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Chief of Staff

Meghan S. Faulkner

Meghan S. Faulkner is Chief of Staff in the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Virginia.

Meghan staffed the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University (2013-2018) and currently serves as a member of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS). She also chairs the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee.

She joined the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2010. A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Monticello High School, she has a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. 

Senior Director for Grants Administration and Strategic Partnerships

Kristin L. Morgan

In the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kristin Morgan serves as Senior Director for Grants Administration and Strategic Partnerships as well as the Co-principal Investigator and Program Director for the Virginia – North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. In addition, Kristin is a Co-principal Investigator for the Bridge to the Doctorate and member of its advisory board. She directs the VA – NC  Alliance Summer Research Program and is a member of a social science research study team examining the impacts of STEM intervention programs on identify and self-efficacy. Kristin manages proposals, data collection, and reports to the National Science Foundation.

 

Kristin contributes to the broader work of the office with strategic planning for diversity and inclusion. She also coordinates the Disability Advocacy and Action Committee, co-founded the Civic Engagement Subcommittee, among others, and fundraises for diversity and inclusion initiatives, most notably the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.

 

She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Religious Studies and from Oregon State University with an M.A. in Applied Anthropology.

Gail Prince-Davis
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

Gail Prince-Davis

Gail Prince-Davis has worked at the University of Virginia since 1993. She spent 14 years in the Department of Emergency Medicine where she served as an assistant to the department chair. In 2007, she took a position in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She manages the schedule for the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and coordinates committee meetings, among other duties.  

Director of Business Operations and Grants Management

Debra White

Debra White is the Director of Business Operations and Grants Management for the University of Virginia Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Debra serves as the business and fiscal operations manager, human resource manager, and manages day-to-day office functions.  She is the fiscal and research administrator for the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and Bridge to the Doctorate programs.   

Debra has a B.A. in Business Administration from Averett University, an M.B.A. from Liberty University and holds several professional certifications.  
 

Maurice Walker in black sweater and maroon shirt, smiling into camera.
Program Coordinator, Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Maurice Walker

Maurice Walker is the Program Coordinator for the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation.  The VA-NC Alliance is a National Science Foundation program focusing on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in STEM, and matriculating to graduate school.  The Alliance is comprised of 11 undergraduate institutions and 1 federal laboratory; University of Virginia serves as the lead institution.  NSF also awarded the Alliance funding for a Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program, which supports underrepresented students pursuing a doctoral degree. Maurice has longstanding ties to the local community.  He is a Charlottesville native who graduated from UVA’s College of Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and earned a Master of Education from the Curry School of Education.

Joy Elmore
Communications and Programming Assistant

Joy Elmore

Joy Elmore is the Communications and Programming Assistant in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is responsible for administrative support for the office, several committees, grant activities, and special events. A native of Southwest Virginia, she graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a degree in Communication Studies. After college, she continued her education with a master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. Joy joined the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2018. 

Kevin McDonald, wearing red bow tie and gray jacket, smiling directly at camera
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships

Kevin G. McDonald

Kevin McDonald is the University of Virginia’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships. He joined UVA after serving as the chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity at the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri – Columbia

Prior to the University of Missouri System and Flagship campus, McDonald held positions at several other universities, including as vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology, Vice President for equity and inclusion at Virginia Tech, as associate director for compliance and conflict resolution at Johns Hopkins University, and as campus compliance officer at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to his work in higher education, McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and for Network Solutions, Inc. McDonald holds a law degree from The Ohio State University and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Rochester. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Lorenzo Dickerson wearing a black polo shirt, smiling at camera
Director of Communications

Lorenzo Dickerson

Lorenzo Dickerson is the Director of Communications in the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  He joined UVA after managing website content and social media for Albemarle County Public Schools where he also commemorated the first 26 African-American students to desegregate the school division with three historic markers.  Prior to Albemarle County Public Schools, Lorenzo managed digital communications for the Social Security Administration and advertising agencies. 
 
Lorenzo is also a filmmaker with documentary work focusing on sharing important stories of African-American history and culture which have broadcast on PBS and show in various film festivals including his own annual Maupintown Film Festival at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  His focus here at UVA is telling diverse and inclusive stories from Grounds and the local community through our website, social media and upcoming e-publication.  
 
An Albemarle County native, Lorenzo graduated from Western Albemarle High School, and went on to earn a BBA in Business Management and an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University.