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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

This is the last fall 2021 semester edition ---Have a great holiday break!

 OAAA E-Weekly will resume publishing in January 2022.


Our office will be closed Dec. 22 - Jan. 1 for the University's Winter Break.

If you have any questions or need assistance please call our main number (434-924-7923), If you cannot reach us via phone please contact Ms. Comfort ( ) to assist you.


OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer Grand Prize Answer

"The Future of the World is in this Room"

OAAA Trivia Tuesday Grand Prize Winner

Diamonique Chambers



Jan. 19: Spring courses begin

Quote of the Week

"We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we're human, too, We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do."Simone Biles


Quote's Corner

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is tied as the most decorated gymnast of all time. Biles' seven Olympic medals also ties Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. Biles is considered one of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts of all time.[5]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in the all-around, vault, and floor; bronze on balance beam; and gold as part of the United States team, dubbed the "Final Five". At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she won bronze on balance beam, as well as silver with the United States team, after struggling with "the twisties", a temporary loss of air balance awareness. Her partial withdrawal, focus on safety, mental health and perseverance were praised. Biles is also a five-time World all-around champion (2013–2015, 2018–2019), five-time World floor exercise champion (2013–2015, 2018–2019), three-time World balance beam champion (2014–2015, 2019), two-time World vault champion (2018–2019), a seven-time United States national all-around champion (2013–2016, 2018–2019, 2021), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Additionally, she is a three-time World silver medalist (2013 and 2014 on vault, 2018 on uneven bars) and a three-time World bronze medalist (2015 on vault, 2013 and 2018 on balance beam).

Biles is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19), having surpassed Vitaly Scherbo's record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th, both gold, at the 2019 competition in Stuttgart. She is the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (5). Biles is the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympics, and the first gymnast since Lilia Podkopayeva in 1996 to hold both titles simultaneously. She is the tenth female gymnast and first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every event, and the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships, having accomplished this feat at the 2018 World Championships in Doha

This Week in Black History

Did you know?   The 381 day Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott ended on December 20, 1956. The boycott started on December 5, 1955, four days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white rider on a bus in Montgomery. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a major civil rights boycott in the United States. African Americans boycotted the bus system in Montgomery to protest the segregated buses. The leadership of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this protest aided in propelling him into the national spotlight. Montgomery was forced by the Supreme Court to integrate it’s bus system. When Rosa Parks “The First Lady of Civil Rights” kept her seat on that bus, she stood up for the dignity and civil rights of every African American in the United States.

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Tutoring for Spring 2022 – (will resume the first week of February 2022)

Black Fridays - (will return in January 2022)

2022-2023 Peer Advisor Application is now available

The application deadline for the OAAA Peer Advisor Program is Friday, January 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.
We look forward to reading your applications!

What Is the Peer Advisor Program?  
 Apply Now to be a 2022-2023 Peer Advisor

Nationally recognized for "exemplary practice in achieving campus diversity," the Peer Advisor Program was established by the University of Virginia's Office of African-American Affairs in 1984. It assists Black first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition by providing personalized, sensitive support and counseling. In addition, the program offers a wide range of activities from orientation to workshops and seminars to academic recognitions.

What is a Peer Advisor?

Peer Advisors are a select group University of Virginia second-, third-, and fourth-year students chosen to serve as mentors and advisors to the entering class of first-year and transfers students throughout their first-year at the University. All Peer Advisors undergo an extensive training to ensure they are prepared to assist entering students with common issues faced by new students to the University. To learn more