Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall

610 Washington St. SW
Peddrew-Yates Hall
Peddrew-Yates Hall

Peddrew-Yates Hall was built in 1998. It is a suite-style building and commonly referred to as "PY." The Ujima living-learning community is located within Peddrew-Yates Hall.

Ujima is an essential concept in African philosophy and is also the third principle of Kwanzaa. It means collective work and responsibility. This new living-learning community places a special emphasis on understanding the unique experiences of African-Americans in society, including their experiences in college. Ujima is open to students of all backgrounds who are interested in understanding, supporting, and learning about #BlackExcellence.

Irving Peddrew III and Charlie Yates

Irving Peddrew III and Charlie Yates

Peddrew-Yates Hall honors Irving Linwood Peddrew III, the first black student to enroll in Virginia Tech (1952), and the late Charlie Lee Yates, the first black graduate, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1957. After leaving at the end of his junior year, Peddrew worked in the aerospace and food industries and became a musician. Yates was a member of the board of visitors for one term and taught in two departments at his alma mater.

Building History

Initially known as New Residence Hall West, Peddrew-Yates Hall was built in 1998. It was renamed and dedicated in 2002 during the 50th anniversary celebration of blacks at Virginia Tech.