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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

On Tuesday, November 7, the ROTC will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony in the amphitheater from 3:30-5:30 pm. The event will include a gun salute during the ceremony that is approved for amplified sound for speaking only. The cadets are firing blanks, but it will create a percussive sound. Please alert the staff, faculty and students in your respective departments or buildings (Batten/Garrett; Philosophy and Classics/Cocke; Carter Woodson and ISO/Minor; English/Bryan; multiple/New Cabell) of this event.

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

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

 “You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant.”  - Booker T. Washington

Myliyah Hanna

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Myliyah Hanna is a Fourth year student in the College of Arts & Sciences, studying in the Area Program in Literary Prose. This dean’s list student hails from the Bronx, NY. At UVA, Myliyah is the student editor-in-chief of Orphee Noir, a publication that seeks to provide the African-American community with relevant information about current social issues, student highlights, and other opportunities. Fluent in Japanese, she loves creative writing and uses her talents as a liaison for the Questbridge scholarship program, and is a member of the Luther P. Jackson Student Funding Committee. Myliyah is known as a thoughtful and supportive leader, who creates consistent opportunities for new writers to join in conversations about the Black student experience. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career using her journalism skills.

You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight each week.

Please send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.



Quote's Corner

Booker Taliaferro Washington, educator, political adviser and author, was born to a slave on April 5, 1856, in Franklin County, Virginia. Washington put himself through school and became a teacher after the Civil War. In 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama (now known as Tuskegee University), which grew immensely and focused on training African Americans in agricultural and trade pursuits. For many years, scientist George Washington Carver maintained a research laboratory on the campus of the college. Washington remained the head of Tuskegee Institute until his death on November 14, 1915, at the age of 59. He is buried on the     campus, near the chapel.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.


Paige Pre-Medical Scholarship 2017
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 12
The Paige Pre-Medical Fund Scholarship helps students defray the high cost of applying to medical school, with a $1,500 scholarship. The applicant must be a fourth-year UVA African-American student who has taken all of the pre-medical requirements and the MCAT. S/he must plan to enter medical school immediately after graduating. Please direct any application questions to Travis Robertson.


Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop: April 2018, NYC
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Application Deadline: November 15
AERA invites applications for the training workshop to be held from Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th during the AERA 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 topics include exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school and starting a career in educational research. For information, contact George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development.


The Cultural Programming Board
Application Deadline: Fridays by 5:00PM at least two weeks before event
The Cultural Programming Board is NOW accepting applications for the Fall 2017-2018 semester to fund cultural events and programs. For more information.


Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It connects students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. There are also resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement group 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. Programs also highlight museum careers and provide instruction to help students apply for internships. Students in ALL majors are eligible, 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 for more information.


Shadow a Professional this J-term!
The Career IDEAs Externship Program aims to connect students with meaningful Externship opportunities in J-Term and during the summer months. Students apply to the program via Handshake and are selected for an externship site that will help them explore the industry of their choice. The program is open to all students, but the priority is for those who have not had an externship or internship experience. Second and Third years who are first-generation college students and part of under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. URL for more information: Contact Name: Christie Julien


Summer Institute in Bioethics – Yale University
Applications Deadline: Monday, January 15th
Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics offers an intensive and international summer institute in bioethics in New Haven, CT, open to graduate students, professionals, and select undergraduates. The program features a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics and over twenty-five small, intensive seminars, including one seminar in Spanish for native speakers. Full Program: June 1 – July 21, 2018 - Tuition $1,875 for undergraduates, $2,275 for graduate students, and $3,275 for advanced professionals. Foundations of Bioethics: June 4 - 7, 2018 - Tuition $500 for students, $1,000 for advanced professionals. Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost. For further information, or contact Lori Bruce, Program Director


AT&T Summer Internship Program
Start Date: May-June 12 weeks per summer over 3 summers paid internship
Join ATT & a team known for shaping the next generation of leaders. Click here for 2018 hiring information. You must be pursuing an undergraduate degree -- business, technology & finance majors preferred. Relocation is possible to begin the internship, but not required during summer assignment. The goal: to start a career with AT&T after graduation.


Cville Bio-Trek: Connect with BioTech Companies in your Backyard
Spend quality time at local Charlottesville organizations that are revolutionizing biotechnology in your own backyard! Learn how your lab and bench science skills can work, and connect with potential local employers interested in connecting with UVA students. Get insider tips on how to market your experience, and where to apply your life science skills. Learn from professionals who are on the cutting edge of BioTech and expand your network. Visits Include: PRA Health Sciences, Bonumose, Aegenis, and Signature Science. For more information or contact Christie Julien



This Week in Black History

November 8, 1965 - Lawrence Joel earns Medal of Honor for his action on this day in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, and 173rd Airborne Brigade, became the first living African-American since the Spanish-American War to receive the nation’s highest award for valor. President Lyndon B. Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Specialist Joel on March 9, 1967, in ceremonies held on the South Lawn of the White House. 

The Wilmington coup d'état of 1898, also known as the Wilmington massacre of 1898, or the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898, began in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 10th and continued for several days. It is considered a turning point in post-Reconstruction North Carolina politics, and marks the ushering in an era of severe racial segregation and disenfranchisement of African-Americans throughout the Southeastern US. Originally described by European-Americans as a race riot, the events are now classified as a coup d'etat, as white Democratic Party insurgents overthrew the legitimately elected local government. A mob of nearly 2,000 men attacked the only black newspaper in the state, as well as people and property in black neighborhoods, killing an estimated 15 to more than 60 victims.

November 11, 1989 – A Civil Rights Memorial is dedicated in Montgomery, Ala. Created by designer Maya Lin, the Memorial is located across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center's office building in Montgomery, a city rich with civil rights history. A circular black granite table records the names of the martyrs and chronicles the history of the movement in lines that radiate like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center and flows evenly across the top. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 – “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” The Civil Rights Memorial invites visitors to touch the engraved names. The Memorial plaza is "a contemplative area — a place to remember the Civil Rights Movement, to honor those killed during the struggle, to appreciate how far the country has come in its quest for equality, and to consider how far it has to go." It is located on an open plaza accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Black History Collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

Project Rise: 4th Year Reorientation with Dean Mason

1st & 3rd Thursdays – 12:30-1:45 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room - #2 Dawson’s Row

Reorientation is a small-group, discussion-based program for Fourth year Black students who are interested in talking about the stresses and challenges of Fourth year and post-graduation. OAAA Assistant Dean Michael Mason leads these sessions, If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via email to Bethlehem Demissie, Student Co-Director, Project RISE.

Black Friday – Every Friday - 1:30 pm

LPJ Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come join us for food & fellowship!

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Open Study Sessions - Fall Semester

Monday through Thursday nights - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA Peer Advisors)


“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions - Fall Semester

WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring & quiet study):

Monday & Wednesday-open; Tuesday & 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 – Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm; Thursday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

WEB DuBois Conference Room & 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

UVA College Advising Corps Info Session

Monday, November 6 - 7:30 pm - Newcomb South Meeting Room
The University of Virginia College Advising Corps places recent college graduates in high schools throughout the Commonwealth to work alongside counselors and help low-income, first generation and underrepresented students get into college. Join our team if you want to do improve educational equity and serve! Apply via Jobs@Uva. Visit

Kaplan LSAT Prep Partnership
Tuesday, November 7 – 7:00 pm – for location, email:
A Kaplan Ambassador will talk about the LSAT and LSAT preparation. If you attend and are a member of UBLSA, you may receive a discount on Kaplan LSAT prep course.  Club discount code (10% off): CLUB10

The African-American Great Migration Reverses Course: A Conversation between Sabrina Pendergrass and Joe William Trotter
Wednesday, November 8 - 3:00 pm - Minor Hall 110
Listen to Sabrina Pendergrass, UVA Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies discuss this issue with Joe William Trotter, Jr., Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice at Carnegie Mellon University. The community is welcome to attend!


Fall 2017 Curry School of Education Info Sessions
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 can do with your knowledge and skills after graduation. We will also review the application process and give important deadlines. Session leaders will provide information on Curry programs including; Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, Youth & Social Innovation, and Teacher Education. (Sessions marked * will have a faculty Q&A panel.)


Black Citizenship, Law and the Founding with Annette Gordon-Reed
Thursday, November 9 – 4:00 pm – Caplin Pavilion – UVA Law School
Join Harvard Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author Annette Gordon-Reed for the McCorkle lecture at the Law School. A reception will follow.


2017 Virginia Film Festival – sites around UVA & Charlottesville
Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12

This year, the VA Film Festival features highly anticipated titles in the film world that showcase the talents of rising stars in the film industry. This selection of transformational classics, fascinating documentaries and outstanding foreign films – some with themes related to the African diaspora – combine to offer a thought-provoking creative window on important issues in our world today. UVA students can gain free admission to many screenings (while tickets last). Don’t miss this annual event!

Lunch and Learn: Summer Research Internship Workshop Series
November 9 - Benefits of a Summer Research Internship - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
November 16 - Make the Most of your Internship - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
November 30 - Application Process: Nuts and Bolts - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
In November, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will host a Summer Research Internship workshop series. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

Diversifying Scholarship Conference at UVA: Forging Interdisciplinary Connections, Empowering Students, and Promoting a Culture of Inclusivity
Friday, November 10 – 9:00 am-5:00pm - Bavaro and Ruffner Hall
The Diversifying Scholarship conference at UVA intends to embody the stated commitment of the university to address several critical needs in higher education; expanding scholarship focused on socially marginalized groups, reducing inequality, and alleviating the effects of discrimination. This event will highlight the diverse work happening across Grounds in the arts, social and physical event will highlight the diverse work happening across Grounds in the arts, social and physical sciences, humanities, education, and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for attendees who register in advance. Contact Jamie Albright or Andrew Chen with any questions!


Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 11 - 5:30 pm – The Event Hall 1024 Carrington Place, Charlottesville
Rumi Forum invites you and your family to dinner will include a variety of appetizers, salad, pasta, entrees, and desserts and will be free of charge. This year, any donation will benefit hurricane relief efforts through Embrace Relief. Registration is free and required.

Get the Scoop on Careers in Food and Sustainability
Tuesday, November 14 – 11:00 am-2:00 pm - Bryant Hall
Join the UVA Career Center for Careers in Yum. If you're interested in sustainability and food, come to Careers in Yum. Connect with local food producers, and alums who work in food policy and food justice. Get the scoop on how you can start accessing these careers while at UVA, and the options that you can pursue after graduation. RSVP is strongly encouraged - lunch will be provided.


UVA Law School Tour
Friday, November 17 - 2:10 pm - Admissions Office in Slaughter (SL) 126A
Third-year UVA law student Deitra Jones will present a tour of UVA Law School. Please RSVP by Nov. 15th to


Source Dorks @ Clemons Library
Mondays through Wednesdays – 7:00-9:00 pm - Clemons 2nd Floor
What are the Source Dorks? They are undergrad peer research advisors who can help students level-up their research skills to move beyond Google searches and into the world of databases!  They also guide students to find new and amazing sources, and help them tailor their paper topics and search terms for better research results. Source Dorks also assist with puzzling citations and can show you how to use citation management tools. No need to set up an appointment – just drop in!


This Week’s UCARE Updates: Check it out!
For information on upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook.