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Chatting with Batten

The Batten School is hosting an informal drop-in event to provide a chance for our community to come together to answer your questions. Anne and Courtney from the Admissions Office will be on hand inside The Great Hall to talk about our programs, and current students will be on around Garrett to answer your questions about life at Batten. Come get to know Batten and enjoy cookies and punch!


Batten student Heeyon Joy Kim (MPP '21), who has been taking classes remotely from Korea during the pandemic, is working to be a voice for vulnerable children.


As he awaits the NFL Draft this week, Batten student and co-captain of the football team Terrell Jana (BA '21), looks back on his time at UVA, where he learned that athletes can shape public policy.

Rachel Walet

From UVA history to education in prisons, Batten student Rachel Walet (MPP ‘21) is unafraid to tackle tough issues.

The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

Tackling everything from the death penalty to affordable housing, the students in Batten professor Andy Pennock's Virginia Politics and Policy don’t just participate in the course—they design it themselves.

Christine Mahoney

During UVA's annual Research Achievement Awards, Christine Mahoney, professor of public policy and politics and director of SE@UVA, was recognized for her work supporting the rights of displaced people locally, nationally and globally. Batten's John Holbein and Jay Shimshack were also acknowledged for their research contributions. 


In honor of Black History Month, three members of the Batten community who participated in the School’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations reflect on the activist’s legacy.

Brooke Lehmann

People told Batten's Brooke Lehmann she would never find bipartisan support for school-based health centers. She didn’t listen.


Professor Christopher Ruhm presented his research at the Paid Family and Medical Leave Findings Symposium, hosted by the Department of Labor.


Former UVA basketball star and Batten alum Malcolm Brogdon was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an individual who shows outstanding service and dedication to their community.