutions to create more equitable housing policies. The conference will be followed by a series of trainings and a community meeting.

Lead Organization
Global Development Studies at UVA

Contact
Laura Goldblatt 


Sympathy by Jean-Philippe Rameau (opera)

Abstract
VHO presents a modern fable of race relations in Rameau's "Sympathy" (1751). This cross-genre collaboration features hiphop choreography by a youth dance crew and a diverse cast of high-caliber operatic stars, in a satirically comic, updated tale of the striving for empathy across cultures.

Lead Organization
Victory Hall Opera

Contact
contact@victoryhallopera.org


Every One of Us: Ruby Sales Mini-Residency and UVA Student Upstander Training

Abstract
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) proposes a two-part program titled Every One of Us to engage the Charlottesville-area community and diverse groups of UVA students around issues of diversity and prejudice. The program would also develop a cadre of UVA student ambassadors who become trained to lead humanities-based discussions with high school students on uprooting conscious and unconscious racial biases and misbeliefs. Part one of the program would offer an inspiring mini-residency with civil rights leader Ruby Sales, including a large public talk for the Charlottesville community, a roundtable discussion for community leaders, and a workshop for UVA students. Part two of the program would involve anti-prejudice and "upstander" training for up to 200 UVA students, facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Through both parts, UVA students would develop skills and sensitivities in promoting civil dialogue among their peers, explore racial justice and equity issues, and be inspired to lead change in their schools and communities. Following the proposed program, VFH would select 10-20 student participants to develop and implement humanities-based discussions about race and racial biases in area high schools.

Lead Organization
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Contact
Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, 434-409-7350
Justin Reid, Director of African American Programs, 434-390-6443
Maggie Guggenheimer, Director of External Relations, 434-882-5040