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OAAA E-Weekly February 6, 2023

OAAA E-Weekly February 6, 2023

“The thing about Black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up.” — Henry Louis Gates
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. (born September 16, 1950) is an American literary critic, professor, historian, and filmmaker who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Resear

William M. Harris, Sr. "Resilience"

The struggle of the Black experience in the nation is one to achieve self-determination. That struggle has not been one to survive; rather it has been one to progress against odds of massive oppression. Motivated by student protest in 1975-76, the Office of African American Affairs (fondly tagged by students as “O tribble A”), has been one characterized by several forces. None perhaps has been more demanding than that of resilience.

Resilience is the persistent struggle to achieve progress, notwithstanding oppressive forces to level its positive impacts for Black students, faculty, and staff. Confronted by racism and often mean-spirited rejection to nearly every decision, OAAA, has fought to maintain high quality service and leadership. The struggle dates to 1819, the founding of the University, where the Black presence has been one of resilience. The efforts demonstrate never quit and always make a path of courage and struggle. OAAA has contributed greatly to the University and filled the void that sought to limit the will of the Black presence at the University.

Progress is not always easy to measure. However, given the mission of OAAA, progress is certainly measured by the success of many Black students served by OAAA during their tenure at the University and leadership roles following graduation. There has been many “firsts” and high praise for competence and fairness. No matter the equation used to measure success, OAAA students have demonstrated effective leadership that has been mature, productive, and lasting. The University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and globally all have benefited. OAAA students have been beacons of strength, courage, and fairness in the sciences and engineering, design/architecture, the arts, and government service. The record is both impressive and enduring.

William M. Harris, Sr. (First Dean of OAAA from 1976-1981)


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 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Tyree Mathis

Tyree Mathis is a Program Coordinator with Student Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs. Tyree joined UVA in September of 2021. His primary responsibilities include advising Blueprint Leadership Program and University Programs Council (UPC) and serving as a mentor for the Posse Foundation. His main goal is to enhance the student experience through campus activities, leadership opportunities, and quality advising. Tyree is seeking rising student leaders to represent UVA at the ACC Leadership Symposium. In addition, Tyree is hopeful to diversify the UPC Exec board to better represent the student population. Tyree is a DJ in his spare time and is “obsessed with roller skating”. Tyree is also from Pittsburgh, PA is a 2x graduate from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Tyree’s office is located in Newcomb Hall 164. Stop by any time!




Schedule a Meeting with Your 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


Opportunities with Deadlines

Apply to UVA's summer Global Internship programs!

Applications Due: February 15, March 1 and April 1

Interested in gaining both international and professional experience this summer? UVA offers academic global internship programs in Buenos Aires, Dublin, Ghent, Marrakech, Paris, and virtual (with organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa). Explore each unique program's brochure on the Education Abroad website to learn more about internship opportunities, courses, scholarships, and more.  https://educationabroad.virginia.edu/uva-programs


VCAC is Hiring College Advisers!

Apply today to serve students and make a difference in Virginia.

Looking for a fun, rewarding, and dynamic public service position after graduation? The Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) may be right for you! VCAC hires recent college graduates to serve as college advisers in high schools throughout the Commonwealth to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. These near-peer college advisers guide students and their families through college planning, application, and financial aid processes with a particular focus on helping students find their “best fit” postsecondary option – whether trade/technical, two-year, four-year, public or private. College advisers undergo significant training and receive valuable professional development including guidance and support with career and graduate school goals. Advisers serve full-time for two years and in return receive a living allowance, health insurance, and an Educational Award upon completion of each full-time commitment. For best consideration, apply at at.virginia.edu/VCAC2023 (case sensitive) by 11:59 PM on March 10th, 2023. Want to learn more about VCAC? Join us for one of three Winter Info Sessions on February 8th @6pm, February 15 @6pm, & March 1 @6pm. Sign up for a session at at.virginia.edu/VCACinfosession (case sensitive). Questions: Contact Program Coordinator Madi Barnes, [email protected]. Stay Connected: Follow us on Instagram @virginiacollegeadvisingcorps to see our current college advisers in action! https://vcac.virginia.edu/college-adviser-position-description

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

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 ofmailto:[email protected] the camp. All meals and housing will be provided. Apply Now! For More Information. Contact Name Ashley Schmidt



Upcoming UVA Events, Learning & Services

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 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


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.



Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Health Honor Society's (DHW) Pre-Health Fair
Wednesday, February 8 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Student Health and Wellness Building, Room 100A

The fair will feature speakers from UVA's Summer Medical Leadership Program, UVA's Internship Placement Program, VCU's Masters in Genetic Counseling, the VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program, the UVA Sports Medicine Volunteer Program, and some resources from the Princeton Review. There will also be a slideshow highlighting some pre-health student organizations on Grounds as well as the Annual Medical Education Conference! We invite any student who is interested in the health professions to join us. Please reach out to Danielle Johnson ([email protected]) or Tenneh Bonsu ([email protected]) if you have any questions or concerns, and we hope to see you there!

A moment in Black History

Did you know? Alfred L. Cralle invented the Ice Cream Scoop on February 2, 1897. Cralle was born in 1866 in Kenbridge, Virginia and grew up helping his father in the carpentry trade. While working as a porter for a hotel, Cralle noticed that people were having a hard time scooping ice cream with ordinary utensils, so he decided to create a device that would help, according to The Undefeated. In 1897, Cralle had patented the Ice Cream Mold and Disher (U.S. Patent #576395), although he never profited from it, designed to not only scoop ice cream but also keep it from sticking to the device to make the process a lot easier. His handy invention is still used today.

Alfred Cralle