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UVA Night Tour: Suggest Areas or Issues to Examine for Safety
Deadline: Oct. 3.

The UVA Security and General Safety Committee is soliciting suggestions for its upcoming Fall Night Tour to be held in mid-October. Committee members walk areas around Grounds in darkness to assess physical safety conditions, particularly lighting, pathways, crosswalks, and emergency phones; and physical infrastructure hazards, such as sidewalks, stairs, or railings. To suggest places or issues for the committee to examine, please fill out this short survey. You can also upload photographs, maps, or diagrams to the survey. Responses will be accepted through Oct. 3. If you have questions, please contact Tim Eckert, office manager and special assistant to the chief of police & AVP, Department of Safety & Security.


Free Mental Wellness Screening
Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Interested in a quick mental health check-up? Worried about a friend? Curious about counseling options at UVA? 97% of UVA undergraduates use three or more self-care strategies to help themselves feel better regularly or during challenging times. Visit Newcomb next week for a free mental wellness screening. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. If you can’t attend, other resources can be found online.

CAPS Groups and Spaces for Connection and Support
Counseling and Psychological Services’ (CAPS) group offerings include support groups, skill development, spaces for connection, and more. Both in-person and virtual offerings are available. Visit the website to learn more about the weekly schedule and how to join.


UPC Cinema: “A Quiet Place II”
Sept. 24-25, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m., Newcomb Theater.

Shhhhh. Don't make a sound. Just come see a free showing of “A Quiet Place II” in Newcomb Theater.

Deeper Dialogues: Hope
Sept. 30, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Colonnade Club.
Deeper Dialogues is a series of structured small group conversations around five topics of human flourishing. It is sponsored by Theological Horizons in partnership with Essential Partners. Catered dinner will be provided. If you are interested, register online.

Truist Leadership Academy
Registration Deadline: Oct. 3.
The Truist Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for African-American/Black students interested in finance and related industries. The weeklong immersion features career exploration workshops, an all-expenses paid trip to Greensboro, N.C., and personalized career guidance.

COVID-19 International Safety: Peace Corps
Oct. 22, 9 – 10:30 a.m., virtual.
Keynote speaker Michael Keel will share what the Peace Corps is doing to prepare for the arrival of volunteers and how Covid-19 is affecting service work.


“The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency”
Oct. 12, 11 a.m., virtual.
Jean Becker discusses her new book, “The Man I Knew,” with Miller Center senior fellow and former Bush speechwriter Mary Kate Cary. The book tells the story of how, after his devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H. W. Bush rebuilt his life and found a way to make a difference. If you are interested, register online.

“America’s Electoral Future”
Oct. 15, 11 a.m., virtual.
Three political experts discuss the state of America’s political parties during these extraordinary and unsettling times. The panelists will consider polarization, challenges that current partisanship pose to American democracy, and the deep historical roots of contemporary political developments. Register online.


Jefferson Trust Annual Grant Cycle is Updated and Open
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Oct. 1.
The Jefferson Trust Annual Cycle application is open, and we’ve streamlined our process! We've implemented a two-step application; applicants must now complete a short Letter of Inquiry (LOI), which will be reviewed to determine if their proposal moves forward to the full application. Visit our website to learn more about the Trust, what we fund, and our updated process.


The next issue of Connections will be published on Wednesday, September 29.
Deadline is Monday, September 27, at noon.


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