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. 



  1. For each seven-week Engagements course, you will complete three Engagements Experience (EE) Tasks

    1. Attend the Fall '23 Engagements Experience Event (in person or virtually--more information below)
    2. Complete an Academic Advising Activity
    3. Complete an Engaging Grounds experience (more information below)
  2. Your College Fellow will ask you to attest that you completed each of the three components above. Check your course syllabus for instructions.

Engagements Experience Lecture Series

Each quarter, the College Fellows will select a featured presenter for the EE Event Series. Artists, scholars, thinkers, activists, leaders - at these events you will encounter individuals who, in their work and their lives, embody the principles of the Engagements. 

Students in the Engagements are expected to attend the EE Events each quarter. Students who have pre-existing academic conflicts (e.g., other scheduled courses, examinations, etc.) may watch a video recording of the event. Video recordings will be provided below several days after the event has concluded. Primers (articles, curated readings, etc.) will be made available to introduce students to the the keynote presenters or the concepts they will present. Students are also expected to have read the primer ahead of attending the Event. 

Fall '23 EE Events

Quarter 1 - A.D. Carson, featuring Waasi

Monday, September 18th, 7pm @ Old Cabell Hall

"Rap and Resistance: Fifty Years of Hip Hop"

Quarter 2 - Majors Fair

Tuesday, October 10th, 1-4 pm @ Newcomb Ballroom

Stop by Newcomb Hall Ballroom to connect with more than 50 majors and academic programs!  Get your questions answered, and have a walk around to explore your options, all in one place! Email Katie Densberger at [email protected] with questions. 

Engagement Experience Lecture Series Archive

Academic Advising Activity

The EE will help keep you on track to complete your general education requirements by asking you to complete one academic advising activity during each quarter. These activities will help prepare you for coursework in the following semester.

Quarter 1 - Complete and print the Engagements Pathway Checklist

The Engagements Pathway checklist includes all your general education requirements. Take some time to complete the form during the first quarter of the semester. If you're unsure what courses have been used to complete your requirements, you can always refer to your Academic Requirements Report in SIS

Quarter 2 - Meet with your Academic Advisor

Ahead of enrollment for the Spring '24 semester, you should meet with your academic advisor to review your current achievements and your plans for enrollment next spring. While this is a requirement each semester while at UVA, the College Fellows want to underscore the importance of this meeting by including it in the EE. Come prepared to discuss not only the courses you want to take next semester but how you see the courses working together to lay the groundwork for further study while at UVA. 

These meetings should be held in person or virtually and should last 15 minutes.

Engaging Grounds

Each quarter you will participate in one Engaging Grounds experience. Please refer to your syllabus to learn more about what your instructor has planned for your course.