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Photo by Dan Addison. (University Communications)

This summer, 50 students have been selected to participate in UVA’s 22nd Century Scholars program, designed to give students public-sector, event-planning, political and historical research, and video documentary work experience. Meet three Batten students participating in this year's program.

Tim Davis is an associate professor of public policy and clinical psychologist who studies team leadership and emotional resilience. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)

In his new course, Batten professor Tim Davis is helping Cavalier athletic coaches tap into the psychology of resilience.

The UVA Rotunda

UVA plans to invest $100 million in the study, teaching and promotion of democracy made possible with a $50 million gift from Martha and Bruce Karsh to establish the Karsh Institute of Democracy. The Institute will bring together and augment the work of entities already dedicated to the study of democracy at UVA, including the Batten School.

Faculty Award Recipients

Despite many challenges posed by the pandemic, Adams and Bassett demonstrated outstanding skill, compassion and creativity in keeping students engaged in virtual classes and relating their subject material to daily life.

Matt Gillam

Matt Gillam (BA ’21), a proud Long Islander, knew he wanted to be a Batten student from the moment he learned about the School. After graduating this month, he'll bring the leadership skills he gained during his time at Batten, along with his passion for service, to the classroom with Teach for America.

jasmine Rangel student spotlight

The location of Batten Student Jasmine Rangel’s (MPP '21) childhood house changed the course of her life. Now, she’s working to ensure that everyone has a stable, affordable home. 

MPP student Sean Bielawski. (Graphic by Macy Brandon)

A former sports journalist and investment banker, Batten’s Sean Bielawski, who will graduate with his MPP next week, has no regrets about saying yes to everything.

legacy and pilot award winners

The Pilot and Legacy Awards are the most prestigious student-nominated awards for graduating MPP and BA students. This year, a record number of nominations were submitted by Batten students, faculty and staff who were impacted by Batten’s Class of 2021.

From left, Kirsten Gelsdorf, Victor Luftig, John Holbein, Talitha LeFlouria and Kate Stephenson won this year’s Faculty Public Service Awards.

Batten professors Kirsten Gelsdorf and John Holbein were two of the five University of Virginia faculty members to be recognized with 2020-21 Public Service Awards for their dedication to work that enhances student experiences and engages communities nearby and around the world.