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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!

Toni Ajala

Aviaé Gibson

Kaylah Muhammad



OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, February 22)

"Families and children are so important to our society, and to dedicate your life to trying to improve their lives is completely satisfying."

Jane Bolin



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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

"Believe in the power of truth. Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking. Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination."  -  Dr. Patricia Bath

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 Era Bath (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She invented an improved device for laser cataract surgery. Her invention was called Laserphaco Probe, which she patented in 1986.  She also became the first woman member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, and first woman elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center. Bath was the first African-American person to serve as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University. She was also the first African-American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. Bath was the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. A holder of five patents, she also founded the non-profit American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness in Washington, D.C., an organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the gift of sight. The AIPB is based on the principle that eyesight is a basic human right and that primary eye care must be made available to all people, everywhere, regardless of their economic status. Bath holds five patents in the United States -- three of Bath's five patents relate to the Laserphaco Probe. In 2000, she was granted a patent for a method for using pulsed ultrasound to remove cataracts, and in 2003 a patent for combining laser and ultrasound to remove cataracts. Bath died on May 30, 2019, at a University of California, San Francisco medical center from cancer-related complications, aged 76. In 2021, it was announced that she would be one of the first two black women (along with Marian Croak) to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Opportunites with Deadlines

Final Call for Corporate Fellowship Applications
Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, March 1
MSBA: Meet our Faculty Panel – Tuesday,
March 15 – 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm – Register Here
MSM: Jobs and Market Readiness – Wednesday, March 16 – 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm – Register Here
MSA: Student and Alumni Panel – Thursday, April 7 – 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm – Register Here

Apply for the Corporate Fellowship! This prestigious award is reserved for high-achieving students from underrepresented groups who are admitted to the MS in Management program at the Wake Forest University School of Business. Fellows receive a fully funded masters experience, living stipend, and personal mentorship from previous recipients. Please share this opportunity with your students and have them reach out to me with any questions. Our MS in Business Analytics Class of 2022 students are experiencing incredible employment outcomes in a variety of industries and functions. Some of the job titles include Data Analyst, Technology Consultant, and Data Scientist at companies like Goldman Sachs, Google, Capital One, Boeing, and P&G. We continue to offer short-form, web-based opportunities to engage with current students, alumni, program faculty, and our career coaches! Learn more about what makes the Wake Forest masters experiences so unique and personal.

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 Tuesday, March 1]
VIRTUAL: [Applications due Tuesday, 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 inquiries and to introduce yourself.


2022 Student Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Library of Congress/Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking to place students for up to ten weeks in the following paid summer internships. This program is open to all students and students of diverse backgrounds, underrepresented groups, or individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CRS summer internships may be Washington, D.C.-based (requires some on-site work at the Library of Congress) or eligible for distant telework outside the Washington, D.C. region. Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this posting. Starting salaries for Washington, D.C.-based internships will be $12.71/hour to $29.68/hour, dependent upon the grade of the position. Students selected for positions eligible for distant telework will be paid based on the grade of the position and the distant telework locality pay area (see 2022 General Schedule Locality Pay Tables), and must have their own computer and Internet access. To apply, send an e-mail that includes: 1) the position(s) you wish to apply for 2) your resume, and 3) official or unofficial transcripts. U.S. citizenship is required for all CRS positions, including internships. For more information about CRS.


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 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:

Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Study Abroad Scholarship
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?    The Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia formally opened on March 4, 1977, and we are celebrating 45 years and beyond of service to students.

BIRTH OF THE OAAA: The Black Student Alliance’s 1975 “Proposal For The Establishment of an Office of Minority Affairs At The University of Virginia” called for it to be operational by the summer of 1976. Although President Frank Hereford had announced the appointment of Dr. Jones as his minority affairs advisor, three hundred Black students marched to his Carr's Hill residence whereupon he promised the University would begin addressing Black concerns. The chairman of the Student Council’s Minority Affairs Committee, Leroy Hassell, now chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, received Hereford’s pledge to make Blacks welcome. But a year later, “the Farmington Incident” erupted when students protested President Hereford’s continued membership in Farmington County Club, a racially exclusive private club in Albemarle County. Although other university officials and members of the Board of Visitors resigned due to Farmington’s policies against blacks as guests or members, Hereford did not announce his club resignation until shortly after Farmington’s president publicly reaffirmed its racial restrictions in February 1976. (The 1967 Student Council declared segregated businesses off-limits to university student organizations; in 1968 the University prohibited the expenditure of university funds at racially discriminatory clubs. These bans were rescinded in November 1993 after Farmington enacted a new membership policy banning discrimination and extended membership to five African-Americans).

The Office of Afro-American Affairs was established “temporarily” at #4 Dawson's Row; Dr. William M. Harris, Sr. (School of Architecture), its first dean and assistant provost, was appointed in July 1976; the OAAA formally opened on March 4, 1977. Twenty years later Harris recalled his greatest accomplishments as “the fulfillment of the mission of the Office to bring about purposeful social change in an often hostile racial environment and to maintain a steadfast priority focus to that of academic achievement over student services or social development.” More than 250 persons attended the Luther P. Jackson House’s formal dedication as the OAAA home and a Black Culture Center in October 1977. It was named in honor of Dr. Luther Porter Jackson (1892-1950), a Virginia State College history professor and one the state’s leading civil rights activists. His son and guest speaker Luther Jr. (a journalism professor at Columbia University) described his father as a dedicated scholar and civil rights crusader who “measured his victories in terms of one Black person being registered to vote.”

“The First Generation: Thirty Years of the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia” An abridgement of a lecture by Professor Ervin L. Jordan Jr. (University of Virginia Records Manager & Research Archivist), for the Office of African-American Affairs’ 30th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration, Minor Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia, 7 November 2006 This lecture, derived from a forthcoming history of African-Americans at UVA, is copyrighted © 2006 by Prof. Ervin L. Jordan Jr. and reproduced here by permission. No part of this work may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without his written permission. To read more



OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Announcements & Services – Spring 2022
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
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

A Conversation with Black Batten Alumni
ednesday, March 2 – 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Garrett Hall

Please join us this hybrid event featuring a virtual panel discussion featuring Black Batten alumni moderated by Marrissa Jones, Batten's social equity advisor. The panelists will be Jerrod Smith (MPP '15), Chloe Cohen (MPP '20), Kendall Johnson (MPP '20), and Breanna Gray (MPP '12). REGISTER

Conversations About Race and Equity
Interest survey by Friday, March 4th

We are very excited to invite you to participate in a discussion group called C.A.R.E. (Conversations about Race and Equity) with other School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) students to have meaningful conversations about diversity, race, and social justice. Nine groups of SEHD students have participated over the past four years. Due to its continued success, and the intensified need for conversations and movement around racial justice issues in our academic community and beyond, we are pleased to offer two virtual discussion groups (1.5 hours long) this spring, beginning the week of March 14th and continuing through April 18th (6-week commitment). We hope you will consider participating in this rewarding experience upon return from a well-deserved spring break. While being affiliated with the School of Education and Human Development is not a requirement to participate, SEHD students will get priority. To participate, please complete the interest survey to be considered for participation in a group. Feel free to email Meredith Powers if you have additional questions.


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 Vol

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