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OAAA E-Weekly February 20, 2023

OAAA E-Weekly February 20, 2023

Quote of the Week

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way." – Satchel Paige
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was an American professional baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB).


Spring 2023 Academic Calendar

Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March 12
Spring Recess

Tuesday, May 2
Spring Term Courses End

Thursday, May 4 – Friday, May 12

Sunday, May 7 & Friday, May 10
Reading Days

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21
Finals Weekend

Schedule Meeting with Dean


Deans of OAAA


Selecting a Dean for a One-on-One Appointment

Many of you are aware of our spaces throughout Dawson’s Row, some have figured out ways to engage with our programming, and most of you have broken bread in Dawson’s Row with us and one another. In addition to the cultural programs we host, however, each Dean is available to meet with students to provide one-on-one support (i.e., academic, social, and emotional) to all our students.

For this transitional year, we have made a few significant changes to how students can make appointments with the Deans. All Deans are available to provide academic advising, support through difficulties, and sometimes, simply be a trusted mentor or guide.


Office of African-American Affairs: Schedule a Meeting with Your Dean


Student Spotlight- Oluwatomisin 'Tomi' Igun

Oluwatomisin 'Tomi' Igun is a Third Year student from Bowie, MD majoring in Global Studies Security and Justice with a Data Science minor. While here at the University, Tomi has joined several CIOs on Grounds including the Organization of African Students (OAS), Questbridge at UVA, Yahweh Night Ministries holding the title of Financial Officer, Chi Alpha, Data Science & Analytics Club (DSAC), and Women in Computing Sciences at UVA (WICS). After graduating, Tomi plans to pursue a career in Cybersecurity.
2023 Fulbright Forum

Thursday, February 23 - 5:00 pm-6:15 pm – Special Collections Library Auditorium

This is our kick-off event for the Fulbright process. We are welcoming back four past UVA Fulbright recipients for a panel discussion and reception. The Fulbright funds a further study, research, teaching, or creative opportunities abroad after graduation. Join us for a panel discussion and reception. For more information. Contact: Office of Citizen Scholar Development

Opportunities with Deadlines

The Kishore Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Saturday, February 25 by 11:59 PM EST
The Kishore Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Kris Kishore (Col '95, Educ '02) and the unique impact he had on the University community through his legendary love of learning, dedication to service, and selfless leadership. Nominees for the scholarship should demonstrate the following values that Kris Kishore lived by: servanthood, community impact, leadership through connection (humble, reflective, intuitive, and inclusive), and passion for learning and inspirational teaching. The $35,000 scholarship will be awarded to a rising fourth-year student (for the 2023 - 2024 academic year). Use these links to nominate scholarship candidates or read more about Kris Kishore and the Kishore Memorial Scholarship Award. Please email with any questions or concerns. Contact Name: Patrick Cloud


Mentoring: Be a Big Sibling. Make a Big Difference
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1

The Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and Men’s Leadership Project (MLP) are community-based mentoring programs that pair UVA undergraduate students with middle school students from the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Develop your leadership skills as an intern or mentor with the Women’s Center! Join us and hone your skills to be a more effective advocate on Grounds and in the community. Apply now for the 2023-2024 academic year! Combine classroom study of social justice issues with practical work on a team led by a member of our staff. You'll also gain valuable leadership and teamwork experience. For access to the online applications and more information about mentor and intern applications.


Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference

Register for the 2023 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference being held at Radford University on Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 4. The event offers an opportunity for higher education professionals, students, and others who are using or interested in learning more about contemplative practices to gather to share new work and explore new methods across disciplines and domains. Teachers, professors; researchers; students; community members; and contemplative practitioners are welcome. For More Information Contact Name Ellen Daniels


Generative Contemplation Symposium: The Art and Science of Effortless and Self-Emergence Contemplative Practices

The Contemplative Sciences Center is hosting the Generative Contemplation Symposium: The Art and Science of Effortless and Self-Emergence Contemplative Practices on April 21 and 22, 2023 at UVA. This in-person event will convene scientists, scholars, philosophers, and teacher-practitioners from across the world to explore the tension between effort and effortlessness in contemplative practices within Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. For More Information Contact Name Ellen Daniels

Cornerstone Summer Institute Counselor Applications Now Open!
Wednesday, June 21-Friday, June 30
Apply Now!

The UVA Cornerstone Summer Institute is an eye-opening weeklong summer program for high school students to learn about slavery and its legacies and develop thinking skills that prepare them for success in college and beyond. The program focuses on uncovering the history of the area through historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement. Counselors of this camp are facilitators of learning who help students reckon with their own racial identities and their place in the world. Each counselor will lead a project group of 5 campers and serve as a role model for all. Counselors will receive a stipend for the week of the camp. All meals and housing will be provided. For More Information. Contact Name Ashley Schmidt



Upcoming UVA Events, Learning & Services

Fellowships & Undergraduate Research Series

Mondays – 4:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room
Our regular series continues. The introductory workshops are the best first touch point with our office. The full schedule is here.

A moment in Black History

Did you know? From about 1916 to 1970, the Great Migration was the relocation of more than 6 million Black Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West. Driven from their homes by unsatisfactory economic opportunities and harsh segregationist laws, Black Americans headed north, where they took advantage of the need for industrial workers that arose during the First World War. During the Great Migration, Black people began to build a new place for themselves in public life, actively confronting racial prejudice as well as economic, political and social challenges to create a Black urban culture that would exert enormous influence in the decades to come. By the end of 1919, some scholars estimate that 1 million Black people had left the South, usually traveling by train, boat or bus; a smaller number had automobiles or even horse-drawn carts.

Great Migration