Black Alumni Weekend

Black Alumni Weekend (BAW) is a biennial celebration at the University of Virginia that began in 1985 as an admission recruiting effort hosted by the Walter Ridley Scholarship Committee. Since its inception, BAW has created much excitement among alumni and students and continues to do so today through its educational lectures, career networking opportunities and social activities. BAW is one of the nation’s premier alumni programs, bringing roughly 2000 alumni and friends back to Grounds to reconnect with each other and the University.

Thanks for joining us for Black Alumni Connect, a series of virtual opportunities to for you to stay connected until next spring! See the list of On-Demand Sessions below to watch any of the events you missed live. You can also see the full Alumni, Parents & Friends calendar to stay connected.

On-Demand Sessions


Town Hall with University Leadership

Tune in for a town hall discussion with President James E. Ryan (Law ’92), Liz Magill (Law ’95), Kevin McDonald, Stephen Farmer and Carla Williams.


DE&I Fireside Chat with Kevin McDonald and Consuelo Kendall

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships Kevin McDonald and Chair of the Ridley Scholarship Program Consuelo Kendall (Col ’03) host a conversational session about current Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives at UVA. Special guest, Associate Dean of OAA Dr. Michael Gerard Mason will also join to provide insight on the Black student experience.


Life After Sports

Deborah Stroman PhD, CLU (Educ ’82, Basketball) hosts a conversation with fellow alumni athletes to discuss lessons learned, life updates and the current state of college sports. Panelists include Tomika Ferguson (Col ’07, Track & Field), Anthony Harris (Col ‘14, Football), Terrell Jana (Batten ’21, Football), Wendy Palmer (Col ’96, Basketball), Ralph Sampson (Col ’83, Basketball), and Bryant Stith (Col ’92, Basketball).


COVID-19, the Vaccine and Implications for the Black Community

Hosted by the UVA Medical Alumni Association. Despite having one of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the U.S., Black Americans are among those least likely to get vaccinated. Experts from the medical field have a conversation about how COVID-19 has impacted the Black community and barriers preventing them from being vaccinated. Panelists include Grace D. Appiah (Med ’08), Reiesha Graham (Med ’13, PhD’10) and Jerome H. Taylor Jr. (Med ’11).