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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

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison (Nobel lecture, 1993)

Quote's Corner

Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison born Chloe Ardelia Wofford (February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), known as Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she gained worldwide recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English. In 1955, she earned a master's degree in American Literature from Cornell University. In 1957 she became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. In the 1970s and 1980s, she developed her own reputation as an author, and her perhaps most celebrated work, Beloved, was made into a 1998 film. Her works are praised for addressing the harsh consequences of racism in the United States. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. The very same year, she was honored with the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. In 2020, Morrison was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Morrison died at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York City, on August 5, 2019, from complications of pneumonia. She was 88 years old. A memorial tribute was held for Morrison on November 21, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Hoos Internship Accelerator Internship Program
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

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.

Econ Majors Diversity Cohort Focus Group
Coordinated by the Economics Career Office Student Advisory Board (ECOSAB) The ECOSAB is seeking Black, Latinx, APIDA, and FGLI students, who are currently Economics majors or planning to declare, to share their feedback and experiences with the Economics Department in a focus group. You’ll contribute to developing a diversity cohort aimed to increase diversity within the major and support Economics students from underrepresented groups to be successful now and beyond graduation! Contact: Dazzelle Bagtas to express interest or any questions.

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 for30 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,

List of Ridley scholarships:
The Sylvia V. Terry Scholarship
The Gregory Ledford Endowed Fund
Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Memorial Fund
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Ridley-Sabato Capitol Hill Internship Stipend
The Dr. Derek E. Brown Scholarship 
The Paige Pre-Medical Fund





This Week in Black History

Did you know? For the first time ever, an African American will chair the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Board of Directors. Earlier this month, Atlanta business and civic leader Milton H. Jones Jr. was elected to the post, making him the first African American to assume the role at the philanthropic organization, which was founded in 1944, the group confirmed. Jones — a founding member of Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company, LLC, who has been a member of the board for almost two decades — previously served as vice chairman of the board, as well chairman of the finance committee. Jones will succeed William Stasior Sr., CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton. Stasior previously held the role for 11 years. Past chairs include John D. Rockefeller III; Michael H. Jordan, who served as CEO of PepsiCo’s International Food and Beverage Division; and Jack Stahl, the former president and CEO of Revlon. According to the organization’s website, UNCF is the largest private provider of scholarships and educational support to African American students in the country. In the past 17 years under Lomax’s leadership, the group has raised over $3 billion and helped more than 110,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers.

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 UVA Summit on Radical Healing

Friday, April 9 – 12:00 pm-2:30 pm – Sign Up here.

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.