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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!

Deborah Wood
Kaylah Muhammad
Nada Ismael



OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer

In an edition of the E-Weekly, Colin Powell was featured as the Quote of the Week. State the quote and the E-Weekly Edition.


“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”   - Colin Powell    (November 28, 2016 issue)



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Spring 2022 Academic Calendar

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

Tuesday, May 3:    
Courses End

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

Quote of the Week

“We must cease being participants in our own oppression.” - Stacey Abrams

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

Stacey Yvonne Abrams (born December 9, 1973) is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, an organization to address voter suppression, in 2018. A voting rights activist, her efforts have been widely credited with boosting voter turnout in Georgia, including in the 2020 presidential election, where Joe Biden narrowly won the state, and in Georgia's 2020–2021 U.S. Senate election and special election, which gave Democrats control over the Senate. Abrams was the Democratic nominee in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, becoming the first African-American female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States. She lost the election to Republican candidate Brian Kemp but refused to concede, accusing Kemp of engaging in voter suppression as Georgia Secretary of State. In February 2019, Abrams became the first African-American woman to deliver a response to the State of the Union address. On December 1, 2021, she announced she would run for governor again in the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election. Abrams has also found success as an author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction books, Our Time Is Now and Lead from the Outside were New York Times bestsellers. Outside of politics, Abrams has published eight fiction books, using the pen name Selena Montgomery until 2021. While Justice Sleeps was released on May 11, 2021, under her real name. Abrams also wrote a children's book, Stacey's Extraordinary Words, released in December 2021.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Wake Forest's Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program
Deadline for Registration: Thursday, April 7 at 5:00 pm EST
Final Decision: Monday, April 11.
Event scheduled: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program - Accounting for the Future, an event sponsored by Deloitte, at the Wake Forest University School of Business. We invite underrepresented sophomores, juniors, and seniors from UVA to apply to participate in this year's event. Programming includes networking with partners from Deloitte, sessions to provide a deeper understanding of the functions within accounting, and several opportunities for participants to engage with the broader community of faculty, staff, and alumni from the School of Business, as well as Deloitte. Accounting for the Future participants who apply and are admitted to one of our Master of Science programs are guaranteed a minimum $15,000 scholarship, all expenses paid opportunity. Students can register for Accounting for the Future here. Due to Wake Forest's continued commitment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, event participants are required to meet all University protocols. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 48 hours of event) must be presented upon arrival to the event. Mask mandates may be in effect, regardless of vaccination status.


2022 Pariveda Career Accelerator Program
Apply Here

Pariveda is launching the Pariveda Career Accelerator – a 6-week, virtual program open to Black and/or African American freshmen and sophomores of all majors interested in software development. The Pariveda Career Accelerator is designed to accommodate summer commitments (like work, internships, or classes) and will focus on personal development and expanding opportunities outside of the classroom. Scholars will get the opportunity to build relationships with Pariveda consultants and leaders and explore a career in technology consulting. Each week, scholars will learn about topics such as imposter syndrome, mentoring and networking, and goal setting through workshops and mentor-led discussions that they can apply to a future internship. Scholars will have the opportunity to interview for a summer internship or full-time role. I've also attached a program flyer with additional information. 

Class of 2022 Class Awards
Nominations Due: Wednesday, April 13 by 11:59 PM
Nominations can be sent through this link.

Each year, the Class Trustees bestow three awards upon graduating students who have contributed significantly to the University. These awards will be presented at Valedictory Exercises on May 20 at 3:00 pm at the John Paul Jones Arena during this year's Finals Weekend. This year's awards are as follows:


The Cultural Fluency Award

This award honors a graduating student who has demonstrated an understanding and appreciation for cultural and intellectual diversity during their time at the University. Individuals nominated for this award should have gone beyond the realm of academics and their immediate community of peers to form alliances, both personal and intellectual, with members of different cultures within the University and/or Charlottesville communities. Nominees should demonstrate cultural fluency through the initiation of activities promoting the interconnectedness of culture and intellectual community, and a respect for a diversity of people and their ideas.


The Community Service Award

This award honors a graduating student who has endeavored to enrich the University and Charlottesville communities through service during their tenure as a student. Nominees should not only demonstrate a true commitment to academic excellence, honesty, and integrity, but they should exemplify the true ideal of service: a commitment to humanitarian goals with no expectation of material reward and an altruistic passion for their philanthropic efforts. Whether through initiating or planning a service project, or giving selflessly of his or her time and energy to a specific cause, this person has inspired others to participate in community service. 


The 2022 Wahoo Award

This award will honor a graduating student who during their time at the University has been a fervent and compassionate leader inside and outside of the classroom, fostering resilience, encouragement, and inspiration for their community. Students eligible for this award are those that exemplify characteristics of a Wahoo: having a selfless passion for helping others, being a trusted colleague, friend, and achiever, and humbly leading with integrity within the university community. The recipient of the Wahoo Award has been a selfless contributor during their time at UVA and will integrate this spirit into their post-graduation plans. With a positive charisma, the recipient will continue to represent what it means to be a wahoo and will lead from a place of gratitude, empathy, and humility as they depart from the University.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Chesley Strickler or 540.461.1219



M.C. Dean Job Opportunity for 2022 and Recent Graduates

M.C. Dean, a firm that designs, operates, and maintains cyber-physical solutions for the nation’s most recognizable mission critical facilities, secure environments, and global enterprises. We are currently looking to hire 2022 graduates for Technical Writer/Proposal Writer positions. We operate under a hybrid work model, and the company is located in Tysons, Virginia.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Here is the link with the job description on Handshake. Interested fourth years or recent graduates!

Apply to be a mentor for the 2022-2023 school year!
Deadline Extended!

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

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?   On this day in history, March 28, 1966 NBA legend Bill Russel became the first African American to coach an NBA team. When first becoming a coach, racial diversity was an intense issue in the US. Russel opened the doors for more black coaches to come and in the process had to endure endless amounts of discrimination of both coaches and players within the profession. Bill Russel, known for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time won eleven championships, is a five-time NBA MVP, and twelve-time All-Star. Even with these accolades as a basketball player, he had to prove himself once again as a coach for the same team he played for the Boston Celtics, known at the time for being one of the most racist locations to be an athlete. He ultimately proved himself once again and, in the process, created opportunities that had not existed before African Americans in the NBA. 


Did you know? On this day in history, March 30, 1870, the 15th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote and was adopted in the U.S. Constitution. The Fifteenth Amendment prohibited the federal government and states from denying African American men from voting. African Americans communities were then able to come together to vote on radical changes.

Women's History Month

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
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

Navigating Gap Years for Black & Latinx Students: How to Gain Diverse Perspectives and Experiences before Medical School
Wednesday March 30 – 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – Zoom – Student Event Registration Link

Black and Latinx Pre-Med/Pre-Health students interested in exploring pathways after graduation. The goal of this virtual event is to give aspiring physicians from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to hear about the variety of valuable experiences available throughout their pathway to medical school in an open discussion. The panel of 3 recent UVA alumni will offer perspectives on community service and fellowship programs, Postbaccs, and clinical experiences, as well as what to consider when planning for gap years. We will also have a Career Center Pre-Health Advisor present to share about current opportunities that students can explore at the end of the session.

Adulting 101
Thursday, April 14, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Holloway Hall, Bavaro

The GradSTAR program through the Office of African American Affairs is pleased to announce the kick off session of the Adulting 101 series. During the past few years as we all have coped with COVID, there has been an increased use of social media and reduced in-person social interactions. As a result, many college students feel as though they have missed out on vital information and opportunities to adequately prepare for adulthood. For example, learning how to make important decisions, complete mundane but necessary tasks, take care of oneself, invest for the future, and do what responsible adults do. Hence, Adulting 101 has been created to address some of your questions regarding transitioning from college to the real world of work or graduate/professional school and independent living as an adult. The featured topic for the first session is PERSONAL FINANCE (i.e., savings and investing, maintaining good credit, managing debt, and more). While we are responding to the requests of 3rd and 4th year students, we believe the information offered will be valuable and useful to everyone, so all interested students are encouraged to attend. A light meal and door prizes will be provided. Please register here for this informative session. Contact Dean Thomas for more information.

Higher Education M.Ed. Program in collaboration with the Career Center: Acing the Interview Workshop
Friday, April 29 - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Ridley 302

Presented By Michelle Ball. The greatest asset for interviewing is knowing how to prepare. This workshop will help you begin thinking about common interview questions and responses, what to take with you to the interview, and who to send a Thank You note to afterward. From a firm handshake to a strong closing statement, you’ll be well on your way to interview success. Please register in advance. Boxed lunches will be provided. For More Information. Contact Name: Said Aweis

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 

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

Spring Yoga Book Club: Historic Roots of Yoga Practice
Every Fridays (Now-Fri. April 22) – 9:00 am-9:50 am (Except for March 4 & March 11)

Join our Spring Yoga Book Club—created for anyone interested in learning more about the history of yoga. The club meets virtually. This season, Ashtanga Yoga Program Manager John Bultman will facilitate discussion of two books: (1) Yoga Dharma, an introduction to the roots of yoga practice by Hamish Hendry, and (2) Hatha (Yoga) Pradipika, an important classical yoga text, authored by Svatmarama and translated by Brian Dana Akers. Once registered for the Spring Yoga Book Club, feel free to join drop-in for any of the discussions. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo