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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, committees, and initiatives uniquely contribute to the cadence of life at UVA EHD by fostering a more justice-minded learning and communal environment.

UVA EHD offers a range of ways to get involved, including professional organizations, affinity groups, groups for research and writing and UVA Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs). Browse the full list here and reach out to individual organizers for more information. Do you have an overall question? Please reach out to [email protected]!

EHD Initiatives

EHD initiatives are schoolwide and open to all students who are interested in participating.

C.A.R.E. is a weekly discussion group open to all graduate and undergraduate EHD students. The group is conversation-based, includes open-ended discussions, and is co-created with input from both participants and facilitators. We strive to create a place to promote meaningful conversations about diversity, racial equity, and social justice; enhance participants' capacity and comfort working with diverse populations; and share individual experiences with race and privilege. We also hope that participants come away with increased cultural and racial self-awareness and appreciation for new perspectives, in order to engage in the world in a way that leverages privilege and promotes inclusion and equity. There are flexible topics for each week (e.g., identity; Charlottesville; systemic racism across different systems; racial justice and Black lives).

The group is led by graduate clinicians in training from the Clinical and School Psychology program (under supervision). C.A.R.E. groups are held in person and on a HIPAA-protected Zoom platform to ensure privacy and remain in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Fees: None
Contact: Belinda Hernandez

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


Contracted Independent Organizations or CIOs at UVA act independently of the University and are not covered by the University's risk management plans. UVA CIOs are required to update yearly paperwork with Central Student Affairs.

CESO is a student organization founded to support counselor education graduate students at EHD.

Requirements: Enrolled in the counselor education graduate program
Fees: $40 per year
Contact: Megan Reed

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

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: Elise Ebert

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

Academic Groups

Academic student organizations are based within a specific academic discipline at EHD.

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: Emily Kyaw and Walker Swanson

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: Amber Duncan and Shakira Pina

Affinity Groups

EHD affinity groups are a group of students linked by common interests or purposes.

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 (Ph.D./Ed.D.) 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 Hall, A'Zure Latimer and Sasha Miller-Marshall

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

Our goal is to support LGBTQIA2S educators in showing up authentically and allied educators in creating safe preK-12 spaces.

Requirements: LovEd 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: LovEd
Contact: Ryan Burke

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 community.

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