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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!

Heran Tadesse

Rasheed Christian

Makeenie Robinson



OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, February 15)

Who invented the potato chip?

George Crum



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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

“You can scream, you can holler, you can protest - which are all good things, because we have to be heard - but no real, significant changes occur without rolling up your sleeves and getting into a fight.” - Isaac Wright Jr.

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

Isaac Wright Jr. (born January 23, 1962) is an American attorney, consultant, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is best known for being falsely accused and convicted as a drug lord and sentenced to life in prison in 1991 facing 10 charges involving the sale of cocaine. His conviction was overturned in 1997 after litigation brought by him on the basis of police corruption during his investigation and the prosecutor’s knowing presentation of perjured testimony at his trial. After his release from prison, Wright pursued law and graduated with the degree of Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Thomas Edison State University in 2002, entering law school in 2004 and graduating from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007. After attaining admission to the bar in 2008, Wright spent the next nine years being investigated by the New Jersey Bar’s Committee on a character before being granted admission to the bar by the New Jersey Supreme Court on September 27, 2017. On that date, Wright became the first and only person in US history to have been sentenced to life in prison, securing his own release and exoneration, and then being granted a license to practice law by the very court that condemned him. His story is depicted in the television drama/series production "For Life", which premiered in 2020 on American Broadcasting Company. As of 2021, Wright is an attorney at a full-service law firm Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley, located in Newark, New Jersey. He was a candidate for mayor of New York City in the 2021 New York City mayoral election.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Truist Leadership Academy
Sign-up by Sunday, February 27

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, and 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. Headline: Paid Job Opportunity: Apply to be a Career Peer Educator! The CPEs are vital to the success of the Career Center and help students with their resumes/cover letters, as well as deliver fantastic workshops/programs across Grounds. All majors, schools, and levels of experience are welcome! No need to be an expert on resumes/cover letters, we will train you on that! Make sure to apply for a chance of landing a paid ($11.50 per hour) role that helps your fellow Hoos discover meaningful majors and careers! Any questions? Please reach out to Hunter Finch and Arie Olivetto. Contact Name: Katherine Keesee

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 begin: 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; 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:

Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline for Summer 2022: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Deadline for Fall 2022/Academic Year 2022-2023:
 March 15, 2022

Providing Talented Black Students with Financial Support for Study Abroad Experiences. The Keller Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all Black UVA students who qualify. Scholars are eligible to receive a one-time grant to supplement an approved study abroad experience. Multiple recipients may be named, with awards ranging up to $5,000 based on need and study abroad program costs. For general information about study abroad, and to identify and apply for a study abroad program, please visit UVA’s Education Abroad website or contact the International Studies Office at or (434) 982-3010. For more information. To apply.

This Week in Black History

Did you know?   On this day in history, February 24, 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive her M.D. Crumpler was born on February 8th, 1831, worked as a nurse in Charlestown, Massachusetts where she was then accepted into the New England Female Medical College. She accomplished this all while having to deal with men physicians claiming women did not belong in the medical field all while having to face discrimination for being a black woman in a field dominated by white men. In 1864 Crumpler, became the school’s only African American graduate, and by 1883 released a book called “Book of Medical Discourses”.   


Did you know?  On this day in history, February 26, 1964, Cassius Clay became Muhammed Ali. The sensational Muhammed Ali, known for being one of the greatest boxers of all time changed his name as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. Ali had this statement to say on the matter, “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace…I’m not Christian anymore.” Muhammed Ali stood by his principles and always stood by what he felt was the right thing. He will always be remembered for being a phenomenal, boxer, passionate activist, and most of all an incredible human being.

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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 – Contact: 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

Galentines Game Night
Tuesday, February 22 – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm – Newcomb 177
Presented by Black Ladies Abroad Collective! Pull up in your pink and red outfits for a night of games, food, PRIZES, and fun. ALL are welcome! For More Information. Contact Name: Kanijah Brickhouse

March of Dimes: Interest Meeting
Subheading: February 24th, 4-5 pm, Zoom

The March of Dimes CIO is a UVA chapter of the larger national organization. We work to fulfill the local duties of the March of Dimes as a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. These duties include improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. By working closely with the March of Dimes national office and regional director, we plan to advocate, raise awareness, and fundraise for a great cause. We also put on fundraising events including an annual 5k, candy grams, creating care packages, and visit the NICU! We will have a general body interest meeting on Thursday, February 24th from 4-5 pm through this Zoom link and hope to see you there!
Join Zoom Meeting  If anyone is interested in joining the listserv, CIO, or has questions, please contact Hannah Fitsum at

Global Leadership Summit: A Virtual Career Conference for Black Male College Students
Friday, February 25 – 10:00 am-4:45 pm EST

The University of Delaware’s Leaders of the Free World, a leadership development program for young Black men, is hosting a Global Leadership Summit. The virtual intercollegiate career fair/conference aims to help Black Male students navigate the Global Leadership pipeline and provide information about the full range of opportunities available to them pre and post-graduation, particularly those with a global focus like: Study Abroad, Peace Corps, Global Business, Fellowships, and other resources. While this is an identity-based event for Black Male College students, this event is open and free to all students nationwide. Students may register here!

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Monday, March 7 - 7:45 am–8:00am 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 03/07 Virtual Meditation on the Lawn will be led by Nicole Ruzek, Director of CAPS. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Mindfulness Meetups
Mondays (7:00 pm-8:00pm) and Fridays (10:00 am-11:00am)

Each semester CSC and UVA's Counseling and Psychological Services department (CAPS) host Student Mindfulness Meetups— groups of students who meet for one hour weekly to engage in mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive space with an experienced facilitator. Regularly practicing mindfulness—taking the time to intentionally focus on the present moment without judgment—can help students feel and function better. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

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 T'ai Chi

Every Tuesday (Now - Tue. May 3, 2022) -12:00 pm-1:00 pm

This class, co-sponsored with Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI), will cover the basics of T'ai Chi, a martial art characterized by soft, slow flowing movements of the torso and arms coordinated with weight shifts and steps. T'ai Chi emphasizes relaxation and is a form of meditation in motion that improves balance, muscle tone, and promotes stress reduction. Instructor: Hiromi Johnson for more information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo


Yoga for Life
Every Wednesday (Now - Wed. Apr 27, 2022) - 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Yoga can be practiced anytime, anywhere, by anybody. Discover how these ancient techniques can help you develop a deep type of listening — to your body, to your emotions, to your mind, and to others — that will help you to transform your life now and as long as you continue to practice. 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

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