Dr. Bassett joined the staff of the Office of African-American Affairs as an Assistant Dean in the spring of 2007. Then, her primary responsibility was to advise and support undergraduate students interested in pursuing degrees in the natural and health sciences.
In the fall of 2009, Dr. Bassett assumed the role of Interim Director of the Office of African-American Affairs, nationally recognized, Peer Advisor Program, in addition to her advising responsibilities. The goals of the Peer Advisor Program are to: provide students with a caring, supportive environment, promote academic excellence, inform students of the services and resources available at the University of Virginia, encourage student involvement in University organizations and activities, foster University "ownership" and pride, and increase retention. Every entering first-year and transfer that identifies as Black (African, African-American, Caribbean, etc) is assigned a Peer Advisor by the Office of African-American Affairs, and Dr. Bassett and the Peer Advisors seek to make sure their transition to the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville community is as smooth as possible.
Dr. Bassett is also a member of the University's Crisis Management Team. As a Dean On Call, she assists students across the University community in varying levels of crisis. She is also a Faculty Fellow for Hereford Residential College and a member of the Office of African-American Affairs Faculty Student Mentoring Program.
In addition to her work with the Peer Advisor Program and natural and health science students, Dr. Bassett works collaboratively with colleagues across the University Grounds to provide curricular and co-curricular support for the students with whom she works through programmatic initiatives and large and small scale workshops.
Dr. Bassett earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation's first historically black university. She also holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.