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About Us


On September 3, 2013 seventeen African-American Administrators and Faculty (AAAF) employed by the University of Virginia held an inaugural dinner meeting at the Colonnade Club (Pavilion VII) with the intent to establish an employee resource group (ERG).   


The Black Faculty and Staff-Employee Resource Group (BFSERG) will actively engage in the recruitment, mentorship, collegiality, professional development, and retention of its members as well as promotion of an inclusive environment that will benefit all UVA faculty, administrators, staff and the Charlottesville community.


To serve as a representative voice for black faculty and staff in matters relative to the intellectual, professional, and emotional betterment within the UVA community and beyond


Participation and membership is voluntary and open to all employees.

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Meet the Team


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Blake Jimenéz-Calhoun


Presides over the meetings of the Employee Resource Group, appoints special committees to ensure the functions and duties of the BFS-ERG are completed as mandated, and mentors and develops new members.


Halima Walker

Vice President 

Coordinates programs with the Executive Committee; serve as an ex‐officio member of all standing committees; chairs the Governance Committee; provides leadership & support for special projects and ongoing initiatives; and, assumes the duties of the Chair in their absence.


Gail Prince-Davis


Provides general financial oversight to the Employee Resource Group; facilitates the preparation of annual budgets; collaborates with other officers to solicit funds; regularly monitors expenditures and budget balance; reports on the financial standing; and serve as the primary financial liaison to stakeholders.

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Sherica Jones-Lewis


Generates the minutes of each BFS-ERG meeting, informs the members of the BFS-ERG regarding all planned activities, and sends notices and maintenance of membership records.

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Communications Officer

Leads communications for BFS-ERG by distributing the newsletter, maintaining the BFSERG web site and social media pages, and chairing the Communications Committee.

Executive Committee

Executive Committees

Onboarding & Welcoming

Michelle Busby, Chair

Develop methods to identify and provide a personalized welcome to new BFS-ERG employees, and assist newcomers in their orientation to The University and greater local community.

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Mentoring & Professional Development

Lisa Harris, Chair

Coordinate a pilot mentoring program to match new employees with seasoned employees, and identify/develop methods to address the professional and personal development needs of membership.

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Community Building & Networking

Ashley Woodard, Chair

Helps build the BFS-ERG community by coordinating social interactions that foster connections and support among members and will also coordinate all BFS-ERG awards and recognition events.



Implement and monitor an overall marketing and communications strategy, advertise activities, manage website and social networking sites,  and develop publications.

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