Ellen I. Graves



Ellen I. Graves

Ellen I. Graves, M.Ed., is the Student Engagement Lead for the Contemplative Sciences Center. She heads up the SFI Documentation Project, a collaborative scholarship project with Stanford University to map flourishing-focused activities at colleges and universities across North America. She also manages the Flourish@UVA app, a mobile app designed specifically for UVA students to help them kickstart healthy habits, connect with people and resources on Grounds, and discover ways to flourish across all aspects of their lives. At the center of her work is supervising and mentoring students, helping them develop purpose and meaning in their professional lives.

Prior to working with the CSC, Ellen spent more than ten years building innovative and supportive educational environments in higher education. She served as the Director of Work Learning at Warren Wilson College and the Elizabeth Taylor Greer Fellow at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA. Ellen is also a scholar of higher education, with published works on the effects of Title IX on the lived experiences of students.

Ellen has a master’s in education with a concentration in higher education administration from UVA’s School of Education and Human Development and a bachelor’s of arts in psychology from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.