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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

GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program (FSMP) Applications are Now Open!
Applications Due: Friday, May 6

OAAA will be offering the GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program (FSMP) for the 2022-23 academic year.  The goal of the FSMP program is to provide a purposeful and supportive educational experience for second, third, and fourth-year students of African descent. Participating mentors and mentees are matched one-on-one based on shared interests. Apply Now


Congratulations to Our Trivia Tuesdays Winners!

Tichara Robertson

Cyrena Matingou

Emma Nsiah


OAAA Trivia Tuesday Question

Who was elected Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

in 1966?

OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer

Stokely Carmichael



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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

“Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.” -- Aberjhani

Kanijah Brickhouse

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Kanijah Brickhouse is a 4th-year student from the Eastern Shore of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. In her free time, she loves to listen to new music and sing. She is currently Co-President of Remix Acapella as well as the Black Ladies Abroad Collective and a member of My Sister’s Keeper. She also volunteers with the Women’s Center and works as a supervisor for UVA Intramural Recreations. After graduation, Kanijah will be working in Richmond as a Software Development Consultant.  


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

Aberjhani (born Jeffery J. Lloyd on July 8, 1957 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American historian, columnist, novelist, poet, artist, and editor. Although well known for his blog articles on literature and politics, he is perhaps best known as co-author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and author of The River of Winged Dreams. The encyclopedia won a Choice Academic Title Award in 2004. Aberjhani is also a veteran having served a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force and another two years with the USAF Reserves. Aberjhani founded the online Creative Thinkers International community in September 2007 to support creative nonviolent conflict resolutions in the face of escalating warfare and terrorism following 9/11. Consisting of more than 500 independent artists from around the globe, the community maintains forums on such issues as Human Liberties Around the World and the potential role of the cultural arts in helping to maintain international peace.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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? On this day in history, one of the most influential singers of the 20th century, Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. At 16-years-old, Fitzgerald got her big break after a phenomenal performance at the Apollo Theater. As she garnered more success on her legendary path she joined Chick-Webb’s band, scoring her first hit “A-Tisket A-Tasket,” in 1938. In the 1940s, Fitzgerald pursued a solo career and would be known for her signature “scatting” technique, performing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Frank Sinatra. Ella Fitzgerald due to health failures retired in the ’90s recording over 2000 songs and selling over 40 million records. Fitzgerald passed away on June 15, 1996, at the age of 78. Her influence in music is still recognized to this day by many worldwide known artists.

Did you know? On this day in history, Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist, and musician was born. Coretta Scott King, born on April 27, 1927 in Heiberger, Alabama graduated as the valedictorian of her high school and graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, in 1945 with a B.A. in music and education. She also attended Boston’s New England Conservatory School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and would apply her knowledge of music in activism for justice and peace. In the mid-late 1950s, she performed concerts and recitals throughout the South and organized a series of Freedom Concerts and fundraising. On June 18, 1953, she married a Civil Rights Icon and one of the most historical figures in history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Marion Alabama. Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. King founded The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center as a non-profit serving as the official memorial to the life and legacy of her husband. Coretta Scott King passed away on January 30, 2006, at the age of 78.


Relax and Refresh

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

Upcoming Events

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