The Engagements Experience

The Engagements Experience

Introducing the Engagements Experience (EE), a year long component of the general education curriculum designed to welcome students into the diverse and dynamic intellectual community that is the University of Virginia. Students will make their way through the EE "bucket list" in dialogue with Engagements faculty, and in conversation with their pod for the year: a group of nine other first-year students and an accompanying TA guide.


  1. For Each seven-week Engagements course, you will complete three experiences from a bucket list of intellectual opportunities, one from each of the three categories below.
  2. From each experience, you will submit a Ticket Stub to your Engagements course Collab site (selfie, screenshot, other) demonstrating your participation. See below for details.
  3. Towards the end of the quarter, you will reflect on these experiences in a 250-word Domain Reflection that will be graded by your instructor.
  4. We encourage you to consider discussing or participating in events with your TA or members of your EE group.
  5. More details about the EE can be found in your Engagements course syllabus.

Experience 1 – Scholar Speak

Select one of the following experiences on the Scholar Speak calendar and attend the event in its entirety. Scholar Speak experiences are presentations given by scholars and thinkers from across the university, the community, and beyond. For a more intimate experience, choose a Faculty Shop Talk. These are informal, interactive discussions in which College Fellows (the professors who teach Engagements courses) present on a topic and then conduct Q&A with participants.

Acceptable Ticket Stubs: Selfie while attending talk; screen shot of virtual session; other as assigned by your College Fellow. 

Experience 2 – TA Talks

Select one of the following panels or talks hosted by our Engagements TA Guides,upper-class alumni of the Engagements who will provide personal insights on how to thrive at UVA. We encourage all students to review their calendars immediately to find a convenient TA Talk to attend. Pay attention to potential conflicts with sports practice and travel, work, and other obligations.” 


Acceptable Ticket Stubs: Selfie while attending talk; screen shot of virtual session; other as assigned by your College Fellow.

Experience 3 – Engaging Grounds

This year’s Engaging Grounds bucket list item is the newly launched Enslaved African Americans at UVA Self-Guided Tour. After downloading the “Walking Tours of Grounds” app, you will complete this tour (either in-person or virtually), early in the semester and will revisit it in the context of each of your Engagements courses (four times over the course of the year), with the aim of understanding how the critical perspectives of each Engagements domain can be applied to one or more sites or stops on the tour.

Acceptable Ticket Stubs: Selfie while on tour; screen shot of progress on virtual tour; other as assigned by your College Fellow.

Domain Reflection

Each quarter you will submit a 250-word reflection that brings your experience of and thinking about Enslaved African Americans at UVA Self-Guided Tour into dialogue with your current Engagements course. Please find the specific prompt for your Domain Reflection in your Engagements syllabus.

**See your Engagements course syllabus for all due dates.