The Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) was created in 1976 to assist the University of Virginia in developing a welcoming, supportive environment for its Black students. As a proponent of students’ interests and needs, OAAA promotes the active involvement of its students in all aspects of the University community. Through its programming and outreach, OAAA enhances the University’s knowledge, sensitivity and understanding of Black issues, culture, and history. These efforts have contributed to UVA having the highest graduation rate for undergraduate African-American students at a U.S. public university for the past twenty years [Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.].