Cultural Programming Board


The Cultural Programming Board is charged with the responsibility of supporting the development and implementation of cultural programming at the University of Virginia.
In allocating funding to student-run events and programs, we aim to:

  • Promote learning across the various cultures found within our University community
  • Foster collaboration among students of different backgrounds
  • Increase the presence and impact of underrepresented cultural perspectives
  • Stimulate creative thinking about culture, inclusiveness and community

CPB Members

The Board is comprised of five student members and one UVA faculty member:

Mr. Thomas Pilnik, UPC
Mr. Bijan Morshedi, Student-at-Large
Ms. Denise Catbay, MRC
Ms. Blakeley Calhoun, MRC
Ms. Alisha Ault, Student-at-Large
Ms. Chelsea Stokes
Ms. Michelle Sawwan, ODOS


Now Accepting Funding Applications


The Cultural Programming Board is now accepting applications for funding for the Fall 2014 semester. Please view the application and dates page for details.

Important to keep in mind

It is important to prepare for your hearing.  You will present about how your event and goals fit the mission of the CPB.  You will also field questions about the purpose, budget, logistics and execution of your event.  The CPB reserves the right to provide full, partial or no funding.  Feel free to direct questions to Michelle Sawwan at