Georges Student Center Staff

Georges Student Center Staff

Laura Devlin

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Academic Support Program Coordinator for P2L (Peer Led Learning)

Laura is the Academic Support Program Coordinator for P2L (Peer Led Learning). She manages the day-to-day functions of the P2L program as well as trains and supervises the P2L Peer Coaches. Laura was born and raised in Maryland and earned an M.S. in Mathematics Education from Salisbury University. While at Salisbury University, Laura helped manage an academic support program called Supplemental Instruction. She also taught middle school math in the Richmond area for several years. As a program coordinator, Laura enjoys supporting peer coaches and watching them grow as leaders. She is also happy to be able to connect students to resources to help them be successful!

Donnell Wright

Donnell wears uva orange and blue tie in a suit, smiling

I am a first-generation student from the South Side of Chicago. As a Double Hoo, I received both my Bachelor's degree in Sociology and my Masters in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. I love movies, music, and cooking. Food is my love language.

-What advice do you have for first-year students that you wish you knew when you started college?
Ask questions and utilize university resources! Your fear of asking questions only impedes your success.

-Build a network of personal and professional relationships.
Stay motivated and resilient. College is hard, but whenever there is a will, there is a way.

-If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Teleportation. I absolutely despise the travel part of going places.

-What are three life lessons you have learned that have helped you the most?
Failure is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Be genuine and authentic.
Take care of yourself. You cannot help others if you are not well.

Erica Ford

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Associate Director of Advising Technology

Erica graduated from the University of Virginia with BA in Foreign Affairs and then completed a Masters of Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College. She served as a high school world history and government teacher for six years and then as a middle school assistant principal for eight years. Erica joined the University of Virginia as a continuing education program manager for the School of Medicine before accepting her current role. She is working toward her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction through UVA's Curry School of Education and Human Development.

Outside of work, Erica is married with two daughters and four dogs. She resides in Amherst, Virginia. Erica loves watching tennis, and she and her husband are also avid UVA college basketball fans.

Junjun Yu

Georges Student Center Spaces Coordinator

Junjun manages the center's day-to-day operations, performs general administration tasks and trains and supervises the GSC Front Desk Team. Junjun was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She moved to the Asian Las Vegas city- Macau when she was 18 to pursue her dream of studying the hospitality and entertainment industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Tourism and Hotel Management from Macau University of Science and Technology. Junjun worked in a theme park in Florida and luxury hotels/casinos in Shanghai, Macau and Charlottesville before joining UVA in 2020. As the center's coordinator, Junjun enjoys interacting with students, ensuring the center's spaces are welcoming. Since Junjun is curious about improving services to UVA students, she is now an M.Ed student in the Higher Education Program at UVA. Besides English, Junjun speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese (Shanghai dialect).