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"
November 30, 2021
OAAA Trivia Tuesdays Question/Answer/Winners for Tuesday, November 23
In what year will OAAA celebrate its 20th Kente Ceremony?
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Fall 2021 Academic Calendar
Tuesday, December 7:
Wednesday, December 8:
Thursday, December 9 - Friday, December 17:
Examinations (Go to Exam Schedule)
Sunday, December 12 - Wednesday, December 15:
Friday, December 17:
Fall degrees conferred (no ceremony)
Quote of the Week
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” –Lena Horne
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Ty'Leik C. Chambers
Ty'Leik is a fourth-year in the College of Arts and Sciences from New Canton, Buckingham County, Virgina, double majoring in Sociology and African-American Studies (AAS), on a Pre-law track. Ty'Leik is the President of two organizations at UVA: the UVA National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) College Unit, working diligently on national and state initiatives, and Black Voices Gospel Choir. He is the second chair of the Black President's Council, a Senior Resident in Dillard Dormitory, a Peer Advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) Peer Advising Program, while working under the Department of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities in Charlottesville. Ty'Leik is also a Spring 2021 initiated member of the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This year, he is working on his thesis through the AAS Distinguished Major Program, where he will investigate the effects of the virtual learning environment on how Black Students experience micro-aggressive situations. Ty'Leik intends to become a Civil Rights Attorney in order to combat inequities and inequalities within our Judicial system.
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.
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American dancer, actress, singer, and civil rights activist. Horne was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Both sides of her family were African American with a mixture of African, Native American, and European ancestry. Horne's career spanned over 70 years, appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood. Horne advocated for human rights and took part in the March on Washington in August 1963. Later she returned to her roots as a nightclub performer and continued to work on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, retreating from the public eye in 2000. She played herself on television programs such as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Sanford and Son in the 1970s, as well as a 1985 performance on The Cosby Show and a 1993 appearance on A Different World. In the summer of 1980, Horne, 63 years old and intent on retiring from show business, embarked on a two-month series of benefit concerts sponsored by the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. These concerts were represented as Horne's farewell tour, yet her retirement lasted less than a year. In 2018, a forever stamp depicting Horne began to be issued; this made Horne the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. In June 2021, the Prospect Park (Brooklyn) Bandshell was renamed the Lena Horne Bandshell to honor Horne, to show solidarity with the black community. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010. Her funeral took place at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in New York, where she had been a member. Her remains were cremated.
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.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: https://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/ridley/about/ridley-scholarships/
This Week in Black History
Did you know? Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of singer Michael Jackson, is sentenced in a Los Angeles County courtroom to four years behind bars. Jackson, the iconic pop star, died at age 50 at his California home. He suffered cardiac arrest while under the influence of propofol, a surgical anesthetic given to him by Murray, as a sleep aid. Visit to learn more.
OAAA Announcements & Services
OAAA Announcements & Services – Fall 2021
Black Fridays – December 3rd – Last Black Friday of Fall 2021
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 UVA Events, Learning & Services
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
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
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)
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.
UVA Mutual Aid Free Store
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