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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 9
Who was the first African-American to receive an undergraduate degree from UVA

Robert Bland (Engineering ’59)

Toni Ajala
Akimi Gyamfi
Jordan Taliaferro



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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

 "Families and children are so important to our society, and to dedicate your life to trying to improve their lives is completely satisfying."Jane Bolin

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty & Staff Spotlight:   
Deanna Carter

Ms. Carter is the Administrative and Office Specialist II at the Office of African-American Affairs and she has been with the office since June 2013. In this position, she is the first point of contact when entering the main building of the Office of African-American Affairs. As our motto states, we are a “Home Away from Home” for our students and  Deanna thrives to create a warm and comforting atmosphere within the office amongst the students, families, and visitors. She also aims to be a creator of memorable and welcoming moments as often as possible. Within her professional capacities, she trives to be professional and detailed-oriented. This position allows Deanna to use her customer service skills,  knowledge of Microsoft Office, and social media skills. She also has the ability to be keep sensitive information and conversations confidential at all times. Deanna is all about energy and efficiency. She often offers kind words, a smile, and a good laugh. Deanna also sets a positive tone in the office which makes it much easier for her to complete her work in a productive and efficient manner. Her positivity flows through the room and building. She is resilient and is aware that we can do anything that we put our minds to. Deanna is always extending a helping hand to those in need when she can. She is a major part of the supportive network within the OAAA family and has made all the difference in the work that is done for students at OAAA.

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

Jane Matilda Bolin, LL.B. (April 11, 1908 – January 8, 2007) was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939. As the child of an interracial couple, Bolin was subject to discrimination in Poughkeepsie; she would occasionally be denied service at businesses. At 16 years old, she enrolled at Wellesley College in Massachusetts where she was one of only two black freshmen. A career adviser at Wellesley College tried to discourage her from applying to Yale Law School due to her race and gender. She graduated in 1928 in the top 20 in her class, and enrolled at Yale Law School where she was the only black student, and one of only three women. She became the first black woman to receive a law degree from Yale in 1931 and passed the New York state bar examination in 1932. She practiced with her father in Poughkeepsie for a short period before accepting a job with the New York City Corporation Counsel's office. Bolin ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Assembly as a Republican candidate in 1936. Despite the loss, securing the Republican candidacy boosted her reputation in New York politics. On July 22, 1939, at the New York World's Fair, Mayor of New York City Fiorello La Guardia appointed 31-year-old Bolin as a judge of the Domestic Relations Court. For twenty years, she was the only black female judge in the country. She remained a judge of the court, renamed the Family Court in 1962, for 40 years, with her appointment being renewed three times, until she was required to retire aged 70. She worked to encourage racially integrated child services, ensuring that probation officers were assigned without regard to race or religion, and publicly funded childcare agencies accepted children without regard to ethnic background. Bolin was an activist for children's rights and education. She was a legal advisor to the National Council of Negro Women. She served on the boards of the NAACP, the National Urban League, the City-Wide Citizens' Committee on Harlem, and the Child Welfare League. Bolin also sought to combat racial discrimination from religious groups by helping to open a special school for black boys in New York City. She received honorary degrees from Tuskegee Institute, Williams College, Hampton University, Western College for Women and Morgan State University.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Internship Opportunity for 3rd year students
White Oak Healthcare Finance, a private credit fund is looking for third year summer interns for this summer. Could you please share this with 3rd years?  If interested, here is a link to the posting.  Contact: Charlie Ratliff

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 14, 1954 – On this day in history, Condoleezza Rice, politician and former Secretary of State was born. Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 becoming the first African American woman to become Secretary of State of the United States. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice experienced racism growing up in a segregated south. She did not let this discourage her, as she would graduate from the University of Denver with a degree in political science and earn her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Passionate about international relations, Rice became the director of Soviet and Eastern European affairs with the National Security Council in Washington D.C. In 2001, she was appointed national security advisor by President Bush and later the Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor at Stanford University continuing to show that hard work and dedication can overcome any adversity society throws in the way.



 Did you know?   November 17, 1911 - On this day in history, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington D.C. This fraternity was the first to be founded on the campus of a historically black college and was incorporated under the laws of District of Columbia on October 28,1914. The founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. are Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman and their faculty advisor Ernest Everett Just. Some of its memorable members include Langton Hughes, Jesse Jackson, Steve Harvey, and Michael Jordan.


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

Batten Application Workshop
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?
Thursday, November 18 -- 6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Zoom Link

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.

LZ – A Night of Poetry
Thursday, November 18 – 7:30 pm-9:30 pm – 1515 University Ave.

A Night of Poetry will be an event open to all UVA students to attend. The event will feature brothers of Omega Psi Phi reading poems and writing excerpts of famous Omega men with a DJ providing music in between the readings. Food will be provided and students will be encouraged to socialize with each other and with the brothers of Lambda Zeta between select poetry readings as well. Towards the end of the event, students will be encouraged to read or perform a poem of their choosing. The overall goal of this event is to celebrate the poetic works of historic Omega figures and showcase Lambda Zeta’s dedication to poetry and arts. 

Slave Memorial
Friday, November 19 – 6: 00 pm-8:00 pm -- Note:  The flier for this event will be provided later this week.

A memorial service for African Americans who built the University of Virginia in order to pay homage to the families in the Charlottesville, Virginia community whose ancestors were enslaved or worked at the University.  The theme of the event will be “Foundational History:  A correlation between those who build the University of Virginia and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  The event will be held at the Pavilion Garden on the Lawn followed by a silent march from the Pavilion to the Slave Memorial.  Note:  The flier for this event will be provided later this week.

School of Education and Human Development Virtual Open House
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)

Commerce Application Tips and Tricks
Friday, December 3 – 2:00 pm-3:00 pm – Rouss Hall and Robertson Hall Room 116
Cohosted by Black Commerce Student Network & Latinx Student Network

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