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"
OAAA E-Weekly March 8, 2021
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 (email@example.com) is still the best way to reach our office. If you cannot reach Ms. Carter, you can contact Mr. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Comfort (email@example.com) 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
UVA COVID-19 PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND RESPONSE PLAN
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.
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Quote of the Week
“We give a lot of others significance in our lives even when they don’t deserve it. It doesn’t matter if they’re family or if you’ve known them forever. If they’re not good for you, they’ve got to go.” -- Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade (October 29, 1972 - ) is an American actress, voice artist, activist, and author. She began her career in the 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting roles in teenage comedy films She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Her breakthrough role was in the 2000 film Bring It On. Union is known for her performances in the romantic comedy films The Brothers (2001), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Daddy's Little Girls (2007), Think Like a Man (2012) and Think Like a Man Too (2014). She also had starring roles in the CBS medical drama series City of Angels (2000) and films Bad Boys II (2003), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), Neo Ned (2005), Cadillac Records (2008), Top Five (2014) and Breaking In (2018). In 2013, Union began starring as lead character in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane, for which she has received an NAACP Image Award. She co-starred in the 2016 film The Birth of a Nation, and next appeared in Almost Christmas (2016) and Sleepless (2017). Outside of acting, Union has written two books: a memoir, entitled We're Going to Need More Wine (2017), and a children's book, entitled Welcome to the Party (2020). She has also been an outspoken advocate for issues involving women's health and violence against women. Union was included on Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020. Union is married to NBA player Dwayne Wade with whom she shares daughter Kaavia James, 2, who also is dad to sons Xavier Zechariah, 7, Zaire, 19, and daughter Zaya, 13.
Opportunites with Deadlines
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Register by Wednesday, March 10
Presentations Online: Friday, April 16 & Synchronous Sessions: Wednesday, April 21 – Thursday, April 22
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a broad audience. It includes projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a range of topics. The Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place virtually this year. If you are a student interested in presenting at the symposium, please visit the Information for Students page.
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 learn, lead, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Week in Black History
Did you know? Ava Marie DuVernay (August 24, 1972 - ), is an American filmmaker. She was a double BA major in English literature and African-American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Ava is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. DuVernay's first interest was in journalism, a choice influenced by an internship with CBS News. She was assigned to help cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial. DuVernay became disillusioned with journalism, however, and decided to move into public relations, working as a junior publicist at 20th Century Fox, Savoy Pictures, and a few other PR agencies. She opened her own public relations firm, The DuVernay Agency, also known as DVAPR, in 1999. Through DVAPR she provided marketing and PR services to the entertainment and lifestyle industry, working on campaigns for movies and television shows, such as Lumumba, Spy Kids, Shrek 2, The Terminal, Collateral, and Dreamgirls. Other ventures launched by DuVernay include Urban Beauty Collective, a promotional network that began in 2003 and had more than 10,000 African-American beauty salons and barbershops in 16 (20 since 2008) U.S. cities. They were mailed a free monthly Access Hollywood-style promotion program called UBC-TV, the African-American blog hub Urban Thought Collective in 2008; Urban Eye, a two-minute long weekday celebrity and entertainment news show distributed to radio stations; and HelloBeautiful, a digital platform for millennial women of color. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. For her work on Selma (2014), DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th (2016). DuVernay's 2018 Disney children's fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time made her the first black woman to direct a live-action film earning $100 million at U.S. box office but had losses of up to $131 million. The film received mixed reviews, with critics taking issue "with the film's heavy use of CGI. The following year, she created, co-wrote, produced and directed the Netflix drama limited series When They See Us, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case, which has earned critical acclaim. The series was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series and won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Limited Series. In 2017, DuVernay was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2020, DuVernay was elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences board of governors as part of the directors branch.
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:
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 UVA Virtual Events, Learning & Services
Mental Wellness Screening Days
Wednesday, March 10 & Thursday, March 11
CAPS is excited to offer brief, free, anonymous virtual Mental Wellness Screening Days. Registration for these 20-minute, confidential consultations can be found on the CAPS website or Instagram page: uva_caps for the link to register. Registration is first come, first serve and space is limited. Mental Wellness Screening Days are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Each registered participant is eligible for gift card drawings from Starbucks and Amazon!
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 email@example.com or 602.510.4658.
Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Capacities for Awareness and Connection
Thursday, March 18 & Friday, March 19 – 3:00 pm-4:00 pm EST – Virtual
In this discussion, 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)
UVA Women's Center Book Club: Reading in Hues
Thursday, March 25 – 7:00 pm EST – Sign Up Here
Reading in Hues is a monthly book club hosted by the UVA Women's Center to celebrate and discuss literature by Women of Color. The selection for March is Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu. The (Zoom) meeting to discuss Aftershocks will be on and the author will be in attendance! The first 15 people to sign up will receive the book for free, courtesy of the Women's Center.
Virtual Global Internships Summer 2021 Programs
Applications Deadline: Thursday, April 1
UVA Global Internships/Education Abroad and Global Studies are excited to be welcoming applications for two virtual academic internship programs for Summer 2021! This is your chance to make meaningful global connections and develop as a professional this summer! Diverse positions are available with 15+ organizations located in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. Engage with global themes through your work, such as: human rights, public health, women’s empowerment, leadership, commerce, development, disability, indigenous communities, and many others. EXPLORE: full details about internship partner organizations, positions, course details, scholarships, and application requirements by visiting the following program brochures in the Education Abroad online portal: Virtual Global Internships or Virtual Global Internships with the High Atlas Foundation WATCH: this 3-minute video about the two programs; READ: about past virtual global interns’ experiences in this UVA Today article, “Students Learn Unexpected Skills Through Virtual Internship program” CONTACT: Ingrid Hakala, the director of UVA Global Internships, for more information and to introduce yourself.
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.