Humans of UVA explores human connection and shared experiences. Since 2019, we’ve looked to Brandon Stanton (founder of “Humans of New York”) as the primary influence on our work, utilizing his interview and street photography processes as inspirations for our own. Members new and returning interview strangers in the community at random, resulting in a social media post highlighting each person’s unique story accompanied with portrait photography.
We strive to explore the UVA community one story at a time by capturing a glimpse into each other’s unique lives. We believe everyone has a story to share and work to make those voices heard.
Humans of UVA would not be possible without the leaders that worked to build our legacy both past and present. A few special thanks go out to Allison Li (former president), Divya Shan (former president), as well as the rest of the UVA community that never ceases to inspire us.
Caroline is currently a third year Media Studies and French double major born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She has loved her time with Humans of UVA -- getting the chance to engage with her community through storytelling and exploring the diversity within it. She is excited to continue expanding the organization's reach at UVA and beyond.
Jake Berton is currently a fourth year American Studies major who plans on becoming a history teacher in his future. Jake is from the outer suburbs of Philadelphia, from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. “The club has entirely changed my experience here at UVA, as it’s allowed me to understand what it means to be human, and how to communicate with one another about those experiences.”
Lara is currently a third year Neuroscience major. She plans to attend law school and practice intellectual property law. She grew up in Florida before moving to Virginia and later attending UVA. She is a classically trained pianist and cellist and enjoys traveling, photography, film, and baking. An avid fan of Humans of New York, Lara was ecstatic to find our parallel at UVA.
Leena is a third year who plans on majoring in Media Studies with a specific interest in broadcast. She is proudly Palestinian, but grew up in Northern Virginia as well as Doha, Qatar. She thrives off new experiences, conversation and human connection, making Humans of UVA the perfect opportunity to express this.