Sullivan Award winners
Business student seeks to serve
by Andrew Shurtleff
By Charlotte Crystal
Braxton is not your typical business student.
dont view business as an end in itself, but as a mechanism
for social change, he said.
22, who hails from Stafford, Va., has concentrated on marketing
at the McIntire School of Commerce. He has enjoyed the challenge
of a rigorous education in business. And he expects to work for
profit-making ventures at some point in his career.
its not where his heart lies.
is planning a career in social work, and his face lights up when
he talks about the service projects hes done at U.Va.
member of Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success, Braxton
was the only first-year student to serve on the organizations
first executive board. He has stayed active in the student group,
which helps bridge the digital divide by offering free computer
tutoring to African-American youth in Charlottesville.
also goes to faculty member
professor Earl C. Dudley Jr., a 67 law alumnus, received
the Sullivan award
for a faculty or staff member. He
joined the faculty full time in 1989 and served as associate
general counsel of the University for five years. Dudley
has worked closely with the Honor Committee for the past
six years. In addition, he directs the Graduate Program
annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards are given to two
fourth-year students and a member of the University community
to recognize excellence of character and service to humanity.
also serves with the nationally recognized peer-advisers program
at the Office of African American Affairs. I realized that
I didnt get where I am solely on my own merit, Braxton
said. A lot of people helped me, and I wanted to return
activity that has clearly engaged Braxtons head and heart
is his work for One in Four. The U.Va. group educates men about
sexual violence against women and works to reduce it on college
speaks to mens groups around Grounds about the extent of
the problem and ways they can help.
a lot you can do to help end mens violence against women,
he said. You can be effective in your everyday interactions
conversations about race are another of Braxtons interests.
He conceived the idea for Reflections on Complexions
four years ago and the BUCKS group has helped sponsor it every
empathy may stem in part from a frightening personal experience.
The summer before he matriculated at U.Va., he fell into a coma
for several weeks.
were never able to identify the source, and Braxton just as mysteriously
recovered. He had to rebuild atrophied muscles and relearn how
to write and talk. Since then, hes been grateful for the
little things in life.
a month on life support made me treat every day like a gift,
many of his McIntire classmates, Braxton hasnt yet secured
a full-time job and plans to spend more time looking after graduation.
At the top of his list would be a job with a non-profit group,
especially one that addresses issues of gender and violence or
have to make a difference where you can, because you can,