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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

OAAA E-Weekly will return with current issues starting August 21, 2017.


Quote of the Week

“I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.”

- Ursula M. Burns, Fortune 500 Business Executive

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Spotlight on Student Achievements

Fourth year Richmond native Sydney Shavers is a Commerce major and will complete her M.S. in Accounting Program in the McIntire School of Commerce in 2018. This summer, she will return to PwC in McLean, Virginia, for a tax accounting internship. Best of luck to you!

Quote's Corner

Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) serves as Chairwoman (since May 2010) of Xerox and was the CEO of the company from July 2009 to December 2016. As such, she was the first black-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company, having succeeded Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. In 2014, Forbes rated her as the 22nd most powerful woman in the world. For more information visit:  

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Inequality of Our Day" – Photo Contest

Photo Submissions Deadline: Wednesday, April 12th by 11:59 pm

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures is hosting, in conjunction with Humanities Week 2017, its first photo contest.  All students interested in competing should send a photo (that deals with the theme of inequality) in jpeg format to The photos will be displayed at a reception on April 21st and a panel of three faculty judges will choose the winners. Interested contestants should fill out a form at  Contestants are required to give a 3-5 minute presentation on their photo at the reception.


Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internships for Summer 2017

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 14th at 12:00 pm (all materials including letters of reference)

The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce conservation internship opportunities for the Summer 2017 10-week session June 5 – August 11. This internship program will provide an introduction to museum conservation. This program is offered to students to increase participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field and visual arts organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA).


The Z Society’s Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14th by 11:37 pm

Each year, UVA students must turn down valuable internship opportunities because of financial constraints.  Recognizing the importance of experiential learning and many of their associated high costs, the Z Society has endowed this internship scholarship, named in honor of past UVA Alumni Association Director Gilbert (“Gilly”) Sullivan. This Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to a returning undergraduate student of the University. The scholarship intends to provide an opportunity for students to take a summer internship otherwise unattainable because of financial constraints. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need. Applications may be emailed to  Please use “Sullivan Award 2017 Application – FirstNameLastName” as the subject line of the email submission. Decisions will be announced by May 2nd, 2017.


The Richards Center Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program

Deadline Extended: Wednesday, April 15th

The Summer Mentoring Program exposes rising third and fourth years to doctoral study in the discipline of history. During a free, one-week summer residential program (June 25-June 30, 2017), Penn. State University faculty and staff demystify the graduate school admissions process and educate participants about the academic profession. Travel, housing, and course materials are provided by the university. Penn State’s Richards Center, the Dept. of History, and the Dept. of African-American Studies sponsor this program to attract and enroll students from underrepresented populations. For more information, visit:


2017 Sylvia V. Terry Scholarship

Deadline Application: Friday, May 19th

The Ridley Scholarship Fund has opened applications for the Terry Scholarship, named for legendary OAAA Dean Sylvia Terry. The scholarship recognizes the scholastic and community achievements of Black or African-American students at UVA. The scholarship provides two years of support at $12,500 annually. Ideal applicants are rising Third Year students with strong grades, leadership activities, and community service. Because of Dean Terry’s pivotal role in creating the Peer Advisor Program, preference is given to academically strong candidates with significant experience as mentors. For more information, visit:


Top 2017 African-American, Minority and Diversity Summer Internship Programs

Many companies and organizations are already announcing acceptance of applications for their upcoming internship programs. Go to: to find more information about these intern positions.


The UVA Office of Global Internships Information Sessions

The office is now accepting applications for internship opportunities for summer 2017 on Handshake. Positions are available in a diversity of fields. Locations range from Belgium to India, Morocco to China, and Argentina to Indonesia. Of special note is a new UVA 6-credit internship program in Shanghai for non-Chinese speakers! Application deadlines vary, and additional positions will be posted through March. Join Handshake: UVA’s main job posting website, for job and internship postings.


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)  – Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP)

AAMC is dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. The AAMC summer 2017 programs include research opportunities and introduction to clinical settings in the medical field. For more information, visit the  website-


Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) Programs

For an up-to-date list of spring 2017 activities and programs, visit:  or contact Andrus Ashoo (

This Week in Black History

Spelman College signApril 11, 1881 - Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, GA. Originally named the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it was one of the first institutes of higher education for African-American women in the United States.ISpelman was the 4th historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924, and today is ranked consistently among the nation's top liberal arts colleges. For more information visit:

April 12, 1864 - Fort Pillow (TN) Massacre in which an estimated 300 black soldiers were killed – Confederates constructed a military installation during the American Civil War at the Fort Pillow site and named it for General Gideon Johnson Pillow (1806-78), a Tennessee native. Fort Pillow overlooked the Mississippi River and was an important part of the Confederate river defense system. Once captured by federal forces, Confederate troops led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest re-captured the site from Union troops. Although most of the Union garrison surrendered, historical accounts state that many black soldiers were massacred, instead of being allowed to be taken as prisoners-of-war. The Fort Pillow site is now a Tennessee state park.  For more information visit:

The Civil Rights Act signed into law in April 1968–popularly known as the Fair Housing Act–prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin and sex. Intended as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the bill was the subject of a contentious debate in the Senate, but was passed quickly by the House of Representatives in the days after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The act stands as the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. For more information visit:


This week in Black History

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Calculus Tutoring

This Week: Tuesday ONLY 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OAAA in the WEB DuBois Conference Room

Statistics 2120 Support @ McIntire
Tuesdays   -   5:00 PM – 7:00 pm   -   Rouse Robertson 118 - Food!
Contact Jessica Thornton ( for more information=

RTB 4.0 Study & Tutoring Sessions-Spring Semester

Sundays through Thursdays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors)

& WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring):

Monday – Open

Tuesday – Calculus (OAAA grad tutor)

Wednesday – Biology (peer)

Thursday – Open

For details, see Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Soyini Nibbs (skn2eh).

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!

Black Friday
1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center
Come join us for food & fellowship!


Upcoming Events

Girl Up Spring Fundraising Event

Tuesday, April 11th

 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

1515 Studio on the Corner

Join a UN Foundation campaign that advocates awareness and funds for programs for adolescent girls in developing countries on education, health, and a life free from violence. The Spring fundraising event is the Girl Up Spelling Bee where professors will participate and help raise funds for the National Spelling Bee in Uganda. Come and have ice cream and other sweets as you watch your professors compete for a prize! To learn more, contact projects and fundraising co-chairsMelissa Friedhoff and Maliha Jahangiri (404-834-4015) Registration for both professors and students is donation only (venmo: @UVAGirlUp).


Apply to live on the Range – Information Sessions

Wednesday, April 12th

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

7 West Range

The Range Community is the representative body for all graduate students who live on the Range in the historic Academical Village at UVA. The graduate students living on the Range are as diverse as the subjects they study, and they represent some of the University’s most talented graduate students. To learn more, visit our website at or join us for an open house.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Tonight Show — How I Learned to Love My Life… through Laughter Performance by comedian Brett Leake

Wednesday, April 12th

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nau Hall 101

Brett Leake comedian, with muscular dystrophy and comic routine, demonstrates the healing power of humor through jokes and stories. The performance is co-sponsored by the UVA Disability Studies Initiative, the Disability Advocacy and Action Committee, and the UVA Office for Diversity and Equity.


Reorientation with Dean Mason & Dr. Nicole Fischer
Thursday, April 13th

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

W.E.B Du Bois Conference Room

Join us for a discussion about the transition from being a Fourth year into entering the real world. Reorientation is an interactive and fun discussion group. It's a place to explore your thoughts surrounding graduation, and discuss things like anxieties around leaving friends, getting a job, and feeling unprepared for this new chapter of your life. Come for a wholesome lunch, too -- don't miss it!


Public Speech: Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Thursday, April 13th

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Caplin Auditorium – Law School

Loretta Lynch, the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history, will speak in a public talk to mark the occasion of her receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law. Known for her impressive career prosecuting cases involving narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption and civil rights,

Attorney Lynch is one of three recipients of the University awards given each year on the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (April 13th).


Tom-Tom Founders Summit

Thursday, April 13th - Saturday, April 15th (locations & times vary)

The Tom-Tom Founders Summit convenes today’s most successful trailblazers. They share their founding stories and offer insight into what it takes to build successful companies & to create global impact. Attend networking opportunities with the nation’s top innovators and influencers. This year’s confirmed speakers include Dave McClure (500 Startups), Kim Jordan (New Belgium Brewing), Laura Weidman Powers (CODE 2040). Student tickets are $29; groups of 10 or more are eligible for a special discount rate. For questions, email


Fences: Theater 101-August Wilson and More – A Four Week Series

Saturday, April 15th @ 11:00 am -l Saturday, May 6th @ 1:00 pm

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street Northwest, Charlottesville, VA

There are four theater classes for youth and adults, taught by members of the Fences cast. Producer Leslie Scott-Jones and director Clinton Johnston will also introduce the class to playwright August Wilson's work, black theater, play analysis and play writing. For details see:


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Family Fair

Saturday, April 15th

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Johnson Elementary School, 1645 Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Come & help K-12 students learn about engineering and science-technology-engineering & math (STEM) in a fun way! We'll have community leaders, college admissions officers from different schools, popcorn/cotton candy, free pizza/wings, and more! Contact Kara Mason (kmm3by) to sign up to volunteer. No car? Not to worry --we can coordinate a ride for you.


Africa Day 2017 : The African Diaspora

Saturday, April 22nd – various sites

Join the Organization of African Students (OAS) for a cultural experience filled with fashion, dance, food, art and so much more!