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Uplifting Black Men Conference

Uplifting Black Men Conference

The 9th annual UBMC is scheduled for February 17, 2024.

Illustration by Steven White.

On behalf of the Black Male Excellence Network, I want to extend my warmest appreciation and gratitude to everyone who made our 8th Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference a success.

Thank you to Dr. Bryan K. Hotchkins for his uplifting and empowering keynote address. Thank you to President Sands for his continued support of the conference and being a champion for Black male success and achievement at Virginia Tech.

-Patrick Wallace, Student Success Center Assistant Director and Coordinator, BMEN Program

Thank you again to:

UBMC Conference Committee

  • Kimberly Smith
  • Karen Eley Sanders
  • Brandy Faulkner
  • Tremayne Waller
  • Christina Fabrey
    Kory Trott
  • Dalayna Gardner
  • Latanya Walker
  • Israel Oyedare
  • Jaleel Patterson
  • Sherlock Banks II


  • Tommy Amal
  • James Pennix
  • Chris McDonald
  • Terrance Schoefield
  • Eric Foster
  • Khaseem Davis
  • Eric Glenn
  • Kory Trott
  • Kwame Harrison
  • Philip Wilkerson
  • Jeremiah Brooks
  • Lewis Townsend
  • Rafael Patrick
  • Jalen Neal
  • Ellington Graves

Advisory Board

  • Caleb Callender
  • Jalen Neal
  • Jaleel Patterson
  • Calvin Pugh
  • Jordan Best
  • Bright Maloba Chia
  • DJ Rose-Tyler
  • Abdul Omotosho

Student Panelists

  • Israel Oyedare (Facilitator)
  • Calvin Pugh
  • Dakotah Hamilton
  • Jaden Payoute
  • Caleb Callender
  • Jalen Neal



  • Caleb Callender
  • Calvin Pugh
  • Jaleel Patterson
  • DJ Rose-Tyler
  • Bright Maloba Chia
  • Jalen Neal
  • Kameron Freeman
  • Jamal Ross
  • Titus Cameron
  • Hadja Bah
  • Alexandria Rush
  • Ishanti Usher

Raffle Donations

Departments and Colleges

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Virginia Tech Athletics Department
  • Academic Advising Initiatives
  • The Student Success Center (SSC)
  • The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • University Studies and Scholarship Support
  • Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets
  • The Moss Arts Center

Local Businesses

  • Macado’s
  • Maroon Door
  • The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
  • Hokie Shop University Bookstore
  • Zeppolis
  • New River Valley Office Supply
  • John’s Camera and Record Shop

A special thanks to Dakotah Hamilton for delivering his poem “Umoja.” And to Jordan Best for creating this year’s conference design.

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