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Featured sculpture: Lamenations, by Judith Bond (1931-1992) and Jeffrey Sass

Art Activism

Lamentations, a sculptural group of five female figures, was created in 1989 from scrap metal and recycled automobile steel. Much beloved by members of the UVM community, the lamentations sculptures are currently being restored. 

Learn more about the project.

Striving to purposefully fulfill the values of UVM’s "Our Common Ground" statement (Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice, and Responsibility), the Davis Center has been designed to provide a number of elements that support the overall inclusion and diversity mission of the university.

How do we walk the walk?
  • Gender–neutral bathroom facilities (in addition to men's and women's bathrooms) one on each floor, four total
  • The Diversity and Equity Unit lounge and office space
  • Welcoming lounge spaces open for all
  • Henderson's Café is named in honor of George Washington Henderson, the first African American man (and UVM alum, class of 1877) to be admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
  • Employing Universal Design principles - from the accessibility of our physical spaces to the loop hearing system in ballrooms.
Programming Initiatives
  • Activities for all: Continuous programming within the building represents a diverse range of performers and ideas.
  • Displays: Case displays in the building feature: UVM alum Nobel Peace Prize winners; messengers of peace who have come to campus; UVM alums who served in the Peace Corps (over 700!); and a spotlight on the Diversity and Equity unit.
  • Say it big: A twenty–foot wall in the south lobby of the tunnel is dedicated to social justice messaging — students' choice. In addition, oversized banners in the atrium remind us that this is Our Common Ground (UVM's principles).
  • Art with a message: From collaborations with Hunger Free Vermont, the Women's Rape Crisis Center and the Vermont Foodbank to exhibits related to social-justice programming initiatives, the building is outfitted with art that matters.
  • Hosting great thinkers: We aim to attract conferences and other meetings with social justice themes to our amazing fourth floor meeting spaces.
Special of the day: Socially just food choices
  • We serve fair trade coffee
  • We support local farmers and agriculture through food service partnerships (VT Fresh Network, Black River Produce, Arethusa Farms, and more)
Astute staff
  • The Davis Center aims to have one of the most diverse staffs around. We engage in affirmative action/EOE employment process and engage applicants about their thoughts on social justice through each stage of the hiring process.
  • Once we've hired someone, ongoing staff training around topics of racism, sexism, homophobia and more keep our staff members constantly aware and sensitive to the building's mission. Pretty great, huh? Work with us!
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