Of African-American Affairs Recognizes Top Mentors
7, 1999 -- The Office of African-American Affairs
recently recognized faculty members who have made an important contribution
to its mentoring program.
1999 Outstanding Faculty Award, and an engraved crystal plaque,
was presented to William E. Jackson, associate professor and chair
of the German Literature Department, for his numerous contributions
to the program and to the support of African-American students at
U.Va. over the past three decades.
Jackson has served as an important role model for our students,
not only in terms of his professional achievements but also his
personal character," said M. Rick Turner, dean of African-American
affairs. "William Jackson has spent many hours with African-American
students, time that has paid off in their successful academic careers
here and after leaving U.Va."
of the Year awards were presented to David H. Perrin, professor
and program area director in the department of human services at
the Curry School of Education, and Laura F. Hawthorne, public services
and programs coordinator in the Office of Vice President for Research
and Public Service. Recognized for their longstanding support of
the mentoring program were J. David Deck, associate professor of
cell biology, and Bernard D. Mayes, assistant dean and director
of media studies in the English department.
Office of African-American Affairs launched its Mentoring Program
in the fall of 1995 to provide a supportive and caring environment
to students of color. The program is open to second- and third-year
students who are paired with faculty members on the basis of common
academic interests. It offers students intellectual stimulation,
academic support, career guidance, and friendship. The program,
directed by Peter Yu, an assistant dean in the Office of African-American
Affairs, has helped create a welcoming climate for minority students,
who make up about 10 percent of the undergraduate population at
University posted a graduation rate of 85.4 percent over six years
for African-American undergraduates who entered the school in 1992,
the highest graduation rate for African-American students at a public
university in the country.
more information about the Office of African-American Affairs, call
M. Rick Turner at (804) 924-7923. For more information about the
Mentoring Program, call Peter Yu at (804) 924-7923.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629.