UFUSED (United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity)  focuses on issues of access, advocacy, and awareness for current and prospective low-income and first-generation students at the University of Virginia.

We pursue positive change in these primary areas:

ACCESS – improving efforts to recruit low-SES students and spreading awareness of financial aid options and other resources at the University.

ADVOCACY – meeting with administrators to discuss and encourage reform of existing policies that may or may not be fully addressing issues of access, equity, and inclusion

AWARENESS – placing a spotlight on socioeconomic diversity, inequality, and opportunity and encouraging all members of the U.Va. community to be more conscious of these issues

SUPPORT – fostering an environment of inclusion, connecting people to helpful programs and resources, and creating a network for students


In the News



Divergent Voices

I can’t even begin to tell you how many tests I’ve failed, how many organizations I didn’t get into, or how many interviews I have flat out bombed. Failing sucks, but I’m thankful for these experiences. Because of these failures, I learned to embrace rejection and to grow from it.

I realize that this is UVA, that many of us are used to getting what we want and that we are used to succeeding. If you’re like me, you’ll discover that this isn’t always the case. Meritocracy isn’t always the standard in every situation. In the end though, everything works out. Being determined and working hard will pay off big time in the end. And then one day, you’ll become proud of your rejections because they made you better than before

Arthur Daquer

Seventeen years ago, I cried because my family moved from Colombia to the United States.

Fifteen years ago, I cried because my dad was a janitor at Chili’s and my mom a factory worker.

Twelve years ago, I cried because my dad cried. He thought he was a failure.

Eight years ago, I cried because my family had to sell our home.

Four years ago, I cried because UVa offered me full need-based financial aid.

Three years ago, I cried because I felt so different from my peers.

Two years ago, I cried because I got my golden ticket out of financial instability. I got into the Commerce school.

One year ago, I cried because I had no connections to fall back on when I applied to over a hundred internships and received no offers.

Nine months ago, I cried because I thought my parents’ sacrifices had gone to waste.

Four months ago, I cried because I applied to three companies and got job offers from two of them.

Two months ago, I cried because my mom was able to buy me a new suit from Macy’s without batting an eyelash.

One week ago, I cried because I got my signing bonus for the job I’ll start in the summer. I’ll finally be financially independent.

In two months, my family will cry when I walk down the Lawn and wear the Honors of Honor.

Santiago Naranjo


For any inquiries, questions, or comments, please contact us at ufusedatuva@virginia.edu or fic5cu@virginia.edu.