UC African American Alumni Affiliate Names Top Award Winners
8 UC alumni, faculty and staff to receive honors at Onyx & Ruby Gala on Feb. 20

CINCINNATI – February 19, 2016 – The University of Cincinnati African American Alumni Affiliate today announced the winners of its annual honors for UC alumni, faculty, staff and students. This year’s recipients include:

  •     Dwight Tillery, A&S ’70
  •     Christina Brown, A&S ’10
  •     Jason Dunn, Sr., A&S ’03
  •     Dr. Terri Hurdle, CECH ’12
  •     Brittany Bibb, Bus ’15
  •     Ashley Nkadi, A&S ’16
  •     Dr. Terry Kershaw, Professor, UC McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, Africana Studies
  •     Brenda I. Woods, A&S '80

For 20 years, the University of Cincinnati African American Alumni Affiliate (UC4A) has served UC and its African American alumni. The annual Onyx & Ruby Gala on Saturday, Feb. 20 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of UC4A and acknowledges the achievements and contributions of several distinguished African American alumni and students, as well as faculty and staff who have enhanced the collegiate experience.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the “Give 4A Change” fundraising campaign supporting scholarships for African American students participating in study abroad programs. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Those interested should contact Amanda Gray at amanda.gray@uc.edu or 513-556-4312.


About the honorees:


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Dwight Tillery, A&S '70 - Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award

Dwight Tillery grew up in Cincinnati where he was educated in its public schools and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor of Laws from the University of Michigan Law School. Dwight is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.


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Christina Brown, A&S ' 10 - Emerging Leader Award

Christina D. Brown is a self-described freedom fighter in training and young leader in action who hails from Columbus, Ohio. Following the 2004 presidential election, Christina became interested in politics which led her to pursue undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.


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Jason Dunn, Sr., A&S ' 03 - Pillar of the community Award

Jason Dunn, Sr. is a native of Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Dunn started his career at the Cincinnati USA CVB in September 2004. In his current role of Vice President, Multicultural & Government Affairs, he develops and manages the Bureau’s comprehensive multicultural strategy, working to more deeply engage the local community, region-wide partners, and the CVB sales team to provide support in analyzing and pursuing new business opportunities.

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Dr. Terri Hurdle, CECH '12 - Tower of Strength Award

Terri M. Hurdle currently serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Mount St. Joseph University. She also serves as an instructor within the Center for Ethical Leadership’s Leadership Pathways program and is a member of Cincinnati’s Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable.

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Brittany Bibb, Bus '15 - Student Trailblazer Award

Brittany Bibb is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in Marketing. She was involved with The United Black Student Association, The Lambda Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Omicron Chapter, and many more organizations.

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Ashley Nkadi, A&S ' 16 - Student Trailblazer Award

Ashley Nkadi is a third year Neuroscience major at UC with a double minor in Medical Sciences and Fashion Design Studies. She is currently the Co-President of the United Black Student Association and the President of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Noir Magazine, UC's premier ethnics magazine designed to highlight people of color. She serves as the PR Director for both the Asian American Association and Midwest Dhamaka executive board.

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Dr. Terry Kershaw, Professor, UC McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, Africana Studies - Special Recognition - Honorary 4A Humanitarian Award

Dr. Terry Kershaw was a native of New York, New York whose career as a prolific professor in Africana Studies impacted thousands of colleagues, friends and students before his passing in October 2015. During his time at UC, he grew the Africana Studies department from five faculty members to 14 and persuaded university officials to headquarter the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) within the Africana Studies department. Recognized as a leading academic in the field of Africana studies, Kershaw was a longtime board member of the NCBS and received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching, advising and service to the field of Black Studies.

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Brenda I. Woods, A&S ' 80 - Linda Bates Parker Legend Award

A staunch supporter of higher educational opportunities, Brenda I. Woods partnered with UC’s Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program to create the Brenda I. Woods Scholarship, an annual scholarship for a Turner Scholar who graduated from her alma mater, Walnut Hills High School. Brenda is also the co-founder of the “I Want You Back” Committee, an independent Alumni group serving as a fundraising vehicle for established African-American initiatives at UC. Brenda has served on a UC Diversity Focus Group, to review and provide input about the university’s Five-Year Diversity Plan, and is permanently featured on the Wall of History, which celebrates the black trailblazers at UC’s African American Cultural and Resource Center.


Visit alumni.uc.edu/onyxandruby/2016 for more information about the honorees and the UC4A Onyx & Ruby Gala.


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