Dion Warrington Lewis  -  Class of 1988

Inducted: 2010


 

Dion Warrington Lewis graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1988.  While a student there, he distinguished himself as a leader by serving as a Photography Editor for the Driftwood, President of the Spanish Club, President of the Key Club, President of the Student Council and President of his Junior Class, Forensics Club, Peer Leadership, Mock Trial, and APHS Megaphone Newsletter.  These activities were complimented by his academics which earned him induction into the National Honor Society, a Varsity Letter for Academics and a number of scholarships including the Monmouth County Cotillion 2nd Place Escort Scholarship Award, New jersey Business and Professional Women Scholarship Award.

 

After graduating from Asbury Park High School, he attended Rutgers College of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  He served as President of the National Association for the Advanceme nt of Colored People (NAACP) Rutgers University Chapter.  During his tenure as president, Mr. Lewis created a high school outreach recruitment weekend for minority students throughout the state of New Jersey.  He continued the recruitment effort during his professional tenure at Rutgers always ensuring that Asbury Park High School students participated.  20 years later the Rutgers Chapter of the NAACP continues to host this annual high school recruitment event for minority students.

 

Mr. Lewis graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's of Arts with a dual major in History and Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies.  He completed his Master's in Education degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

 

Mr. Lewis served as Assistant Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center of Rutgers University until 2005.  He helped to organize a 1.6 million dollar Centennial Celebration (1998) entitled Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen and museum exhibition which opened at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University and traveled to the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery, California's African American Museum and The Museum of the City of New York.

 

At the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Mr. lewis served as chairperson for the Paul Robeson Excellence Awards Committee which awards scholarships to Rutgers University and high school students who exemplify the qualities of Paul Robeson.  He and the Director of the Robeson Center were successful in securing a $74,000.00 endowed scholarship from the General Motors Corporation  for underprivileged students of New Jersey.

 

In 2002, 2003, and 2004, Mr. Lewis was the recipient of the distinguished Fulbright-Hays Scholar's Abroad Program.  He has had the opportunity to visit, conduct research and work with educators throughout the southern region of Africa.  These countries include: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

 

Currently Mr. Lewis is an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center at the University of Virginia.  He also holds a Presidential appointment at the University of Virginia as Chairperson of the University's Financial Aid Committee.  Within this position Mr. Lewis continues to provide support and guidance to students from communities that mirror Asbury park.  Currently, Mr. Lewis is enrolled in the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education as a doctoral candidate.

 

Professional affiliations include being a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Charlottesville City Council Dialogue on Race Committee, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Charlottesville / Abermarle Branch, National Association for Black Cultural Centers - State of Virginia Coordinator, New Jersey State HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, Rutgers African-American Alumni Association (President, 1996-2000).