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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

Sales Leadership Program sponsored by Paycom
Application Deadline Extended to Friday, October 15!!

The GradSTAR program and the Office of African American Affairs is excited to offer for the second year the Sales Leadership Program sponsored by Paycom. Paycom is a multi-billion dollar software company that employs one of our own! Matt Manley is a regional sales manager at Paycom who graduated from the UVA Engineering School in 2012. Matt will be hosting a four session speaker series in which he will teach fundamental business skills such as: Interviewing, overcoming fear, and professional time management. Sessions are one hour, once a week from October 18 – November 8. Check out this video to learn more about Matt, Paycom, and this exciting new opportunity! Contact Dean Thomas ( for more information. Sales Leadership Program Application please complete the application here by October 11, 2021



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Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

Saturday, October 9 - Tuesday, October 12:  
Reading Days

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24:     
Family Weekend
(Go to Family Weekend)

Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28:     
Thanksgiving recess


Quote of the Week

You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, 'I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself.' -- Mariah Carey

Ar'Monii Price

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Student Spotlight: Ar'Monii Price 

Ar'Monii is a 3rd year student from Stone Mountain, GA majoring in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She plans to begin her own nonprofit that focuses on three things: single parent families, students from under-resourced school systems, and those affected by the criminal justice system after graduation. She identifies with those communities and backgrounds. Ar’Monii plans to become a public speaker focusing on Christianity and assisting others in their faith. At the University, she is currently a Peer Advisor and serves as the marketing coordinator. During the Spring, she helps the office of admissions by reaching out to accepted students who are Black, first-gen, Hispanic, etc. The past two years, she was a part of a Christian ministry and served as a small group leader, while working with America Reads tutoring. Ar’Monii also plays intramural volleyball. Outside of the University, Ar’Monii alongside her mother, provides essentials and food to the homeless each December. She also seeks and helps high school students with the college process, and she is leading/facilitating her own bible study.

You can nominate someone (not yourself) to be in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to Dean Antoinette Thomas ( every Thursday by 12 noon.

Quote's Corner

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and mother of twins—Moroccan and Monroe. She is the youngest of three children born to Patricia (née Hickey), a former opera singer and vocal coach of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer of African-American and Afro-Venezuelan lineage. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she known as the "Songbird Supreme" and the "Queen of Christmas". Carey rose to fame in 1990 with her eponymous debut album. She was the first artist to have her first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".  Carey achieved worldwide success with follow-up albums Music Box (1993), Merry Christmas (1994), and Daydream (1995). These albums spawned some of her most successful singles, including "Hero", "Without You", "All I Want for Christmas Is You", "Fantasy", "Always Be My Baby", as well as "One Sweet Day", which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (1990s). Billboard named her the Artist of the Decade (1990s), while the World Music Awards honored her as the Best Selling Female Pop Artist of the Millennium. The Emancipation of Mimi (2005), which became the best-selling album in the US, and the world's second-best-selling album, of 2005. Its second single, "We Belong Together", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (2000s). Nineteen of Carey's songs have topped the Billboard Hot 100, and she holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist, a female songwriter, and a female producer.  She is the highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 68.5 million certified album units tying with Barbra Streisand. Carey was ranked second on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, and in 2019, Billboard named her the all-time top female artist in the United States, based on both album and song chart performances. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, nineteen World Music Awards, ten American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, she is noted for inspiring other artists in R&B and was one of the first artists to popularize hip-hop into popular music. She also publishing her 2020 memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey and has a brand of alcohol called Black Irish Premium Irish Cream.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Associate Community Organizer
Positions begins: Monday, January 10, Monday, May 9, and Monday, August 8, 2022

Starting salary $40,500/year + benefits. Positions open in: Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Manatee County, Miami, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa; Kansas: Lawrence, Wyandotte County, Johnson County; Kentucky: Lexington; South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia; Virginia: Charlottesville, Richmond; Lead Community Organizer / Executive Director positions begin Fall 2021 in: Florida: Brevard County, Sarasota; Kansas: Wyandotte County. DART organizations are diverse coalitions that include communities of color, low-to-moderate-income communities and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit or find us on Instagram and Facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact Moe or (602) 510-4658.

Ridley Scholarship Fund Awards Available to Non-Ridley Students Available
Ridley scholarships that extend beyond current scholars:

Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Memorial Fund
Deadline for Spring 2022: Monday, November 15, 2021

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.

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? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance against racial prejudice in America on October 14, 1964. He earned the award at the age of 35 in Oslo, Norway representing the Civil Rights movement and used the prize money to continue the movement’s development. In his speech, he spoke on the violent acts enforced upon African Americans in the attempt to shut the Civil Rights movement down. Dr. Martin Luther King acknowledged the Nobel Peace Prize as validation towards non-violent protests being the answer to solving political and moral issues within the country. A memorable quote that left an impactful impression from his speech is “peace is more precious than diamonds or silver.”



Did you know? On October 16, 1968 at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City, African American athletes and Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the US National Anthem. After completing the 200-meter race, Tommie Smith earned the gold medal and John Carlos earned the bronze medal and would end up creating one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history. This was a direct protest against the injustices that were occurring in the United States, representing “Black Power”. The two athletes received their medals and in protest were shoeless wearing black socks representing black poverty, Smith wore a black scarf symbolizing black pride, and Carlos had on a necklace of beads in memory of those who were lynched or killed and not prayed for. Their action at the Olympics brought global attention towards issues occurring within the United States marking a powerful moment for the Black Panther Party and black history.

Black Friday Fall 2021

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Black College Women: In the Company of My Sister
Thursday, October 14 – 12:20 pm-1:15 pm – WEB DuBois Conference Room Dawson’s Row #2
RSVP is required for this event. Lunch provided.

The Black Male Initiative Meeting
Monday, October 25 – 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – WEB DuBois Conference Room Dawson’s Row #2
RSVP is required for this event. Lunch provided.

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
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: (Starting Tuesday, September 7)

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



Upcoming Events

Mindfulness Meetups
Mondays (Now - Dec 6) – 7:00-8:00 pm & Fridays (Now – Dec 3) -- 10:00 am-11:00 am
We welcome all UVA undergraduate and graduate students to join one of our Mindfulness Meetup groups co-hosted by CSC and CAPS. Groups meet for one hour each week to learn about and practice mindfulness in a safe and supportive space. Currently, groups meet on Mondays and Fridays. New dates and times available based on student input. Learn more and register

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
Wednesday, October 13 – 6:00 pm (EST) – RSVP
DART will hold an online info session to discuss careers in community organizing. All UVA students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating before August 2022. DART trains professional organizers and community organizations how to work for social, economic and racial justice, including: holding police departments accountable, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, reining in predatory lenders, expanding access to primary health and dental care, prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training, and fighting for immigrants' rights. DART organizations are diverse coalitions that include communities of color, low-to-moderate-income communities and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit or find us on Instagram and Facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact Moe or (602) 510-4658.

University-Wide Majors Fair
Monday, October 18 – 1:00 pm-4:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom
Drop by to meet with representatives from more than 40 majors and programs! If you are not sure what you plan to major in, this will be a great place to explore your options. If you already know, then it will be a good time to meet department representatives and make sure you are on track to declare. See at for details and the list of participating majors and programs. Hosted by the Georges Student Center. For more information. Contact Name: Katie Densberger

The Body Positive Team at the Women’s Center Presents: Gloria Lucas, founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride
Tuesday, October 19 – 5:30 pm-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

Fall 2021 UVA URNTalks Presenters
Wednesday, October 20 – 11:59 pm (EST)
URNTalks are biweekly student-run research discussion forums organized by the Undergraduate Research Network. These forums are an opportunity for students to talk about their research while also gaining valuable experiences preparing and presenting their work. Research talks from all disciplines are encouraged! Want to be a presenter at one of the upcoming URNTalks meetings, use this link to Sign Up. For More Information. Contact:Jules Tsanang

Breath and Body Work for Brothers
Mondays – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST) -- Register
On Zoom or in-person in McLeod Room 2010 Instructor: Carringon Kernodle Learn more Contact: Kimberly Vo

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)

Santosha for Sisters
Wednesdays – 7:00 pm-8:00pm (ET) -- Register
On Zoom or in-person in McLeod Room 2010 Instructor: Carringon Kernodle  Learn more  Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

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.

Walking Tour Sign Up
Open to current students, prospective students and families – get a tour of our buildings and meet with one of our EHD Student Ambassadors! Sign Up Here!