Meet the Team
Director of Black Cultural Center
Kimberly D. Clark-Shaw is the director of the Black Cultural Center, reporting to the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, as part of the university's diversity and inclusion efforts. Clark-Shaw develops programs, events, and services that facilitate the personal, social, academic, and cultural well-being of Black and African American students.
In this role, she is responsible for analyzing campus, regional, and national data on conditions affecting the African American community, then using this information to inform and educate the campus community about issues and taking appropriate and responsible actions consistent with advocacy and support of a welcoming and supportive campus community for Black and African American undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community members.
Clark-Shaw collaborates with the Student Success Center to support the Ujima Living-Learning Community in Housing and Residence Life.
Specifically focused on diversity, advising, and retention, Clark-Shaw has fostered large-scale university initiatives and has infused education and culture in community collaborations and local outreach efforts. As a devoted champion for the importance of scholarship, Clark-Shaw traveled abroad to partner with the University of Ghana through a Fulbright-Hays International Education Grant, which involved robust service-learning, curriculum development, and research. This experience was the impetus to her collaboration with other universities and local public and private schools, as well as developing community partnerships and programs. She also studied and partnered with the University of Salamanca in Spain and created content-based freshman seminars for diversity.
Clark-Shaw has held national and regional roles in the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education; Association of American Colleges and Universities; National Academic Advising Association/International Community of Advisors; and the HBCU Regional Retention Alliance.
She remains committed to the local community by also serving as the executive director and co-founder of a cultural arts organization that raises awareness through intercultural connectedness to encourage conversation and inspire dialogue. She has been honored by the campus community with the President’s Diversity Award, the Multicultural Student Services Award, and recognition for Extraordinary Public Service to the University and Greater Community.
Clark-Shaw earned a Master of Arts in education with a focus on culture, curriculum, and change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Clark-Shaw is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish, and Twi (a Ghanaian dialect) as well as some Italian, Swiss-German, Swedish, and Mandarin.
Clark-Shaw has dedicated more than 15 years to a career in higher education in academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs. Prior to Virginia Tech, Clark-Shaw has worked within the University of Maryland system, serving as the retention director at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and in advising services at Salisbury University.
BCC Program Assistants
Christopher is a current senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Digital Marketing Systems. He is currently on the Executive board of CaribSo and a member of clubs like SAAB and BMEN. The reason he chose to... become a BCC intern is that the BCC really helped him connect with the black community here at Tech and has improved his overall experience. He hopes to reach out to more black students at the university in hopes to show them what our community has to offer so they can avoid having the same experience he did when first coming to college. This will be his first year working with the BCC and he is determined to help grow the community.➤ Read more
Aniyah Johnson is a junior at Virginia Tech majoring in Business Informational Technology with a Cybersecurity concentration. In her free time, she likes to... watch movies, play sports, and listen to music. Along with being a BCC intern, she is involved in Student African Sisterhood, Black Student Association and participates in Ebony Women of Excellence and Our Voice. She is very excited about what is to come as a BCC intern this year.➤ Read more
My name is Brandon Stokes, a senior from Martinsville, VA. This December I will be obtaining a dual diploma in... Political Science & Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) with a minor in Business. My involvement on campus is as follows: Black Student Alliance, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Yates Society, Kwame Ture Leadership Academy, the Undergraduate Advisor of Black Organizations Council & the Secretary of the Theta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.➤ Read more
BCC Programs Outreach
NiKia Greene is a junior at Virginia Tech that will be receiving a dual degree in Political Science on a Legal Studies track and Sociology on a Social Inequalities track. She is from Martinsville, Virginia and aspires to turn her passion for the development of the Black community into a career. NiKia plans... to do this by working in an Office for Inclusion and Diversity at a major university before working towards being the President of a University. In her free time, NiKia enjoys singing, advocating, and practicing self-care. A fun fact about NiKia is that throughout her childhood she developed a love for music and she wanted to become a broadway singer. Throughout her years at Virginia Tech, NiKia has been very involved and active on campus in things such as including, but not limited to the Student African American Sisterhood as the Treasurer, the Black College Institute as a Student Staff Leader, the President's Black Student Advisory Board, the Enlightenment Gospel Choir, and as a Resident Advisor for the Ujima Living-Learning Community in Peddrew-Yates.➤ Read more
Jaila is a current junior at Virginia Tech majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Strategic Communications. One of the reasons why she became a BCC intern is because she is passionate about involvement in social events in the Black community. She hopes to be able to share... ideas and bring more new events for the community onto campus. As well as being an intern, Jaila also works with the Virginia Tech Athletics Staff as a sports photographer. This would be Jaila's first year working with the BCC and she is excited to be a part of the staff and showcase the exciting things in store.➤ Read more
Colin Roberts is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and PPE. Colin is very involved on campus with various clubs from BSA, ABPsi, Active Minds, and more. Colin also serves as the Class of 2024 - President while at the same time working at the Cook... Counseling Center as a PAL and for Rhino Entertainment Services. Colin is very passionate about mental health, especially in the Black community, and plans to go to graduate school to study Clinical Psychology with a focus on PTSD and Trauma research. With hopes in giving back to his community in some way.➤ Read more
PR-Marketing Consultant & Research Assistant
Data & Programs Coordinator, Graduate Assistant
Ryan is a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with minors in Event Management and Cinema Production. He is from Woodbridge, VA (NOVA) and aspires to use his knowledge and experiences to work on and eventually direct events such as the Super Bowl, Concerts,... Olympic Ceremonies, Black Entertainment Media/Events, Award Shows, and so much more. A fun fact about Ryan is that his interests in events and cinematic experience was birthed after he saw Beyoncé's - Formation World Tour through pictures, videos, and behind-the-scenes content. After watching what it took to put on an event and production like that Ryan became interested in large-scale events, especially events that are centered around the Black Experience. Throughout, Ryans first few semesters at Virginia Tech Ryan has been involved in opportunities such as but not limited to Student Engagement Coordinator of a Residential College, Programming Committee of the Big Event, Assistant Director of Programming for the Homecoming Board of VT, Student Staff Leader for the Black College Institute, and a Resident Advisor for the Leadership & Social Change Residential College. Ryan is looking forward to engaging and working with the BCC throughout the rest of this semester!➤ Read more
Eddah is pursuing a P.h.D in Industrial Systems Engineering with a focus in Operations Research at Virginia Tech. She has a Master’s in Mathematics from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor's in Economics and Mathematics from Simpson College. She is from... Kenya and has been an international student throughout her collegiate career, resulting in her deep appreciation of the importance of community to enhance the college experience. Due to this, she relishes participating in BCC’s work of fostering a community for Black and African American students at Virginia Tech. She enjoys learning about new cultures, sharing knowledge with others, cycling, hiking, reading books, and watching basketball or television shows.➤ Read more