UVA’s Flux Poetry & Spoken Word, a student-run CIO, received a Jefferson Trust grant this spring to take UVA’s first team to the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in Chicago. Leading up to the national event, the Flux team held weekly workshops and practices throughout the academic year to prepare and select team members to represent the University. The UVA contingent consisted of 5 poets, one coach and one assistant coach.
This year’s CUPSI boasted the largest number of competing teams, 78 in total, in the 15 year history of the Invitational. The UVA team did well, scoring the highest among the teams that were attending for the first time!
The team’s grant proposal caught the interest and imagination of the trustees during the annual review process, including Trustee Dan Adler, who selected this project as the very first Annual Jefferson Trust Daniel S. Adler Student Award. Mr. Adler serves as the project’s trustee mentor, an opportunity for additional interaction between the Trust and the project.
When establishing the award in 2016 through an additional donation, Adler said, “I have been inspired by the student grant requests these past five years, and so am excited to help enable students to bring their dreams to life, challenge them in leadership roles, and help then make a difference to the University and the Charlottesville community.”