We strive for our work to be relevant, clear, and purpose-driven. We want to know the value that people find in working with us. We want to live up to that value and incorporate it in every project we undertake. Simply put, we want our work to matter. On this page, we share with you our impact report along with stories and videos that illustrate how the Cooper Center is making a difference.

Impact Report

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021


As was true for many organizations, this was a challenging year for the Cooper Center, but we found new ways to deliver our public service mission, managed with fewer resources, and rediscovered the resilience of Virginia communities. We thank you for your continued support. View the Weldon Cooper Center's first impact report.



Greater Good Initiative

Inspired by their experience in the Sorensen Institute’s High School Leaders Program and driven by their belief that “youth voice belongs in politics and in policy,” Tarina Ahuja and Adam Ashley started the Greater Good Initiative.

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Racial Dot Map

Based on over 1,000 testimonials, the Demographics Research Group found that people used the map in a wide variety of ways but most often to help promote equity and inclusivity in their communities.

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Racial Dot Map Inspires Conversations about Equity

Over 1,000 testimonials from users across the U.S. revealed that the dot map has been instrumental in helping people understand and talk about race issues.

Sorensen Alum Found the Greater Good Initiative

Inspired by their experience in the Sorensen Institute High School Leaders Program, these alum founded a youth-led policy think tank.

Students Contribute to Public Service Work

UVA undergraduate students help build an interactive dashboard to show Virginia’s progress in reaching its clean energy goals.

Cooper Center Helps Virginia Reach Clean Energy Goals

UVA's Energy Transition Initiative is conducting research to inform Virginia's policy makers as they navigate the path to carbon neutrality by 2050.