Assistant Dean and Director of the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Tel: (434) 924-7923
Fax: (434) 924-0513
Mr. Lewis is Assistant Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs and Director of the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center of the University of Virginia. Mr. Lewis was formerly the Assistant Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
As Assistant Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs (O.A.A.A.) Mr. Lewis provides progressive assistance to the administration operations of the Office of African-American Affairs. Mr. Lewis works to design initiatives that meet, not only the institutional academic mission, but also meet the needs of current and/or incoming students. As Assistant Dean he serves with other deans in "On Call" rotation to respond to urgent and emergency needs of current students (undergraduate and graduate). He advises undergraduate and graduate students on matters of academic, social and professional success at the University.
As Director of the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center Mr. Lewis works to provide cultural enrichment; and seeks to establish positive relations and enlightenment about the African Diaspora within the University community. This Center's primary goal is to provide programmatic initiatives which enhance the knowledge and understanding of continental Africans and African-Americans. As Director, he also works to advance African-American student leadership development through the larger umbrella of the Black Leadership Institute. Mr. Lewis works closely with colleagues in the Office of the Dean of Students whose constituents include: Asian and Asian Pacific American students, Hispanic, Latino and Latin American students to promote cross-cultural understandings. Mr. Lewis is responsible for assisting in the creation and development of public programs that have a wide appeal to students, the general University community, and surrounding city of Charlottesville.
During his tenure at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center Mr. Lewis served as chairperson for the Paul Robeson Excellence Awards Committee which awards scholarships to Rutgers University and high school students who exemplify the qualities of Paul Robeson. He and the Director of the Robeson Center were successful in securing a $75,000.00 endowed scholarship from the General Motors Corporation for underprivileged students of New Jersey. He also served as chairperson for the "Rites of Passage Program" which serves to celebrate the Black and Latino graduates of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
In 2002, 2003, and 2004 Mr. Lewis was the recipient of the distinguished Fulbright-Hays Scholar's Abroad Program administered by the United States Department of State. This program allows United States Educators the opportunity to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States, by providing training opportunities for faculty, teachers , staff and graduate students in foreign countries where the United States has projects in research, training and curriculum development. He has had the opportunity to visit, conduct research and work with educators throughout the southern region of Africa. These countries include South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In addition, he serves as United States Co-Chair for the Hlomisa Project. The Hlomisa Project helps to feed, clothe and educate orphaned and/or homeless children in southern Africa.
Some of his other University commitments include serving as Chair of the University Committee on Financial Aid, University Sexual Misconduct Board, University Student Activities Committee, University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) and Director of the newly established Luther P. Jackson Black Male Initiative at the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include being a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the past President of the Rutgers University African-American Alumni Alliance, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P) Charlottesville-Albermarle Chapter, and New Jersey State HIV Prevention Community Planning Group.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in History and Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies and Master of Education degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. He is currently a doctoral student in the Curry School of Education-University of Virginia.