Kimberly D. Clark-Shaw has been named the new director of Virginia Tech’s Black Cultural Center.
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.
As the new director of the Black Cultural Center and reporting to the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Clark-Shaw will support the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts by developing programs, events, and services that facilitate the personal, social, academic, and cultural well-being of Black and African-American students.
In this role, she will also be 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. She will also use the information as the basis for 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 has held national and regional roles in the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education; the Association of American Colleges and Universities; the National Academic Advising Association/International Community of Advisors; and the HBCU Regional Retention Alliance.
She will collaborate with Housing and Residence Life and the Student Success Center to support the Ujima Living-Learning Community.