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Batten alum Chris Woodfolk

Fewer Americans are donating to charity, but those who do give are more generous. Batten alum Chris Woodfolk (BA ’20) shares philanthropic trends for 2021 and offers a few tips in the new year.

 Monica Logothetis

Batten alum Monica Logothetis (MPP '09), co-founder of DreamWakers, developed an innovative program called Jail to Jobs to address the problem of high recidivism in the United States.

Dana Laurens

Dana Laurens (MPP ’10) knows firsthand how much good schools matter. When she was a child, she and her parents immigrated from Trinidad so she could get a better education, and she became the first in her family to go to college. This year, she was named to Washingtonian magazine’s Most Influential People list.

Batten alum Cameron Haddad (Bottom row, fourth from right) and fellow participants of a research symposium and community engagement event at the University of Venda in South Africa.

Batten alum Cameron Haddad (MPP ’20) takes a closer look at everything from health care in South Africa to children’s welfare in Tajikistan, with a core maxim in mind: Remember the people on the other side of the numbers.


In her graduation poem – read at Sunday’s ceremony – Hannah Semmes (BA '20) said maybe she would have taken that last walk around Grounds, gone to that dinner, asked out that boy, gone to that party if she knew we were leaving so soon.

Malcolm Brogdon

The same intellectual drive that has enabled Batten alum Malcolm Brogdon (MPP '16) to raise his game on the court motivates him to learn about—and uphold—his family's legacy of activism. In an article for Sports Illustrated, Batten's Gerry Warburg talks about Brogdon's dedication as a student.


Rorem wants more people to see all the hidden truths that math reveals about everyday life and how female mathematicians are contributing to that understanding.


Veronica Katz, a doctoral student in the Education Policy doctoral program, has been awarded a National Academy of Education (NAEd) / Spencer 2015 Dissertation Fellowship for $27,500.


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.


Almost a year ago, a group of 19 high school juniors visited the University of Virginia as part of Hoos First Look, a student-run program that gives first-generation and low-income students an all-expenses-paid orientation visit.