Academic Outreach

Louis P. Nelson

Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, is the primary advocate and representative for community engagement, public service, and academic outreach programs across the university.

Course enrichment grants

In an effort to encourage long-term reciprocal partnerships between UVA faculty, students, and community partners, the RPE program is offering $2,000 grants to support courses that include a strong element of community engagement. Faculty members are encouraged to apply for funding to support courses that deploy place-based and community-based learning.

Meet the Team

Public Service Pathways Student Advisory Council

Aligned with the University’s commitment to student self-governance, the Pathway’s Student Advisory Council is an intentional effort on behalf of University leaders to include students in the dialogue surrounding the implementation of the Public Service Pathways program. This Council, composed of 12 undergraduate students from across Grounds, is responsible for supporting Pathway leadership in achieving their intended programmatic purpose through thoughtful ideation and implementation of programming.

Get Involved

Getting involved with Public Service Pathways is a simple two-step process: Enroll and Subscribe

Enroll in Public Service Pathways

Enroll, learn about upcoming programming, and complete required reflections using Hoos Involved.

First Year enrollment steps:

  1. Visit the Hoos Involved page 
  2. Log into Hoos Involved using Netbadge and your UVA ID
  3. Scroll down to Experience Types and select Public Service Pathways
  4. Select Year One then click Enroll

First Year Advising Seminars

The initial round of first-year advising seminars funded by the Mellon Race, Place, and Equity program took place in Fall 2021. Eight professors in various disciplines in Arts and Sciences, and three in the School of Architecture, worked alongside approximately 35 community members to teach 200 first year students.

Community Partners and Resources

Community Advisers

A foundational premise of the grant is that university faculty, staff, and students work with community partners in a reciprocal manner to further the equity-based missions of community groups, and provide UVA students with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and lived experiences.

We are grateful to our community partners for generously and actively helping us develop the programming of the Mellon Race, Place, and Equity grant. Read more about them and their work here:

Curriculum in race, place, and equity

The Mellon RPE program supports curriculum development that fosters nuanced understanding of the intersections of race, place, and equity. A series of Advising Seminars in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Architecture introduce first-year students at UVA to local, place-based histories and legacies that have shaped the University and Central Virginia. Three-credit courses featuring community partnerships and place-based, community-engaged teaching help build an outward looking, public-service university.

RPE Faculty

The Mellon RPE program is providing start-up funding for three tenured or tenure track positions to contribute to the broader race, justice, and equity hiring initiatives at UVA. Two positions have been filled (see below); the third will address North American Indigenous Studies.