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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


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

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 am honored to be selected as an NFL official, But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.” – Maia Chaka

Quote's Corner

Maia Mashariki Chaka was named the first Black woman on-field official to the NFL. Chaka was born on April 18, 1982, in Virginia Beach, Virginia to her parents Terry and Gerald Chaka. Maia also has a younger brother named Anwar Chaka. She attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In 2006, Chaka graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor’s in health, physical education and exercise science. Additionally, she participated in the teacher’s certificate program and was a member of the Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science Majors Club. Chaka is a health and physical education teacher at Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach; also, she has been working with at-risk youth here for the past decade. In 2014, Chaka was selected and participated in the NFL’s Officiating Development program and honed her skills on the collegiate level by officiating football games in Conference USA and the Pac12 all while teaching. Chaka says overall her achievements are big for representation, especially for the kids at her school.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Application Deadline: Friday, April 9

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is seeking a Curatorial Intern. The Curatorial intern will conduct a systematic study and documentation of furnishings and tableware in the permanent collection associated with food preparation, presentation, and storage to help the Foundation broaden our understanding of this important sub-collection.  The intern will collaborate with Monticello's Associate Curators and the Collections team to develop and utilize an inclusive methodological approach to cataloging, as well as update and correct collections files and share new research, with the goal of making collections information available online. As a final project, the Curatorial intern will produce content to share their research effectively with the public. This position is open to current undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. Please feel free to review the description and share the application link below and reach out with any questions. Apply here.

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!

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,

Hoos Internship Accelerator Internship Program
Thursday, April 1, 2021:
Deadline for employers to post internships.
Sunday, April 18, 2021: Deadline for students to apply to internships via Handshake
Thursday, April 22 – Thursday, May 6, 2021: Employers offer virtual or phone interviews.

Hoos Internship Accelerator student-facing page. This program is designed to further students’ education and training.  Students will have access to paid, virtual internships. Students will also have access to unpaid, virtual internships with a stipend to offset the costs of living during an internship. The stipend for 4-week internships is $1000; the stipend for 8-week internships is $2000.  For students with demonstrated financial need, the stipend is double to $2000/$4000. Internships will be 4 weeks or 8 weeks long. Shorter-term projects will also be considered. HIA interns will have access to a wealth of professional support coordinated by the UVA Career Center and UVA Alumni Association. This will ensure a successful internship experience for both intern and employer. UVA departments are encouraged to post internship opportunities!  If you have a meaningful learning experience this summer and would like to post an internship, please fill out this online form. All students that you work with to view our to learn more about the program. We believe this new program will be especially beneficial to first-generation and low-socioeconomic students who may need financial assistance to gain experience through internships this summer.  Program Timeline: May 7–10, 2021: Students receive internship offers, May 17, 2021: Deadline for students to respond to internship offers, and June 1–June 21, 2021: Internships begin. (Start dates vary depending on the employer.) If you have any questions about this new program, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, or email our HIA team at



This Week in Black History

Did you know? In 2019, Brehanna Daniels is the first African-American woman to become a Nascar pit crew member. Brehanna Daniels was born on January 26, 1994, along with her twin brother Brehon in Virginia Beach, Virginia to their parents Luxury and Kimberly. Daniels went to the local elementary school and in 2012 graduated from Salem High School where she played basketball. Daniels attended Norfolk State University graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in communications; additionally, she played as point guard for the school’s basketball team. In 2016, Daniels was debating whether or not to go oversees and play basketball when her friend, Tiffany, told her to tryout for Nascar. Daniels was invited to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program. While here the attendees would complete a difficult obstacle course to which Daniels performed much better, beating her male counterparts. Three weeks later she was invited to a Nascar Pit Crew Combine, a competition in which she placed in the top ten and was accepted into the program. In 2017, Daniels was put to the test during an ARCA race, in Nashville, Tennessee. However, under pressure she prevailed and quickly changed a rear tire of the racing vehicle and more in under 13 seconds. At the Dover International Speedway race held in June 2017, Daniels became the first African American woman to pit a vehicle in a national NASCAR series race. Daniels changed tires in the ARCA, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck series. The February of 2018, during the Daytona 500, Daniels worked for driver Stephen Leicht, and has been working with JP Motorsports. She aspires to one day be a part of a NASCAR Cup winning team. Daniels won the crew member award at the 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards Ceremony, receiving recognition for her work as an industry ambassador and trailblazer for other women of color who want to break into NASCAR. Outside of NASCAR, due to her athletic ability, Daniels starred as a competitor on Dwayne Johnson's reality competition series from NBC, The Titan Games. She also starred in a nationally-run Advil commercial. Daniels lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where in her free time, she relaxes by journaling, skating and spending time with friends.

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 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pmMihret Niguse @ Zoom Room

Biology Tutoring
Every Sunday – 6:00 pm–8:00 pmHeather Poyner @ Zoom Room



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

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Monday, April 5 – 7:50 am-8:00am – Virtual via Zoom

Please join the Contemplative Sciences Center and partners for Virtual Meditation on the Lawn. This session will be led by Daniel A. Hirshberg, Visiting Scholar at the Contemplative Sciences Center. The meditation topic will be Training our Attention in a Technology-Driven World. This event is free and open to the public. For More Information or contact Jessica Liu (Contemplative Sciences Center)

Virtual UVA Summit on Radical Healing
Friday, April 9 – 12:00 pm-2:30 pm – Sign Up
The Women’s Center is organizing the first ever Virtual UVA Summit on Radical Healing. This two and a half hour event will feature Keynote Speaker Carina Buzo Tipton. Carina is a PhD student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies who focuses on feminist institutional change and uses Black, Indigenous, and women of color and Queer brilliances to inform her work. During sign ups, you will have an opportunity to select a few topics you would like to engage in during round-table discussions with other attendees after the keynote speech. We will end with a panel on different approaches to radical healing. There will be short breaks throughout to promote self-care.  The deadline to register is by March 26th by 11:59PM. Feel free to forward any questions to Gabi Szabó.

Guest Speaker Jason Birch to Discuss Hatha Yoga, Tapas and Modern Postural Practice
Monday, April 12 – 4:00 pm-6:00 pm – Virtual via Zoom
Jason Birch (DPhil, Oxon), a senior research fellow for the Light on Hatha Yoga project, hosted at SOAS University of London and the University of Marburg, joins the Contemplative Sciences Center to discuss his
recent paper, "Hathayoga, Tapas and Modern Postural Practice: Distinct Collections of Complex Āsanas on the Eve of Colonialism." CSC is co-sponsoring this event with UVA's South Asia Center and Virginia Center for
the Study of Religion. Registration and More Information. Contact: Contemplative Sciences Center

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.