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Mental Health and Wellness Advising Committee


The Ubunye Wellness and Mental Health Advising Committee provides support to UVA Black Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, and friends of the University. This committee uniquely understands the challenges imposed upon Black Americans and the implications that systemic racism, discrimination, and socio-economic disparities can have on one’s mental health and wellbeing. Our group will provide resources to empower those we serve to navigate life’s challenges.


To provide resources that will build, restore, and uplift the Black Community at UVA.

Community Understanding

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It is no secret that the Zulu Philosophies of Ubuntu (“I am so we are”) and Ubunye (“unity”) are the beginning of Black Wellness and Wellbeing. Having a strong community of support helps to build resilience and fortitude to develop a better quality of life.

  1. Wellness/Wellbeing is defined and achieved on individualistic terms; it is generally considered as having a good standard of life in the following areas: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual aspects.
  2. Mental Health – This committee defines mental health as one’s mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. The ability to use mental and emotional regulation practices while navigating life’s challenges.

The 2024 Mental Health and Wellness Advising Committee is chaired by Tasha Curry-Corcoran Col ’98 and Dr. Donna Hamilton Col ’86. See below for the full committee listing:

  • Tasha Curry-Corcoran Col ’98, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Donna Hamilton Col ’86, Co-Chair
  • Melanie Cunningham Col ’07
  • Lauren Jenkins Col ’08

Questions? Contact the committee at


Wellness Resources available to UVA Alumni

Mental Health Resources