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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

Apply for Ridley's Sylvia V. Terry Scholarship
This award, named for legendary OAAA Dean Sylvia Terry, provides up to two years of full tuition-and-fees coverage for the recipient. Ideal applicants are rising in-state 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 candidates with significant experience as mentors. Applications are due by May 16, 2021.
To Apply: https://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/ridley/2021-sylvia-v-terry-scholarship/

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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

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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty and Staff Spotlight: Timothy Northern, Lieutenant

Lt. Northern began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Hampton Sheriff’s office (Hampton, VA). Working as a deputy sheriff in corrections, the courts and transportation. In 1999 Lt. Northern joined the Gloucester county sheriff’s office also working in corrections and transportation as a deputy sheriff. In 2001 he joined the Portsmouth Police Dept and worked as patrolman working in some the most challenging districts of the city, his connection to the community, and proactive approach he patrolled granted him the opportunity in just 3 years to be assigned to the Community Services Unit as a NEAT Officer. In 2004 was assigned to the School Resource Unit as a S.R.O working with the city’s youth in the schools and community, also assisting the gang unit. In 2009 Lt. Northern was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit as a detective working in the property crimes unit before being moved to the Robbery division. 2012 Lt Northern was assigned to Major Crimes Unit as a Homicide Detective working federal, state, and local agencies on violent crimes, homicide’s, gang involvement shootings etc. In 2018 Lt Northern was promoted to the rank of Sergeant being assigned to the uniform patrol division. 2019 Sgt Northern was then transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit as supervisor in the Property Crimes/Fraud/economic crimes unit. During the same year Chief Chapman assigned Sgt. Northern to the Community Engagement unit overseeing the community police officers, Community Services and crime prevention. A position normally held by a Lieutenant Sgt. Northern was able to apply his training and experience to motivate and empower the officers and civilians that provided a service to the businesses, stakeholders, citizens and faith-based organizations in the community. Sgt. Northern after almost 19 years of service with the Portsmouth police dept joined the UVA Police in April of 2020 as a Sergeant in uniform patrol. Sgt. Northern has taught for over 20 years at the Hampton Roads Regional Criminal Justice Academy, and Blackwater Tactical (Moyock, NC) as a Firearm, Defensive tactics instructor, also a Hostage Negotiator with Tactical Response Unit (SWAT). Sgt. Northern is a member of N.O.B.L.E, PBA, Virginia Gang Investigator Association and International Homicide investigators association. Currently is working on his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with Liberty University. Lt. Northern in his spare time enjoys traveling, playing his flugelhorn, spending time with family, mentoring youth within his community, and riding his motorcycle. Lt. Northern is also a member of the internationally known Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club out of Richmond, VA.

Quote's Corner

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin, is known for his contributions to the American civil rights movement in the 1960s. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters. His most famous work is his “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963, in which he spoke of his dream of a United States that is void of segregation and racism. Martin Luther King's vision of equality and civil disobedience changed the world for his children and the children of all oppressed people. He changed the lives of African Americans in his time and subsequent decades. In October of the same year, at the age of 35, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Civil Rights and Social Justice, becoming the youngest man to ever receive the prize. He donated the entire $54,123 prize to the civil rights movement. King's birthday was finally approved as a federal holiday in 1983, and all 50 states made it a state government holiday by 2000. Officially, King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta. But the King holiday is marked every year on the third Monday in January. On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Undergraduate Women in Law Interest
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 6th at 11:59pm

Undergraduate women interested in going to law school and discussing issues surrounding women in the law. Our meetings will be held every other week, and we will have a professional development section that will involve a guest speaker or a presentation. Meetings will also include a discussion section to digest issues of women in law, based off of the interest of the membership. We also hope to hold social events, and will conduct LSAT study groups and prep based on membership needs. If you are interested, please fill out this form to either display general interest or apply to be part of the first exec team for the 2021-2022 school year. For general interest, this form will not commit you to membership, but will connect you to other undergraduate women that have similar interests and can help build a community here at UVA. For more info contact Mary Withycombe or Alexis Foster

Hoos Internship Accelerator
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 16th

Announcement: Hoos Internship Accelerator (HIA) is a new summer internship program supported by the UVA Career Center and UVA Alumni Association that will connect 500 rising third- and fourth-year students with virtual, skill-building, 4–8 week internship experiences. Internships are typically 20–25 hours per week. Interns will have access to a wealth of professional support coordinated by the University, including online mentorship; one-on-one career advising, and pre-and post-internship training. For more information: Contact Name: Aubrey O'Hara

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? Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress, director, producer, and activist. She is known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Bassett has additionally portrayed real life figures Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009), and Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta (2013). Her other notable film roles include Reva Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Bernie Harris in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Rachel Constantine in Contact (1997), Lynne Jacobs in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016), and Queen Ramonda in Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Bassett began her film career in the 1980s, after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. In the 1990s, she appeared in films nearly every year. The 2000s saw a succession of films starring Bassett, with her appearing in at least one film every year. Bassett's success has continued into the 2010s. Bassett earned nominations for her roles in films such as The Score (2001), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Meet the Browns (2008), and Jumping the Broom (2011) and won awards for her performances in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Music of the Heart (1999), among others. Bassett's performance as Rosa Parks in the 2002 film The Rosa Parks Story was honored with her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2013, Bassett had a recurring role on the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story: Coven, earning her second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. She returned as a series regular for Freak Show, the series' fourth season, portraying Desiree Dupree, for which she received another Emmy Award nomination. For the fifth season, Hotel, she portrayed Ramona Royale, a famous movie star. Bassett returned to the series's sixth cycle, Roanoke, portraying an alcoholic actress named Monet Tumusiime, who plays struggling mother and former police officer Lee Harris in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary, and she reprised her role as Marie Laveau in a guest role in the eighth season Apocalypse. In 2018, Bassett began producing and starring in the Fox first responder drama series 9-1-1, playing LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant.

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

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is The Answer,” a film by A.J. Ali
Tuesday, May 4
from 3:00 to 5:00pm

https://virginia.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMofuigqj8oG9MDyBBsQzahfsU8L4PW_d2b

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

The Cuffee Mayo Speakers Series will present “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer,” a film by A.J. Ali on Tuesday, May 4th at 3:00pm. After the virtual screening, there will be a moderated Q&A with the film’s producer and director that explores the relationship between law enforcement, communities of color and how we all as Americans can move forward together. Event co-sponsored by the University Police Department (UPD), the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

 

Thank-a-Prof/TA
Submit notes by Sunday, May 16.
Has an instructor gone above and beyond to support you during
this unprecedented time? The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to
submit a thank you note to let them know the impact they have had on you and
your learning experiences. We will send the message to your professor or TA
on your behalf once the semester is over.
For more information: https://cte.virginia.edu/programs-grants/thank-profta Contact Name: Kristin Sloane, ks8yx@virginia.edu

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.