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Finding a [new] Home at Richmond

By Beth Anne Spacht

April 27, 2015

As the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1 creeps closer, we know that a good number of you are still searching for that one final reason why you should choose Richmond. Here in the Office of Admission, there’s not much more we can say or do to convince you why UR is distinct; you’ve heard the facts and the figures, had time to mull over the statistics and the stories.

So for those of you still on the fence, we thought it would be helpful for you to hear from a campus resource you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other school in the nation: The Office of Common Ground.

The University of Richmond's Office of Common Ground supports the school's priorities of diversity and inclusion by providing campus-wide resources and programs that foster community across lines of difference. In celebration of the most talented and diverse class in our University’s history, it's my pleasure to introduce a special note to the Class of 2019 from guest blogger, Ted Lewis, Associate Director for LGBTQ Campus Life in the Office of Common Ground.

Here's what he has to say:

Finding a [new] Home at Richmond
Ted Lewis, Associate Director for LGBTQ Campus Life, Common Ground

Welcome to the Spider Family class of 2019!  

We are UR! That’s the rallying cry that unites us as a spider family, but it is also imbued with an understanding that who we are as a community is varied, unique, and diverse. UR is made up of a diverse student body of many races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, religions, faiths, and abilities. Finding your community here at UR goes beyond simply showing up for classes; it involves finding out who you are and what kind of community you need.

The benefit of a small liberal arts college is the feeling of community, the sense that you are part of something, and that you matter! You won’t get lost in the shuffle here or be another number in class. At UR we work hard to ensure you can bring your full authentic self to our community.

The University of Richmond offers a myriad of resources to help you explore identity and community. Examine race and ethnicity with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, or religion and faith with the Chaplaincy, or feminism and gender with the WILL* Program, or sexuality and gender identity with LGBTQ Campus Life in Common Ground, or discover the world with the Office of International Education. College is a time to explore who you are and where you fit.  

The Office of Common Ground, where I have the honor of working, is all about helping you find community. We are dedicated to creating inclusive spaces from the residence halls with our Cultural Advisors and SpiderNights to intersectional programming with Diversity Round Table, and from special support for First Generation College Students to our enVision Social Justice Retreat. We are here to help you find your place in the Spider Family.

We operate from the idea that “everyone thrives in a just community.” Our office works to ensure that just community is here at the University of Richmond, because we recognize as a community that we still have work to do. That means we are always changing, always evolving, and always shifting to make UR a better place.

Finding your new home at college can be difficulty, but we’ve got your back! Because after all, We are UR! Best of luck with your final decision.

Ted Lewis
Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life
tlewis3@richmond.edu | commonground.richmond.edu

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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