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 September 20, 2021
Black Fridays is cancelled this week due to UVA Football game!
Join us on Friday, October 1st for food, fun, and to celebrate the October birthdays!
Fall 2021 Academic Calendar
October 22 - October 24: Family Weekend (Go to Family Weekend)
November 24 - November 28: Thanksgiving recess
Quote of the Week
“I feel it is the heart, not the eye that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own. What the heart can perceive is a very different matter." – Gordon Parks
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Kyndall is a third year student from Richmond,VA. She is a double major in the Frank Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy and African-American and African Studies. Kyndall serves as the co-chair for the Selections Committee in the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor program. Around Grounds, she is also a Resident Advisor, Teaching Assistant for the Resilient Student; Thriving, Transitioning, and Leadership course, Fellow in the Meriwether Institute for Citizen Leadership, Investigator for the University Judiciary Committee, and former Orientation Leader. Kyndall is the founder of History of Enslaved African-American Laborers at UVA (HEAAL UVA), an organization that partners with CIOs on Grounds to provide educational programming to all first year students on the history of slavery at UVA. Kyndall plans on attending law school after graduating from UVA and pursuing a career as a civil rights attorney to address mass incarceration.
You can nominate someone (not yourself) to be in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to Dean Antoinette Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Gordon Parks was a photographer and humanitarian with a passion for documenting poverty and civil rights in the second half of the 20th century. His signature style continues to be celebrated as one of the most iconic of the time. Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. Parks was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the "blaxploitation" genre. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Parks also was an author, poet and composer. The Sesame Street character Gordon was named after Parks.
Opportunites with Deadlines
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/
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.
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.
Richmond Ridley Clarence Cain Endowed Fund
The Ridley Club of Richmond, Virginia sponsors a full tuition-and-fees award for an exceptional African-American student from the Richmond, Virginia area. This scholarship has been the result of the collective efforts of Richmond area alumni and businesses, and will provide four years of financial support for one of the Richmond area’s best scholars. Richmond area alumni continue to raise funds toward this geographic scholarship – the first of its kind for the Ridley Fund – and encourage others to support this effort.
Michael Russell Engineering Scholarship
In 2007, School of Engineering and Applied Science alum Michael Russell of Atlanta, GA established a scholarship fund for African-Americans pursuing a degree in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA. They are expected to possess the leadership and scholarship qualities that typify all Ridley Scholars.
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.
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 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.
Annetta Thompson Fund
Family and friends honored the life of the first full-time administrator for the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund by establishing this fund in 1999. The Annetta Thompson Scholarship is awarded to a deserving 4th-year Ridley scholar who exemplifies Annetta Thompson’s commitment to education. Annetta Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in education from UVA in 1973. She valued the role of education and the importance of creating opportunities for young people pursuing an education. Annetta’s hard work and diligence during her tenure as the fund administrator contributed to the tremendous growth and success of the Ridley Fund.
This Week in Black History
Did you know? Karen J. Wagner High School was named after Lieutenant Colonel Karen J. Wagner, a United States Army officer and a 1979 Judson High School graduate who was killed when an airplane struck the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Wagner was in the Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel with a desk in the Pentagon. In her 17 years in uniform, she rose to the position of medical personnel officer in the Office of the Army Surgeon General and Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. Contemplating her post-military years, Wagner, who grew up in a military family in San Antonio and lived in Alexandria, entertained the idea of teaching overseas or maybe hosting a cooking show on television with her sister. Wagner’s many Army postings included serving as adjutant for the 85th Medical Evacuation Hospital at Fort Lee, Virginia; executive officer and company commander of D Company in the 187th Medical Battalion at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; and chief of personnel for the 57th Evacuation Hospital in Wuerzburg, Germany. She also headed the personnel services branch at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. A 1984 graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, she earned a Master’s in Health Services Administration at the San Antonio campus of Webster University in St. Louis, in 1992.
Did you know? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the NIH Director, said: Kizzy is an African American scientist who is right at the forefront of the development of the vaccine.” Kizzmekia "Kizzy" Corbett (born January 26, 1986) is an American viral immunologist. She is the Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute and assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She joined Harvard following six years at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIAID NIH) based in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) in 2014. Appointed to the VRC in 2014, Corbett was the scientific lead of the VRC's Coronavirus Team, with research efforts aimed at propelling novel coronavirus vaccines, including a COVID-19 vaccine. In February 2021, Corbett was highlighted in the Time's "Time100 Next" list under the category of Innovators, with a profile written by Anthony Fauci.
OAAA Announcements & Services
OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday – 12:00 pm-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Rm #2 Dawson’s Row
Join Dean Antoinette Thomas for lunch and conversation. Space is limited. You must RSVP to reserve your spot.
Black Fridays – Cancelled this Friday, September 24
Every Friday - 1:30 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Rm #2 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship!
OAAA Tutoring for Fall 2021 – Contact: Dean Thomas for more information
OAAA tutors meeting dates & times via In-Person & Zoom:
OAAA Calculus & Statistics Tutoring with Travis Elliott
Tuesdays – 1:00 pm-3:30 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Thursdays – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – Zoom Room Passcode: 082999
OAAA Chemistry Tutoring with Yvette Gamor
Thursdays - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed.
OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring with Kamryn Crowder
Tuesdays – 11:00 am-1:00 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed
OAAA Organic Chemistry Tutoring with Heran Tadesse
Mondays – 12:00 pm-2:00 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed
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
Truman Scholarship Information Session
Monday, September 20 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)
Are you a dynamic leader? An activist dedicated to positive change? Committed to public service? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, you should consider the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate school and access to a network of incredible leaders. Come even if you aren’t sure about the graduate school part. Apply as a third year.
Participating in Research Conferences as an Undergad
Tuesday, September 21 at 6 pm in Ridley Hall 302
Or on Zoom | Meeting ID: 925 9287 4631 | Passcode: HSRC
We're looking for participants in the Hunter Student Research Conference (HSRC), an education conference held for students by students in March 2022. This is a great opportunity to build your resume, hone your research skills, and advance your career as an undergraduate. In this session, we’ll demystify conferences and discuss how you can participate.URL for more information: https://education.virginia.edu/about-us/diversity/hunter-student-research-conference Contact Name: Todd Hall Contact Email: email@example.com
Goldwater Scholarship Information Session
Monday, September 27 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)
Do you love research? Are you considering pursuing research science, mathematics, or engineering as a career? Are you simply a STEM student and want to at least explore an exciting opportunity? Come learn about the award and the process for nomination by the University of Virginia. Apply as a second or third year – so first years should definitely come!
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Informational Meeting
Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM, Newcomb Commonwealth Room (3rd
The Eta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is hosting an informational meeting for those interested in membership. Attire: Business (Shirt, Coat & Tie)
Contact Name: Lewis Johnson, Chapter Advisor Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 2, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Office of Undergraduate Admission is excited to welcome prospective students and families in person and on Grounds this fall, and we need your help! Fall Fling, an open house event for prospective Black and African American identified high school students, will take place on October 2. If you are interested in assisting by welcoming students and families throughout the day, please complete the Fall Blast/Fling Volunteer Sign-Up form: https://forms.gle/8HruphTFvJbaHuAZ8 for more information: https://admission.virginia.edu/FallFling
Contact Name: Chelsea "CC" Duncan Contact Email: email@example.com
Connect with the School of Education and Human Development (EHD) – Zoom and In Person Opportunities!
EHD offers majors that lead to careers in teaching, public health, speech pathology and audiology, research, education policy and more. Connect with us by signing up for our mailing list or attend one of the upcoming events.
In Person Meet and Greet
Thursday, September 30 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Our EHD Student Ambassadors are hosting an in person meet and greet on. Learn more about our majors (Teacher Ed, Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, and Youth and Social Innovation) Sign Up Here!
The Body Positive Team at the Women’s Center Presents: Gloria Lucas, founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride
Tuesday, October 19 – 5:30pm-7:00 pm – REGISTER
The Body Positive Team at the Women’s Center is excited to announce that we will be bringing Gloria Lucas, founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride to UVA, virtually to give a talk on Historical Trauma and Eating Disorders. For the past 30 years, eating disorders have been represented as a white, middle-class phenomenon. Due to the lack of representation of people of color and indigenous populations with troubled eating have suffered from high rates of undiagnosed conditions, inaccessible treatment, and culturally insensitive practices. In this presentation, participants will have the ability to evaluate eating disorders through a social justice lens that centers the experiences of people of color and indigenous descent people. Participants will learn about historical trauma, and the legacies of colonialism on self-esteem, body-image, and food
One-On-One Office Hours Sign-Up
Tuesdays – 9:00 am-11:30 am EST & Wednesdays – 1:00 pm-3:30 pm EST with Ryan Sherman, Academic Coordinator / Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9 AM - 12 PM EST with Jessica Livingston, Direction of Student Affairs
Meet with us to discuss our majors and get specific questions answered about transfer credits, academic requirements, recommended courses and more
Peer Financial Counseling Available!
Tuesday-Thursday – 1:00 pm-5:00 pm – Georges Student Center Room 245
Peer Financial Counseling offers all UVA students one-on-one help from trained peer counselors on a variety of topics including budgeting, student loans, personal credit, basic investing, and more. Our counselors understand the stresses that come with being a college student and want to help you better manage those factors while in school. Write to us at to schedule an appointment! For More Information! Contact Name: Dustin Ciraco
Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Series
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday – 4:00 pm – Clemons Library Room 204
We will have a workshop to support undergraduate research and creative inquiry. Every first Wednesday is a session entitled, ‘Getting Started in research and creative inquiry.’ Schedule: (full schedule to be posted by September)