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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

Congratulations to Our Trivia Tuesdays Winners!

Sadie Randall

Lauren Cochran

Danielle Johnson



OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, February 1)

Question: Who was the last student spotlight of 2021?

Answer: Sabrin Mohammednur

(Issue: OAAA E-WEEKLY – December 7, 2021)



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Spring 2022 Academic Calendar

Dates Vary by school:  
(Go to Add/Drop/Withdrawal Dates)

Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 13:  
Spring Recess

Tuesday, May 3:    
Courses End

Thursday, May 5 – Friday, May 13:  
(Go to Exam Schedule)

Sunday, May 8 – Wednesday, May 11:   
Reading Days

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22 
Finals Weekend
(Go to Finals Weekend)



Congratulations to Our First Years!
Harambee II
Tuesday, February 1 – Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Via Zoom

The Office of African-American Affairs recognized first-year students who achieved academic honors during the 2021 fall semester. The Office of African-American Affairs held its second virtual Harambee II Virtual Resources fair. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host the fair in person.



Quote of the Week

 “I don’t need to second guess my talent, my content, or whether people will like my new ideas. The proof is in the pudding, and I have evidence to show that my intuition is all the confirmation I need.” Lynae Vanee Bogues

Terriana Neely

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Terriana Neely

Terriana Neely is a fourth-year student majoring in English through the College of Arts & Sciences. Terriana has a 3-year-old son named Legend who is AKA “The Office Baby.” She has worked at the Office of African American Affairs since her first year and she is a helping hand and listening ear in the office for students. She is on the MACAA Project Discovery Advisory Board, in which she works to help students transitioning from high school to college by assisting students in prepping for college while communicating with some throughout college. She is a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program through Madison House and has been matched since July 2021. After graduation Terriana plans to further her education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree.


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

Lynae Vanee Bogues (@_Lyneezy) – is an Instagram star, TikTok star, social media personality, poet, and activist. Bogues focuses on inclusive and intersectional content with an educational background in Black Studies in Race Issues. In June of 2020, Lynae launched an IGTV series discussing race relations entitled Parking Lot Pimpin’. It has since gained much notoriety from the Instagram community, the academic sphere, as well as several celebrities. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Lynae spent her undergraduate years at Spelman College and then went on to receive her master’s degree in African American Studies from Boston University. After spending 3 years in public education, Lynae has now moved into a career as an entertainer, advocate, and instructor to the public. She has recently launched a Patreon for her Platform Parking Lot Pimpin’ to provide in-depth lessons on African American History and Race issues from herself, as well as other scholars ranging from graduate students to well-seasoned professors in order popularize ideas and make this information accessible to the public. “Parking Lot Pimpin” has since grown to almost half a million; she’s as consistent with her weekly posts as she is in her meticulousness in preparing for them. Along the way, she’s also landed lucrative brand partnerships with companies like Nike, Airbnb, and Tommy Hilfiger; received a DM from Lee Daniels; and was featured on the hip-hop network Revolt TV. In one video, which has roughly 300,000 views, the 26-year-old discusses cultural appropriation The influencer tackles each topic she covers — from immigration reform to Aaliyah’s music — with similar precision. She is a 2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Be an Orientation Leader!
Application Due: Monday, February 14 by 9:00 am

If you are looking for a paid summer opportunity that fosters your personal and professional development all while building strong community connections, apply to be an Orientation Leader! Orientation Leaders help new students gain a sense of belonging and connection, meaningfully engage with resources and opportunities that support their flourishing and thriving, and will facilitate opportunities for new students to explore and discover UVA and the surrounding community. We welcome applications from first, second, and third-year 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! More information is available at


The Institute for Responsible Citizenship
All Application Materials Due On or Before: Tuesday, February 15

Free Intensive Summer Program in Washington, DC for Black Male Sophomores. To learn more about the Institute and to apply for the Washington Program,. If you have any questions or have a student you would like to refer to us, please contact Andrew Mulinge or Dr. Bill Keyes.

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


Bridging Admissions 2022-2023 Mentee Applications

Bridging Admissions is a free mentorship program available for underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students who are currently applying to medical school. BA is currently recruiting medical students to participate as virtual mentors for their program! This is a student-run organization that started at UCSF but has mentees and mentors from all over the country. Becoming a mentor for Bridging Admissions is a great way to give back and make a positive change in the medical community. Mentors are paired with pre-med students where they meet virtually and help them with applications, personal statements, secondaries, and interviews while providing support and encouragement along the way. The time commitment is what you make it - you work with your student to find a schedule that works for both of you. Your guidance can instill confidence in these future physicians and help create a more diverse and representative community of future doctors! We have many mentee applications and are currently looking to recruit more mentors. If you are interested in joining our mentorship team, you can Sign Up Here, or fill out this Google Doc:  You can find more information on our website.

Apply to be a mentor for the 2022-2023 school year!
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1

Be a Big Sibling. Make a Big Difference. The Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP) are community-based mentoring programs that pair UVA undergraduate students with middle school students from the Charlottesville area. By combining one-on-one mentoring with group activities that address students’ sense of self, scholastic achievement, peer relationships, and healthy decision-making, YWLP & MLP help empower middle schoolers as leaders in their schools and communities. For More Information. Contact Name: Sarah Jenkins

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Abstracts Submissions Due: Tuesday, March 1
Event Held on: Tuesday, April 12

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

UVA Global Internships SUMMER 2022 programs
IN-PERSON [Applications due March 1]
VIRTUAL: [Applications due March 15]

Education Abroad and Global Studies are excited to be welcoming applications for our upcoming academic international internship programs. IN-PERSON: UVA in Dublin: Internship Placement Program (IPP) Global, UVA in Ghent: Global Internships in Education, Society, and Human Services (info session- 2/4 at 10am), and UVA in Morocco: Participatory Development in Practice (info session- 2/11 at 10:30am). VIRTUAL: UVA Virtual Global Internships (info session- 2/18 at 10am). WATCH: this 4-minute overview of the Summer 2022 programs. EXPLORE: full details about each unique program, including internship opportunities, courses, the Global Internship Scholarship, and application requirements, by visiting the above brochures on the Education Abroad website. READ: a Global Intern alumna’s reflections on the respective benefits of her in-person and virtual internships and a UVA Today article about 2021 Virtual Global Interns’ human rights internships. CONTACT: Ingrid Hakala, the director of UVA Global Internships, with enquiries and to introduce yourself

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:


This Week in Black History

Did you know?  The Children's Crusade, or Children's March, was a march by over 1,000 school students in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2–3, 1963. Initiated and organized by Rev. James Bevel, the purpose of the march was to walk downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation in their city. Many children left their schools and were arrested, set free, and then arrested again the next day. The marches were stopped by the head of police, Bull Connor, who brought fire hoses to ward off the children and set police dogs after the children. This event compelled President John F. Kennedy to publicly support federal civil rights legislation and eventually led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the march, the Civil Rights Movement regained momentum. The crusade ended after intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice. The event moved President John F. Kennedy’s to express support for federal civil rights legislation and the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 



Did you know?   George Crum (born George Speck, 1824–1914) also known as George Speck, was a renowned African American chef who worked at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York during the mid-1800s. According to culinary legend, Crum invented the potato chip during his work at the restaurant. According to popular legend, the potato chip was invented when a picky customer (Vanderbilt himself, according to some reports) repeatedly sent back an order of french fries, complaining that they were too thick. Frustrated with the customer’s demands, Crum sought revenge by slicing a batch of potatoes paper-thin, frying them to a crisp, and seasoning them with lots of salt. Surprisingly, the customer loved them. Soon enough, Crum and Moon's Lake House became well-known for their special “Saratoga chips.” Crum’s chips remained a local delicacy until the 1920s when a salesman and entrepreneur named Herman Lay (yes, that Lay) began traveling throughout the south and introducing potato chips to different communities. At that point, Crum's legacy was overtaken by the mass production and distribution of potato chips on a national scale.

Black History Month

OAAA Announcements & Services

Harambee II Virtual Resource Fair
Tuesday, February 1 – Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Via Zoom

The Office of African-American Affairs held its second virtual Harambee II Virtual Resources fair. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host the fair in person. Below are the recorded sessions Zoom links, passcodes, and contact information for each of the speakers in order to learn more information about each topic.



Session I – Tuesday, February 1 – 12:30 pm-1:30 pm – Global Studies
(Hosted by: Caterina Eubanks; PA Moderator(s): Cameron Chavers & Shailyn Washington)
Zoom Room (Passcode: r#y68yiw)

Session II – Tuesday, February 1 – 2:00 pm-3:00 pm -- International Studies Office
(Hosted by: Margaret Walker & Emily Graber; Moderator(s): Kelsie D. Kelly)
Zoom Room (Passcode: %=x5r?u+)

Session III – Tuesday, February 1 – 3:30 pm-4:30 pm – Echols Scholars Program
(Hosted by: Kelsey Johnson; PA Moderator(s): Taja Washington)
Zoom Room (Passcode: hN!mwdp7)

Session IV – Tuesday, February 1 – 3:30 pm-4:30 pm – STEM 
(Hosted by: Katrina Brown Richardson; PA Moderator(s): Mario Jones)
Zoom Room (Passcode: $&+%g1S9)

Session I – Wednesday, February 2 – 11:30 am-12:30 pm – McIntire School of Commerce
(Hosted by: Sonia Jimenez-Calhoun; PA Moderator(s): Omamus Oghenerhuohwo)
Zoom Room (Passcode: y%3c=Fv6)


Session II – Wednesday, February 2 – 1:00 pm-2:00 pm – Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
(Hosted by: Courtney Leistensnider; PA Moderator(s): Jordan Taliaferro)
Zoom Room (Passcode: RXX#7j*S)

Session III – Wednesday, February 2 – 2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Resilience Bouncing Back
(Hosted by: Jeffery C. Smith; PA Moderator(s): Halinta Diallo & Valencia Lagbo)
Zoom Room (Passcode: ?H6hgQ@2)

Session IV – Wednesday, February 2 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – School of Education and Human Development  
(Hosted by: Ryan Sherman; PA Moderator(s): Jade Taylor & Mihret Niguse)
Zoom Room (Passcode: .4!57VC!)

Session I – Thursday, February 3 – 11:30 am-12:30 pm – Virginia – North Carolina Alliance 
(Hosted by: Kristin Morgan; PA Moderator(s): Jada Smith)
Zoom Room (Passcode: .F.!6w6X)


Session II – Thursday, February 3 – 1:00 pm-2:00 pm – Undergraduate Research Opportunities & Citizen Scholar Development 
(Hosted by: Andrus Ashoo; PA Moderator(s): Stephney Tucker)
Zoom Room (Passcode: j9Wn#g9L)

Session III – Thursday, February 3 – 2:30 pm-3:30 pm – SEAS Summer Opportunities 
(Hosted by: Blake Jimenéz-Calhoun; James Alan Bland; PA Moderator(s): Isata Kamara)
Zoom Room (Passcode: =c4dnBqT)

Session IV – Thursday, February 3 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Political and Social Thought
(Hosted by: Michael Smith; PA Moderator(s): Kori Lea)
Zoom Room (Passcode: SMS4a73?)


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 Spring 2022 – (will resume the first week of February 2022)
Dean Thomas for more information

OAAA tutors meeting dates & times via In-Person & Zoom
OAAA Calculus & Statistics Tutoring with Travis Elliott
Email to schedule individual virtual sessions  

OAAA Chemistry Tutoring with Yvette Gamor
Mondays - 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


Upcoming Events


Ashtanga Yoga: Counted Led Primary Series
Every Friday (Now - Fri. Apr 29, 2022) - 7:30 am-9:00 am

Our Ashtanga Yoga program and signature Mysore classes are led by Certified Instructor John Bultman. The goal of our program is to help people of all levels develop a sustainable yoga practice for greater health and well-being. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo


Santosha for Sisters
Every Thursday (Now-Thu. Apr 28, 2022) - 7:30 pm-8:30 pm

This weekly Thursday evening class is part of CSC's Flourishing While Black program and is specifically designed for Black women and women-identifying students looking for an affinity space to flourish by using contemplative practices. Each class includes beginner yoga flow, guided meditation, and an opportunity for reflective discussion. All levels and experiences are welcome so please come as you are. 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

Fulbright Forum
Thursday, February 17 – 6:00 pm – Zoom

The Fulbright US Student Award is a great opportunity for students interested in further study, service, teaching, or creative opportunities worldwide. Join us for a panel discussion with Fulbright recipients on Thursday, February 17, at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Register here. For More Information. Contact Name: Office of Citizen Scholar Development

Truist Leadership Academy
Sign-up by February 27th

The Truist Leadership Academy is a fully-funded experience designed to support Black undergraduate students in exploring their career interests and growing their leadership skills. The program features career development, alumni engagement, a weeklong trip to North Carolina, and individual career development sessions. For More Information. Contact Name: Juliana Cañas Baena

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Program
Monday-Thursdays 6:30 am-8:30 am & Friday 6:30 am-7:30 am @ North Grounds Recreation Center, MP3

Our Ashtanga Yoga program and signature Mysore classes are led by Certified Instructor John Bultman. The goal of our program is to help people of all levels develop a sustainable yoga practice for greater health and well-being. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo