Who We Are and Where We Stand

Statement on the Summer of Hate 2017 in Charlottesville

The Psychology Department strongly denounces the bigoted views and speech expressed, and violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville and at the university during the summer of 2017, termed the ‘summer of hate.’ This included the ‘unite the right’  rally on August 11th and 12th. The Psychology Department repudiates white supremacist ideology and bigotry in any form, and takes seriously our role in working toward an environment that counters messages of bigotry and hate. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and stand in support of members of groups who have been targeted by these acts of bigotry and hate.

One of our Department Mission specific aims is a commitment to teaching and mentoring the next generation of psychological scientists and psychologically-literate citizens and leaders. This includes advancing the science, methodology, and applications of psychology, which make clear that there is no scientific (and we would add, no ethical or moral) place for these hate-filled views or actions in a civil society. We are committed to a process of ongoing self-reflection to learn from these repugnant events that occurred in our community, and to striving to live up to our Department’s mission to foster an academically enriching and supportive climate for all members of our community.


Other Statements and Resources:

The University of Virginia strongly condemns the hateful and violent activities in Charlottesville and on Grounds on Aug. 11 and 12.

UVA Deans Working Group  


UVA Free Speech