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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

The upcoming holidays are a great time to plan for Spring & Summer 2018 internship and service opportunities. See this week’s “Opportunities with Deadlines” section for new postings. We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break!

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, November 27 - Classes Resume

Thursday, November 30 – Lighting of the Lawn – UVA Central Grounds – 7:00 pm

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

“The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” - James Baldwin

Natasha Halloran

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Natasha Halloran is a Fourth year Dean’s List student from Chesapeake, VA. She is double majoring in International Relations and Spanish, with a focus on pre-law. On Grounds, Natasha has been very active on Third year Council, and in the Resident Staff Program. In her role as Housing and Residence Life's Vice Chair for Training and Development, she has planned intensive three-week summer training for over 250 resident staff members, and continues to administer training sessions focused on personal and academic growth. She is also 1st Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., and a community service committee member for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In summer 2017, Natasha interned for U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA), to address constituent concerns, perform legislative research, and assist with special projects and events. After graduation, she plans to become a corporate attorney, and use her law degree to tackle the issue of the disproportionate mass incarceration of minorities.

Quote's Corner

James Arthur "Jimmy" Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American writer and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore the complexities of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, especially in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was the basis for an Academy Award-nominated documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, that has premiered at several film festivals in 2017. Baldwin's novels and plays address fundamental personal questions and dilemmas about the equitable integration African Americans into society. His ground-breaking second novel, Giovanni's Room (1956), raised awareness of the political and social impact of gays and lesbians, well before the gay liberation movement.

Opportunites with Deadlines

IRTS (International Radio & Television Society) Summer Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 3rd by 12:00 Midnight EST
The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years. Often referred to as a "media boot camp," this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, June 3 - August 4, 2018 - includes travel, housing, living allowance, industry orientation, internship placement, and mentoring! Open to current third and fourth years and graduate students of all majors. Apply now!


Application for McIntire’s B.S. in Commerce
Registration:  Now Open - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 12:00 noon
Submit Applications from Friday, January 12 - Thursday, January 25, 2018 by 12:00 noon
Students can learn more about the process and apply here. If you have additional questions, please visit Rouss & Robertson 142 during Walk-In Advising, read the Keeping up with Commerce Blog, subscribe to the Keeping Up with Commerce Newsletter, or contact us to make an appointment. Recognizing each student’s unique academic and career goals, backgrounds, and talents, the McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission encourages and empowers students as they strive toward their goals. We look forward to working with you!

Join the UVA Cultural Programming Board
Application Deadline: Fridays by 5:00PM at least two weeks before event
The Cultural Programming Board is NOW accepting applications for the Fall 2017-2018 semester to fund cultural events and programs. For more information.


Apply for a Serpentine Society Internship
Position expected to be in Spring 2018 Semester
The Serpentine Society is pleased to announce the creation of an internship which will work closely with our board to connect the Society with UVA students and administrators in Alumni Hall. Subsequent intern appointments will run for the entire academic year, beginning in the fall of 2018 (see job description). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for one professional (or academic) reference. Applicants should incorporate answers to the following questions in their cover letter: What do you hope to gain personally from this experience? How would you like to use this opportunity engage the UVA LGBTQ student population?


Summer Institute in Bioethics – Yale University
Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics offers an intensive and international summer institute in bioethics in New Haven, CT, open to graduate students, professionals, and select undergraduates. Full Program: June 1 – July 21, 2018 - Tuition $1,875 for undergraduates, $2,275 for graduate students, and $3,275 for advanced professionals. Foundations of Bioethics: June 4 - 7, 2018 - Tuition $500 for students, $1,000 for advanced professionals. Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost. For further information, or contact Lori Bruce, Program Director


The Leadership Alliance National: Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates in the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research. It also prepares them to pursue competitive applications for graduate school, specifically PhD or MD-PhD programs. Participants will spend 8-10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution (Harvard, Princeton and Yale to name a few), receive training, a stipend, travel, and housing expenses from the research institution. For more information, please visit its website.

UVA Center for Wireless Health Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program|
Application Deadline: Online Applications Now - February 1, 2018
The UVA Center for Wireless Health Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is seeking highly motivated applicants to provide an intensive faculty-mentored, 8-week research experience. Wireless Health is an emerging, interdisciplinary field infusing wireless technologies in healthcare and medical research to improve patient care and quality of life. or more information, see Wireless Health REU program flyer or contact Dr. Jasmine Crenshaw.


The UVA Parents Fund Scholarships
Application Deadline: Closes early March - Recipients announced at Parents Fund Committee 2018 Spring Meeting.
The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarship are awarded to rising third-year students who have a demonstrated record of citizenship, leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. These two $7,500 annual scholarships cover a portion of tuition and fees for the recipients’ third and fourth years. Students should submit an application, resume and a letter of recommendation to Letters of recommendation may come from anyone, however, we recommend asking a UVA professor or dean to write about your citizenship, leadership, and/or academic achievement. If selected, applicants should attend a reception. Email Jennifer Huebner, UVA Parents Fund Specialist, with questions. 

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Summer Workshop Program
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018
The IRT Summer Workshop selects 35-40 interns for an intense four-week summer workshop at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Interns will attend discussions, lectures, conferences, and debates in the disciplines of education, the humanities, and social sciences that one may encounter throughout graduate study. The Summer Workshop Program is for college juniors and seniors who intend to pursue graduate study upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Summer workshop participants will receive a stipend, travel expenses, and room and board. Application is open! To apply, click here For more information.


UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 for the summer of 2018 - Held from Saturday, June 2 – Thursday, July 14, 2018
UVA-SMLP builds on the success of the previous summer medical academic enrichment programs [Medical Academic Advancement Program (MAAP) and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)]. The goal: to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them for medical school admission &  future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. For more information, visit the homepage


AT&T Summer Internship Program
Start Date: Late May through early June (12 weeks per summer over 3 summers paid internship)
Join ATT after graduation and be a part of a team known for shaping the next generation of leaders. Click here for 2018 hiring information. You must be pursuing an undergraduate degree -- business, technology & finance majors preferred. Relocation is possible to start the internship, but not required during summer assignment. 


Cville Bio-Trek: Connect with BioTech Companies in your Backyard
Spend quality time at local Charlottesville organizations that are revolutionizing biotechnology in your own backyard! Learn how your lab and bench science skills can work, and connect with potential local employers interested in connecting with UVA students. Get insider tips on how to market your experience, and where to apply your life science skills. Learn from professionals who are on the cutting edge of BioTech and expand your network. For more information or contact Christie Julien


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.


Shadow a Professional this J-term!
The Career IDEAs Externship Program aims to connect students with meaningful Externship opportunities in J-Term and during the summer months. Students apply to the program via Handshake and are selected for an externship site that will help them explore the industry of their choice. The program is open to all students, but the priority is for those who have not had an externship or internship experience. Second and Third years who are first-generation college students and part of under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Contact Name: Christie Julien


This Week in Black History

November 30, 1924 - Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman in Congress, is born in Brooklyn, NY – A pioneering politician, educator and author, Rep. Chisholm (D–New York) was the first African-American woman to campaign to be the presidential candidate of one of the two major political parties. A strong support of civil rights, Chisholm was a founding member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and National Women’s Political Caucus.

December 1, 1955 - Rosa Parks ignites bus boycott that is a turning point in the modern U.S. Civil Rights Movement - On this day, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Her act launched the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which members of the African-American community refused to ride on the city’s buses. She was seated in the “colored” section of the bus, but the white section was filled and, in accordance with the law, she was required to give up her seat, if a white person asked for it. 

December 4, 1969 - Police kill two members of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, Illinois - Black Panthers Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22, are gunned down by 14 police officers as they were sleeping in their apartment. The raid, which had been led by Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan, was only one of many attempts by the government to weaken the Black Power movement, especially in the 1970s.


Black History Collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

Project Rise: 4th Year Re-orientation 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 Fourth 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.

Black Friday resumes on Friday, December 1st, 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 & Wednesday-open; Tuesday & 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 – Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm; Thursday, 3 to 5:00 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

UVA Masters in Public Health (MPH) – Information Session
Wednesday, November 29 - 5:30-6:30 pm - 177 Newcomb Hall (Student Center)
Interested in learning more about UVA's MPH program, including the 4+1 program? Join current MPH students for this information session to learn more about their program experiences and the application process. GRE scores not required for current UVa students. Food!

Lunch and Learn: Summer Research Internship Workshop Series
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.

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) – Information Session
Thursday, November 30 – 2:00-3:00 pm - Newcomb 117
Are you an underrepresented student planning to pursue a master's or Ph.D.? The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) is hosting an information session on to discuss the support that is available for graduate school applications, including fee waivers and editing. Students interested in graduate study in the Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Education are encouraged to attend! For more details, contact Keisha John or Dean Grimes. Look forward to seeing you there!

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Ana Navarro
Thursday, November 30 - 6:00-7:30 pm - Newcomb Hall Ballroom
UVA Engineering welcomes political strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro, as part of the 2017-2018 Excellence through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Thomas Pilnik

UVA Annual Lighting of the Lawn
Thursday, November 30 - 7:00-10:00 pm - UVA Lawn & the Rotunda
Students, faculty, staff and the Charlottesville community gather to attend this annual event to mark the end of the fall semester. This event encourages an atmosphere of inclusion, warmth, and is family friendly. The program will include receptions, acapella performances, and a light show. Livestream Here!

To 'Joy’: A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories
Friday, December 1 (evening) & Friday, December 2 (10:00 am- 5:00 pm) Minor Hall 125
Tera W. Hunter’s "To ‘Joy My Freedom: Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War" addresses  overlapping areas of inquiry including black feminist history, African American Studies, Southern History and Labor History. Celebrate the anniversary of its 1997 publication during this two-day event. This intimate symposium invites scholars to reflect upon Hunter’s pivotal work through presentations of their own in-progress work, and gain insights on new directions in black feminist scholarship. Contact Name: Justene Hill Edwards

Embodying Compassion, Cultivating Resilience: A Half-Day Retreat with Leslie Booker
Saturday, December 2 - 9:30 am-1:30 pm - Bavaro Hall Room 116 – Morning Session (include lunch)
Saturday, December 2 - 2:30 pm-6:30 pm - Bavaro Hall Room 116 – Afternoon Session (include dinner)
The Contemplative Sciences Center hosts a retreat in which students will learn how to embody compassion and cultivate resilience as community activists, leaders, and especially as human beings having relational experiences. A morning session is open to UVA students of color; an afternoon session is open to UVA students from all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and backgrounds. There is no cost to attend either (or both) sessions, but pre-registration is required.  Food will be provided at each session.

Pre-Commerce Celebratory Dinner
Monday, December 4 – 7:00 pm - Sedona Taphouse
Second years are invited to a "Pre-Application Submission Celebratory Dinner," where current McIntire School of Commerce students and admissions officers will answer questions. The dinner is FREE so RSVP by Monday, November 20th, as space is limited! Contact Name: T'sara Nock

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 demonstrate how to use citation management tools. No need to set up an appointment – just drop in!

This Week’s UCARE Updates: For information on upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook.