“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”
 — Maya Angelou

Recent events have reminded us that violence against women is an urgent problem, even in small college towns like Charlottesville, Virginia. This violence has far-reaching consequences. Survey results suggest that 60% of female students and 55% of female faculty sometimes, often, or always feel unsafe on UVA Grounds. Results also suggest this fear undermines women’s engagement in academic life, and makes women feel less at home at the University. This is unacceptable.

Two faculty members at the University of Virginia’s Batten School are channeling this concern into their research. They are leading an innovative study of how safety concerns contribute to gender disparities in educational and professional outcomes. The interdisciplinary project will use a combination of Big Data analysis, program evaluations, and lab experiments to measure the ripple effects of community violence on academic engagement. While the evidence will come from UVA, it will be relevant to colleges and universities across the country.

They need your help to move this research forward as quickly as possible. If you think this study is important and would like to contribute to their efforts, please make a tax-deductible donation here:


For more information on this study, please follow the links at the top of the page.