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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!

Gabrielle Johnson

Joy Cuffee

Alex Williams



OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, February 7)

What three areas have Dean Apprey published extensively in ?

Dean Apprey has published extensively in three interrelated areas: conflict resolution and social change management; modern French reception of German phenomenology; and child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysis.

(OAAA E-WEEKLY January 19, 2022)



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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

Quote of the Week

“The solution to racism lies in our ability to see its ubiquity but not to concede its inevitability. It lies in the collective and institutional power to make change, at least as much as with the individual will to change. It also lies in the absolute moral imperative to break the childish, deadly circularity of centuries of blindness to the shimmering brilliance of our common, ordinary humanity.”Patricia J. Williams

Happy Valentines Day

Spotlight on Student Achievements

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

Patricia J. Williams (born August 28, 1951) is an American legal scholar and a proponent of critical race theory, a school of legal thought that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system. Williams received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1972 and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1975. Williams worked as a consumer advocate in the office of the City Attorney in Los Angeles, was a fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, and served as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and its department of women's studies. She was formerly the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University where she has taught since 1991. As of July 1, 2019, she is the incoming Director of Law, Technology, and Ethics at Northeastern University. Williams writes a column for The Nation magazine titled "Diary of a Mad Law Professor." Her column for The Nation has recently changed from bi-weekly to monthly. The Mad-Law-Professor (SM) is also the name of a superhero that she created. In March 2013, Columbia Law School's Center for Gender & Sexuality Law honored her with a symposium featuring Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, and others. On 30th March 2022, she will receive an honorary degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp "in recognition of her expertise in the field of race, gender, literature & law and her outstanding contribution to legal and ethical debates on society, science, and technology in the light of individual autonomy and identity.

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.

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

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.


Career Peer Educators (CPE’s)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 11

The UVA Career Center is accepting applications for next year’s Career Peer Educators (CPE’s). The job posting can be found HERE. Applications are open to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year students, regardless of major, school, or level of work experience.

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.

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?  Betty Davis, Funk Diva, died of natural causes. Betty Davis (born Betty Gray Mabry; July 16, 1944 – February 9, 2022) was an American singer, songwriter, and model best known for her controversial sexually-oriented lyrics and performance style, and for being the second wife of trumpeter Miles Davis. The reclusive singer, songwriter, producer, and model courted controversy through much of her career in the 1970s, but has since proven hugely influential on the development of funk, R&B, rock, and hip hop music. She was described as being wildly flamboyant funk and combined the gritty emotional realism of Tina Turner, the futurist fashion sense of David Bowie, and the trendsetting flair of Miles Davis. Those 1970s records – 1973's Betty Davis, 1974's They Say I'm Different and 1975's Nasty Gal – were all written entirely by Davis, who also produced the latter two. Davis was backed by a team of incredible musicians on each of those records, but it was the singer's performance – her raspy vocal, salacious subject matter, and impeccable, laid-back timing of her delivery – that made them sound like nothing else being made at the time. Davis' music has been featured in television series including Orange Is the New Black, Girlboss, Mixed-ish, High Fidelity, and They Say I'm Different, featured in the Black Lightning soundtrack. Davis died at her home in Homestead, Pennsylvania, on February 9, 2022, at the age of 77.



Did you know?  Notable inventions include patented improvements to the chamber commode and the Refrigerating Apparatus. Thomas Elkins (1818 – August 10, 1900) was an African-American dentist, abolitionist, surgeon, pharmacist, and inventor. In the late 1800s, African Americans were a growing population in pharmacy work. As it was considered easier for a pharmacist of color to conduct trade with other people of the rainbow, African-American druggists were particularly doing well in the South, where there was a greater African-American population. Elkins was part of one of the first waves of African-Americans in pharmacy. Elkins ran a small drugstore for seventeen years. He ended up focused on dentistry and minor surgery. He was also involved with the Underground Railroad, and helped transport slaves to Canada. He was a member of the Albany Vigilance Committee, which organized to help fugitive slaves and solicited donations from citizens and considered having operated the "best-run" Underground Railroad station in New York. His former property, 188 Livingston Avenue, is currently owned by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. He was the chairman of an organization called the Citizen's Committee. Elkins died August 10, 1900, and is buried at Albany Rural Cemetery.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

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

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


Black Students Abroad: Education Broad Info Session
Thursday, February 17 – 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – Clemons 204

The International Studies Office, Office of African-American Affairs, & Black Student Alliance co-present: Black Students Abroad: Education Broad Info Session Learn about education abroad, including programs, academics,scholarships, and more. Hear from Aurora Lofton (CLAS '17), study abroad alumna and founder of BLAC (Black Ladies Abroad Collective) Food is provided! Sponsored by UVA Global For More Information

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