'Humans of New York' Inspires Spinoff at UVa School of Law

August 1, 2014

It was an idea brought up in a staff meeting and from there it took off.

The Communications Department at the University of Virginia School of Law wanted to use the popular website, Humans of New York as a template for their very own project in Charlottesville.

Humans of New York is a social media campaign created by a photographer who goes around New York city getting people to talk about their lives.

"We wanted to find a way to highlight our whole community, not just the faculty and the students, which we normally do news stories about, but also the staff that works here, who do everything from the construction to the cafeteria work, all the people who make UVa Law a great place to work and to go to school," says UVa Law School's Creative Director Warren Craghead.

Craghead has taken the lead role on trying to find interesting stories to document and on any given day you'll find him wandering the halls trying to find his next 'Human of UVa Law'.

"I''ll go around with a camera and look and see who is here and then I'll approach them. If it seems like they're not busy studying or in the middle of something, and then try to talk to them, take a photo with them, get them to relax and talk about some things about their life," says Craghead.

The website highlights teachers, students, random people stopping by to visit the school and even bookstore employees.

"It's nice to let other people know that there is a lot of talent here at the law school and not just faculty. It takes a village, I guess is what they say, so it takes everyone here at the law school to make the law school better," says Eveling Clark, a bookstore sales associate.

Clark was featured on 'humans of UVa Law' earlier this week and so far, her story is a big hit.

She is often times the first face new students see when they start their experience at the school and she has made it her mission make sure everyone feels at home.

"When the students come in they're my kids until they graduate and then afterwards we send them back home a little better and a little smarter," she says.

For more 'Humans of UVa Law', click the link on the side of this page.


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