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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!

Terriana Neely   


OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, March 26)


 Who is on the front of the two Ebony magazines in OAAA?


President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama
(Located: at the top of the staircase in #4 Dawson’s Row - Framed pictures)



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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)

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

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


Quote of the Week

“All humans have fear, and those of us who are fortunate have faith." Van Jones

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

Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones (born September 20, 1968) is an American news and political commentator, author, and lawyer. He is the co-founder of several non-profit organizations, a three-time New York Times bestselling author, a CNN host and contributor, and an Emmy Award winner. Jones served as President Barack Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs in 2009 and a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University. He founded or co-founded several non-profit organizations, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps. The Dream Corps is a social justice accelerator that operates three advocacy initiatives: Dream Corps Justice, Dream Corps Tech and Green for All. Jones has hosted or co-hosted CNN shows including Crossfire, The Messy Truth, The Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project with Van Jones. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild the Dream, and Beyond the Messy Truth; all three books rank as New York Times bestsellers. He is the co-founder of Magic Labs Media LLC, a producer of the WEBBY Award-winning Messy Truth digital series and Emmy Award-winning The Messy Truth VR Experience with Van Jones. He is a regular CNN political commentator. Jones worked with the Trump administration and members of Congress from both parties to pass a criminal justice reform effort known as the First Step Act. Jones is currently CEO of the REFORM Alliance, an initiative founded by Jay-Z and Meek Mill to transform the criminal justice system. He was also a longtime colleague of, and advisor to, musician Prince.

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.

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, The Community Service Award, The 2022 Wahoo Award. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Chesley Strickler or (540) 461-1219.


College Council Minerva Research Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, April 25 at 11:59 pm

Each semester, College Council offers research grants up to $2000 for exceptional research proposals from all areas of the College, including all CLAS majors. We are proud to once again offer our Minerva Grant for summer research. Interested students can fill out the application using this link for more information. Any questions can be directed to our grants email

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. 

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?    April 3, 1968, on this day in history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his notorious I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple. Dr. King in Memphis was supporting a strike by garbage workers and in his speech, he addressed the struggle for civil rights. powerful message was his determination to help others even at the expense of himself. “That’s the question before you tonight. Not, “If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job. Not, “If I stop to help the sanitation workers what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?” The question is not, “If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?” That’s the question.” Dr. King, known for being a selfless individual always put the needs of the people first with intentions of making a better tomorrow for America. This would be his last sermon made.



Did you know?  April 15th, 1947, on this day in history, the iconic Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Open entering the league, Robinson was faced with the cruelest of acts displayed by not fans but as well his own teammates having to deal with constant discrimination. Acts that were downright inhumane with the intent to assassinate his character. Through the trial and tribulations, Robinson overcame intense hardships not only proving that he belonged but also that he was and still is one of the best to ever play Major League Baseball leading the league in stolen bases and earning Rookie of the Year. The number 42 will always resonate in the hearts of African Americans, especially for those who have played in the MLB, are currently playing in the MLB, and those with aspirations to make it one day to the MLB. 


UVA Spring Fling 2022

OAAA Announcements & Services

Spring Study and Fellowship Sessions
Beginning Wednesday April 6th

Join OAAA and the Peer Advisors Scholar Circle Study Sessions
Days: Wednesday and Thursdays in April
Time 2-4pm
Location: WEB DuBois Conference Room

Come for 30min or stay the whole time, bring a friend or meet a friend! 
Start Strong Finish Strong! 
|Snacks will be provided! BYOB


OAAA/Gradstar Lunch Series: Thursday in Dubois with Dean Thomas
Thursday, April 14 – 12:00 pm-2:00 pm -- #2 Dawson’s Row – W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room

You are invited to join Dean Antoinette Thomas for the next three weeks to enjoy lunch and conversation. RSVP to by Friday at 12:00 NOON to claim your seat at the table. You can also use the QR CODE to register. Contact Dean Thomas for more information.


OAAA/ GradSTAR Presents: 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. Use the QR CODE to register. Contact Dean Thomas for more information.



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

Deloitte for Black Alumni Events
Thursday, April 7 - Location will be provided in confirmation invites

At Deloitte, we celebrate dynamic individuals who aspire to be extraordinary and surround themselves with the same. Harnessing diversity of thought, experience, and background, Deloitte colleagues make a tangible impact on both the marketplace and society-at-large. As we continue our mission, we would love to connect with you. Please join us for a list of exciting in-person events we plan to host where you can learn directly from UVA Black Alumni about their unique journeys from UVA to Deloitte, their Deloitte experience thus far, as well as best tips and practices to keep in mind for the recruiting process for both full-time and internship opportunities at Deloitte. Please fill out Interest Survey NLT by Tuesday, April 5. Reach out for any questions.


2022 Black Students Lead Spring Virtual Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 10:00 am—5:00 pm – Virtual Event (Register Here)

The Black Students Lead Leadership Conference is the largest national gathering of Black Student Leaders and campus-based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our Black student's community within colleges and universities. Aisha Marte, The Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership & Diversity in America (201-956-5501)


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 Vol


Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Mondays (Now–May 2, 2022) 7:45 am–8:00am EST

Announcement: 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 program is open to the UVA community and anyone else interested in pausing to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, resilience, and a sense of belonging with others so inclined. 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

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