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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

 OAAA E-Weekly will resume publishing in January 2021.


Our office will be closed Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 for the University's Winter Break.

If you have any questions please call our main number (434-924-7923), If you cannot reach us via phone please contact Mr. Smith ( or Ms. Comfort ( to assist you during normal business hours. 



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.



Dec. 12: Winter Break begins for students

Dec. 19-Jan. 3: University academic offices closed

Jan. 4-15: January Term (virtual)

Jan. 14: Spring 2021 term notification of charges

Jan. 16-31: Winter Break continues for students

Late January (various dates TBD): First-year residence

halls reopen

Feb. 1: Spring courses begin


OAAA Announcements & Services


2020-2021 Peer Advisor Application is now available

The application deadline for the OAAA Peer Advisor Program is Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.

We look forward to reading your applications!


What Is the Peer Advisor Program?         Apply Now to be a 2020-2021 Peer Advisor

Nationally recognized for "exemplary practice in achieving campus diversity," the Peer Advisor Program was established by the University of Virginia's Office of African-American Affairs in 1984. It assists Black first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition by providing personalized, sensitive support and counseling. In addition, the program offers a wide range of activities from orientation to workshops and seminars to academic recognitions.

What is a Peer Advisor?


Peer Advisors are a select group University of Virginia second-, third-, and fourth-year students chosen to serve as mentors and advisors to the entering class of first-year and transfers students throughout their first-year at the University.

All Peer Advisors undergo an extensive training to ensure they are prepared to assist entering students with common issues faced by new students to the University.

To learn more