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Public and Community Relations

This team performs two vital functions: Public Relations and Community Relations.

The Public Relations Team is the University’s primary point of contact for inquiries from the general public and news media. In addition to managing inquiries, Public Relations maintains relationships with local, national and international media organizations, proactively seeking opportunities to tell UVA’s story and generate positive news. The team also has responsibility for Freedom of Information Act inquiries.

The Community Relations Unit helps foster positive relationships between the University and its neighbors through communication and outreach. Its activities include:

  • The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, which makes it easy for University employees to give back to the community.
  • The Day of Caring, an effort putting more than 1,000 employee-volunteers to work on a range of projects for area schools and nonprofit organizations.
  • Chuck It For Charity, which diverts unwanted furniture, appliances, nonperishable food and clothing from landfills to local charities.
  • The Planning And Coordination Council (PACC), a group that brings together the City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle and the University of Virginia to discuss topics of mutual interest, including development plans.
  • Outreach to Neighborhood Groups, with the goal of communicating University news and strengthening relationships with local residents.
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