Batten Graduate Council

The Council exists to represent the needs and interests of Batten School students.  It helps to enrich their academic experience by encouraging community outreach, special events and professional development activities.  The council also provides opportunities for interaction among students, faculty and alumni, in order to foster a strong culture and close-knit Batten community.

Professional Development Grants

The Batten School Council allocates funds for assisting students participate in professional development activities, such as attending conferences, meeting policy professionals, and providing community service. Application available here.

Special Events

The Council organizes various social events that connect Batten students with faculty and other professional students at the University.  Along with the Council’s signature event, the Batten Ball, the social events co-chairs have planned a trivia night, mixers with other professional schools, homecomings events and an alternative spring break.

Community Engagement

The Council strives to promote community engagement with the university and the larger Charlottesville communities. The Council sponsors intramural teams, organizes monthly service projects, alumni meet-ups and Batten Builds.

Council Members:

President: Cara Mumford

Treasurer: Sydney Petersen

Secretary: Danielle Childress

Student Council Rep: Lauren Russell

Honor Representative: Joe Marchese-Schmitt

Community Engagement: Madeline Merrell

Special Events Chairs: Elizabeth Yost & Connor Andrews


Class Representatives: 

2017 Accel Class Representative: Tara Razjouyan

2017 Post Grad. Class Representative: Whitney Farmer

2018 Accel Class Representative: Tori Hanway

2018 Post Grad. Representative: Nick Matthews