The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is the foundation upon which the excellence of the University of Virginia rests. The largest of UVA’s schools, A&S educates 70% of all undergraduate students (conferring upwards of 2,500 degrees each year), trains a quarter of the graduate students, appoints 60% of the tenure-track faculty, and houses the core disciplines that form the heart of the University’s academic reputation.
The University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative aspires to excellence in integrated research, teaching and public engagement on democracy at a global scale—bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. Led by UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in partnership with the nonpartisan Miller Center of Public Affairs and in collaboration with colleagues from across the University, the Democracy Initiative was established in 2018 with leadership support from generous donors to the College Foundation and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. It is designed to engage a wide audience—from undergraduates to world leaders—in examining the challenges confronting democracies today.
The Center for Media and Citizenship will supplement the work of UVA initiatives like the new Cybersecurity Cluster, the Cyber Innovation and Society Institute, and the National Security Policy Center. Funding partnerships include the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UVA’s Strategic Investment Fund, and private donors. Because of the immense interest in this subject area, lab leadership is pursuing support from the U.S. Department of Defense MINERVA Initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and more, in order to sustain these partnerships beyond the three-year term.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation generously supports the production of our Democracy in Danger podcast.