The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship

Local Steering Committee Members

Damian Banks, Founder, Banks Collage
  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Founder of Banks Collage Basketball Association
Shantall Bingham, Program Director, Charlottesville Food Justice Network at City Schoolyard Garden
  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Program Director of Charlottesville Food Justice Network at City Schoolyard Garden
  • Chair of Human Rights Commission for the City of Charlottesville
Daniel Fairley
  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement at City of Charlottesville
Don Gathers

Don Gathers

  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Co-chair of the Charlottesville Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials & Public Spaces
  • Deacon at First Baptist Church; Member of Charlottesville Clergy Collective and Congregate Charlottesville
Charlene Green

Charlene Green

  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Deputy Director, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson

  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Chair, Board of Directors, PHAR Cville (Public Housing Association of Residents)
Leah Puryear

Leah Puryear

  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Director of Upward Bound Program at the University of Virginia
Erika Viccellio
  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Executive Director at the Fountain Fund
Karen Waters-Wicks

Karen Waters-Wicks

  • Community Director, Local Steering Committee Member and National Advisory Board Member
  • Administrator, Community Education Dept., Albemarle County Schools
  • Adjunct Faculty, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Tamara Wright

Tamara Wright

  • Community Director and Local Steering Committee Member
  • Community Food Justice Advocates
  • Friendship Court Resident Association
  • Advisor to the Piedmont Housing Alliance
  • Board Chair, Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville