As members of the University of Virginia community mobilized to provide relief to earthquake-stricken Haiti, they learned of a personal loss: Stephanie Jean-Charles, a 2009 U.Va. graduate and master’s program student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, died in Tuesday’s quake, U.Va. officials confirmed today.
Jean-Charles, 22, received her bachelor’s degree in French and foreign affairs in May and became a graduate student at the Batten School. A resident of Port-au-Prince, she was home with her family when the quake struck and suffered a fatal head injury. The other members of her family are safe, according to a cousin.
Sylvia Terry, who retired last year as associate dean of the Office of African-American Affairs, remembered Jean-Charles as a stellar student and peer adviser who helped many other students.