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. Despite being completely virtual this year, our 22nd annual Fall Weekend highlighted leaders who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community on Grounds and around the world — from the founders of our organization to today’s student leaders and elected officials.
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 give the Outstanding Service Award to Vicki Gist, the director of multicultural student services at UVA. Dean Gist perfectly summed up the underlying message for this year’s Fall Weekend, calling on us to “continue to nurture and support each other, and mold UVA into the best possible place for LGBTQ+ students to live and learn.” 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.
Friday Awards Ceremony
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.
Saturday Meeting with Co-Chairs
This work could not be done without the help of our generous donors, who have enabled the Serpentine Society to award nearly $200,000 to enrolled students in the past year alone. 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.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in person next year!