The Equity Center, U.Va.

The Equity Center

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



Department Staff

Ben Allen

  • Executive Director
  • Ed.D - University of Virginia
Michele Claibourn
  • Director of Equitable Analysis
  • Ph.D - UW-Madison

Sherica Jones - Lewis

  • Director of Community Research
  • Ed.D - Liberty University

Sarah Medley

  • Grant Writer/ Advancement Officer
  • Ph.D - University of California Santa Barbara

Dipisha Kckhatri

  • Equity Center Student Intern

Zakiah Pierre

  • Youth Pipeline Director
  • Ph.D. - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Nina Schoonover

  • Educational Equity Data Scientist
  • Ph.D - North Carolina State University

Caitlin Riopel

  • Director of Operations

Jess Harris

  • Arts Research Program Manager
  • Masters of Educational Psychology - University of Virginia
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Lucy Montalvo

  • Project Manager
  • Ed.D. - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Michael Salguerio

Michael Salgueiro

  • Research Programs Manager
  • Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning - University of Virginia
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Michelle Walton-Hawthorne

  • Finance Generalist
  • Masters of International Administration - University of Denver