Tabitha A. Enoch
Associate Dean of Students
Tabitha Enoch (she/her/hers) grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999 to assume the role of Assistant Dean in Residence Life at The University of Virginia. In 2002 she became Assistant Dean and Director of Orientation and New Student Programs where she worked to develop an inclusive and welcoming experience for new undergraduates with a team of student leaders. Currently Tabitha serves as an Associate Dean of Students, in the Office of the Dean of Students, helping to shape the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Student Affairs Division and providing support to UVA’s first generation/low income and military-affiliated students. As a former first-gen low/income student, Tabitha is committed to ensuring that UVA lives up to its promise to be one of the premier universities for first-generation and underrepresented students.
Fun fact: She is the University’s hype girl
David A. Sauerwein
Assistant Dean of Students
Dave Sauerwein (he/him/his) has been at UVA since 2017 working in the office of the Dean of Students as Assistant Dean of Students. He has worked in higher education since 1988 at five different institutions. Dave himself was a first generation and low income student and the son of a military father. His work includes support for these populations: First Generation, Low Income, and Veterans. Dave believes that undergraduate veterans are a small and important part of a good and great University of Virginia. As a flagship institution in the Commonwealth with nearly three quarters of a million veterans who have served our country honorably, it is incumbent upon us to answer that service with service of our own in support of them in growth and education. Dave’s work is includes efforts to make the university veteran experience seamless, with impediments limited, and opportunities expanded.
Fun facts: Dave loves to read, collects coins, explores family history, and dreams of finding and visiting family in Germany.
Shaka J. Sydnor
Assistant Dean of Students
Shaka Sydnor (he/him/his) is a central Virginia native growing up in nearby Orange and Spotsylvania counties. He came to the University in August of 2016 after time in the non-profit sector, at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In his role he is responsible for developing comprehensive programming and resources for first-generation college students and low-income students at the University. Drawing upon his experiences as an out of state, FGLI student-athlete, Shaka works everyday to create a more inclusive and welcoming UVA for all students. Shaka earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Masters of Arts in Higher Education at Geneva College.
Fun fact: Shaka is the star of an international award winning documentary.
Program Coordinator, Case Manager
Shelby Gibson (she/her/hers) has worked as the Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students since October of 2017. She first worked with students at the University of South Carolina as an Academic Mentor and with encouragement from her supervisor at the time, decided to pursue Student Affairs as a career after she graduated with her Bachelor’s in 2015. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Charlottesville VA to pursue an employment opportunity that would allow her to pay on her student loans while applying to graduate school. After a year of making guacamole at Whole Foods on Hydraulic Road in Charlottesville, Shelby decided to return to her passion in Student Affairs and go back to school. Shelby graduated with her Master’s in Higher Education from the Curry School of Education and Human Development at UVA in Spring 2017 and joined ODOS shortly thereafter. Shelby gets out of bed in the morning to make UVA a more equitable place for all students and is privileged to work in the spaces of food insecurity, emergency financial assistance, and general support for students in distress or crisis.
Fun fact: Shelby reads the entire Harry Potter series once a year and has a half-sleeve tattoo dedicated to the Boy Who Lived.