Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement Staff

  • Meara M. Habashi, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


    Dr. Habashi comes to UVA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, where she served on the faculty for five years. An expert in social and workplace behaviors, she also led Purdue’s Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management, which empowers women to overcome gender obstacles in the workplace and prepares students to lead and excel in a diverse workforce and changing social climate. Prior to her work at Purdue, Dr. Habashi taught psychological and brain sciences for five years at the University of Iowa.

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  • Amanda Fortune

    Operations Manager


    Amanda provides general operating support for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Engagement, such as budget oversight and fiscal management for the CDE and affilated student organizations. Amanda also serves as a human resources liason and provides administrative support to other CDE Support Staff members. 

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Center for Diversity in Engineering Staff

  • James Bland, M.Ed

    Director


    James assists with the daily operation of the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE) and serves as the advisor of culturally based CIOs within the Engineering School. Additionally, he provides equity-focused programming, strategic diversity, and serves as an advocate and champion for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups.

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  • Katie Giwa-Osagie

    Assistant Director


    In the CDE, Katie facilitates community-building programs with a specific focus on the support of the Latinx community and Women within UVA Engineering. She is responsible for implementing and coordinating ongoing and one-off programs that contribute to student identity and leadership development, promoting equitable and safe environments within UVA Engineering, facilitating education on gender justice, and building a community of student leaders.

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  • Donnell Wright

    Graduate Assistant


    Donnell participates in the development of new programs that seek to support a diverse group of Engineering students. Specific programs include Summer Bridge, CDE community dialogues, workshops/trainings, student advising, peer mentoring, and assisting with programs supporting the greater development of career, leadership, equity, and academic success for underrepresented students (undergraduate and graduate) within Engineering. 

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UVA's Clark Scholars Team

  • Devin K. Harris

    Clark Scholars Faculty Director


    Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Systems and Environment (Civil Engineering) at UVA. As Faculty Director, his responsibilities include design, oversight and strategic planning of the program, engagement with college and university leadership, plus academic and professional support to the Scholars. Other responsibilites included selection of incoming Clark Scholars in collaboration with the Offices of Admissions and Student Financial Services.

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  • Alicia Cowan-Brown

    Clark Scholars Program Coordinator


    Alicia joined the Clark Scholars Program in 2022 as the Program Coordinator. Her responsibilities include program implementation, scholar engagement, and collaborating with various partners to improve the Engineering student experience. As an advocate and champion for holistic student success, she also connects scholars with academic and professional opportunities.

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  • Karen Sleezer

    Senior Administrative Coordinator


    Karen has worked for the Clark Scholars Program since 2020 as Program Associate and interim Program Coordinator. She is involved in strategic, logistical, and financial aspects, and especially enjoys engaging with scholars and developing the global and service pillars. 

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