Inclusive Excellence Fellows
The inaugural Inclusive Excellence (IE) Fellows program began in the Fall of 2019. These fellowships offer the opportunity for our division to benefit from talented and passionate students who are interested in pursuing careers that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The fellows support our strategic programs and contribute to our institutional research efforts.
Now Hiring 2021 Inclusive Excellence Fellows
- Inclusive Excellence Fellow (Graduate Student Position, Grantwriting Focus)
- Assist with literature review for grant proposals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including but not limited to STEM-focused initiatives.
- Research and illustrate available data as required by funding agencies.
- Compose and revise sections of the proposals, possibly including project descriptions, logic models, evaluation plans, and budget justifications.
- Track progress on grant proposal components and maintain schedule to complete tasks before the internal deadline.
- Communicate with UVA colleagues to request information needed to complete the proposals.
Meet Jeffrey Basoah
Jeffrey Basoah is a 2nd-year graduate student in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, with a minor in Green Engineering. His current research focuses on education equity by using sports analytics to increase the motivation of traditionally marginalized high school students to pursue STEM courses, degrees, and careers. Jeffrey has an enthusiasm for seeing the success of others and uplifting his community members to heights once thought unattainable. "Be the change you want to see" is a motto he lives by, and as a Co-Founder and Board Member of Acquiring Knowledge for Transcendence (AKT), the non-profit organization he created, he can put it into action. Through his non-profit, he is able to share knowledge on how to traverse the inner and external battles that come with elevating oneself above the expected. After graduation, Jeffrey plans to enroll into a Ph.D. program that evaluates and assesses the impact of programs and initiatives on STEM education to ensure that true impact is being made. Jeffrey hopes to use his time as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow to engage with the community's youth in STEM and its benefits and shed light on the promising future the field can provide.
Meet Logan Botts
Logan K. Botts is a UVA Class of 2021 history major in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. While in high school, Logan completed advanced studies and received her Associate Degree from the George Washington University. A native of Washington, D.C., Logan is passionate about reducing inequities in public education and her professional objective is to return to D.C. to develop policy that promotes educational equity. Logan is the co-director of Reflections: Oral Histories at UVA and is a member of the University Guide Service. During her time at UVA she has become passionate about historical storytelling and advocates for broader understanding of the experiences of underrepresented groups within the UVA community. Logan worked extensively with the Racial Equity Task Force to incorporate a proposal for an Office of the University Historian into their final recommendations and is the director and executive producer of a podcast uniting student, faculty, and administrator perspectives on race and equity at the University of Virginia over the course of the last half-century.
Meet Kevin Chen
Kevin Chen is a UVA Class of 2024 Computer Science major in the School of Engineering. He has a passion for contributing to diversity, inclusion, and equity through his Computer Science endeavors. Notably, he has worked with UVA Dev Hub to develop a web-app to help students estimate how much they should expect to pay when attending UVA to help manage student debt. He has also attended several hackathons and helped develop software to promote topics such as hospital transparency and student mental health. Outside of Computer Science, he is an active member of Asian Intervarsity, promoting underrepresented groups in Christianity. He is also an avid table tennis player, managing Club Table Tennis’ social media pages as well as helping plan and coordinate events within the group.
Meet Kaity Wasinger
Kaity Wasinger is an undergraduate student in the class of 2023, majoring in American Studies. She has found a passion for public history and community-engaged scholarship through her time at UVA. Outside of her studies, Kaity works as a guide at Monticello and serves local community organizations as a brother in Alpha Phi Omega, a gender-inclusive service fraternity on grounds. As an Inclusive Excellence Fellow, Kaity is serving as the Assistant Director for Reflections: Oral Histories at UVA. This student-led initiative aims to collect, contextualize, and disseminate diverse stories from the UVA community. Her work with Reflections has included interpreting oral histories shared by UVA alumni, collaborating with their podcast team, and seeking out opportunities to engage with members of the UVA community.