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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


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

FALL 2020

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

"I don't take my identity as an American, as a member of this democracy, lightly. I feel that we should all be participating. I don't feel a responsibility as a celebrity- I feel a responsibility as an American, as a person of color, as a woman." Kerry Washington

Valencia Lagbo

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Valencia Lagbo is a Third-Year in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Global Development Studies, with a minor in Sustainability. Her current and past involvements at UVA have been with the following: Summer Orientation Leader (OL), Summer Orientation Leader (OL), Resident Advisor (RA) in Hereford Residential College, Phi Sigma Pi Gender-Inclusive Honor Fraternity, Environmental Justice Collective Founding Member, and the Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor Program. Valencia plans to go on to graduate school to study public and environmental health. She has a goal of becoming a mental health counselor and/or policy maker for marginalized communities.

Quote's Corner

 Kerry Marisa Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an  African-American actress, producer, and director. She graduated from George Washington University in 1998. She gained wide public recognition for starring as crisis management expert Olivia Pope in the ABC drama series Scandal (2012–2018). For her role, she was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and once for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress -Television Series Drama. Her portrayal of Anita Hill in the HBO television political thriller film, Confirmation (2016), earned her a nomination for both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. And for her role as Mia Warren in the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere (2020) she was again nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In film, Washington is known for her roles as Della Bea Robinson in Ray (2004), as Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), as Alicia Masters in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Broomhilda von Shaft in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012). In 2018, Forbes named her the eighth highest-paid television actress. Washington has won a Primetime Emmy Award and five NAACP Image Awards, including The President’s Award. She was engaged to David Moscow until 2007. She then married former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in 2013. The couple welcomed a daughter named Isabelle in April of 2014 followed by a son named Caleb in October of 2016. She acts as an ambassador for domestic violence awareness both through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse project and as a board member for V-Day. And in 2009, President Obama appointed her to the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities

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

FBI’s Resource Planning Office (RPO)
Are you interested in an honors internship or full-time career opportunities at the world’s premier national security and law enforcement agency? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is in search of highly motivated and talented candidates from diverse backgrounds who are interested in serving the nation, and we are recruiting at the University of Virginia! Some of us visiting are recent alumni, and we cannot wait to share our experiences with you. We are part of the FBI’s Resource Planning Office (RPO), which manages the Bureau’s $5+ billion personnel budget and strategic planning processes; crafts internal policy; designs business intelligence tools; automates and re-engineers business processes; and provides project-based consulting services to senior executives. In short, RPO exists to drive innovation and enable efficient and effective FBI business operations, thereby ensuring that investigative personnel have what they need to protect the American People. 

RPO analysts have the opportunity to: 

  • Collaborate with forward-thinking, innovative colleagues 
  • Be responsible for and lead various program and projects 
  • Gain insight into every division and program in the FBI 
  • Produce reports and briefings for FBI senior executives 
  • Travel to field offices to conduct training or data collection 
  • Expand skill sets in project management, data collection and analysis, business communication, and presentation creation and deliverance 
  • Make an impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of FBI business operations 

We would like to personally invite you to attend our virtual information session on Monday, October 5,2020 at 5:00 pm to learn more about the exciting opportunities we have in RPO. Please visit handshake to sign-up and for event details. To be considered for the full-time position, please send resumes to RPO_Recruiting@fbi.gov by the October 16th deadline

 

This Week in Black History

Did you know that?  In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members, including establishing the Free Breakfast for Children Programs and community health clinics. The history of the organization is controversial. Some scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential movement organization of the late 1960s, and "the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism." Other commentators have described the Party as more criminal than political, characterized by "defiant posturing over substance."

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
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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 Organic Chemistry Tutoring with Sarah Weisflog
Every Monday - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm –  Zoom Room

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* 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 

Days @ McIntire
Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21   5-6:30pm  via Zoom

Interested in becoming a part of the McIntire community and succeeding at the Commerce School? All prospective first- and second-year female students are invited to Days at McIntire, our annual women’s recruitment event! You’ll have the opportunity to connect with our incredible network of McIntire alumnae, experience our curriculum through a mock Commerce class, and get insights into the admissions process through this series of programs. All sessions will take place via Zoom (yay! no dressing up!). To ensure you get your swag box via snail mail, make sure you register by Tuesday, October 6! Anyone registering after this date may still attend, but your package may arrive late. You must attend the first session to access the second session.

 

*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.