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"
OAAA E-Weekly January 31, 2022
OAAA Trivia Tuesday
When will Dean Apprey retire?
June 30, 2022
OAAA Trivia Tuesday Winner for Week One (01/25/22)!
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Spring 2022 Academic Calendar
Dates Vary by school: Add/Drop/Withdrawal
(Go to Add/Drop/Withdrawal Dates)
March 5 – March 13: Spring Recess
May 3: Courses End
May 5 – May 13: Examinations (Go to Exam Schedule)
May 8 – May 11: Reading Days
May 20 – May 22: Finals Weekend (Go to Finals Weekend)
Quote of the Week
"Violence is a personal necessity for the oppressed...It is not a strategy consciously devised. It is the deep, instinctive expression of a human being denied individuality." – Richard Wright
Spotlight on Student Achievements
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.
Richard Wright (born September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960), novelist and short-story writer who was among the first African American writers to protest white treatment of Blacks, notably in his novel Native Son (1940) and his autobiography, Black Boy (1945). He he got an opportunity to write through the Federal Writers’ Project. In 1932 he became a member of the Communist Party, and in 1937 he went to New York City, where he became Harlem editor of the Communist Daily Worker. Wright first came to the general public’s attention with a volume of novellas, Uncle Tom’s Children (1938), based on the question: How may a Black man live in a country that denies his humanity? In each story but one the hero’s quest ends in death. His fictional scene shifted to Chicago in Native Son. Its protagonist, a poor Black youth named Bigger Thomas, accidentally kills a white girl, and in the course of his ensuing flight, his hitherto meaningless awareness of antagonism from a white world becomes intelligible. The book was a best seller and was staged successfully as a play on Broadway (1941) by Orson Welles. Wright himself played Bigger Thomas in a motion-picture version made in Argentina in 1951. After World War II, Wright settled in Paris as a permanent expatriate. The Outsider (1953), acclaimed as the first American existential novel, warned that the Black man had awakened in a disintegrating society not ready to include him. Other posthumously released works included a novella, Rite of Passage (1994), and an unfinished crime novel, A Father’s Law (2008). In addition, The Man Who Lived Underground, a rejected manuscript (1941) that was later condensed into a short story, was released in its entirety in 2021. The novel centers on an African American man who is coerced into confessing to two murders he did not commit. After checking into a small Paris clinic for a series of tests, Wright died on Nov. 28, 1960, 24 hours before he was to be released. He was 52. The official cause was a heart attack, but the suddenness of his death gave rise to speculation that perhaps he had been assassinated.
Opportunites with Deadlines
Join Our Team: Be an Orientation Leader!
Application Due: Monday, February 14 by 9:00 am
The 2022 Orientation Leader application is now open! We’re seeking caring, responsible, and open-minded rising second-year, third-year, and fourth-year students who are interested in presenting a well-rounded perspective of the University to incoming students. Our goal is to create a diverse team in terms of students’ backgrounds, experiences, activities, and interests, and we hope you’ll consider joining our team. Registration For More Information Contact Name: Orientation & New Student Programs
Batten Virtual Application Assistance
Are you applying to the Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy & Leadership Minor, or Accelerated MPP program for next fall and have questions about the applications? The Batten Admissions Office and our team of Batten Ambassadors are on hand through Friday, January 28 to answer your questions and provide feedback on your materials virtually! After filling out the registration form, the Admissions team will connect you with an Ambassador. For More Information Contact Name: Courtney Leistensnider
Full-time UVA Presidential Fellowship for 2022 Graduates
The Presidential Fellow is a full-time administrative position for a student who will receive an undergraduate degree from UVA in Spring 2022 or a person who has recently received a UVA undergraduate degree. As a staff member in the Office of the President, the Presidential Fellow works on initiatives related to the President’s current, highest priorities while carrying out other essential duties related to the activities of the President’s staff. The Presidential Fellow will conduct research, coordinate outreach and communications, and manage special projects as assigned by the President, Chief of Staff, and other members of the President’s Office team. The Presidential Fellow reports to the Special Advisor to the President for External Affairs. For More Information Contact Name: Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Abstracts Submissions Due: Tuesday, March 1
Event Held on: Tuesday, April 12th
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a broad audience. It includes projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a range of topics. All UVA undergraduates involved in research and creative inquiry are welcome to register to present at this year's symposium. Please visit the Information for Students tab to learn more about the abstract submission process and presentation formats. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are welcome to attend the Symposium to learn about the research and creative projects being done by current undergraduates. We are excited to announce that in 2022 we plan to return to an in-person format for this event! Students present their work as posters or oral presentations. Details regarding individual presentations (format, time, title, abstract) will be published in the Symposium Schedule online by early April. Details here
Associate Community Organizer
Positions begins: 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? February 3, 1956 - Autherine Lucy enrolled as a graduate at the University of Alabama, becoming the first African-American ever admitted to a white public school or university in the state. The University Board of Trustees reluctantly allowed her to register and she was barred from all dormitories and dining halls. On the third day of classes, a hostile mob assembled to prevent Lucy from attending classes. The police were called to secure her admission but, that evening, the University suspended her on the grounds that it could not provide a safe environment. Lucy and her attorneys filed suit against the university to have the suspension overturned; however, this suit was not successful and was used as a justification for her permanent expulsion. University officials claimed that Lucy had slandered the university and she should not be a student. The University of Alabama finally overturned her expulsion in 1988, and in 1992, she earned her Master’s degree. The university named an endowed scholarship in her honor and unveiled a portrait of her in the student union with the inscription –“her initiative and courage won the right for students of all races to attend the University. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. For more information please visit
Did you know? BLACK HISTORY MONTH - In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February as "Negro History Week.” The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. In 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.” The law further called upon to President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe February 1986 as Black History Month, with the appropriate ceremonies and activities. Since its inception in 1926, Negro History Week and Black History Month have had annual themes. The first annual theme was simply, "The Negro in History," but since then the themes have become more specific. For more information please visit
OAAA Announcements & Services
Every Friday - 1:30 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Rm #2 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship!
OAAA Tutoring for Spring 2022 – (will resume the first week of February 2022)
Contact: Dean Thomas for more information
OAAA tutors meeting dates & times via In-Person & Zoom
OAAA Calculus & Statistics Tutoring with Travis Elliott
TBA – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Virtual TBA – Zoom Room Passcode:
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
Wednesdays – 2:00 pm-4:00 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
Thursdays – 4:30 pm-6:30 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
Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Mondays (January 24–May 2) – 7:45 am–8:00 am (EST)
Virtual Meditation on the Lawn is a series of short, virtual, drop-in meditation or guided reflection sessions. These 15-minute sessions are led by Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) instructors, other experienced facilitators, or special University guests. The program is open to the UVA community and anyone else interested in pausing to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, resilience, and a sense of belonging with others so inclined. It is hosted by CSC and University partners Compassionate Care Initiative, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), FEAP, Hoos Well, Student Affairs, and UVA Clubs. For more information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo
Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Series
Every other Wednesday – 4:00 pm – Clemons 204
The next session on February 2 is our Getting started in research & creative inquiry session. In this session, we will equip participants with some effective thoughts and approaches to cultivate agency in research & creative pursuits. This is appropriate for students at all levels; you do not need to be actively participating in research & creative inquiry to benefit from this session. Click here for the full schedule.
Contemplative Inquiry, Pedagogy and Practice
Monday, January 31 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Navigating the various roles and responsibilities of a graduate program can be disorienting and stressful. As a result, graduate students may find themselves unthinkingly adapting to social norms, doubting their own capacities, or losing the sense of joy that comes from good work. In this interactive 90-minute workshop, we will learn how contemplative approaches to research, teaching, and daily life can enhance our well-being as scientists, scholars, teachers, and students. All UVA PhD students and postdocs are welcome to attend this workshop. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo
Peace Corps Celebrates: Black History Month
Wednesday, February 9 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Highlighting RPCVs of the African Diaspora who served in each decade of Peace Corps. Hear stories that highlight the challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments from Peace Corps service. Recording for this event will be available upon request and not automatically distributed. For More Information Contact Name: Aaron Meadows