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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

Monday, October 16 is the last day to register to vote in the VA gubernational election on Tuesday, November 7. Pick up a voter registration form at the front desk of OAAA or visit: for details.

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

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

Saturday, October 21 – HOMECOMING – Virginia vs. Boston College (Game time: 12:30 pm)

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

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; it does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.”  Toni Morrison

Melvin Walker

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Melvin Walker, a native of Stevensville, MD, is a Third year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity, and minoring in Business Spanish. On Grounds, Melvin serves as the Vice President of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He is a Fellow of the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership and works as a Career Peer Educator at the UVA Career Center, This semester, he is also an assistant to Dean Grimes and the GradSTAR Program in the Office of African-American Affairs. After graduation, Melvin would like to be a management consultant in the corporate or federal sectors. He also looks forward to starting a non-profit organization for minority youth, to help them prepare for college. He believes in paying it forward – and is developing skills at UVA now to make that happen!

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 (mailto: every Thursday by 12 noon.



Quote's Corner

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) on February 18, 1931, is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved, which was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her to receive the Jefferson Lecture award, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. Morrison was also commissioned to write the libretto for the opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. 

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
Paige Pre-Medical Scholarship 2017
Deadline: Sunday, November 12
The Paige Pre-Medical Fund Scholarship helps pre-med students defray the high cost of applying to medical school. The applicant must be a fourth-year African American student at the University of Virginia who has taken all the pre-medical requirements and the MCAT. He or she must be planning to enter medical school immediately after graduating. One winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship, which he or she may use to pay for medical school application fees and interview expenses. Please direct any questions or application questions to Travis Robertson.
Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop: April 2018, NYC
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Application Deadline: November 15
AERA invites applications for the training workshop to be held from Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th during the Annual Meeting in New York City. The workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Workshop activities will focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school and starting a career in educational research. For information, contact George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development at 202-238-3200 or
Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It is 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 and lists events, opportunities, and organizations involved with service and community-based research. There are also 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 group are responsible for all content.
Diversity in Museums & the Arts Grant for Underrepresented Students
To support students pursuing internships at museums, historic sites, or archives, a $3500 grant is awarded to applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum careers. This includes students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities. In addition, there are the programs to highlight museum careers and instruction to help students apply. These programs and the funding are for students in ALL majors, not just those in Art/Art History. Visit Diversity in Museums and the Arts (panel and reception), Museum Career Panel, and Museum Interview and Application Prep for more information.

This Week in Black History

October 18, 1998 - Pipeline explosions kills 700 in Nigeria - A pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria, kills 700 people. The resulting fire burned for nearly a week. Nigeria is an oil-rich country on the west coast of Africa. The oil fields are controlled by several multi-national corporations in cooperation with the Nigerian government. Very little of the proceeds from oil exports reaches the average citizen of the country and millions of people live in abject poverty. The pipeline explosion instantly incinerated hundreds of people while others died from agonizing burn injuries. The fire burned so hot that rescue workers could not approach the scene for six days.  

100,000 people march on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967 - Demonstrators marched and rallied in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the Nation’s Capital to hear Dr. Benjamin Spock—baby specialist, author, and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War -- call President Lyndon B. Johnson, “the enemy.” Starting as a peaceful rally, many demonstrators waved the red, blue, and gold flag of the Viet Cong, and began marching toward the Pentagon. Violence erupted when the more radical element of the demonstrators clashed with the soldiers and U.S. Marshals protecting the Pentagon. This protest paralleled demonstrations held in Japan and Western Europe. At the same time, the most violent protests occurred outside of the U.S. Embassy in London, when 3,000 demonstrators attempted to storm the building. Visit to learn more.

On October 23, 1993, Carter homers to win World Series - Toronto Blue Jay baseball player Joe Carter wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time that the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski homered to break a 9-9 tie with the Yankees in the seventh game of the 1960 series. It was also the first time in baseball history that a team won the championship with a come-from-behind home run. “It was the ultimate sports fantasy,” Carter said. His memorable homer won the game, the series, and was the highest-scoring game in history (81 runs in all). For the Blue Jays, it was their second championship in a row.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

Project Rise: 4th Year Reorientation with Dean Mason 
1st & 3rd Thursdays – 12:30-1:45 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room - #3 Dawson’s Row
Reorientation is a small-group, discussion-based program for 4th year Black students who are interested in talking about the stresses and challenges of fourth year and post-graduation. OAAA Assistant Dean Michael Mason leads these sessions, If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via email to Bethlehem Demissie, Student Co-Director, Project RISE.
OAAA Peer Advisor Program Information Sessions
Monday, October 16 - 6:00 pm - New Cabell Hall Rm 232
Tuesday, October 17 - 6:30 pm - New Cabell Hall Rm 232
Monday, October 23 - 6:00 pm - New Cabell Hall Rm 232
Come & learn about the award-winning Peer Advisor Program and how you can apply to be a part of this tradition in 2018-2019! For more information, contact OAAA Associate Dean Kimberley Bassett (
Black Friday – Every Friday - 1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row
Come join us for food & fellowship! This week’s sponsors: the Black Commerce Student Network (BCSN)
“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Open Study Sessions - Fall Semester
Monday through Thursday nights - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA Peer Advisors) 
“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions - Fall Semester
WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring & quiet study):
Monday–open; Tuesday–Calculus (OAAA grad tutor); Wednesday–open; 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)
Mondays 5:00-7:00 pm – Rouse Robertson 140. Email:


Upcoming Events

From Antisemitism to Civil Rights Prophets: Learning from the Past for Our Present
Monday, October 16 - 5:30 - 6:45 pm - Nau Hall, Room 101
Professor Susanna Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and the daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched with Mr. Martin Luther King in Selma (AL). She will speak about antisemitism, racism, the Civil Rights movement, and how the past can inform the present. Her most recent book is The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton UP).

Fall 2017 Healthcare Consulting Night Follow Event
Monday, October 16th 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Recruiting Room - Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium
Interested in consulting and don't want to abandon your interest in healthcare? Come to the 2017 Healthcare Consulting Night to learn about the range of opportunities in consulting across the spectrum of care. Meet companies, learn about the innovative services they offer, and network with UVA alumni in the field.  Attire: Business Casual . What to Bring: Padfolio / Notebook and Pen/Pencil , Contact Name: Hannah Guffey

Health Careers Shuffle Follow Event 
Tuesday, October 17th 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Ballroom - Newcomb Hall
Join the UVA Pre-Health Advisors, the Healthcare Community, and the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board for the 3rd Annual Health Careers Shuffle. Meet and learn from local healthcare professionals in four 20-minute info sessions. Reserve your spot today! Free food for all attendees. Contact Name: Hannah Guffey Contact Email:

Diversi-TEA Career Conversations: Peace Corp Alum, Michael Swanberg Follow Event
Wednesday, October 18th 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
Join UVA Nursing alum Michael Swanberg, PhD for a conversation on how his personal identity shaped his experience as a Peace Corp volunteer in Burkina Faso, a French-speaking West African Country. Learn more about Michael Swanberg here -  Diversi-Tea Career Conversations is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including: personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks. Light refreshments will be available. Contact Name: Jasmine S Jackson Contact Email:

Diversity in Museums and The Arts Follow Event
Wednesday, October 18th 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall Lounge
Hear from internship sites that want to hire students from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, and learn how to get a $3500 grant to pursue what you really want to do this summer! , Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email:

2017 Skills Share: Portfolio Basics Follow Event
Thursday, October 19th 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm OpenGrounds
Avoid the last-minute scramble for work samples--Get your online portfolio in shape for applications this year! During this session, Kate from the Career Center will give a 45-minute presentation on the basics of portfolio development for any creative field, including: - writing/journalism - visual art & photography - design (graphic, architectural, interior) - film - digital media & marketing. Attending one of these sessions (October 11th or 19th) will give you access to an Alumni Portfolio Coach who will give you feedback and help you get your work prepared! Those who complete the program be included in a resume book that the Career Center will send to employers seeking creatives. Learn more at the event! URL for more information: Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email:

“Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape” 2017 Symposium hosted by the UVA President’s Commission on Slavery and the University
Wednesday October 19 thru Saturday, October 21 – Newcomb Hall, the Lawn & various VA sites 
We have reached maximum capacity for the symposium. If you are still interested in attending, please join our waitlist by entering your information HERE. Visit for the program schedule.
2017 Center for Global Health Research Symposium
Thursday, October 19 - 5:30 pm - Clark Hall
Join us to learn about research funding, talk to faculty mentors, and hear an incredible keynote speaker! Kojo Sarpong is co-founder of the African Research Academies for Women Inc that works to expand research and mentorship opportunities to more than 100 young undergraduate women scientists & 500 high school girls in Ghana, Nigeria, and beyond. 

Diversi-TEA Career Conversations: UVA Law and Med Alumni, Sanford & Dr. Anastasia Williams
Friday, October 20th 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
Join UVA Law and UVA Medicine alumni Sanford and Dr. Anastasia Williams for a conversation on personal identity and their unique career stories.
Sanford is the Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. The Office serves as the principal advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners on issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting small, women, and minority-owned communications businesses. Learn more about Sanford Williams here - Dr. Anastasia Williams is the Founder of Olde Towne Pediatrics, with offices in Manassas and Gainesville, Virginia. She is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on the University of Virginia School of Medicine Board of Trustees, and is Chairman of the Pediatric Council of Novant Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Anastasia Williams here - Diversi-Tea Career Conversations is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including: personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks. Light refreshments will be available. URL for more information: Contact Name: Jasmine Jackson Contact Email:

UVA Homecoming Tailgate
Saturday, October 21 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Dawson's Row, OAAA
Celebrate the annual UVA Homecoming and football game (vs. Boston College @ 12:30 pm) with free food from Mel's and Wayside, and DJ entertainment.  Co-sponsored by the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center, Black Student Alliance, Black Commerce Student Network, Black Presidents’ Council, and Black Graduate & Professional Students’ Organization.
UVA Midlife Health 4th Women’s Health Awareness Celebration
Saturday, October 21 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm - Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
“Stay Healthy. Be Happy. Be Active” in Honor of Betsy Houston. Free Health Screening at the program for: diabetes & blood pressure, vision & hearing, mammograms (no registration needed), Legs for Life, memory testing, and flu vaccines. Free refreshments and door prizes! For questions: call 434-243-4722 or email. Men's support education in downstairs classroom. Register at the event! Plenty of free parking at the church.

Social Media Careers Follow Event
Monday, October 23rd 2017 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Gallery - Newcomb Hall
UVA alum David Tra will walk you through roles that exist within social media and how to prepare yourself to stand out in applications! David has been in social media strategy for almost ten years, serving clients and companies such as Merck, General Motors, Animal Planet, and PBS. URL for more information: Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email:

Teaching Careers Abroad 
Monday, October 23rd 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Great Hall Room - Garrett Hall
Interested in working abroad after graduation? Considering teaching abroad? Attend this panel to hear from experts who have taught outside of the US. Panelists will include: Sarah Benson, Peace Corps and Fulbright Sarah, a PhD student in special education at the Curry School, just returned from three years of teaching overseas. She has served in the Peace Corps, Jordan 04-06, as special education teacher and trainer. In 2012 she was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway, where she taught Norwegian high school students about American history and government, while working with teachers on best teaching practices. Prior to entering Curry she was a learning support specialist at the International School of Brussels, an IB (International Baccalaureate) school in the heart of the European capital. And most recently she completed a 6 week summer study abroad at the HoGent College in Belgium, through the Global Internships office here at UVA. Her time abroad has been invaluable in shaping her as an educator and framing her view of American education systems. URL for more information: Contact Name: Dreama Johnson Contact Email:

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 who are 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.
Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Shankar Vedantam
Thursday, October 26 – 6:00-7:30 pm - Old Cabell Hall
UVA Engineering welcomes NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam as part of the Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. Vedantam offers unique insights into how our unconscious biases — what he calls the hidden brain — affect the decisions we make both personally and as groups and organizations. He bases these insights on data, and not only on psychological theories of the subconscious. Few speakers bring such a trove of breakthroughs in social science research to their audiences! Contact Thomas Pilnik for details.
Fall 2017 Curry School of Education Info Sessions 
Thursday, November 2 - 7:00-8:00 pm - Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall
Wednesday, November 8 - 3:30-4:40 pm** - Library Data Commons, Ruffner 3rd Floor
Thursday, November 16 - 6:00-7:00 pm - Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall
Join the Curry 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 can do with your knowledge and skills after graduation. We will also review the application process and give important deadlines. Session leaders will provide information on Curry programs including; Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, Youth & Social Innovation, and Teacher Education. (Sessions marked * will have a faculty Q&A panel.)
2018 Housing Fair Information for on-Grounds and off-Grounds
Friday, November 3 - 11:30 am & 4:00 pm - Newcomb Hall
If you plan to attend Family Weekend in early November, parents and students have an opportunity to talk with staff in the upper class housing areas on Grounds and with representatives from several off-Grounds properties in the area. In addition, the Housing website offers a range of information and resources about on-Grounds housing for returning undergraduates, with contact information to answer questions. 
UVA Law School Panel with BLSA
Friday, November 3 - 5:30 pm - WB 128
Come & join UVA Law School's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) as it hosts a panel to answer your questions related to law school and the application process. Dinner will be served!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by October 27th. For questions, email Jianne McDonald
UVA College Advising Corps Info Session 
Monday, November 6 - 7:30 pm - Newcomb South Meeting Room
The University of Virginia College Advising Corps places recent college graduates in high schools throughout the Commonwealth to work alongside counselors and help low-income, first generation and underrepresented students get into college. Join our team if you want to do educational equity work and service! Apply via Jobs@Uva. Visit
Source Dorks @ Clemons Library
Mondays through Wednesdays – 7:00-9:00 pm - Clemons 2nd Floor
What are the Source Dorks? They are undergrad peer research advisors who can help students level-up their research skills to move beyond Google searches and into the world of databases!  In addition to guiding students to find new and amazing sources, they can help students tailor their paper topics and search terms for better research results. They also assist with puzzling citations and show how to use citation management tools. No need to set up an appointment – just drop in!
For information on other upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook page: