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OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter

The Office of African-American Affairs  Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students

"Young, Gifted & Black:

40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"

Special Announcement

Fall Break Edition

Special Announcement

Monday, October 16th is the last day to register to vote in the VA gubernational election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Pick up a voter registration form at the front desk of OAAA or visit: for details.

The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK! LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 UVA Cornerstone Bicentennial Weekend

Tuesday, October 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (Use SIS)

Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 – Family Weekend

Monday, November 6 - Friday, December 15 - Students Apply in SIS for May 2018 Graduation

Tuesday, November 14 - Last Day to Withdraw from the University & Return for Spring 2018

Wednesday November 22 – Sunday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, December 5 - Classes End

Wednesday, December 6 - Reading Day

Thursday, December 7 - Friday, December 15 - Course Examinations

Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13 - Reading Days

Quote of the Week

"Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that's the foundation for everything great." - Jay-Z

Ronald Lipscomb

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Ronald Lipscomb Jr. is a Third-year student majoring in African- American Studies, with a minor in Bioethics. This South Boston, VA native is also pursuing the pre-med track. At UVA, he is a Student Ambassador at the Rotunda, where he greets and assists local, national and international visitors to the Lawn. He is also the publicity chair for the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and manages publicity for the ReMix A Cappella group. Ron is well known for his musical talents across Grounds and is an active member of the Black Voices Gospel Choir. In the community, Ron mentors black males in local schools, as a member of the Collegiate 100 Society, and also is a junior volunteer with the Sentara Halifax Regional Health care System.

You can nominate an exceptional student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight on Student Achievements. Please send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.



Quote's Corner

Rapper Jay-Z was born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003)—among The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As an artist, Jay-Z holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Jay-Z owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. He is married to singer and actress, Beyoncé (2008); they have three children: Blue Ivy, and twins Sir and Rumi.

Opportunites with Deadlines

William & Mary’s Law Day on November 4, 2017
RSVP by October 13 to
The Black Law Students’ Association at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, invites pre-law students of color to get a glimpse of the study of law, the life of a law student, and the law school admissions process. The weekend will kick off with a social hour on Friday night, and a full Saturday program with the Dean of Admissions, faculty, staff and members of the W & M Black Law Students’ Association. Students traveling from afar may stay overnight with a current law student. For questions, email
Churchill Scholarship
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 7 by 5:00 pm
This scholarship funds a year of research at Cambridge University, where a student can also earn a graduate degree. Fourth years (or those within 12 months of graduation) are eligible to apply. For details visit. 
Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop: April 2018, NYC
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Application Deadline: November 15, 2017
AERA invites applications for the training workshop to be held from Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th during the Annual Meeting in New York City. The workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Workshop activities will focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school and starting a career in educational research. For information, contact George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development at 202-238-3200 or
Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It is designed to connect students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. The initiative is a product of a multi-year collaborative and lists events, opportunities, and organizations involved with service and community-based research. There are also  s resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Community members and agencies also can post events and opportunities to the website and access all of its resources. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement are responsible for all content.
Diversity in Museums & the Arts Grant for Underrepresented Students
To support students pursuing internships at museums, historic sites, or archives, a $3500 grant is awarded to applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum careers. This includes students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities. In addition, there are the programs to highlight museum careers and instruction to help students apply. These programs and the funding are for students in ALL majors, not just those in Art/Art History. Visit Diversity in Museums and the Arts (panel and reception), Museum Career Panel, and Museum Interview and Application Prep

This Week in Black History

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall sworn in as the first Black Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. As chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1940s and 1950s, Marshall was the architect and executor of the legal strategy that ended an era of legal racial segregation. Born in 1908, Marshall graduated from Lincoln University (PA) and was rejected from the University of Maryland Law School because of race. Eventually, he was accepted at  Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. At Howard, he studied under the tutelage of civil liberties lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston, and in 1933, graduated first in his class. In 1936, he joined the legal division of the NAACP, of which Houston was director, and two years later succeeded his mentor in the organization’s top legal post.

Hubert Brown, known as H. Rap Brown was born on October 4, 1943, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to parents who were committed social activists. While a student at Southern University (LA), he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), rising through the ranks to become its national director in 1966. His rhetorical eloquence earned him the name H. "Rap" Brown. But Brown soon grew disillusioned with SNCC's philosophy of nonviolence and he started promoting more extremist views. He joined the Black Panther Party, became associated with the phrase "Burn, Baby, Burn," and declared violence a tool for Blacks that was "as American as cherry pie." Brown later converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, while serving a prison sentence for robbery. He was imprisoned several times. In 2009, he received a life sentence for the shooting death of a police officer in an Atlanta grocery store.

In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members, including establishing the Free Breakfast for Children Programs and community health clinics. The history of the organization is controversial. Some scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential movement organization of the late 1960s, and "the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism." Other commentators have described the Party as more criminal than political, characterized by "defiant posturing over substance."


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OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Friday - FRIDAYS 1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center #2 Dawson’s Row

Come join us for food & fellowship! 
“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester
Monday through Thursday nights
5:00– 8:00 pm LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA Peer Advisors)
WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring & quiet study):
Monday–open; Tuesday–Calculus (OAAA grad tutor); Wednesday–open; Thursday – Calculus & Quiet Study
For details, see Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Destini Walker (
RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!
OAAA Calculus Tutoring
Tuesdays 4:00–7:00 pm & Thursdays 4:00–6:00 pm - WEB DuBois Conference Room & and by appointment: Email:
OAAA Statistics Tutoring (through the Black Commerce Student Network-BCSN)
Mondays 5:00-7:00 pm – Rouse Robertson 140. Email:


Upcoming Events

Private Spaces Photography Exhibition by Yolonda Cole Jones
Through mid-October – 12:00-6:00 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street, NW, 22903
Yolonda Coles Jones’ work is on display. She is a local creative professional and self-taught published documentary-style portrait photographer. Her images are characteristically story-telling, in-the-moment, sensitive and soulful. Visit during regular Center hours.
Project Rise: Reorientation with Dean Mason
Every 1st & 3rd Thursdays - 12:30 – 1:45 pm – WEB DuBois Center Conference Room
Reorientation is a social support focused on providing African-American Fourth year students with a space to discuss the stresses and anxieties surrounding graduation and transition from college to “the Real World.” RSVP via email @
Meet the Woodson Fellows
Wednesday, October 4 – 4:30 pm – Minor Hall 110; Reception to follow in Minor Hall Lobby
Please join the faculty, staff and the UVA community to welcome the new and returning Fellows of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies. Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students will give brief presentations about their research. .
A Reading by Poet Joshua Bennett
Tuesday October 10 - 7:30pm - Bryan Hall 229
Bennett is the winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series Prize for The Sobbing School. Sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, the English Department, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute.
Thursday, October 12 – 5:00 pm - Minor Hall 130
Josh Scott, a UVA alum and community organizer with The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center, will be on Grounds to discuss careers in community organizing. UVA students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice should attend. RSVP at Click to find out more about DART or to apply. Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or (202) 841-0353.
National Society of Black Engineers: FREE Rotunda Dinner
Thursday, October 12 - 5:30-7:00 pm - Rotunda Dome Room
Come and speak with Black UVA alumni and employers over dinner in the Rotunda Dome Room. Members of Student CIOS [Black Commerce Student Network, Black Student Research Network, Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Health Society, and the Undergraduate-Black Law Students Association] are co-sponsoring, and many of their alumni will be present. This is a great chance to meet successful Black professionals and see the intersectionality between engineering, commerce, medicine, law, and research! RSVP!  to Kayla Holston
Career Day
Friday, October 13 - 1:00-2:30 pm - Claude Moore Health Science Library
This annual event will expose middle schoolers (7th and 8th) to fields from various professions and graduate circles. For this event, individuals (2 from each program) will bring a presentation item (can be poster, PowerPoint, or art piece, etc.) to give children a better understanding and appreciation of the working field in which they have interest. The ultimate goal: to showcase careers and dare middle school students to dream big. For more information. Franck Azobou
2017 Fall Job and Internship Fair
Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall (Student Center)
Recruiters from over 100 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies come to UVA each year to meet students from all majors who are seeking full-time employment or internship experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet employers in person, learn about different organizations and positions, and talk with them about your experiences! There are different recruiters on each day, so check the Career Services website for more details.
Fall 2017 Curry Info Sessions 
Thursday, November 2 - 7:00-8:00 pm - Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall
Wednesday, November 8 - 3:30-4:40 pm* - Library Data Commons, Ruffner 3rd Floor
Thursday, November 16 - 6:00-7:00 pm - Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall
Join the Curry Community and multiply your impact! Hear from students, faculty and staff about what you will learn in the classroom, what type of hands on experience you will get, and what you will do after graduation. We will also review the application process and important deadlines. Sessions will provide information on Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, Youth & Social Innovation, and Teacher Education. (Sessions marked * will have a faculty Q&A panel.)
Housing Fair for both on-Grounds and off-Grounds
Friday, November 3 - 11:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - Newcomb Hall
If you plan to attend Family Weekend in early November, parents and students have an opportunity to talk with staff in the upper class housing areas on Grounds and with representatives from several off-Grounds properties in the area. In addition, the Housing website offers a range of information and resources about on-Grounds housing for returning undergraduates, with contact information to answer questions. 
Call for Abstracts: Diversifying Scholarship at UVA Conference
Friday, November 10 - 9:00 am-5:30 pm - Bavaro Hall
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Diversifying Scholarship at UVA to be held on Friday, November 10th. This event will highlight the diverse work being done across Grounds in the arts, social & physical sciences, humanities, education and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.  Lunch is provided for all who register in advance. To register, visit diversifyingscholarship
Commemorate the African American Military Experience
Friday, November 10 - 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 4th Street, NW, Charlottesville, Virginia
This display of African-American Military Exhibitors and Reenactors will be a special event! Deadline to submit to present: October 15, 2017. For more information, 434-295-6632 or Frank Walker – 434-962-0784