Serpentine Society Fall Weekend
Occurred October 24-25, 2020
Every Fall semester, the Serpentine Society hosts its Fall Weekend to celebrate its scholarship recipients, discuss its accomplishments over the past year, and come together as a community. Usually this event consists of festivities, awards, and alumni reunions, but with current COVID-19 restrictions, this year it looked a little different than in years past. However, with hard work from board members, Alumni Hall, and the fellows, the Serpentine Society’s first virtual Fall Weekend was a rousing success.
The first day of Fall Weekend was the awards ceremony, which was an opportunity to honor the different scholarship and awards recipients from the past year. The Serpentine Society was proud to award the Outstanding Service Award to Vicki Gist, the director of multicultural student services at UVA. Dean Gist has been a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ+ community ever since arriving at UVA nearly 20 years ago, and gave some moving remarks to that effect. Additionally, the night culminated in remarks from current congressman from New York Sean Patrick Maloney, a recent recipient of the Bernard Mayes Award. He spoke to the importance of uniting as a community, now more than ever, and the great work that the Serpentine Society continues to do.
The second day of Fall Weekend was a conversation with Matt Paco and Brian Eley, two co-founders of the Serpentine Society. This dialogue was a chance to ask questions and reflect on how much good work has been done at UVA over the past 20 years to advance LGBTQ+ students’ sense of belonging and purpose on grounds. This work could not be done without the help of people like Vicki Gist and generous donors, who have enabled the Serpentine Society to award tens of thousands of dollars to enrolled students. If you would like to support the Serpentine Society, whether in the scholarships and grants we award, professorship funding, student and community event funding, or alumni programming you can do so by clicking here. Thank you for supporting progress on LGBTQ+ issues at the University of Virginia.
We look forward to seeing you in person next year!