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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

Relax & Refresh with OAAA
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
OAAA Front Lawn

Food Drinks, Karaoke Machine, Games -Cornhole, Double Dutch-Jump Ropes, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4 and More


OAAA/Gradstar Lunch Series: Thursday in Dubois with Dean Thomas
Thursday, April 21 & 28 – 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 two weeks to enjoy lunch and conversation. RSVP by Friday at 12:00 NOON to claim your seat at the table.


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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

 “Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell.” Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook

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

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook (November 21, 1928 - May 29, 2017) was a political scientist, professor, author, administrator, human rights activist, veteran, and civil servant. Dr. Cook attended Morehouse College where he received an A.B. degree. While at Morehouse College, Dr. Cook was the founder and student body president of the campuses chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He also received an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Cook was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He has honorary degrees from Morehouse College, The Ohio State University, Dillard University, Illinois College, Duke University, the University of New Orleans, and the Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Cook is best known for serving as the first African-American faculty member at Duke University, in 1966, as well as serving as the President of Dillard University from 1975-to 1997. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Cook was also appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Jimmy Carter and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Bill Clinton. Furthermore, he also served as the first black president of the Southern Political Science Association. Cook passed away on May 30, 2017 at the age of 88.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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?  The first African American judge, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born on April 17, 1823. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gibbs moved to Victoria out of anger towards discrimination faced in the US. He would eventually return in the 1860s to Little Rock, Arkansans where he became an attorney. He was elected as a city judge in 1873 and was most notable at the time for his efforts in Reconstruction Politics. He was active in abolitionist movements and worked alongside the likes of Fredrick Douglas and was involved in the Philomatheon Institute of Philadelphia helping the flourishment of a free black community. Gibbs was instrumental in implementing opportunities for African Americans attempting to break a barrier caused by institutionalized racism

Scholar Circle

OAAA Announcements & Services

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

Stillness in Motion: Contemplative Practice at McCormick Observatory
Friday, April 22 – 9:00 pm-10:00 pm

Join us for this special Earth Day exploration April 22, 2022 from 9:00-10:00pm at the McCormick Observatory where we’ll experience the bounds of the cosmos and our own minds. We’ll start with a brief contemplative practice led by the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Ashtanga Yoga Program Manager, John Bultman. Then we’ll explore the cosmos through the lens of the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor telescope guided by Astronomy Professor, Ed Murphy, where we will consider the bounds of our own relativity. Feel more grounded this Earth Day while putting life’s ups and downs into a broader cosmic perspective. For More Information: Contact Name: Kimberly Vo


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

Holding Space: Yoga and Meditation for All Bodies
Every Monday (Now – Monday, May 2, 2022) - 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Explore a mix of gentle and yin yoga designed for all bodies. Make a fresh start with a smart combination of movement and mindfulness in a safe class offering light strengthening, stretching, breathing, and balance. This non-flow class is open to all shapes, sizes, abilities and gender including beginners coming to yoga for the first time. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Mondays (Now–May 2, 2022) 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 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

Night Owl Yoga
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 8:00pm-9:00pm (ET)

Night Owl yoga classes are offered weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights. All Night Owl Yoga classes are free for students and open to everyone with an IM-REC Sports gym membership: All UVA students, faculty, staff, and community members. Each class explores a slightly different style of yoga practice. Participants of all levels and experiences are welcome, including those who have no prior yoga experience. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

BIPOC Student Meetup Group
Every Wednesday – 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

This facilitated student group is part of the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Flourishing While Black program and meets for one hour and is designed with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students in mind. Sessions are held over Zoom and begin with a brief introduction and include a mindfulness practice and debriefing. Any UVA student looking to engage in mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive space is welcome to join the group and attend on a drop-in basis. No previous experience required. 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