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OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter

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

Friday, October 30 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Election (t)rauma: DIY Cultural Center practices that can protect your wellness featuring Michael Mason, Director, Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center

During the 2016 election, students and communities across the country reported experiencing the election as acutely stressful. People felt this distress across party lines, gender, ethnic and cultural identities, and socio-economic brackets. On average, one out of four people reported election-related (t)rauma. This workshop will provide strategies for managing the stressful conditions surrounding this upcoming election. Register here   


OAAA PAA NOVA/DC/MD Chapter 2020 Scholarships
Application Deadline ExtendedOctober 31, 2020

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 31, 2020. Apply Now or for more information contact: Mark Kieffer


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 ( or Ms. Comfort ( 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.


The Office of African-American Affairs



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. 



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.



FALL 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

We have got to acknowledge, sometimes painfully, that racism is still the ghost in the room. This is not a black problem, although black people are at the fore of it. It’s about disparate treatment of African Americans in this country. But that is an American problem. And it’s going to take everybody to, number one, admit it, and, number two, to change it.”- Valdez Venita Demings

Danielle Muriel

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Danielle Muriel is a Fourth-Year Echols Scholar and Ridley Scholar from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality on the Pre-Medical Track in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her current and past involvements at UVA include Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advising, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and currently, Danielle serves as the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. After graduation, Danielle plans to take a gap year and work as a biologist or as a medical assistant before going to medical school.

Quote's Corner

   Val Demings was born as Valdez Venita Butler on March 12, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida as the youngest of seven children in a low-income family. While her father worked as a janitor and her mother as a maid, Demings attended segregated schools in the 1960s and still managed to graduate from Wolfson Highschool in the 1970s. Demings became deeply interested in law enforcement and even graduated with a degree in criminology from Florida State University in 1979. After graduating, Demings wasted no time in applying for a job at the Orlando Police Department (OPD) in the early 1980s. At the OPD, Demings found herself in a variety of roles and would even become the first woman to ever lead the department as Chief of Police in 2007. During her time as chief, Demings saw a record decrease in the amount of violent crime. Before become chief, however, Demings would return to school and earn a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University Orland in 1996. After serving in the department for 27 years, Demings would retire from the OPD in 2011. However, in 2012 Demings would find herself as the Democratic Party nominee for House of Representatives position for Florida’s 10th congressional district. She would face and defeat Republican Daniel Webster in the 2012 district elections. Demings would continue to hold the position into her second term in 2018 and played a crucial role in the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. Demings has also been vocal on racial injustice in regards to the killings of George Floyd and has been a huge advocate for gun control.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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

This Week in Black History

 Did you know that?  On October 31, 1950, 21-year-old Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play in an NBA game when he takes the court in the season opener for the Washington Capitols. Lloyd grew up in Jim Crow Virginia and went to West Virginia State, where he was the star of the school's championship basketball team. He didn’t know he’d been drafted by the NBA until he ran into a friend on campus who told him she’d heard a rumor that he’d be moving to Washington. It turned out that the Capitols had picked him in the ninth round of the draft. Two other black players joined the NBA that season—the Celtics drafted Chuck Cooper in the second round and the New York Knicks got Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton from the Harlem Globetrotters—but the Knicks and the Celts didn’t start their seasons until November. As a result, Lloyd became a coincidental pioneer: the first black player to make his debut in the NBA. After seven games with the Capitols, Lloyd was drafted into the military and sent to Korea for two years. When he returned to the United States, the Capitols had gone out of business, and so he went to play for the Syracuse Nationals (who later became the Philadelphia 76ers). He wrapped up his nine-season career in Detroit. After he retired from playing, he stayed in the Motor City, serving as a scout and then as an assistant coach for the Pistons. In 1970, he became the first full-time black head coach in the league. He coached the Detroit team for a year, and then went on to work for the city, in the police department and as a school administrator. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He died in 2015.


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


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


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* ZOOM* Election (t)rauma
Friday, October 30 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Election (t)rauma: DIY Cultural Center practices that can protect your wellness.
During the 2016 election, students and communities across the country reported experiencing the election as acutely stressful. People felt this distress across party lines, gender, ethnic and cultural identities, and socio-economic brackets. On average, one out of four people reported election-related (t)rauma. This workshop will provide strategies for managing the stressful conditions surrounding this upcoming election.

*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, or download the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android to get the latest local news in Charlottesville’s Black community.