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Blake Stack

Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement, and Director, Bonner Scholars Program, He/Him
  • Profile

    Blake Stack serves as the Senior Associate Director of Student Engagement and Director of the Bonner Scholars Program 

    Prior to joining the University in 2010, Stack served as an AmeriCorps member on Richmond’s Northside with a local nonprofit that worked with community members affected by the criminal justice system. In this role, Stack worked with the director of operations to lead the expansion of social enterprises through strategic planning initiatives while serving as a supervisor to organization staff and student interns dedicated to community engagement.

    At the University, Stack currently supports the work of community-engaged learning by growing programs and initiatives intended for students who are curious about and dedicated to the work of social change in Richmond, and beyond. He is particularly passionate about creating spaces that foster critical reflection and civic agency, supporting the growth of equity-minded student leaders, and working to implement democratically-engaged assessment practices.

    In 2021, Stack graduated from the University of Richmond with a Masters of Nonprofit Studies (MNS), receiving the Louis J. Narduzzi Memorial Book Award for academic excellence. His studies focused on understanding the strategies available to nonprofits and local institutions to create sustained change in the Richmond community, solidifying his ongoing desire to foster spaces that center community expertise in the work of civic engagement.

    When he’s not learning about or being humbled by the complexity of this work, he’s likely skipping his next workout due to getting lost inside a local coffee shop, or walking around Carytown with his two kids, telling dad jokes and reminding them of how cool he is.

    My favorite thing to do in RVA is to walk across Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge with my three favorite humans, attending any public meeting to hear Richmond’s latest hot takes, or sneaking into Nate’s Bagel’s for a Rose Mary Sea Salt with Cream Cheese and Chives with a Small Black Coffee before I catch the bus.

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    • Awards

    • Presentations

      Strategies for Qualitative Reflections.

      Bonner Summer Leadership Institute, June 2017.

      Hosting Critical Dialogues

      Training for Orientation Advisors, March 2021.

      Democratically Engaged Assessment Inside and Out: Center-wide Capacity Building For and Through Co-inquiry into Civic Learning

      Co-presented with Anthony Crenshaw, Kim Dean-Anderson, Patti Clayton, and Sarah Adams. IUPUI Assessment Institute, October 11, 2022.

    • Institutional Service

    • Community Service

      • Volunteered with emergency assistance programs
      • Chaired committees for the Randolph Neighborhood Association
      • Partnered with organizations focused on empowering youth to see their full potential
      • Assisted with workforce development initiatives
      • Supports the work of his local civic association and engages in the work of grass-roots advocacy 

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    Opinion: Reflecting on the First Equity Summit

    Co-Authored with Tommy Na, Hijab Fatima, Monti Narayan Datta. The Collegian. October 24, 2020.

    CRB Report

    Presented to the Task Force for Establishing Oversight of the Richmond Police Department, February 2021. 

    K-12 Funding and Policy Processes in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Co-Authored with Tori (Noles) Freyer and prepared for Alvarez and Marsel Public Sector Services, January 2022.