McIntire Ally Program

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The McIntire School has mobilized its faculty and staff to form an identifiable Ally group that supports all students, including minority students, LGBTQ students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, veterans, and any other students who may feel marginalized by status or life experiences. Actively advocating on behalf of students and available to them as mentors, McIntire Allies help them navigate the academic environment, address obstacles, and reduce feelings of isolation, as well as provide a safe space for them to explore problems and solutions.

Sally Kline Armentrout
Student Services

"I am happy to welcome all members of our community and hope to help all feel like valued members of the McIntire community."

Emily Bagdasarian
Non-Degree Programs
A. J. Baglioni Jr.
Marketing

"I've been on the other side of the desk many times and feel that I can identify with students."

Marketing

"I want to let others know there is nothing to fear and to know they are included."

Information Technology

"In the words of Dr. Seuss, "You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?" I want to support and advocate for this belief with students here at UVA."

Marketing

"I hope to make it unequivocal that we at McIntire understand the importance of diversity to advancing society and the human race."

Emma Candelier
Graduate Programs

"I believe in supporting students throughout their experience at McIntire regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation."

Kerrie Carfagno
Management

""Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." —Plato. I was part of an organization in my undergraduate experience that worked to support others. I continue to believe that supporting each other is important."

Sydney Chakalos
Graduate Programs

"I have chosen to be an Ally because I want all students at McIntire to experience a community of support and encouragement."

Finance

"Faculty are used to being in a university environment. Students—particularly first-years—are not. That can be very stressful for anyone. I would just like to help if needed."

Sadie Royal Collins
Undergraduate Admission

"Since I started working at UVA nearly 10 years ago, I've worked closely with students who considered themselves as "other," or separate from the "typical" UVA population. No matter how you might identify, I am open to exploring what it means to feel on the outside, to be different, and to experience things with a different lens while being a member of the UVA community."

Denise Egan
Career Services

"I care about students' well-being in and outside of the classroom. I very much appreciate that everyone has unique challenges (some more than others), which can interfere with one's ability to experience happiness, connection, and achievement of goals."

Christopher Wilcox Elliott

"McIntire is a remarkable community, which like all communities, can present challenges for students. I welcome the chance to offer support through those challenges."

Tom Fitch
Career Services

"Being an Ally is an integral part of my role here at McIntire, and it's extremely rewarding to serve as a sounding board for students. Learning from others and sharing in dialogue are what make this place a community."

Cynthia Fraser
Marketing
Julia Hilkey
Student Services

"I have chosen to be an Ally because I want all students to feel not just accepted, but celebrated at McIntire. I want all students to know that my door is always open. I am eager to listen and help with any problems that arise."

Janelle Perron Jennings
Student Services

"I think it is important to let students know they are not alone and that there are people willing to listen and help."

Steven Johnson
Information Technology
William J. Kehoe
Marketing
Dot Kelly
Finance

"I love getting to know and learning from and with people from different backgrounds. To date, I have lived and/or studied in three European countries and traveled to four continents."

Adelaide Wilcox King
Management

"I believe that all communities benefit the more the full range of perspectives and voices are valued and heard."

Jeannine Lawrie
Career Services

"As a former counselor and now a member of the Employer Relations team in Commerce Career Services, I would love to support students navigating the higher education experience and exploring the world of work. I promise to listen, support, and continue to learn about ways I can be a source of knowledge and support."

Rebecca L. Leonard
Management

"I care about ensuring that all individuals feel a sense of belonging, and I enjoy enhancing the academic, emotional, and personal experience of being at UVA for all students."

Jeffrey Leopold
Management

"I want all students to feel included; be content; and thrive at McIntire, at UVA, and in their careers. If I can help students accomplish this, I will be content myself."

Christi Lockwood
Management

"I've chosen to be an Ally because having a diverse, welcoming COMMunity enriches the experience and learning for everyone."

Jeffrey Lovelace
Management

"I decided to become a McIntire Ally because I want to be actively involved in helping everyone feel comfortable in our community."

Chris Maurer
Information Technology

"I am passionate about helping students in all possible ways and would like to offer support and encouragement beyond the typical classroom environment."

Katie McDermott
Accounting

"I believe in diversity and inclusion!"

Accounting

"I chose to be an Ally because I am dedicated to making every student’s experience at UVA comfortable, inviting, and wonderful. This sometimes means students need to reach out to those they trust to share challenging experiences. I hope students will feel free to bring these challenges to me so that we can work through them together."

Accounting

"I really enjoy getting to know people and support diversity. I truly believe we can individually and collectively make the world a better place."

Kieran O'Connor
Management

"I want to make sure that all students feel that they belong at McIntire and that we are on their side. I would like to help any student who has any fears about learning or being a student here."

Robert Patterson
Management

"I have chosen to be an Ally because I believe decisions made are made better by hearing from a diversity of perspectives. The very idea of an ally means we each might hold certain beliefs, but the cause we're pursuing requires a spirit of banding together during a journey."

Marcia Pentz
Management

"Building a community that not just includes, but welcomes, everyone has been a core principle in the way I teach and try to live my life. We all have value, and a community that recognizes, invites, and values difference builds the kind of strength, compassion, and personal trust that empowers each of us to lead our best lives and help others to do the same."

Eric Rzeszut
Information Technology

"I look forward to serving as an Ally for McIntire students. I’m a first-generation college student, a McIntire grad (as of 2018!), a Jewish staff member, and a strong friend to the LGBTQ community (ask me about the same-sex Jewish wedding I hosted in my Alabama backyard!). My door is always open for students who need to talk."

Patrik Sandas
Finance

"I believe that students of different backgrounds face challenges that I did or do not face as a Caucasian male, and I am willing to offer them my help in navigating those challenges."

Suprateek Sarker
Information Technology
Accounting

"Throughout my life, I have appreciated different backgrounds and perspectives. I love learning about myself and others as we find our commonalites and explore how we are shaped by our differences."

Danny Steeper
Student Services

"I am very interested in supporting student success across the many dimensions that contribute to a student academic experience."

Robert Tharpe
Business Office

"I believe it is important for students to know there are others who have faced situations they may be facing and can offer advice and encouragement."

De'Shay Turner
Graduate Programs

"The choice to be a McIntire Ally was an easy decision for me, as it reflects who I aim to be every day outside of McIntire. There are so many people I owe thanks to, who were instrumental during my time as a college student. The least I can do is be that for someone else."

Jill Whisnant
Student Services

"I am dedicated to supporting and celebrating our diverse student body at McIntire."

Jennifer Winchel
Accounting

"I would like to support students, particularly underrepresented students, feel comfortable at McIntire and help them identify solutions to various problems that might arise."