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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

A Time for Saints: Black Bottom Saints
Black History Month 2021
Week 4 (February 22 -  February 28, 2021)

2/22 @ 7: Cancel Culture with Meredith Clark (Rescheduled) Zoom Link

2/25 @ 7: Book Club  Zoom Link

2/26 @ 12 noon: Spotify Play List with Carter Little  Zoom Link

3/1 @ noon: Alice Randall Gives Women’s History Keynote   Zoom Link



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.




Spring 2021

March 9 and 29: No classes
April 15: No classes
May 6: Spring courses end
May 7-15: Exams
May 9 and 12: Reading Days
May 21-23: 2021 Finals Weekend
May 28-30: 2020 Finals Weekend

Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines



Quote of the Week

“I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom…I want to be remembered as one who tried” – Dorothy Height

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Rita Dove featured as "trailblazer" by U.S. State Department
On the U.S. State Department’s “ShareAmerica” site in honor of this year’s Black History Month, UVA creative writing professor Rita Dove is one of five featured female “trailblazers” who “transformed and elevated American culture, leaving their mark on the national — and international — stage.” For more information about Rita Dove.

Quote's Corner

 Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American civil rights and women's rights activist. She focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Dr. Height was born in Richmond, VA and raised in Rankin, PA. In 1929 she was admitted to Barnard College in New York, but was not allowed to take classes because the school had already filled the two seats it allocated to black women at the time. Instead, she attended New York University, earning a degree in 1932, and then a master's degree in educational psychology the following year. She has since been awarded 36 honorary degrees and the highest honor bestowed by Barnard College, the Barnard Medal of Distinction. Dr. Height was the female team leader in the civil rights leadership, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and James Lewis. Dr. Height was on the platform in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, when Dr. King delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech. Dr. Height led the NCNW as it helped women fight hunger and win the right to own their own homes. She led voter registration drives and established "Wednesdays in Mississippi," during which interracial groups of women would help at so-called Freedom Schools. Height was initiated into Delta in 1939 via Rho Chapter at Columbia University.  President Ronald Reagan presented Dr. Height the Citizens Medal Award for distinguished service to the country in 1989. In 1994, President William J. Clinton bestowed upon her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President George W. Bush awarded her the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2004. Upon her death, President Barack Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on April 29, 2010 in her honor. At her funeral services, President Obama delivered the eulogy. Shortly after the death of Height, congresswoman Eleanor Holmes and Mayor Vincent Gray renamed a historic postal office the Dorothy I. Height Post Office. This honor made Height the only African American woman to have a federal building in Washington, D.C. named after her. On February 1, 2017, the United States Postal Service kicked off Black History Month with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever

Opportunites with Deadlines

Summer 2021 C-StREAM internship opportunities
Reference Forms (follow instructions on site): Thursday, February 28 by 11:59PM

We are excited to open our application period. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we have not yet determined if these internships will be offered as virtual or in-person experiences. We are preparing for both and regardless of format, are committed to providing safe, enriching and worthwhile experiences to all of our summer 2021 C-StREAM Fellows.  The 2021 C-StREAM program will offer eight summer internship opportunities. Five of these opportunities will be hosted by our partners at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. These management-based experiences will provide C-StREAM Fellows with a unique opportunity to contribute to large-scale, long-term natural resource management and policy development. Three internship opportunities will be hosted by three of CRC’s member institutions and will provide students with direct experience supporting research activities that contribute to the understanding of the Bay’s natural systems and species. Additional information can be found by visiting . We look forward to another great summer of learning!  We thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with your networks.

Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 26; Cohort Begins: Friday, April 9

The Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP) is the leadership development project of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET). VCET has been committed to building progressive power in Virginia that prioritizes economic, social, environmental, gender, and especially racial justice. VCET envisions a multi-racial democracy, where the full diversity of our Commonwealth is included, actively participating, and represented.  The purpose of VAPLP is to identify and foster progressive leaders in the Commonwealth, with a special emphasis on Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities, women, and young people. The alumni that graduated from VAPLP go on to run for office, build their own nonprofits, or grow into leadership roles in their respective communities/organizations to build a more progressive, diverse, and inclusive Virginia. VAPLP is the only leadership development program of its kind in the whole state and our alumni continue to do incredible work each year.  Completely virtual program, training workshops are only offered ONE weekend a month, no cost, each participant is given a mentor to support them in achieving their leadership goals, and upon graduation, all alum are given access to skill-up workshops to support their current work. Interviews are happening now. Apply Now! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact or (434) 989-5356.

Institute for Public History Summer 2021 Internships
Application Deadline: Friday, March 5 by 11:59 p.m.
The Institute for Public History offers paid internship opportunities to undergraduates, May graduates, and graduate students at the University of Virginia. Students may apply from any major, department, or field. Applications, instructions, and a list of summer 2020 internships are now available on the Institute's website here. New internships will continue to be added before the application deadline. The applications committee will match the best qualified students with the available internship opportunities. Students can indicate three preferences, but will be considered for other possibilities as well unless they indicate otherwise. Interns are expected to devote approximately 300 hours over a roughly ten-week summer period; work schedules are negotiable with some but not all employers. Internships for undergraduates pay between $7.25 and $12.50 an hour; unless specified otherwise, graduate students will be paid between $12.50 and $16 an hour, unless specified otherwise. See individual listings for wage details. FICA benefits will be deducted from all wages. Submit one email with all required materials to Lisa Goff at ALL INTERNSHIPS MUST BE COMPLETED OVER THE SUMMER, BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN AGAIN IN THE FALL. Click HERE for a full list of available internships. 

The New Innovative UVA Medical Academic Enrichment Program
Virtual SMLP 2021 Applications are OPEN

The University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVASOM) is conducting a new virtual innovative medical academic enrichment program, the Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP). The number one goal of SMLP is to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them not only for admission to medical school but to assume future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. SMLP is an intensive six-week residential summer medical academic enrichment program for 30 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, and chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants. SMLP is under the direction of Dr. Taison Bell. Dr. Bell is the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine as well as the Assistant Director of the Medical ICU. Apply Here!

WTJU Spring 2021 Internship Program
Ready to develop some audio production chops and apply those skills? WTJU is currently accepting applications for our Spring 2021 internship program audio production / podcasting interns -- up to 5 students. Interns write for the ear, conduct interviews, edit audio, and produce a variety of segment types for broadcast and podcast. From 45-second interstitial sound portraits to long form interviews to NPR-style features, WTJU interns produce audio content heard by thousands of listeners each week. No previous experience is required, though it doesn’t hurt. But if you’ve never done media production before, we’ll teach you. The main requirements for these internships are that you are dependable and genuinely curious. Interns should be available 3-5 hours per week. These are unpaid internships. We’re glad to work with UVA professors on independent study course credit if your department offers it. Internship work will be predominantly remote, though interns may use WTJU’s production studio, following Covid-19 safety protocols. Interns will help produce the following: 2-3 minute classical musician interview segments that air each weekday at 8:20 a.m., 1.5 minute daily news segments that air each weekday at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., 30-minute biweekly local news magazine called Charlottesville Soundboard. Publishes as a podcast on Fridays, airs Saturdays 6 a.m., and <1 minute audio interstitials that air throughout WTJU’s program schedule. To apply resume and cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this internship. Optional: you may also submit writing and/or audio production samples for our consideration. Complete your application using this form.

Morven Kitchen Garden (MKG) Spring Internships
MKG is hiring Spring Semester Interns.  MKG is a one-acre garden where University of Virginia students learnlead, and connect through growing food.  MKG provides an opportunity and place for students to directly participate in all aspects of sustainable food production. The internship details and application are available here. Visit our website to learn more about the garden and ways to get involved. Questions about the internship? Please contact Stephanie Meyers,

This Week in Black History

Did you know?  Jabbar Gibson took an Orleans Parish school bus to transport residents out during Hurricane Katrina. In the early morning hours of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina came ashore and leveled New Orleans and much of the surrounding area. After two days without power, food, and no assurance that anyone would come save them in Fischer, 20-year-old Gibson and his friends took the risk to find the Orleans Parish bus at Algiers Point. On September 1, 2005, they found school bus No. 0232 which also had a full tank of gas. This was Gibson’s first time driving a bus, but he knew at that moment that he had to drive the bus to help save more lives from disaster. There wasn’t much time to waste because they’d have to beat the rising waters or the police, who might try to stop residents from using stolen buses to escape to safety. News of Gibson and the bus filtered through Fischer, and people were lining up. However, with the arrival of the police everyone had to evacuate the bus and confiscated the keys. But, Gibson’s mother, Bernice, talked the officer into giving Gibson the keys back and letting him transport the people to safety. To make sure everyone had a chance, they crowded the bus sitting three to four people to a seat. Additionally, Bernice did not attend because she didn’t trust her son’s ability to drive the bus. A few minutes into their escape, Gibson witnessed a police barricade to Highway 90. So, he maneuvered around the barricade and onto the highway without being chased. While driving down Highway 90, Gibson noticed other people trying to make it out; with little to no room on his bus, Gibson opened his doors. Continuing with his journey, Gibson would make stops where he bought gas, snacks, and even diaper for his passengers; he recollects spending at least $1200 during the trip. The bus trip lasted about 12 hours with the Orleans Parish bus being the first to arrive at the Houston Astrodome (shelter during Katrina). Additionally, Gibson’s bus was the only one from Fischer because the other two buses didn’t make it due to running out of gas and a flat tire. Upon arrival at the Astrodome, Gibson and passengers were denied entrance because it was reserved for the Louisiana Superdome. Red Cross officials eventually worked it out, and Gibson and all of the passengers from Orleans Parish bus No. 0232 were allowed to stay in the Astrodome. Gibson remembers Hurricane Katrina and his actions by saying, “we were desperate. It was either that or we were going to drown”.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Virtual Office Hours

Monday with Dean Bassett
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm –
Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 984107

Tuesday with TBA
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 621470

Wednesday with Dean Thomas                                           
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 412435

Thursday with Dean Bassett
10:30 – 12:00 pm – Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 536215

Friday with TBA (Alternating)
9:30 am – 11:00 am – Zoom Meeting - Passcode: 763369

OAAA Tutoring for Spring 2021 Contact: Dean Thomas for more information

OAAA tutors meeting dates & times via Zoom:

Calculus & Statistics Tutoring
Every Monday – 12:00 pm-2:30 pm – Travis Elliott @ Zoom Room

Every Thursday – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – Travis Elliott @ Zoom Room

Organic Chemistry Tutoring
Every Monday6:30 pm-8:30 pmSarah Weisflog @ Zoom Room

Chemistry Tutoring
Every Tuesday5:00 pm-7:00 pmYvette Gamor @ Zoom Room

Biology Tutoring
Every Thursday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pmTBA



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

Annual No City Limits: Reimagining the Poverty Fight Conference
Wednesday February 24 & Thursday February 25 –
This year’s conference will explore what the multiple crises of 2020 taught us about our collective work to increase economic mobility from poverty and concrete actions we can take to move forward in 2021 and beyond.  Featured speakers include: José Andrés, World Central Kitchen; Mehrsa Baradaran, UC Irvine School of Law; Oxiris Barbot, JPB Foundation/Former NYC Health Commissioner; Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from New Jersey;  Irwin Garfinkel, Columbia University; Helene Gayle, The Chicago Community TrustDarrick Hamilton, The New School; Erika H. James, The Wharton School; Professors Corinne Low & Judd Kessler, The Wharton School; Sal Khan, Khan Academy; John King Jr., The Education Trust/Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Marcella Nunez-Smith, White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force; Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance; and Starsky Wilson, Children’s Defense Fund; Ambassador Andrew Young, Greenwood, and many more.  

National Society for Black Engineers First Year Council Game Night

Thursday, February 25 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Register Here
CALLING ALL BLACK, FIRST YEAR, ENGINEERING STUDENTS!! Join us for a night of fun, PRIZES, and making connections with fellow black engineers in the CLASS OF 2024! Hope to see all of you there! REGISTER USING THE LINK TODAY! For More Information Contact Name: Jessica Brown

Virtual Financial Aid Filing Assistance Available
Friday, February 26 –
How many times have you been confronted with a confusing question while completing the FAFSA or CSS/Profile? SFS is here to help. We are pleased to offer virtual Financial Aid Filing Workshops to assist prospective students, current students, and interested parents with the application process before our March 1, 2021, deadline. Virtual workshops are available via Zoom, and staff will be on hand to help with your questions about applying for financial aid. If you need further assistance contact Dustin Ciraco.


Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
Wednesday, March 10 – 6:00 pm --
Sign Up
DART will hold an online info session to discuss careers in community organizing. All UVA students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating this year. DART trains professional organizers and community organizations to work for social, economic and racial justice, including: Holding police departments accountable, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, reining in predatory lenders, expanding access to primary health and dental care, prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training, and fighting for immigrants' rights.  Positions start August 9th in: South Carolina: Charleston; Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg; Georgia: Savannah; Kansas: Topeka, Lawrence, Wyandotte County, Johnson County, and Kentucky: Louisville, Lexington.  Starting salary $40,000/year + benefits. DART organizations are diverse coalitions including many low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit and find us on Instagram and Facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact or 602.510.4658.

Fellowships Series
Every Monday –
4:00 pm – Full schedule available here
There are introductory sessions each month, which are great for first and second year students and a good first touchpoint with our office for anyone else. There are a number of sessions dedicated to those fellowships that have a deadline in the fall. It is important that students start considering those opportunities early so that they can take advantage of our summer advising programming and be well prepared. We encourage third and fourth years, graduate and professional students, and area alumni to attend those sessions on the UK Awards, Foreign Service Awards, Asia Awards, NSF GRFP, and the Fulbright US Student Award this spring. Second years will want to note the Udall, Gilman, Truman, and STEM Awards (includes Goldwater) sessions.