“I ended up having a really good time,” the Philadelphia native said. “It was something very different that I never stepped into. I’ve always been creative, but I’m not an artist or anything.
“So, when I came to UVA, I knew I wanted to be part of a similar community.”
The transition from a historically Black college to UVA was challenging, Lynch said. After arriving on Grounds, she searched for a diverse student group that allowed her to freely express her creativity.
She joined CRAVE during the spring of her second year and crossed paths with current second-year student Justin Gregory. A Dinwiddie native, Gregory has been a member of CRAVE since entering UVA.
Lynch and Gregory serve as the co-presidents of CRAVE during its 11th year as a student organization. Together, they hope to uphold the organization’s legacy and reputation.
“We think of CRAVE as very fragile and precious,” Lynch said. “We want to be able to foster the same environment CRAVE has had for the past 11 years.”
Philanthropy is at CRAVE’s core. Aside from raising money for Charlottesville’s Boys and Girls Clubs through ticket sales, the group mentors youths, sharing wisdom about anything from school to modeling and everything in between.
“It’s even more rewarding because people understand that not only are we a fashion organization, but there’s a greater good that we’re fighting for, and something we’re giving back,” Gregory, a psychology major and data science minor said.
“It’s a great balance to be able to have a creative outlet while also doing something good.”