OAAA E-Weekly September 12, 2023

OAAA E-Weekly September 12, 2023

Mark Your Calendar

Fall 2023 Academic Calendar

Saturday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 3

Reading Days


Tuesday, October 17

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course (Use SIS)


Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5

Family Weekend (Go to Family Weekend)


Tuesday, November 7

Election Day - No Classes

Student Spotlight: Lenzy Mondo

Lenzy Mondo is a fourth-year psychology and philosophy double major from Frederick, Maryland. Lenzy is an active member of the University community. This academic year, Lenzy is a new Peer Advisor with the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program, a member of OneWay Black ministry, the Black Student Alliance (BSA), and the Organization of African Students (OAS). Lenzy loves being able to pour into the communities that helped to shape her into who she is today. Meeting new people and making genuine connections are high on Lenzy’s list. After undergrad, she intends to pursue a Psy.D in clinical psychology and eventually become a therapist working in low-income communities with limited access to mental health services.

Schedule a Meeting with a Dean

 In addition to the cultural programs we host, each Dean is available to meet with students to provide one-on-one support (i.e., academic, social, and emotional) to all our students.

Walk in Support



Expanding one's vocabulary and learning new words can bring numerous benefits. Here is one key advantage:


Better Writing Skills: A wide-ranging vocabulary gives someone more words to draw from when writing. It allows someone to vary their sentence structures, use more descriptive language, and communicate their thoughts more eloquently, resulting in more engaging and persuasive writing.


Word of the Week:

noun [cir·​cum·​lo·​cu·​tion]

- use of too many words or evasive speech


Remember, expanding one's vocabulary is a lifelong journey that brings numerous practical and intellectual benefits. It enriches communication, enhances understanding of the world, and fosters personal growth.




Hello all! This is Ms. Carter with the affirmation of the week:

“I attract genuine friendships with people who want the best for me.”

Having a supportive, trustworthy, and honest group of friends can make your journey through life much more interesting and exciting. Finding your people can help you through the rough patches and help you to celebrate the best of times!

Quote of the Week

“Black history isn’t a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has such an impact on kids and their values and how they view black people.” – Karyn Parsons
Karyn Parsons Rockwell (born October 8, 1966) is an American actress, author, comedian, wife, and mother. She is best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996.
Kelly Smith



Studying 101: Study Smarter Not Harder Vol. 12


Class is in session and those first exams are lurking here are some tips to consider when studying. Remember, studying for college exams is similar in some ways in what you did in high school, however, some classes are less about memorization and more about application and analyzing.

“Your progress is our success”
Dean Kelly



Dear OAAA Family & Friends,

I would like to give a special shoutout to the Center for Diversity in Engineering for hosting and sponsoring last week’s Black Friday. I hope you all enjoyed meeting this amazing team. Visit their website for more information.

I cannot believe that we are in Week 4 of the semester. As many of you are gaining momentum and solidifying your routines, I want to share some affirmations for your self-empowerment. Each of you has a divine impact and it all starts with a seed of belief.

Upcoming UVA Events, Learning & Services

The Evolution of Affirmative Action—And Its Uncertain Future
Friday, September 15 – 11:00 am – UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs & Online

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturning affirmative action in college admissions, this program will examine the evolution and legacy of race-conscious college admission programs across the United States. Reflecting on the nearly fifty years of legal precedent upholding affirmative action, our diverse panel of scholars will discuss the significant impact of the historic policy on higher education, as well as the uncertain future of racial diversity in college admissions. For more information. Contact Name: Brielle Entzminger, Communications Strategist.

Opportunities with Deadlines.

Apply to Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership

Applications open September 15th Are you ready to make a substantial impact at the University of Virginia? Apply for the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership (MLI) from the Vice President of Student Affairs. Develop exceptional leadership skills, receive expert guidance and network with peers. Don't miss this chance to enhance your leadership and impact the university and your peers. Apply now via the link below! On September 15th, applications will open. https://studentaffairs.virginia.edu/subsite/lewis/apply Contact Name: Rakeem Walker Contact Email: [email protected]  

A Moment in Black History


Did you know? Robert Smalls freed himself, his crew, and their families during the American Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862. Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an American politician, publisher, businessman and maritime pilot. Born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina, Smalls freed himself, his crew, and their families by commandeering a Confederate transport ship and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters to a Union-controlled enclave in the Beaufort–Port Royal–Hilton Head area, where it became a Union warship. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army. After the Civil War, Smalls returned to Beaufort and became a politician, winning election as a Republican to the South Carolina Legislature and the United States House of Representatives during the Reconstruction era. He authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States. He founded the Republican Party of South Carolina. Smalls was the last Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th congressional district until the election of Mick Mulvaney in 2011. Smalls died of malaria and diabetes on February 23, 1915, at the age of 75. He was buried in his family's plot in the churchyard of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in downtown Beaufort. The monument to Smalls in this churchyard is inscribed with his 1895 statement to the South Carolina legislature: "My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."