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About the Armstead Robinson Faculty Award

Armstead Robinson was recruited to UVA from UCLA to teach in the History Department and to begin and build the Woodson Institute into the intellectual center to study, incorporate, and appreciate the Black experience as part and parcel of American life and experience writ large. Mr. Robinson viewed African American Studies as an integral part of the intellectual agenda overall. His approach conceived of incorporation of the Black experience into all of the departments of the university. As such, he worked tirelessly to persuade every department to seek, recruit, and retain faculty who were capable to adding this critical intellectual dimension to department courses of study. He served as Director of the Woodson Institute (1980-1995) and the institute earned a reputation nationally and internationally as an excellent resource for learning more about the Black experience. The award honors a current faculty member who demonstrates the following criteria.


Criteria for the Award

  • Must be a current faculty at the University of Virginia

  • Achieved a sustainable impact on the Black experience at the University of Virginia

  • Actively and enthusiastically seeks to bring greater diversity to the University community.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring and advising students and colleagues

 

About the Lincoln Lewis
Staff Award

Dr. Lincoln V. Lewis was the first advisor to the President in the position of Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Virginia. His tenure began in 1988 and continued until his retirement in 1995.  In 1989, Dr. Lincoln Lewis initiated the first 2-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration program that brought the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville –Albemarle communities together for presentations by James Farmer and Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq.

In 1992, building on an existing concept, with Dr. Lewis’ leadership, the University of Virginia established a program of Affirmative Action Coordinators that were embedded in units throughout the University, to foster a decentralized approach to achieving greater diversity throughout Grounds. The creative approach was designed to encourage progress in the academic units as related to equal opportunity. In this same year, Dr.  Lewis was named the first chair of the newly created Resources for Women in Athletics Committee. This committee was a sub-committee of the President’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns.

 

He was a skilled negotiator who was respected for his intelligence, integrity, and dignity, and UVa staff trusted him to represent them justly. Dr. Lewis devoted his professional career to the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in academia. He laid the groundwork for the University of Virginia’s strong position relative to the importance of a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse staff.

Criteria for the Staff Award
• Individual must be a current member of the staff at the University of Virginia
• Actively and enthusiastically seeks to promote greater diversity to the UVa community
• Demonstrates a record of promoting forward thinking and new ideas

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Previous Award Recipients

Jon Doe

Armstead Robinson Award Recipient

2017

Jane Doe

Lincoln Lewis Award Recipient

2017

2018

Jon Doe

Armstead Robinson Award Recipient

2017

Jane Doe

Lincoln Lewis Award Recipient

2017

2017

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