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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.

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.

You may call our main number (434-924-7923) for assistance, however, sending an email to Ms. Carter ( is still the best way to reach our office. If you cannot reach Ms. Carter, you can 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. 




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’m always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.” Billie Holiday

Quote's Corner

Billie Holiday born Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), was an American jazz and swing music singer with a career spanning 26 years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia and Decca. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems. She was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall. Because of personal struggles and an altered voice, her final recordings were met with mixed reaction but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis on July 17, 1959 at age 44. She won four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumously, for Best Historical Album. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972. She is the primary character in the play (later made into a film) Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; the role was originated by Reenie Upchurch in 1986 and was played by Audra McDonald on Broadway and in the film. In 2017, Holiday was inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a 2021 American biographical drama film about singer Billie Holiday, based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari. Directed by Lee Daniels, the film stars Andra Day in the titular role, along with Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, and Garrett Hedlund. Premiered on Hulu on February 26, 2021. At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, it earned nominations for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (Day) and Best Original Song ("Tigress and Tweed").

Opportunites with Deadlines

Kishore Memorial Scholarship
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021 by 11:59 PM EST
The Kishore Memorial Scholarship is accepting nominations! The $35,000 scholarship will be awarded to a rising fourth year student (for the 2021 - 2022 academic year). The scholarship finalists will be interviewed on the morning of Saturday, April 17th. The Kishore Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Kris Kishore (Col '95, Educ '02) and the unique impact he had on the University community through his legendary love of learning, dedication to service, and selfless leadership. Nominees for the scholarship should demonstrate the following values that Kris Kishore lived by: servanthood, community impact, leadership through connection (humble, reflective, intuitive and inclusive), and passion for learning and inspirational teaching. Use these links to nominate candidates for the scholarship or to read more about Kris Kishore and the Kishore Memorial Scholarship Award. Please email with any questions or concerns.

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. No previous experience is required, 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? Lois Jean White (1938- ), the first African American President of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was born in Nashville, Tennessee on March 21, 1938. She was raised by her grandmother, Rosa Barron, as her own mother lived away in Massachusetts. White’s grandmother taught her the value of taking responsibility for her life and focused on doing the “right thing.” These life lessons resonated with White and helped to shape her professional decisions later in life. White became interested in music as a child and initially studied piano before switching to the flute. She was naturally very talented and was considered by some a child prodigy.  When the Nashville youth orchestra rejected her because of her race, the New York Herald Tribune reported the story and arranged for her to play with the New York City youth orchestra. White earned a B.A. in Music at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee in 1960 and received further training at Indiana University. She then taught music at Mills College in Birmingham, Alabama from 1960 to 1962 and while there met her future husband, George White.  In 1963 she became a member of the Community Orchestra of Atlanta.  Four years later, in 1967, White and her family moved to Knoxville where she joined the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, serving primarily as a principal flutist.  She retired in 1991 after 24 years with the Orchestra. White initially became involved with the Parent Teacher Association in Knoxville for the benefit of her son.  Recognizing the importance of both volunteer work and the central role of parents in their children’s educational development, she joined the Knoxville PTA and eventually was voted a representative to the PTA Council, which served as a link between the local and state chapters. She was soon thereafter asked to serve as cultural arts chairperson for the Tennessee PTA after her Council’s exhibit attracted considerable attention at the Tennessee State PTA Convention in Tennessee in 1981.   She was later asked to collaborate with other state chairs on similar projects for the next national convention. In 1989 White became the first African American elected Tennessee State PTA President. Six years later, in 1995, she was elected president of the National PTA.  As president she led nearly 6.5 million parents, teachers, school administrators, and other children’s advocates in teaching parenting skills, supporting public education, and advocating for legislation at the national level that would positively affect children’s lives. White worked to address the problems of urban families, a population previously neglected by PTA efforts.  Under her leadership the PTA developed programs that encouraged inner city children to stay and succeed in school.  She also led the effort to bring PTA to inner city neighborhoods in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia and other major cities where the organization had not previously existed.

Women's History Month

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Announcements & Services – Spring 2021

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

Currents in Conversation: Judas and the Black Messiah
Thursday, March 4 – 4:30 pm –
Register here
The Carter G. Woodson Institute is hosting Currents in Conversation featuring: Lynn French, former Black Panther Party member, Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Lehman College, CUNY, A.D. Carson, Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, UVA, and Moderated by Kwame E. Otu, Assistant Professor of African-American and African Studies, UVA

Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Capacities for Awareness and Connection
March 9 – 1:00 pm-2:00 pm – Virtual
How can “taking a contemplative pause” enhance students’ engagement with course material and with one another? In this workshop Karolyn Kinane, Associate Director at the Contemplative Sciences Center, will share a few activities that build students’ capacities for self-awareness, presence, and connection to others. Participants will have significant time to create or revise assignments and activities that incorporate a contemplative pause in service of desired learning outcomes. This online workshop is open to graduate students. Registration is required. This workshop is part of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today program. For more information or contact Jessica Liu (Contemplative Sciences Center)

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.