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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

OAAA Trivia Tuesdays Question/Answer/Winners for Tuesday, November 2, 2021

This person is all about energy and efficiency. They often offer kind words, a smile, and a good laugh. This person often states that setting a positive tone makes it much easier to complete their work in a productive and quick manner because the positivity is flowing through the room.

Ms. Deanna Carter 

Agnes Redvil
Asia Harford
Kadirra Thurston



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Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

November 24 - November 28: 
Thanksgiving recess

December 7:  
Courses end

December 8:    
Reading Day

December 9 - December 17:    
(Go to Exam Schedule)

December 12 - December 15:         
Reading Days

December 17:   
Fall degrees conferred (no ceremony)




Quote of the Week

“So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.”  -- Sidney Poitier

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Khaliah Purvis is a third-year from Brooklyn, NY. Khaliah is a Elementary Education major in the School of Education. Currently, she is a Peer Advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs, a mentor for My Sister's Keepers, and a tutor for America Reads. Khaliah is also on the UVA Women’s Rugby Team this Fall 2021. She was also a Harambee II Honors recipient recognized as a first-year student who achieved academic honors during the 2019 fall semester. Khaliah’s future goals involve finishing her licensure and certification then going straight into teaching post-grad.


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

Sidney Poitier KBE, (February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American retired actor, film director, activist, and ambassador. In the U.S., he experienced the racial chasm that divides the country, a great shock to a boy coming from a society with a majority of African descent. At 18, he went to New York, did menial jobs and slept in a bus terminal toilet, and a brief stint in the Army as a worker at a veteran's hospital in Harlem. An impulsive audition at the American Negro Theatre was rejected so forcefully that Poitier dedicated the next six months to overcoming his accent and improving his performing skills. On his second try, he was accepted. Spotted in rehearsal by a casting agent, he won a bit part in the Broadway production of "Lysistrata", for which he earned good reviews. By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). His performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles. Seven years later, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of leading man. One of these films, The Defiant Ones (1958), earned Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. He remained active on stage and screen as well as in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. His roles in Poitier also received acclaim for Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and A Patch of Blue (1965). He continued to break ground in three successful 1967 films which dealt with issues of race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night were landmarks in helping to break down some social barriers between blacks and whites. Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. Poitier was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. In 1995, Poitier received the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. In 2016, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film. Poitier is also the recipient of a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. In 2000, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award as well as many more accomplishments and awards as well as many more accomplishments and awards. Poitier, 94 years old, is one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, and the oldest living and earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar-winner.

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?    November 7, 1967 -- On this day in history, Carl Stokes was elected the mayor of Cleveland becoming the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stokes held several jobs to help support his family after the death of father. In 1945-46, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. From 1954-56 he studied law at the University of Minnesota and Cleveland Marshall Law School. In 1957, he passed the bar and was appointed assistant city prosecutor in Cleveland. After becoming the mayor in 1967, Stokes was determined to improve Cleveland’s economy and create racial unity. We was reelected in 1969 and retired in 1971 to become a news anchor in New York City, winning an Emmy for his work. Stokes passed away in 1996 due to cancer. Stokes paved the way for future black politicians aspiring to achieve new heights. 



Did you know?   November 10, 1957 – On this day in history, Charlie Luther Sifford became the first African American to play and win the PGA tour and a Long Beach Open, becoming the first black person to win a professional golf tournament. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1922, Sifford worked as a caddy at thirteen years old. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Philadelphia competing against local black golfers. In 1948, he began playing professionally winning the “United Golf Association’s National Negro Open” Six Times. In 1957 he won the Long Beach Open, co-sponsored by the PGA and for the first time competed in the U.S. open in 1959 placing 32nd. This made him the first African American to join the PGA tour. Sifford for his contributions was awarded the Old Tom Morris Award in 2007 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. Sifford passed away in 2015 at the age of 92 paved the way becoming an icon and influencing future icons such as Tiger Woods.

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
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



Upcoming Events

VCU BSDP Virtual Open House
Tuesday, November 9 – 4:00 pm-6:00 pm (EST) -- Register Here
The Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal (BSDP) at Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting a virtual open house and we would like to invite you to join us. The BSDP oversees admissions for and recruits students into six Ph.D. programs within the School of Medicine. During the open house, Dr. Roxann Roberson-Nay, Assistant Dean for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, will introduce the BSDP; the six Program Directors will provide information about their programs; you will have the opportunity to engage with students from each of the six programs in separate breakout rooms; and there will be plenty of time for questions.

School of Education and Human Development Virtual Open House
Thursday, November 11 or Wednesday, December 1 – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – To Register
We invite students interested in becoming school counselors to apply to our M.Ed. program. UVA’s counseling program was one of the first accredited programs in the nation with a long history of producing social justice-oriented professionals who have become local, regional, and national leaders in the field of counseling. We offer a two-year, full-time cohort program in Charlottesville, VA. Click here for more information about our program and/or register to attend a virtual open house! Master's Program in Counselor Education, School Counseling Concentration.  (Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to event)

Friday, November 12 – 1:00 pm-4:00 pm – Amphitheater
Join the Batten School for the first annual Frank-a-palooza! Come let off some steam and get to know the Batten community, and enjoy kettle corn, yard games, and inflatables before the UVA men's basketball game! Register in advance to be eligible for prizes, then stop by our different student organization tables to earn Batten swag, including a Frank-a-palooza t-shirt!

The Organization of African Students 8th Annual Umoja Ball
Friday, November 12 – 7:00 pm-10:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom
Every Fall semester, OAS hosts its annual Umoja Benefit Ball as a way to engage the wider UVA community with impactful work being done on the continent by various NGOs. During this event, we usually collectively fundraise and campaign for an organization or cause that is actively impacting the continent or the African diaspora. This year, our goal is to create a scholarship fund that will be awarded to students at the Charlottesville High School from African decent. This event is open to ALL students, faculty, and staff at the university. Theme: The African Renaissance "The African Renaissance is a philosophical and political movement to end the violence, elitism, corruption, and poverty believed to plague the African continent, and to replace them with a more just and equitable order."

Tuesday, November 16 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Garrett Hall
Are you applying to the Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy & Leadership Minor, or Accelerated MPP program for next fall and have questions about application? Join the Batten Admissions Office and our team of Batten Ambassadors as we answer your questions and provide feedback on your materials! You can register for a 20-minute arrival time slot to ask questions about your application to Batten. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration in advance will ensure you can meet with an Ambassador one-on-one to review application materials. Pizza will be provided!

Questions? Contact the Batten Admissions Office via email or make an appointment to connect with Anne or Courtney. You can find more information about Batten’s academic programs and application requirements as well as our schedule of events on our website!

Interested in a career in business and/or applying to the McIntire School of Commerce?
When: Thursday, November 18th, 6:00 pm
Where:  Zoom link TBA

Join the McIntire Black Alumni Network ("MBAN") for an evening of casual networking, and to learn about informal mentorship opportunities. The MBAN is a group of alumni, predominantly based in the Greater Washington D.C. area, focused on strengthening alumni relationships and supporting pre-commerce and commerce students with their educational and professional career goals. Please reach out to Dean Thomas ( or Tsara Nock ( if you are interested or have any questions


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

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

Yoga Book Club: Bhagavad Gita
Most Fridays through the fall -- 9:00 am-10:00 am (ET)
Join the Contemplative Sciences Center’s (CSC) all-level discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text covering the underlying philosophy of classical yoga practices. No prior experience with the text is required. You may drop in on any session. Discussions, led by CSC’s John Bultman. Free and open to the public. Learn more and register 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!


UVA Mutual Aid Free Store
Donate Today!
UVA Mutual Aid has created a radical community of care at UVA since it’s inception in March of 2020. As we implement our broader goals for Mutual Aid at UVA, the next step in our journey is to create a free store with resources. The free store will include clothes, healthcare products and more for all university students and workers. Follow us for updates and to join us in galvanizing change towards an equitable UVA. Please donate and share today! For more information. Contact Name: Sarandon Elliott