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Student Organizations

Getting involved in a student organization is a great way to build connections and community within the School of Education and Human Development. Our student-founded and student-led groups and committees uniquely contribute to the cadence of life at EHD by fostering a more justice-minded learning and communal environment.

UVA EHD offers a range of student organizations, including professional orgs, affinity groups, and groups for research and writing. Browse the list below and reach out to individual organizers for more information.

Student Organizations

Critical Whiteness Study Group is a book group open for anyone to join our shared reading and critical discussions about disrupting white supremacy culture (e.g., racial hierarchy, white privilege, capitalism) at the root of the inequity. We aim to meet monthly over the summer to discuss a book that addresses whiteness and disrupting white supremacy.

Requirements: We welcome anyone who is interested in critically studying whiteness and addressing the individual and systemic factors that maintain racial hierarchy. We welcome emerging and established scholars from various disciplines with a connection to education to join us.
Fees: none
Website: Critical Whiteness Study Group
Contact: Allison Rae Ward-Seidel

EdCouncil represents the student body of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Our mission is to improve the experience of students through initiatives that enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of their lives.

Requirements: Full-time degree-seeking students in the School of Education and Human Development.
Fees: none
Website: Education Council
Contact: Victoria Kim and Hailey Ramsey

FIRST (First-Generation Support Working Group) is a student organization committed to facilitating community empowerment to promote belonging and success at the University of Virginia’s School of Education & Human Development among students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Requirements: Identify as First-Gen student or an ally to First-Gen students
Fees: none
Website: First-Generation Support Working Group
Contact: Jessica Livingston

The Hunter Student Research Conference (HSRC) is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to share their research while gaining valuable experience proposing, preparing, and presenting their work in a supportive environment. This opportunity involves (a) working in the planning committee, (b) becoming a reviewer or volunteer, (c) presenting at the conference, and/or (d) participating in the conference. The conference takes place in March every year.

Requirements: If you are interested in serving as a reviewer or a volunteer, or you would like to present your research at the conference, please stay tuned to the latest updates on our website.
Fees: none
Website: Hunter Student Research Conference   
Contact: Anna Yonas

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. NSSLHA is an association for students managed by students. National policy and activities are governed by 10 students (Regional Councilors) and five ASHA members (Faculty).

Requirements: To remain active, members must pay dues by October 1 each year. Undergraduates must attend 4 events throughout the year to meet requirements for obtaining a graduation cord.
Fees: $20 annually
Website: National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Contact: Kennedy Wilkins

Our goal is to support Out Educators in showing up authentically, and Allied Educators in creating safe PK12 spaces.

Requirements: Out and Allied Educators is open to undergraduate and graduate EHD students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA2S Community and Allies who advocate and privilege the experience of marginalized identities.
Fees: none
Website: Out and Allied Educators
Contact: Mary Margaret Hughes

A student organization committed to challenging dominant narratives, disrupting systems of oppression and inequity, empowering students to recognize and activate their agency, and creating sustainable changes within the School of Education and Human Development’s community. 

Requirements: A desire to engage with other graduate students around equity, diversity, and social justice
Fees: none
Website: SEEDS4Change
Contact: Charlotte Blain

SVEA is a professional preservice organization for aspiring future educators. SVEA provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to explore the field of education through community outreach and professional development. The UVA chapter of the SVEA seeks to provide pre-professionals with meaningful opportunities to engage with the education community on- and off-grounds.

Requirements: This organization is open not only to those who wish to pursue teaching as a career but to any students seeking to enter the field of education. Complete the membership interest form here.
Fees: $15 annually. We understand financial difficulties may arise, and we are willing to work with our members. 
Website: Student Virginia Education Association
Contact: Delanie Peacott

Our goal is to create a space for Black students to engage in self-care, mentorship, and monthly activities, while voicing opportunities to improve their experience at UVA.

Requirements: Open to Black graduate and undergraduate students
Fees: none
Contact: Sasha Miller-Marshall

The Kinesiology Club at UVA is an opportunity for students within the larger UVA and school of education communities to come together through shared interests in science, exercise, nutrition, and health. We aim to foster a stronger sense of community among kinesiology students and faculty by offering events on career exploration and course advising. The club also works to increase relationships between kinesiology students of different years through volunteer events, wellness activities, and skill workshops.

Requirements: Subscribe to the mailing list here
Fees: none
Contact: Carla Betancourt

The YSI Exec Team is a leadership opportunity for students in the YSI major. We meet once a week to work on students initiatives, collaborate with faculty, plan social and academic events, and more.

Requirements: Enrolled in the Youth and Social Innovation major
Fees: none
Contact: Ava Purcell

BSWG provides a space for Black doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to exercise and enhance their writing skills in a supportive community. Each month, BSWG comes together to write and participate in professional development seminars focused on various writing styles (book length, journal articles, OpEds, etc.), securing grants, publishing, and navigating academia as Black scholars.

Requirements: Any Black doctoral student (PhD/EdD) or Black postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the Department of Psychology can attend our monthly full-day writing sessions, monthly half-day sessions, or periodic social events.

Fees: None
Website: Black Scholars Writing Group
Contact: Todd HallA'Zure Latimer, and Sasha Miller-Marshall