Search This Site

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

The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK!

LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, September 4 – Classes are in session

Tuesday, September 5 – Last day to ADD a course in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information

Wednesday, September 6 – Last day to DROP a course without Penalty (course removed from transcript) in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information visit

Monday, September 18 – Deadline when students must enroll in or waive their right to individual health insurance coverage - For information visit

Friday, September 22 – Deadline when a student can appeal the decision if a health insurance waiver is denied. For information visit

Saturday, September 30 -Tuesday, October 3 – Reading Days (no classes)       

Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 -- Cornerstone Bicentennial Weekend

Quote of the Week

“If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything... that smacks of discrimination or slander.” Mary McLeod Bethune "Certain Unalienable Rights," What the Negro Wants, edited by Rayford W. Logan (1944)

Bethlehem Demissie

Spotlight on Student Achievements

OAAA Senior Peer Advisor Bethlehem Demissie is a fourth year student from Arlington, VA,  in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to leading  the External Affairs effort within the Peer Advisor Program, she is a Student Co-Director of Project RISE with the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center. She is also active in the Ethopian Students Union and tutors with America Reads. Majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in sociology, Bethlehem plans to work for a non-profit organization after graduation, then return to school for a graduate degree.  


You can nominate an exceptional student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight on Student Achievements. Please send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.


Quote's Corner

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of time and money and developed the academic school as a college. It later continued as Bethune-Cookman University. She was also appointed as a national adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to what was known as his Black Cabinet. She addressed concerns of Blacks and helped share Roosevelt's message and achievements with those who were historically Republican voters since the Civil War. Her home in Daytona Beach is listed on the National Historic Landmark Register; her house in Washington, D.C. is a  National Historic Site, and there is a memorial sculpture of her in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. For more information

Opportunites with Deadlines

Churchill Scholarship
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 7 by 5:00 pm
This scholarship funds a year of research at Cambridge University, where a student can also earn a graduate degree. Fourth years (or those within 12 months of graduation) are eligible to apply. For details visit.

Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS)
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 15
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday, September 1 at 12:00 midnight
The annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) sponsored by University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emory and Vanderbilt Universities will be November 18-19, 2017 at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. This meeting is a great way for your students to meet directors of MD/PhD programs from the three schools and to network with current MD and MD/PhD students. Students also share their research with peers. There are also a limited number of travel awards for undergraduates. For more information visit.


This Week in Black History

Actress Roxie Albertha Roker was born on August 28, 1929. Best known for her role as Helen Willis on the CBS comedy show The Jeffersons (1975–1985), this Bahamian-American was half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time television. She won an Obie Award, and was a 1974 Tony nominee for her performance as Mattie Williams in "The River Niger." Roker graduated from Howard University, where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was married to television producer Sy Kravitz in 1962. Before their divorce in 1985, the couple had a son, singer-songwriter and actor Lenny Kravitz (born May 26, 1964). Roker is the paternal grandmother of actress Zoë Kravitz and the cousin of NBC's Today Show's Al Roker. She died in Los Angeles, California, on December 2, 1995, of breast cancer at the age of 66 – For more information:  


On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, the March on Washington was held in the nations’ capital. It was one of the largest civil rights rallies in US history, and one of the most famous examples of non-violent mass direct action. At the march, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in which he called for an end to racism. The march was organized by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, who built an alliance of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations that came together under the banner of "jobs and freedom.” 1963 was the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and one of the major themes of the rally was that the promises of emancipation remained unfulfilled. The march is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and preceded the Selma Voting Rights Movement, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For more information:


Michael Joseph Jackson, born August 29, 1958, became a global figure in popular culture for over four decades as a singer, songwriter, and dancer. Also known as the "King of Pop,” his contributions to music, dance, and fashion are legendary. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame, and received multiple Guinness World Records for his artistic talent. He also earned 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career, and had estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when "Love Never Felt So Good" reached number nine on May 21, 2014 after his death. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles, California, just weeks before a planned “comeback” concert tour. He was 50 years old. For more information:


This week in Black History

OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Friday - FRIDAYS (Starting Friday, September 1) 1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center #2 Dawson’s Row
Come join us for food & fellowship! Celebrating September birthdays with cake and punch!

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester
Monday through Thursdays (Starting Tuesday, September 5 – Ice Cream Social!)
5:00– 8:00 pm LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors)

WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring):
Monday–TBA; Tuesday–Calculus (OAAA grad tutor); Wednesday–TBA; Thursday – Calculus & Quiet Study

For details, see Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Destini Walker (

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


OAAA Calculus Tutoring
Tuesdays 5:00– :00 pm - WEB DuBois Conference Room & and by appointment:

Statistics 2120 Support @ McIntire – Stay tuned for more information!


Upcoming Events

First Year Advising
Monday, August 28 - 4:30–5:30 pm - Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room
OAAA Dean Grimes will join other organizations around Grounds to provide information for first
Year students. For more details, contact Kayla Vincent, BSA Special Events Committee Chair (

National Scholarships & Fellowships Series
Monday, August 28 - 4:00 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room
This is the first of a series of information sessions, workshops, and panel discussions about scholarship & fellowship opportunities. Many fall sessions are geared toward fourth year awards, but all classes of students are welcome and encouraged to attend – it is never too early to start the process! Future dates: September 25th is the first session for info on third year awards, including the Truman Scholarship; October 2nd is an introductory workshop to the application process.

Raising-the-Bar: Fall Kickoff -- 3-Night Series
Tuesday, August 29, Wednesday, August 30, & Thursday, August 31 - 7:00-8:00 pm - Cabell 323
Join Dean Grimes and the Peer Advisors for 3 different sessions:
It’s About Time (Management); It’s About Your Career with UVA Career Services; It’s About Your Money & Resources with Wells Fargo Bank & UVA Library guests
Tuesday night drawing for SWAG (stuff we all get) – other goodies! RTB: It’s not just for first-years anymore!

Info Session: Commerce 2018 January Term
Tuesday, September 5 & Wednesday, September 6 - 5:00 pm - Rouss-Robertson Hall 225
Attend an info session to learn more about the 2018 January Term programs offered by the McIntire School of Commerce.

Fall Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 6 11:00 am–3:00 pm - Newcomb Ballroom
Learn about the many study abroad opportunities available to UVA students. Meet UVA program faculty directors, representatives from approved outside programs and students who have had study abroad experiences. Be a part of the tradition!

2017 CGH Scholar Welcome Back Party
Thursday, September 7 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Pavilion VII
Join faculty, staff and all 2016 Center for Global Health (CGH) Scholars to celebrate the new research season and academic year!

Charlottesville – Albemarle NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
Second Monday of each month - 7:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW
Meet in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Café. Free parking is available on site.

2017 Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Business Diversity Luncheon
Tuesday, September 19 11:00 am-1:30 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Keynote Speaker: Michel Zajur, President/CEO & Founder, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Andrea D. Copeland-Whitsett. To register for the luncheon, visit.

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Friday, September 29 – 7:00 pm - Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road 22901
This annual fundraiser event of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will feature live musical entertainment, a keynote speaker, a silent auction and dinner. Recipients of the Virginia Banks Carrington Award and local scholarship winners will also be featured. For more information.