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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

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Break!


OAAA Trivia Tuesdays Question/Answer/Winners for Tuesday, November 16
How many children does Ms.Comfort have?



Danielle Johnson
Kori Lea
Kayla White



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

Tuesday, December 7:   
Courses end

Wednesday, December 8:    
Reading Day

Thursday, December 9 - Friday, December 17:
(Go to Exam Schedule)

Sunday, December 12 - Wednesday, December 15:   
Reading Days

Friday, December 17:    
Fall degrees conferred (no ceremony)



Quote of the Week

“Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” Earl G. Graves, Sr.

Diamonique Chambers

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Diamonique Chambers

Diamonique is a third-year from Goochland County, Virginia, majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Med track in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a makeup artist on Grounds having done makeup for Fashion For A Cause in the fall and Africa Day in the spring. She is a Student Worker in the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) as well as a Peer Advisor in the OAAA Peer Advisor Program. Diamonique’s future plans include furthering her education after graduating from UVA in pursuit of a master’s degree in Psychology leading to a career as a therapist or clinical psychologist. In her free time, she loves doing hair and makeup and getting to know other Black women at UVA (Instagram: glambybabyd).

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

Earl Gilbert Graves Sr. (January 9, 1935 – April 6, 2020) was an American entrepreneur, publisher, businessman, philanthropist, and advocate of African-American businesses. A member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1958 from Morgan State University. He was an ROTC graduate and attended Airborne and Ranger Schools. Having written a letter to the Democratic National Committee, he became a volunteer for the 1964 presidential campaign of Lyndon B. Johnson. His work with the party gave Graves the opportunity to serve as administrative assistant to newly elected Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1965. Following the assassination of the senator, Graves would land a seat on the advisory board of the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 1968. He was the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and chairman of the media company Earl G. Graves, Ltd. He was the director for Aetna. Graves received the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1988, and served as the National Commissioner from 1985 to 1994. He received the NAACP's Spingarn Medal in 1999. In 2002, Graves was named as one of the 50 most powerful and influential African Americans in corporate America by Fortune magazine. Graves was appointed by the administration of George W. Bush to serve on the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On April 26, 2007, Earl G. Graves Sr. was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame. In 2009, he became the recipient of the 2009 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. In his honor, Morgan State University's business school was named Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management in 2015. Graves died in White Plains, New York, on April 6, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 85.

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:

This Week in Black History

Did you know?    Granville T. Woods He registered nearly 60 patents in his lifetime, including an electric railway conduit on November 21, 1893, and challenged Thomas Edison for the patent rights to the telephone transmitter, and the multiplex telegraph. Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was a 19th century African-American inventor who made key contributions to the development of the telephone and street car.  He was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. One of his notable inventions was a device he called the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, a variation of induction telegraph, which relied on ambient static electricity from existing telegraph lines to send messages between train stations and moving trains. Woods died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Harlem Hospital in New York City on January 30, 1910, having sold a number of his devices to such companies as Westinghouse, General Electric and American Engineering. Until 1975, his resting place was an unmarked grave, but historian M.A. Harris helped to raise funds, and persuaded several of the corporations that used Woods' inventions to donate funds to purchase a headstone. It was erected at St. Michael's Cemetery in Elmhurst, Queens. Baltimore City Community College established the Granville T. Woods scholarship in memory of the inventor. In 2004, the New York City Transit Authority organized an exhibition on Woods, which utilized bus and train depots, and an issue of four million MetroCards commemorating the inventor's achievements in pioneering the third rail. In 2006, Woods was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In April 2008, the corner of Stillwell and Mermaid Avenues in Coney Island was named Granville T. Woods Way.



Did you know?  Sojourner Truth died November 26, 1883 at the age of 86 years old. Truth was born into slavery (as Isabella Baumfree) on November 18, 1787 in Swartekill, New York. In 1826, she escaped with her infant daughter to freedom, having to leave her other children behind. After learning her five-year-old son was illegally sold, she took the issue to court and was able to get her son back, becoming the first black woman to win such a case against a white man in a United States court.  In 1843, she gave herself the name Sojourner Truth, devoting her life to Methodism and the abolition of slavery. She also dictated her memoirs to a friend and in 1850 her book The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave was privately published. In May of 1851, Truth delivered a speech at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron. The extemporaneous speech, recorded by several observers, would become known as "Ain't I a Woman?"  During the Civil War, Truth helped to recruit black troops for the Union Army and is remembered as one of the foremost leaders of the abolition movement, an early advocate of women's rights, prison reform, property rights and universal suffrage.

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

Times and dates may vary during the Thanksgiving Break

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

McIntire School of Commerce Application Tips and Tricks
Friday, December 3 – 2:00 pm-3:00 pm – Rouss Hall and Robertson Hall Room 116
Application tips for the B.S. in Commerce application! Afternoon treats! Cohosted by Black Commerce Student Network, Latinx Student Network, & McIntire Undergraduate Office of Admissions. RSVP HERE

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