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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

Rita Dove is the recipient of the 2017 Literary Award for Poetry for her book Collected Poems: 1974–2004, described as “three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language.” A past Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where she has been teaching since 1989. She served as U.S. Poet Laureate (1993–1995) and Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004–2006). She has received numerous literary and academic honors, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, a National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, and a National Medal of Arts from President Obama. She has 25 honorary doctorates to her credit, most recently from Yale University. We are proud that she is a part of the UVA community!

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Mark Your Calendar

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

On Black Beauty: "These hips have never been enslaved, they go where they want to go; they do what they want to do. These hips are mighty hips. These hips are magic hips." -Lucille Clifton (Homage To My Hips)

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Aya Eltahir, an Alexandria, Virginia native, is a Third Year African and African-American Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This academic year, she is a student worker in the Office of African-American Affairs. On Grounds, Aya is an active member of the acapella group ReMix, Vice President of the University chapter of the NAACP, and the writing director of the Black Monologues, an annual student theatre production. Aya is very passionate about bringing attention to the disproportionate number of black men and women within the US prison systems. In the future, she plans to develop a non-profit organization to support children of incarcerated parents and guardians.

Quote's Corner

Lucille Clifton, an American poet, writer, and educator, was born Thelma Lucille Sayles, on June 27, 1936 in Depew, New York. Her first poetry collection, Good Times, was published in 1969 and was listed by The New York Times as one of that year's ten best books. Clifton served as the poet-in-residence at Coppin State College, the Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland, and was a visiting writer at the Columbia University School of the Arts and George Washington University. In 1988, Clifton became the first author to have two books of poetry nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2007, she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize that honors a living U.S. poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition." Clifton on died February 13, 2010.

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 students defray the high cost of applying to medical school, with a $1,500 scholarship. The applicant must be a fourth-year UVA African-American student who has taken all of the pre-medical requirements and the MCAT. S/he must plan to enter medical school immediately after graduating. Please direct any 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 AERA 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 topics include 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 connects students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. There are also resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. 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. Programs also highlight museum careers and provide instruction to help students apply for internships. Students in ALL majors are eligible, 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 24, 2005 – The “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement” died. Rosa Parks was an African-American woman born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913. She is best known for her stance against racial segregation on public buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s. Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man and was arrested, charged, and convicted of civil disobedience. She spent most of her life fighting for desegregation, voting rights, and was active in the Civil Rights movement that has shaped 20th century social code in the Unites States. In 2004, Rosa was diagnosed with progressive dementia and died the following year on October 24, 2005. 

October 26, 1952 - Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, passed away on this date. The Oscar winner won for her role as the Mammy in the 1939 classic film, Gone with the Wind. In addition to appearing on the big screen, McDaniel was also a singer/songwriter, comedian, and radio performer. She is credited with being the first black woman to sing on the radio in the U.S.

October 27, 1960 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was released from the Reidsville, Georgia, prison on this day. He was arrested for a civil rights demonstration in Georgia, and then sentenced to prison because of an earlier case. Word reached Democratic Party presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, who then called King’s wife, Coretta Scott King. Kennedy expressed his sympathy for her husband’s imprisonment, but promised no further legal intervention. However, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (JFK’s brother) called both the Governor of Georgia and the presiding judge; many think this led to King’s immediate release from jail.



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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 - #2 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 23 - 6:00 pm - New Cabell Hall Rm 232
Come & learn about the award-winning OAAA 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!  
“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 & 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

Global Experience Mini Film Festival
Monday, October 23 – 7:00-8:30 pm - Global Grounds, Hotel A
Enjoy films that celebrate and highlight global experiences at UVA. Sponsored by: International Studies Office, Peace Corps at UVA, and McIntire School of Commerce.
UVA GLOBAL Passport Drive
Tuesday, October 24 & Wednesday, October 25 -10:00 am-3:00 pm - Global Grounds at Hotel A, One West Range, Central Grounds
Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions for students, faculty, staff, and their families. Passport photos can be taken at the event for $8. For more information, visit the State Department’s Website. The State Department and the photographer will accept cash/check/credit card for passport applications and photos. For questions about passport applications call or email the Department of State; TDD/TTY  Automated passport information is available 24 hours, 7 days a week
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 see 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.
Securing a Global Internship: Panel and Resource Fair
Wednesday, October 25 – 5:00-7:00 pm - Garrett Hall, Great Hall
Interested in finding an internship abroad? Join current UVA students who have pursued international internships and hear what they have learned. Panelists will represent a variety of industries, regions of the world and majors. A resource fair will follow the panel. Register today in Handshake! Sponsored by: UVA Career Center, UVA Global Internships Office, Education Abroad, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Center for Engineering Career Development.
Global Week Story Slam
Wednesday, October 25 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Multicultural Student Center
Share your 3-6 minute story! The aim of this event is to highlight and celebrate personal and global experiences. All themes and moods welcome. Sign up here to share your story, or just come out and enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Peace Corps at UVA
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. 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.)
Lunch and Learn: Summer Research Internship Workshop Series
November 2 - Landing a Summer Research Internship - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
November 9 - Benefits of a Summer Research Internship - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
November 16 - Make the Most of your Internship - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
November 30 - Application Process: Nuts and Bolts - 12:00-1:00 pm - Clemons Library Room 202/3
In November, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will host a Summer Research Internship workshop series. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
2018 Housing Fair Information for on-Grounds and off-Grounds
Friday, November 3 - 11:30 am & 4:00 pm - Newcomb Hall
At Family Weekend, parents and students can talk with staff in the upper class housing areas on Grounds and with representatives from several off-Grounds area properties. In addition, the Housing website offers a range of information and resources about on-Grounds housing for returning undergraduates, with contact information for questions. 
UVA Law School Panel with BLSA
Friday, November 3 - 5:30 pm - WB 128
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!  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!  They also  guide students to find new and amazing sources, and help them tailor their paper topics and search terms for better research results. Source Dorks also assist with puzzling citations and can show you how to use citation management tools. No need to set up an appointment – just drop in!
This Week’s UCARE Updates: 
For information on other upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook page: