Student Organizations

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United We Learn. United We Lead.

As tireless instigators, our students champion organizations that keep our community curious and engaged. These groups provoke exploration into areas of passion and potential, furthering each student’s discovery of their own leadership style.

Learn more about Batten student organizations by connecting with the Student Services team.

Batten's MPP class of 2020

Batten Graduate Council

Represents the needs and interests of the graduate student body–enriching their overall experience via community outreach, special events, and professional development activities.

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Batten Latinx Network

Cultivates a community-based space for Latinx students to share resources and support one another throughout their time at Batten. Write for more information. 

Batten Speaks

Provides a positive, supportive environment for students to develop their public speaking and professional communication abilities.

Batten Undergraduate Council

Represents the needs of the undergraduate student body, providing organized opportunities for students to connect as they adjust to life at Batten.

FCG Consulting

Fortifies the impact of Charlottesville’s most socially-conscious organizations. Available to UVA Master of Public Policy students.

Virginia Policy Review

The Virginia Policy Review (VPR) is a student-run multimedia organization that promotes policy analysis and divergent thinking through its various publications, including its annual journal.

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The Equity Collaborative

The Equity Collaborative helps develop and implement solutions to issues minority, first-generation, and nontraditional students face at UVA. Through partnering with university administration, they seek to create sustainable initiatives that effectively and efficiently identify and address these issues at every stage of a student’s post-secondary experience. Students interested in learning more or getting involved should contact

PRIDE (Policy + Rights Drive Equity)

A policy-oriented club for Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy LGBTQ+ students that partners with faculty and staff to create opportunities to promote and discuss policy affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

For more information, please contact

Batten Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Gives third-year undergrads the opportunity to connect with fourth-year mentors on navigating Batten and the world of public policy at large.

Courageous Conversations in Policy

Emboldens students of all backgrounds to have solution-driven conversations about policy issues relating to inequality, race, and social justice.

In the News

Read more about Batten student organizations. 

Batten 2020 student groups
At Batten, student organizations new and old are deepening the School’s connection to Charlottesville—and to the wider policy world.
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Student co-presidents Chloe Cohen and Ryan Alexander speak about the burgeoning new Batten program.
Student James Banks
Through their organization, Black Student Leaders in Policy, James Banks and Sela Carrington are working to give Black Batten students a sense of ownership.