UFUSED is a national coalition of passionate students and allies working to generate dialogue about socioeconomic issues and encourage greater comprehensive support of low socioeconomic status (low-SES) students at our nation’s top colleges and universities. At U.Va we engage and connect our student body actively with these issues while also compiling research and advocating for policy change on the subject. UFUSED at U.Va. provides direction and guidance for each of our members. We aim to enable our members to learn from each other and to leverage our extensive network in order to bring focused attention and action to the issue of undergraduate socioeconomic diversity at the University of Virginia.
UFUSED at U.Va. plans to pursue positive change in these primary areas:
- Promoting access for all prospective students within the admissions process through improved institutional recruitment efforts and awareness of financial aid options and existing programs and resources at the University.
- Increasing success of lower-income and first-generation students at the University by connecting them to existing academic, financial, and social support programs and resources, operated by both students and administrators, as well as by initiating and improving crucial resources to serve our students more effectively.
- Fostering an environment of inclusion for these students to engage and interact with one another and to grapple with these issues.
- Raising awareness of issues within the larger University community surrounding socioeconomic diversity, inequality, and opportunity on Grounds through forums, workshops, programming, and dialogue.
- Advocating for the improvement of university resources by meeting with administrators to discuss and encourage reform of existing policies, programs, and procedures that may or may not be fully addressing issues of access, equity, and inclusion.