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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

In order to reduce the risk of exceeding the max capacity, the Office has created an email for you to send print requests. Click here to get more details about printing.

Also, to maintain social distancing and safety guidelines while still supporting you, OAAA will only be able to host a very limited number of persons by appointment only. Students will be able to reserve study space for 60 minutes each day.  Click here to get more details and to make a reservation for study space.

Since we are all returning to Grounds, you may call our main number (434-924-7923), If you cannot reach us via phone please contact Mr. Smith (jcs9cz@virginia.edu) or Ms. Comfort (alc9r@virginia.edu) to assist you.

Let us continue to work together, staying focused and hopeful along the way and in ways that would enable us to do our best work in the midst of crises. We look forward to working with you this semester.

Sincerely,

The Office of African-American Affairs

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OAAA PAA NOVA/DC/MD Chapter 2020 Scholarships
Application Deadline: Monday, October 5

The UVA OAAA PAA NOVA/DC/MD Chapter is pleased to announce that the application period for its 2020 scholarships is now live. Unlike previous years, the scholarships are now available to all students (1st-years are eligible this year in addition to 2nd - 4th-year students). Please review the respective application and submit your response by October 5, 2020. Apply Now or for more information contact: Mark Kieffer

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The UVA Parents Fund has launched the Student Enrichment Fund, which provides grants to current undergraduate students who lack the resources to participate in professional development and academic enrichment experiences, such as studying abroad, taking J-Term classes, or pursuing internships. Read more about it here

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UVA COVID-19 PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND RESPONSE PLAN

The University is closely monitoring key metrics and has developed a COVID-19 dashboard that will be shared and will track key metrics like the rate of infections and our operational readiness to respond to the virus. We stand ready to alter our operations and plans based on these metrics. We are grateful to all members of our community for their diligence in following the guidelines outlined below. A printable copy of the UVA COVID-19 Prevention, Detection, and Response Plan is available.

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Plan Your Vote!
Mark your calendars. Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting,
including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election. Click here.

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Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, October 13
Last Day to Drop a Class

Tuesday, October 20
Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (via SIS)

Will remain in session
No Fall Break                                     

Family Weekend will be
cancelled for 2020

 

Monday, November 4 - Friday, December 13
Apply for May 2021 Graduation

Friday, November 13 
Last Day to Withdraw from the University and Return for Spring 2021

Tuesday, November 24   
Courses end
(No in-person instruction or assessments after November 24)

Wednesday, December 2 - Friday, December 11   
Examinations (administered on-line only)         

Monday, December 14 
Undergraduate Enrollment for Spring 2021

To Be Determined  
Fall degrees conferred


Quote of the Week

“What’s important for my daughter to know is that….if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.” – Kamala Harris

JaVori Warren

Spotlight on Student Achievements

JaVori Warren is a Fourth-Year Echols Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences from Woodbridge, Virginia. She is double majoring in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting, and Government on the Pre-Law Track. Warren is the current President of the Black Student Alliance, Selections Tri-Chair for the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program, and member of the 2021 Cohort of the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership. Upon graduation, Warren plans to attend law school and pursue a career in politics

Quote's Corner

Kamala Devi Harris, (born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney who has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017. She is the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco's office. In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to become the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.[5][6] As a senator, she has advocated for healthcare reform, federal descheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform. She gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings.Harris ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and attracted national attention before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019. She was announced as former vice president Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election on August 11, 2020. She is the first African American, the first Asian American, and the third female vice presidential running mate on a major party ticket.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 14

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a premier U.S. Department of State program created to attract diverse talent to its Foreign Service. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. The fellowship seeks individuals committed to promoting positive change in the world as U.S. diplomats for the Foreign Service. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school, internships, and professional development. The fellowship provides a pathway to a uniquely rewarding career as a Foreign Service Officer representing the United States of America. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates, can come from any academic discipline and must be seeking entry into graduate school in fall 2021. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship, seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2021 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S-based institution, cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. For tips to submit a competitive application: Applications Tips. Review the FAQs page for details about grad school, the application and more. Visit: www.rangelprogram.org. Program Contact: rangelprogram@howard.edu

Jefferson Trust Annual Grants Cycle Now Open!
Applications Deadline: Thursday, October 1 by 11:59 p.m.

Whether you’re on Grounds or virtual this semester, the Jefferson Trust Annual Cycle application is open for the 2020-21 academic year! Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in February 2021. To learn more about what the Trust funds, or to discuss your potential project, please contact our Grants Administrator, Amy.

 

This Week in Black History

 Did you know that?  Almost five years before the “March on Washington” and perhaps the greatest speech ever delivered in America “I Have A Dream”, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was stabbed by a mentally unstable woman on September 20, 1958 at a book signing in a Harlem bookstore.  If 42 year old Izola Curry had been successful, the entire events of civil rights in America may have been effected by her moment of frenzied derangement.  Rev. King was taken to a Harlem Hospital after the attack and recovered after a successful operation. Rev. King was one of America’s greatest leaders who served as a minister, pastor and civil rights leader.   The life and death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a motivator for positive change with African Americans.  His principle of non-violent protest was a stimulus for promoting the need for proper civil rights of African Americans.  America was ill-equipped to stop the changes that Rev. King was creating throughout the country.  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, April 4, 1968.  He was shot at the Lorraine Motel and declared dead at 7:05 pm that night.  A bullet stopped his life on April 4, but not his dream.  The life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrates without question that one person can make a difference in the world.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Announcements & Services – Fall 2020

OAAA Virtual Office Hours

Monday with Dean Bassett
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 104941

Tuesday with Dean Bassett
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 864290

Wednesday with Dean Thomas
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 692599

Thursday with Dean Mason
11:30 – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 605279

Friday with Mason/Thomas (Alternating)
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 474974

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OAAA Tutoring for Fall 2020 

 

OAAA Chemistry Tutoring with Yvette Gamor

Every Tuesday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pm – Zoom Room

OAAA Biology Tutoring with Jermaine Austin

Every Thursday – 3:00 pm–5:00 pm – Zoom Room

OAAA Calculus I and Statistics Tutoring with Travis Elliott 

Every Monday - 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Zoom Room

Every Thursday - 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Zoom Room

 

Contact: Dean Thomas for more information

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Contact: Dean Mason for more information on:

  • Black College Women (BCW) Book Club
  • Black Male Initiative (BMI)
  • Black President’s Council (BPC)
  • Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister

Upcoming Events

Upcoming UVA Virtual Events, Learning & Services

*ONLINE* Truman Information Session
Monday, September 21 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Are you a dynamic leader? An activist dedicated to positive change? Committed to public service? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, you should consider the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate school and access to a network of incredible leaders. Come even if you aren’t sure about the graduate school part. Apply as a third year. Register here

*ONLINE* Goldwater Information Session
Monday, September 28 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Do you love research? Are you considering pursuing research science, mathematics, or engineering as a career? Are you simply a STEM student and want to at least explore an exciting opportunity? Come learn about the award and the process for nomination by the University of Virginia. Apply as a second or third year – so first years should definitely come! Register here 

*ONLINE* Gaither Junior Fellows Information Session
Monday, October 5 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace programs. They will have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings. Register here 

 

*ONLINE* Engage with the Admissions Team, Hear from McIntire Students
Friday, October 9 – 12 Noon - Zoom

Learn more about what Commerce classes are really like, get answers to frequently asked questions, hear from a panel of peers who were recently in your shoes, and connect with students who are on a similar path. Undergraduate Commerce experience of underrepresented and underserved students including Black/African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, First-Generation, and Low-Income student. Register here

 

*ONLINE* Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
Monday, October 12- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Zoom

The Critical Language Scholarship is a fully-funded, in-country intensive language and cultural immersion program. It is part of an effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages such as Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Come learn more. Register here

*ONLINE* Beinecke Scholarship Information Session
Monday, October 19 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

The Beinecke Scholarship provides funding for master's and doctoral degrees in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, neuroscience excluded. Come even if you are not sure about graduate school at this time. Apply as a third year. Register here 

*ONLINE* Intro to Office and Q&A
26 October
- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Haven't heard of the Office of Citizen Scholar Development? Don't know what fellowships are? Come listen to a brief introduction of the office followed by a time for Q&A. This session is helpful for students and alumni who have yet to interact with the Office of Citizen Scholar Development. Register here

*ONLINE* Yenching Academy Information Session
Monday, November 2 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

The Yenching Academy of Peking University is a fully-funded residential program offering an array of interdisciplinary courses as part of a one-year master’s program in China Studies. Students from all fields are encouraged to apply and take advantage of one of six academic concentrations. Register here

*ONLINE* Boren Awards Information Session
Monday, November 9 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Interested in studying abroad? Learning a language crucial to US national security? Come learn about the Boren Awards, which fund the study of less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Come learn about the opportunity and the internal process for applying. Register here 

*ONLINE* Davis Projects for Peace Information Session
Monday, November 16 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

The purpose of the Davis Projects for Peace is to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world. Each year, the University of Virginia nominates one project and an alternate for the $10,000 prizes to actually complete the project. Come explore how your vision for peace could be funded by Davis. Register here:

The Office of Citizen Scholar Development
*ONLINE* Intro to Office and Q&A
Monday, November 23
- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

Haven't heard of the Office of Citizen Scholar Development? Don't know what fellowships are? Come listen to a brief introduction of the office followed by a time for Q&A. This session is helpful for students and alumni who have yet to interact with the Office of Citizen Scholar Development. Register here

*ONLINE* UK Fellows Information Session
Monday, November 30
- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Zoom

The United Kingdom Fellows Program allows graduating University of Virginia students the opportunity to teach and live abroad in a boarding school in the UK for the year following graduation. Come learn about the different schools with which we have a relationship and how to apply. Students in all fields welcome! Register here

Around the Charlottesville Area Community
Charlottesville Community Cares – Emergency Funding for Households
Apply Mondays thru Fridays between 9:00 am-5:00 pm by calling (434) 234-4490

If you are having economic hardship due to the COVID-19 virus, and live in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, or Orange Counties, call today. Multiple languages are available. Thanks to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and the County of Albemarle for sponsoring this effort to support our community!

 

Filing for Unemployment [Video] – Virginia Employment Commission
Visit for help to file in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“In My Humble Opinion”– 101.3 Jamz -- Charlottesville’s Own Talk/Radio
Every Sunday 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Hosted by Charles Lewis, Max, and Razor, along with special guests. Listen online at 101jamz.com, or download the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android to get the latest local news in Charlottesville’s Black community.