Our Students Organize a Week of Reflection and Positivity

August 14, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

In response to the events of August 2017 and, in anticipation of continued conflict this year, UVA’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) organized a “Week of Reflection and Positivity.” One of the events was a T-shirt sale and photo opportunity to spread kindness and hope.

Whiteboards were on hand that read, “Charlottesville is a place for _____, not hate.” Faculty, staff, and students were encouraged to fill in the blank space with what the Charlottesville and UVA community means to them.

Some days I read the news and am disheartened. Then I come to work. I see our students. I see our faculty and staff. I see hope and healing, teaching and tolerance. I see unity and respect. I am very grateful to my colleagues and our students who remind me daily that our School is home to outstanding individuals with huge hearts.

Thank you to all who participated. I look forward to seeing these wonderful shirts around town. It is my hope that this message of positivity ripples out from our School throughout the community and beyond.

Below are a few images taken throughout the week. Enjoy!

R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education

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