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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

UPC X BPC Present "The Photograph" a free virtual screening

BPC has partnered with the UPC to offer a final opportunity to join together under the “Black United” banner. We will be offering a Free virtual screening of The Photograph with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield on November 13, 2020. We encourage all interested  Black students to watch the movie together with us from 8 - 11 pm on Friday night. Be on the lookout for an opportunity to register for a Black United movie goodie bag!


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.


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

“Our ability to participate in government, to elect our leaders and to improve our lives is contingent upon our ability to access the ballot. We know in our heart of hearts that voting is a sacred right - the fount from which all other rights flow.” Stacey Yvonne Abrams

Stephney Tucker

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Stephney Tucker is a third-year from Danville, VA, double majoring in African-American & African Studies and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies with a minor in Government  in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her studies, Stephney participates in various organizations on grounds. She is currenlty the Co-Finance Chair for the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association and the Black Student Alliance Membership Committee. Stephney also serve as a Peer Advisor for the Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor Program. She is a research intern for the President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS) as well. In the Charlottesville Community, Stephney recently started interning with Lending Hands, which is a women's reentry program. In the future, she plans to attend law school with the aspiration of becoming a civil rights lawyer or entering into the field of crisis management.

Quote's Corner

 Stacey Yvonne Abrams was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Robert and Carolyn Abrams on December 9, 1973 as the second of six siblings. While born in Wisconsin and raised in Mississippi, the Abrams family found themselves moving to Atlanta Georgia where parents received graduate level education as well as becoming Methodist ministers. Stacey Abrams attended Avondale High School in Dekalb County, Georgia, where she was picked for a Telluride Association Summer Program. However, it was during high school, that Stacey Abrams was also hired as a typist for a congressional campaign. Furthermore, Stacey Abrams was also hired as a speechwriter at the young age of 17 years old due to the edits she made as a typist. Stacey Abrams would continue to pursue a career in politics when she earned a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Spelman College. Abrams would graduate in 1995 and would graduate magna cum laude. Abrams would also earn her M.P. Aff. In public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School. During her education, Abrams would continue to engage herself in several organizations and movements such as the movement to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state flag as well as being inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA of Metro Atlanta. Stacy Abrams would serve in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2007 and would soon become the minority leader in 2011, which she would hold until 2017. Stacey Abrams was the first women to lead either party in the House of Representatives and is the first African American to lead the House of Representatives. During her time in the House of Representatives, Abrams became a leader in fighting against voter suppression that continues to run rampant in the state of Georgia.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
Ability to pursue any area of study.
Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
Multifaceted advising about how to transition to a four-year college and maximize the student experience.


The application closes on January 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone.

More information:



This Week in Black History

Did you know that?  Henry “Box” Brown literally mailed himself to freedom in 1849 becoming a symbol of the Underground Railroad Freedom Movement. He was born enslaved in Louisa County, Virginia in 1815. At the age of 15, Brown was sent to work in a factory in Richmond, Virginia. He was a man of faith and a member of the First African Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. Brown married a woman named Nancy and had for children. However, the loss of freedom due to enslavement kept the two from being together. In 1848, Nancy and the children were sold to a plantation in North Carolina; this loss influenced and inspired Brown to escape from slavery. Brown’s plan was put into action when Samuel Smith shipped a cargo box containing Brown by Adams Express Company on March 23, 1849 to Philadelphia. The box would arrive at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society. Shortly after his escape, Brown would appear before the New England Anti-Slavery Society Convention in Boston. He would then go on to tour the region performing his story that would be published by Charles Stern becoming one of the best-known slave narratives in American history. In 1850, Brown’s panorama the "Mirror of Slavery" show opened in Boston. Following this he moved to England when on May 1851, Brown’s own “First English Edition” of the narrative of his life was published in Manchester. However, Brown was being criticized for not trying hard enough to purchase his family; this caused Brown to leave the abolition circuit completely allowing him to focus on English show business for 25 years. Additionally, in 1859 he remarried and had a daughter named Annie. In 1875, Brown, his wife, and Annie would move to the United States where he would begin performing as a magician to make a living. The act remained the same of Brown climbing out of his original box that he shipped himself to freedom in, in 1849. Brown's last recorded performance took place in Ontario, Canada, on February 26, 1889. The date and location of his death are unknown.

UPC Movie night

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 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* 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 

Come get to know Taylor Leigh Lamb - Communications Manager at Baltimore Center Stage
Tuesday, November 10 - 7pm
Register in Handshake:

Taylor graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Drama. She is an actor, marketing producer for Black Enough, and was a Career Peer Educator for the university. Come and chat if you’re interested in the intersection of creative fields and diversity! Diversi-TEA Career Conversations is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks. This program is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center and the Career Center. Join us for a virtual conversation about the arts and impacting social change. 

*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.