Diversity and Equity Unit
Jazz Brunch History
In 2003 UVM’s LGBTQA Services office introduced a Sunday morning brunch, featuring the smooth sounds of local jazz artists Jodi Albright, Ellen Powell, and Carl Recchia, and a sumptuous and eclectic menu served in the Waterman Manor to UVM’s Homecoming weekend calendar of events. Sixty people attended that fall, including students and their families, staff, faculty, and alumni and everyone lingered over the music, the food, and the view of Lake Champlain from the Manor’s balcony. The following year all of the offices of the Diversity & Equity unit, the ALANA Student Center, the Women’s Center, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, and LGBTQA Services joined together to host the second annual jazz brunch joined by the talented student musicians in the UVM Jazz Ensemble. Attendance has grown each year, and by 2006 had outgrown the Waterman Manor. With space at a premium we anxiously awaited the opening of the new Davis Center where the event filled the Livak ballroom in 2007 and the Silver Maple ballroom in 2008. Since its inception, the Jazz Brunch has provided a warm and relaxing atmosphere for all of UVM’s many communities and has become one of the signature events of UVM’s Homecoming and Alumni weekend.