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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

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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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

"A system cannot fail those who it was never meant to protect.” – W.E.B. DuBois

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight: 

Bryant Hall, Captain, UVA Police Department

Captain Bryant Hall has been with the University of Virginia Police Department for approximately 19 months. Prior to that he served for 13 years with the Portsmouth Police Department where he held the position of Lieutenant and served as the Chief of Staff and Public Information Officer (PIO).  Captain Hall was also a district commander, where he was responsible for the allocation of resources in identified crime areas.  During his time there he was heavily involved in community service.  He had the honor of creating the “Teens and Traffic Stops” program, which was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The program was picked up by the associated press and police departments in Miami and Ohio reached out for the program.  The City of Portsmouth placed the program in the driver’s education curriculum. View news report about the program here.  Additionally, Captain Hall facilitated a tutoring and mentoring program within the department partnering with the local school district. Prior to serving in this capacity, he was in charge of the Gang Suppression Unit and a member of the FBI violent crimes taskforce.  He supervised all gang investigations in the City of Portsmouth and was Title 18 and Title 21 certified (Drug and Violent Crime) as a taskforce officer.  As a result of his good work, he received five (5) public service awards from the US Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia. Captain Hall also received Hampton Roads Top Cop award for the City of Portsmouth in 2013 and the American Legion Officer of the Year in 2011 (Post 190).  Prior to joining the Police Department he served our country in the United States Coast Guard as a reservist. He  is a graduate of Norfolk State University and has a M.S. in Criminal Justice. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.        

Quote's Corner

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. He was born and raised in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He had two children with his wife, Nina Gomer. He became a naturalized citizen of Ghana in 1963 at the age of 95 – the year of his death. Du Bois’s life and work were an inseparable mixture of scholarship, protest activity, and polemics. All of his efforts were geared toward gaining equal treatment for black people in a world dominated by whites and toward marshaling and presenting evidence to refute the myths of racial inferiority. Du Bois also wrote two novels, The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) and Dark Princess: A Romance (1928); a book of essays and poetry, Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil (1920); and two histories of black people, The Negro (1915) and The Gift of Black Folk: Negroes in the Making of America (1924). In 1940 he founded Phylon, a social science quarterly. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (1935), perhaps his most significant historical work, details the role of African Americans in American society, specifically during the Reconstruction period. The book was criticized for its use of Marxist concepts and for its attacks on the racist character of much of American historiography. Black Folk, Then and Now (1939) is an elaboration of the history of black people in Africa and the New World. Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945) is a brief call for the granting of independence to Africans, and The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History (1947; enlarged ed. 1965) is a major work anticipating many later scholarly conclusions regarding the significance and complexity of African history and culture. A trilogy of novels, collectively entitled The Black Flame (1957, 1959, 1961), and a selection of his writings, An ABC of Color (1963), are also worthy. Du Bois received many honorary degrees, was a fellow and life member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was the outstanding African American intellectual of his period in America. Du Bois died in Ghana on August 27, 1963, on the eve of the civil rights march in Washington, D.C. He was given a state funeral.

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 UVAInternAccelerator@virginia.edu.

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, scm6x@virginia.edu

Ridley Scholarship Fund Awards Available to Non-Ridley Students Available
Ridley scholarships that extend beyond current scholars: https://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/ridley/about/ridley-scholarships/

The Sylvia V. Terry Scholarship
Named for legendary OAAA Dean Sylvia Terry, the Terry Scholarship recognizes the scholastic and community achievements of Black or African-American students at UVA. The scholarship provides two years of full tuition-and-fees support for the recipient. Ideal applicants are rising Third Year students with strong grades, leadership activities, and community service. Because of Dean Terry’s pivotal role in creating the Peer Advisor Program, preference is given to academically-strong candidates with significant experience as mentors. 

The Gregory Ledford Endowed Fund
In 2007, McIntire School of Commerce graduate Gregory Ledford established the Gregory Ledford Endowed Scholarship to benefit a rising third year African-American Commerce School student. This scholarship provides full tuition-and-fees for two years for an African-American student who has been admitted to the School of Commerce. Preference is given for students concentrating in Finance. The chosen scholar must have a high grade point average and must demonstrate involvement in University, community or other individual extracurricular pursuits.

Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Memorial Fund
The Ravenell (Ricky) Keller III Scholarship Award was established to perpetuate the memory of Ravenell “Ricky” Keller. Ricky was a 1985 Honors graduate of the College, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the IMP Society of Leaders, the University Guide Service and the Board of Trustees for the Class of 1985. Upon his passing, it became known that he was also a member of the Seven Society. Ricky participated in the First Years Seminars program and received the First Year Academic Achievement Award, the Afro-American Scholars Award, the Fraternity Leadership Achievement Award, and the John Kenneth Crispell Memorial Award. He participated in the Study Abroad Program, which afforded him the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics. The Keller Scholarship is available to all African-American UVA students who qualify. Students are eligible to receive a one-time grant to supplement a study abroad experience during a semester, summer or J-term.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Students have the opportunity to embark on a fully funded wilderness expedition, and leadership training through the NOLS Gateway partnership. Since its founding in 1965, the National Outdoor Leadership School has aimed to provide the environment and training necessary to help participants discover their full leadership potential. Through the NOLS Gateway partnership, the organization has had the opportunity to collaborate with organizations across the country to award full-tuition scholarships to exceptional youth who would otherwise not have access to NOLS expeditions. Each summer, up to 150 youth from up to 50 official partner organizations expand their leadership and wilderness skills at one of NOLS' seven domestic operating locations. Thousands of Gateway Partner Program graduates are now leading others in industries from conservation to software development.

Ridley-Sabato Capitol Hill Internship Stipend (Not Yet Awarded)
At least one student will be provided with a $5000 stipend as they pursue experiential learning in the fields of politics, government, and public service. The intent of this stipends is to relieve some of the financial burden associated with the acceptance of a political or governmental internship, and as such, recipients may use it to cover housing, transportation, food and business clothing expenses associated with said internships.

The Dr. Derek E. Brown Scholarship 
The Dr. Derek E. Brown Scholarship was created to remember Dr. Brown’s dream of helping African-American male students seeking admission to medical or dental school.  This award is designed to help qualified male students defray the high cost of applying to medical or dental school. Ridley is currently in the process of restructuring this award to benefit recent UVA graduates.

The Paige Pre-Medical Fund
This scholarship is designed to help pre-med students defray the high cost of applying to medical school. The applicant must be a fourth-year African American student at the University of Virginia who has taken all pre-medical requirements and the MCAT. Applicants must be planning to enter medical school immediately after graduating. One winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship (non-renewable), which they may use to pay for medical school application fees and interview expenses.

Truist Ridley Leadership and Financial Education Academy (Set to Begin in January 2022)
Partnering with the BB&T Leadership Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the UVA Career Center, the academy program will feature participation by Truist executives in teaching students about financial services, asset management and advisory services, technology, data sciences and operating careers, as well as participation by partners from consulting, legal, financial planning, accountancy and related fields.  It will also feature leadership and well-being course instruction from the Leadership Institute’s award-winning faculty. The initial funding will provide for two summer’s worth of 3-to-4 cohorts of 15 students to participate. Over a two-year period, the pilot program will support up to 120 African-American students at UVA. This will provide these rising second year students with an early experience of Truist’s commitment to teammates and diversity and inclusion, and a valuable addition to career resumes.  For Truist, it provides a remarkable opportunity to connect with high-quality cohorts of students in an authentic setting and create brand awareness of the opportunities Truist is committed to providing. 

 

 

 

This Week in Black History

Did you know? Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996) is an American actress, singer and producer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013). In 2013, Zendaya was a contestant on the sixteenth season of the competition series Dancing with the Stars. From 2015 to 2018, she produced and starred as the titular spy, K.C. Cooper, in the sitcom K.C. Undercover. Her performance as a teenager struggling with drug addiction in the HBO drama series Euphoria (2019–present) led her to become the youngest winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She starred in multiple films like the musical drama The Greatest Showman (2017) and the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and its sequel, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and the title role in romantic drama Malcolm & Marie (2021). Zendaya began her career in music by recording songs independently and releasing the singles "Swag It Out" and "Watch Me" in 2011, the latter a collaboration with Bella Thorne. She signed with Hollywood Records in 2012 and later released her debut single, "Replay", which reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. In 2013, her self-titled debut studio album debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Rewrite the Stars", taken from the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, was released as a single in 2018. It reached the top twenty of the United Kingdom and Australian national charts and was certified double platinum in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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

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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

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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

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.

Spring In to Wellness: Live Amphitheatre Event
April 25, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., (McIntire Amphitheatre)

Together with partners across the University, CSC will co-host this in-person celebration of Spring featuring live music from the UVA community and yoga and meditation instruction for all levels!  As we enter the last phases of the semester, please join us in the fresh air to lift your spirits, rejuvenate your body, and restore your mind. Masks required. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly observed. For more information: http://bit.ly/425_SpringEvent  Jessica Liu (Contemplative Sciences Center) csc@virginia.edu