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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

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Mark Your Calendar

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 students can appeal the decision if a health insurance waiver is denied. For information visit

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

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

Tuesday, October 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (Use SIS)

Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 – Family Weekend

Monday, November 6 - Friday, December 15 - Students Apply in SIS for May 2018 Graduation

Tuesday, November 14 - Last Day to Withdraw from the University & Return for Spring 2018

Wednesday November 22 – Sunday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, December 5 - Classes End

Wednesday, December 6 - Reading Day

Thursday, December 7 - Friday, December 15 - Course Examinations

Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13 - Reading Days

Quote of the Week

“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson

Destini Walker

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Destini Walker is a third year from Richmond, VA who is double majoring in African & African-American Studies and History. After graduation, she would like to enter the field of public policy. She is passionate about sharing her experiences – and love of UVA sports -- with others. As an OAAA Peer Advisor Executive Committee member, and this year’s Raising-the-Bar (RTB) Coordinator for the GradSTAR program, she manages the peer support and tutoring effort for undergraduate students. Destini has developed great organizational and collaborative skills through her involvement in many programs across Grounds. In summer 2017, she was a UVA Orientation Leader, welcoming the incoming class of 2021. She is also a member of Black Student Alliance and its special events committee, and a dedicated member of the Hoo Crew. In the community, Destini is a mentor for Early Visions at the Fralin Museum, where she engages with students from the local Boys & Girls Club.  Stop by RTB on Monday through Thursday nights in the LPJ Cultural Center on Dawson’s Row – and you might see her advising first-years!  

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

Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., born on October 8, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina, is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, author, and politician. In 1984, he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the second African-American to run for the U.S. presidency; Shirley Chisholm preceded him. Jackson placed third in the Democratic primary voting and garnered 3.5 million votes. From 1991 to 1997, he served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia. Jackson is also the founder of the Chicago-based organization, People United to Save Humanity, also known as Operation PUSH, that advocated Black self-help. In 1984, Jackson established the National Rainbow Coalition, whose mission was to establish equal rights for African-Americans, women and homosexuals. The two organizations merged in 1996 to form the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000. After being appointed special envoy to Africa, he was awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom. That same year he received a Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. His recent appearance at UVA in Old Cabell Hall was the first of a series of visits to college campuses across Virginia to encourage eligible college students to register and vote in November 2017 in their local communities. 

Opportunites with Deadlines

Sign Up for Dialogue on Race Saturday Study Circles
Sign up Deadline: September 30 - 1:00-4:00 pm – Jefferson School Heritage Center
Be a part of a community initiative to translate dialogue into action. The Study Circles will meet once a month for 3 hours from September through November; reading materials will accompany the curriculum. To sign up, go to the Facebook event page and please fill out the application, which can be dropped off/mailed to the Office of Human Rights 106 5TH St. NE OR email the application to To learn more about the Dialogue on Race, visit the website, look at the Facebook event page, or call (434) 970-3023
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
Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
The Learning in Actions the front door to public service at the University of Virginia, designed to connect students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. The initiative is a product of a multi-year collaborative process among students, faculty, staff, and community members. It lists events, opportunities, and organizations involved with service and community-based research, as well as resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Community members and agencies also can post events and opportunities to the website and access all of its resources. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement are responsible for all content.


This Week in Black History

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator and was the first person of African heritage in space aboard the Soyuz 38 that was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on September 18, 1980, As a Soyuz 38 crew member, he became the first Cuban citizen, the first Latin American, and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere, other than the United States, to travel into Earth orbit. In 1978, he was selected to join the Intercosmos program and moved to the Star City in Russia for his training as a cosmonaut. Following his time in the Intercosmos program, Tamayo became Director of the Military Patriotic Educational Society known as Sociedad de Educación Patriótico-Militar "SEPMI". Since 1980, he has been a Deputy in the Cuban National Assembly, representing his home region of Guantánamo Province. He was awarded the titles of Hero of the Republic of Cuba and the Order of Playa Girón. He also is a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. His space suit is preserved at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.

Norma Holloway Johnson died this week (July 28, 1932 – September 18, 2011). She was a United States federal judge, and the first African-American woman to serve as a US District Court Chief Judge. She received a B.S. from District of Columbia Teachers College in 1955 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1962. She had a private practice in Washington, D.C., before becoming a trial attorney of the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and an assistant corporate counsel in Washington, D.C. Johnson was also a judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1970 to 1980 and nominated by President Jimmy Carter on February 28, 1980, to fill a seat vacated by George L. Hart. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 9, 1980, and received commission on May 12, 1980. Judge Johnson, who also presided over the grand jury investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, died in Lake Charles, La., after a stroke.

On this day September 22 in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which set a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States. This act also recast the Civil War as a fight against slavery. Lincoln, following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam, announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion would be freed within 100 days. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army; 18,000 other served in the navy. The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, prompting President Lincoln to lobby for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery in the USA was outlawed. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 


This week in Black History

OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Friday - FRIDAYS 1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center #2 Dawson’s Row
Come join us for food & fellowship! 
“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester
Monday through Thursday nights
5:00– 8:00 pm LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA 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 4:00–7:00 pm & Thursdays 4:00–6:00 pm - WEB DuBois Conference Room & and by appointment: email:
OAAA Statistics Tutoring (through the Black Commerce Student Network-BCSN)
Contact Christian West (, McIntire School of Commerce, for details.
OAAA-GradSTAR: ‘Building Your Personal Brand’ Fall Seminar Series
Application available Now – Deadline Friday, September 29th by 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 – 6:00 -7:30 pm; Recognition Dinner: Wednesday, November 1
Open to all classes, this 5-part series is designed to prepare you for upcoming interview, internship & job fair opportunities. GREAT for 1st years – and open to all classes. For details, visit or contact Dean Grimes (




Upcoming Events

Peace Corps Application Workshop
Monday, September 18 - 12:00-1:00 pm - Global Grounds at Hotel A 
Make your application stand out from the rest. Attend this workshop to learn how to browse Volunteer openings, find the right program, and strengthen your application. Ask questions about service, learn steps you can take to improve your chances, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process. Contact Anna Sullivan. For more information
“Getting Started in Undergraduate Research”
September 18 - 12:00-1:00 pm - Newcomb Hall, Conf. Rm. 389
September 21 - 4:00-5:00 pm - Newcomb Hall, Conf. Rm. 389
The Center for Undergraduate Excellence will hold workshops on the ins-and-outs of undergraduate research: what it is, how to find a mentor, how to apply for research opportunities, and more. For more information visit:UVA Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Fall 2017 Behavioral Interview Roundtable Follow Event
Monday, September 18 - 5:00-6:30 pm Football Recruiting Room - Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium
Uneasy about interviewing? Wondering what to say when an interviewer asks you about your greatest weakness? During this event, students will have the opportunity to practice answering common behavioral question after a brief presentation on interviewing basics. Alumni volunteers will be seated at tables and pose sample behavioral interview questions to students, then provide feedback. This is a great opportunity to practice interviewing and to engage with alumni!
Fall 2017 Curry School Info Sessions 
Monday, September 18 - 6:00-7:00 pm - Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall
Join the Curry School of Education Community and multiply your impact! Hear from students, faculty and staff about what you will learn in the classroom, what type of hands on experience you will get, and what you will do after graduation. We will also review the application process and important deadlines. Sessions will provide information on Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, Youth & Social Innovation, and Teacher Education.
M.S. in Commerce Annual Open House
Monday, September 18 – 6:00-8:00 pm - Rouss Hall
Join us for the annual M.S. in Commerce Open House and learn more about this unique one-year business degree for liberal arts, science, and engineering majors. This is the only time when prospective students can meet face-to-face with program faculty, career services, admissions, student services, current students, and alumni all at one event. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and dress is casual. For more information. Contact Name: Sean Kelley, Contact Email:
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
Career Center: Fall 2017 Economic and Litigation Consulting Night
Tuesday, September 19 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Football Recruiting Room - Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium
Calling all students with strong quantitative and analytical backgrounds! Come to the 2017 Economic and Litigation Consulting Night to learn more about the field and how you can create a career of diving into data, finding patterns and themes, and presenting insights. This event is generously sponsored by Cornerstone Research! Additional participants include Analysis Group, FTI Consulting, Bates White, NERA, and BRG. More information coming soon! For more information. Contact Name: Dreama Johnson.
Christopher Freeburg to Present, "Returning to the Slave's Song"
Tuesday, September 26 - 4:30 pm (Reception to follow) - 110 Minor Hall
Christopher Freeburg (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Author of Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life (UVA Press, 2017) Presents "Returning to the Slave's Song." For more information Marlene L. Daut
2017 Graduate and Professional School Fair
Wednesday, September 27 - 12:00-3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall, 3rd Floor
The UVA Graduate & Professional School Fair includes graduate and professional schools from across the world who will be on Grounds to recruit UVA students for their top-notch programs. All University of Virginia students of all majors are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about program opportunities, details, and requirements. For more information. mailto:Jasmine Jackson
Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Ronald Sullivan. JD.
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:00 pm - Caplin Pavilion UVA School of Law 
UVA Engineering welcomes Ronald Sullivan as part of the Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. Professor Sullivan is a leading theorist in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice and techniques, legal ethics, and race theory.  He is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop. Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association and General Editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. May require tickets or registration, check out the Facebook event page (Ronald Sullivan - Excellence Through Diversity Series) Contact Email:
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.
2017 Fall Job and Internship Fair
Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall (Student Center)
Recruiters from over 100 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies come to UVA each year to meet students from all majors seeking full-time employment or internship experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet employers in person, learn about different organizations and positions, and talk with them about your experiences! There are different recruiters on each day, so check the Career Services website for more details.