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Kimberly Clark-Shaw

Kimberly Clark-Shaw

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.

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Program Assistants

NiKia Greene

NiKia Greene

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.

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Ryan Odibo

Ryan Odibo

Ryan Odibo is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in political theory. Along with being an intern in the Black Cultural Center, he is also a consultant in the Consulting Group at Virginia Tech, a mentor for Mentorship in International Studies and... Political Science, and a Residential Advisor in East Ambler Johnston. He wanted to get involved with working at the BCC because he has a passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion especially when it pertains to the recruitment, retention, and recognition of black students in predominantly white spaces.

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Jaila Harris

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.

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Data & Programs Coordinator

PR-Marketing Consultant & Research Assistant

Vincent Akligo

Vincent Selorm Akligo is a graduate student at Virginia Tech, majoring in Construction Management. He pursued his undergraduate degree in Building Technology and MSc in Information Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology....

Coming from Ziope, a deprived community in Ghana, he understands firsthand what it means to be underserved. he joined the Black Cultural Center (BCC) with the aim to make a difference in less privileged communities. As a strong believer in the betterment of communities and corroborated by the school's moto, UT-Prosim, serving resonates very well with him. Due to his unfaltering belief for equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and a passion to give back to these communities, he embarked on an outreach to Alexandria and Newport News to educate High School students on current technologies and career paths in the construction industry.

His research life centers on the application of IT techniques, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Data Mining, Database Systems, Collaborative Construction, BIM, and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality. Skillsets he believes are invaluable for the development of the future workforce of the construction industry.

Vincent has over seven years of industrial experience in both construction and IT working in various positions. Away from the academic life, he likes listening to music, traveling, watching movies, and watching documentaries.

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Ryan Paul

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!

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BCC Programs Outreach

Cook Counseling Liaison

Colin Roberts

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.

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