Meet the Counselors

2021 STP Summer Counselors Team!!

Meet Angela Sokpolie, head counselor for STP summer 2021! Angela recently graduated in the spring with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is currently in the College of Education (COE) secondary education program perusing her Master’s in Education. When she is not in Fredericksburg she resides in Richmond, Virginia but, is often in TN visiting her family. During her undergraduate career, Angela participated in many clubs and activities on campus. She served as the Vice President of the African Student Union (ASU), a RISE peer mentor, STP peer counselor, and worked for the STP office as well. Angela is honored and very excited to serve as the head counselor of the STP program this summer. STP played a vital role in Angela’s assimilation and success in college/the UMW community and she hopes to give you all a similar experience.
Meet Ricardo Lopez, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Ricardo is a rising junior majoring in International Affairs. When not in Fredericksburg, Ricardo resides in Montross, Virginia. Ricardo is a member of the Latino Student Alliance on campus and is a Rappahannock Scholar. Having been a member of STP himself, Ricardo stated that STP helped him gain a head start on college and made the transition from high school to college much easier. A fun fact about Ricardo is that he has a twin brother who attends Radford University. His family is from Mexico and Ricardo is a massive soccer fan. He supports Manchester United.
Meet Jaelynn Scott, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Jaelynn is a recent UMW graduate and current student in the College of Education (COE) Master’s program. When she is not in Fredericksburg she resides in Richmond, Virginia with her mother and her siblings. She is an active student leader, serving as a member of the Black Student Association and the Student Education Association, as well as the President of Women of Color. It is a passion of Jaelynn’s to help educate and serve as a mentor for her peers anytime she can. In Jaelynn’s words, this summer she will be completing the “STP circle”, as she was once a member of STP herself and now will have the opportunity to serve as a peer counselor for the second time. Jaelynn stated that during her time involved with the program she met some of her closest friends at UMW to date and learned what it takes to be a successful student at the university.
Meet Alana White, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Alana is a rising senior majoring in Art History. She is from Richmond, Virginia where she is outside of the school year. She has served as vice president of the Museum Students Society, where she was a founding member, for the past two years and will continue her role as vice president in the fall. A fun fact about Alana is that during her free time she designs and 3-D prints lightsabers along with quilting, drawing and other crafts. This summer she hopes to complete two quilts before school starts again in August.
Meet Josephine Ohene-Okae, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Josephine is a senior majoring in Women and Gender Studies and is an active student leader. When she is not in Fredericksburg she resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her parents and siblings. She has served as president of Comb as You Are for the past 2 years and will continue her role in the fall. Additionally, she will also be continuing as a RISE Peer mentor. It is a passion of Josephine’s to help educate and serve as a mentor for her peers anytime she can. Josephine’s younger brother, who participated in the program a couple years ago, inspired her to become a counselor. She is super excited to help bring the same positive first year experience that her brother had to new students this summer. A fun fact about Josephine is that during her free time she enjoys creating clay and beaded jewelry.
Meet Darius Reed, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Darius Reed is a rising senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish. When he is not in Fredericksburg he resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his grandparents. He has been a member of Alter Ego Step Team and served as vice president for 2 years and will continue his role in the fall. Additionally, Darius Reed will also be a member of the African Student Union (ASU), Comb As You Are, and the Black Student Association (BSA) during the upcoming school. Darius will serve his second year as a resident assistant and is passionate to help educate and serve as a mentor for his peers anytime he can. This summer Darius will also be completing the “STP circle”, as he was once a member of STP himself and is going into his second term as a peer counselor. Darius shared that through STP he has met some of his closest friends at UMW and learned what it means to be in a community.  A fun fact about Darius is this year he spent time volunteering at the Downtown Greens community garden, where he helps maintain the green space. He is also a member of the varsity Track and Field team, where he spent the remainder of May competing in the 100 and 200-meter dash.
Meet Sha’Lelia Moore, peer counselor for STP summer 2021! Sha’Lelia is a rising junior majoring in Communications, Women and Gender Studies and minoring in Sports Management. When she is not in Fredericksburg she resides in Richmond, Virginia with her mother and her siblings. She has been an executive board member of the Comb As You Are Club and served as secretary for the past 2 years and will continue her role in the fall. Additionally, Sha’Lelia will also be a RISE Peer Mentor during the upcoming school year. She was once a member of STP herself and now will have the opportunity to serve as a peer counselor. Sha’Lelia also shared that STP introduced her to some of her closest friends at UMW!