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


    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

  • Keith Williams

    Clark Scholars Faculty Director

    Keith is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Keith has been the first-year advisor and Introductory Engineering instructor for UVA’s Clark Scholars Program, along with directing the introductory program for first year engineering students. His most cited scientific work is in the areas of hydrogen storage in nanomaterials, and DNA-based recognition. In recent years, he has received several teaching awards and commendations. He enjoys piano, cello, taking students on local hikes and leading study abroad adventures in the summer.

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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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