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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 Office of African-American Affairs Black History Month Calendar is now available. Keep up-to-date about upcoming Black History Month event dates, times, and locations in the OAAA E-Weekly Newsletters - Have an item you'd like in the next newsletter? Submit it here!

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

Wednesday, January 31 - Last Day for Adding Classes, Last Day to Elect the AU (Audit) Option, Last Day to Change to or from "Credit/No Credit" Option

Thursday, February 1 - Last Day to Drop a Class

Friday, March 2 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Recess

Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, March 11 - Spring Recess

Friday, March 9 - Class Search Available For Summer and Fall 2018 Classes

Monday, March 12 - Classes Resume

Wednesday, March 14 - Last Day to Withdraw from a Course

Friday, March 16 - Fall Schedule of Classes in Live in SIS

Friday, March 23 - Shopping Cart Opens to Students

Monday, March 26 through Friday, April 6 - Advising for Fall 2018 Course Selection

Tuesday, April 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from the University & Return for Fall 2018 Semester; Last Day to Apply for Readmission for the Summer 2018 Term

Wednesday, April 25 - Last Day to Request Change in Examination Schedule

Tuesday, May 1 - Classes End

Wednesday, May 2 - Reading Day

Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 11 - Course Examinations

Sunday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 9 - Reading Days

Saturday, May 19 - Final Exercises

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Harambee II

Sunday, January 21st at 3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall Ballroom

The Office of African-American Affairs recognized first-year students who achieved academic honors during the 2017 fall semester. Maurice Apprey, Dean African-American Affairs, delivered the keynote speech. Representatives from various University and national programs met students to discuss academic and summer opportunities. A cake and punch reception immediately followed the program. It was a great event!


You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight each week.

Please send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.



Opportunites with Deadlines

Apply to Curry School of Education: Youth and Social Innovation, Kinesiology, Teacher Education and Speech Communication Disorders
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Are you interested in making a change and impacting society? You can find the online application and more information. If you have questions about the application process or want to discuss more about our programs, please e-mail Jessica Livingston for more information.

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.

UVA's Institute for Public History
Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Eighteen paid summer internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students during the summer of 2018. The Institute for Public History offers paid summer internships for University of Virginia graduate and undergraduate students at public history sites. Specific sites and duties of the internships change each year. Sites include historic houses, museums, libraries, public policy organizations, and The University of Virginia. Both small, volunteer historical associations and large public and private agencies are represented. For information, please use these links: a full list of internships and the downloadable application form. For further information, contact Lisa Goff at

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This ten-week sponsored program, led by Dr. Oberholzer, Chief of Transplant and Director of UVA transplant center, focuses on diabetes research and treatment, and is the first of this kind at UVA. Students will earn a $3,000 stipend over the course of the ten-week program. Students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields are encouraged to apply. The following items are required: application form, essay, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Internship application and essay accessed by logging into your Handshake account and job posting #635148 ("Diabetes Research Summer Internship Program, Dr. Yong Wang, UVA, Director of Translational Research at Dept. of Surgery and Transplant").  All documents should be sent to Dr. Yong Wang.

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 Scholarships 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

Join the UVA Cultural Programming Board
Application Deadline: Fridays by 5:00 pm 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 for a person who will work closely with the 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?

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 Summer!
The Career IDEAs Externship Program aims to connect students with meaningful Externship opportunities  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: Christie Julien

STEM Summer Research Opportunities
Now is the time that summer research programs are announcing their 2018 deadlines!  We have 699 summer research programs posted on our site currently and we are busy posting new program dates and new programs every day! Students will be able to find: 57 summer science exposure programs for high school students, 607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates, 30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors), and 56 PAID summer programs for graduate students. For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search

This Week in Black History

January 23, 1915 -- Nobel Prize winner and economist Sir William Arthur Lewis was born in St. Lucia in the British West Indies. Sir Lewis made his mark in public affairs and economic development, by advising governments moving towards independence. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to the Commonwealth in 1963. In 1979, we won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.  Lewis remained an active scholar until his death on June 15,1991 at the age of 66.

January 28, 1787 – The Free African Society was organized in Philadelphia, PA in response to the rise in civic organizing following American independence in the 1776-1783 Revolutionary War. Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and Absalom Jones, abolitionist and clergyman, joined forces to create a non-denominational religious organization that served the spiritual, economic and social needs of Philadelphia's African-American community.   For more information visit:


Black History collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Peer Advisor Program
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 26th @ 11:59 pm. The Peer Advisor Program is a support system for many Black students at the University of Virginia, and we need YOU. Apply today!

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 – 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
Sunday 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 – starts January 29th
WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring & quiet study):

Monday & Wednesday-open; Tuesday (Calculus 4-7 pm) & Thursday– (Calculus 4-6 pm) & Quiet Study

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

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


Upcoming Events

MLK Jr. Celebrations

An MLK, Jr. Call for Peace: Marion Lazan
Monday, January 22 - 5:00-6:30pm - Harrison Small Collections Library Auditorium
Four Perfect Pebbles: A message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope. Reception to follow at Multicultural Student Services. Sponsors: Hereford College, Office of African American Affairs, Multicultural Student Services, and Harrison Small Collections Library, Black Presidents Council, University of Virginia Parents Fund, LPJ Student Funding Committee.

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant Award Information Session
Tuesday, January 23 - 4:00-5:00pm - Clemmons Library Room 204
Have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants (CBURG) and hear from previous recipients. CBURG provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors. Come to this session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and hear from previous recipients!

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Saul Williams
Monday, January 22 - 6:00pm - The Paramount Theater
UVA Engineering welcomes poet and musician Saul Williams as part of the Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star. Tickets will be released the afternoon of Monday, January 8th, and available through Tickets are free, open to anyone, and limited to two per registrant.

Externships and Exploration 101
Tuesday, January 23, 24, 25, 26 – 12:00-1:00pm - The Study at 515 University Avenue
Join the Career Center in the Study at 1515 and get the inside scoop on everything externship! If you are curious about a career path or industry, interested in getting an internship, or wondering what your interests are, then attend this program. We’ll cover the basics of what an externship is, how to get one, and other ways that you can explore your interests and skills, and help you set a plan for your semester. Register on Handshake.

2018 Community MLK Celebration Keynote Address: Joy Reid, "We Are the Change We Seek"
Tuesday, January 23 - 6:30-8:30pm - The Paramount Theater
Joy Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and host of "AM Joy" and "The Reid Report," is the 2018 Community MLK Celebration keynote speaker. Douglas Blackmon, director of public programs and executive producer of American Forum at UVA's Miller Center, will lead a Q&A with Reid after her address. A book signing will follow. Free Reception 5:30pm

Film Screening of "An Unlikely Friendship"
Wednesday, January 24 - 6:30pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
"An Unlikely Friendship” is an award-winning documentary by Diane Bloom about the surprising bond that developed between outspoken civil rights activist, Ann Atwater and exalted grand cyclops of the KKK, CP Ellis. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Presented by the City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.

Evon Black: "Black Deaf Americans: Challenges and Successes"
Wednesday, January 24 - 7:00-8:00pm - Minor Hall 125
Evon Black looking into the camera and smiling. Evon Black, a performer and current president of the National Black Deaf Advocates, will describe the situation of Deaf African Americans across the nation.  She will present in American Sign Language (ASL); interpreters will provide voiced English interpretation for non-signing members of the audience. Please join us for a memorable evening! Presented by the American Sign Language Program, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and the Disability Studies Initiative.

Reflecting on Loving v. Virginia on its 50th Anniversary
Thursday, January 25 - 3:00-4:00pm - Caplin Pavilion, School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, will give the keynote address for the Law School's symposium "Loving Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Symposium Reflecting on Loving v. Virginia on its 50th Anniversary." Risa Goluboff (Dean of the School of Law, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Professor of History, University of Virginia) will introduce the keynote speaker.

Double Hoo Information Session
Thursday, January 25 - 4:00- 5:00pm - Byrd Morris Room (318) of Special Collections Library
Have an idea for a Double Hoo research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Double Hoo Research Grant. The grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate/graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year.

MLK Gospel Explosion
Saturday, January 27 - 3:00-5:00 pm - Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville 22902 -Sponsors: Office of African American Affairs & Office of Diversity and Equity 

Black History Month

Black History Month Keynote Address and Opening Event
Thursday, February 1 - 6:30* Ruffner Hall G008
Speaker: Carolyn Finney: Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors Sponsors: Office of African American Affairs & Global Development (*Location may Change.)

LPJ @ the Movies: Deacons for Defense
Wednesday, February 7- Saturday, February 10 – 7:00pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center and Hereford College

BSA Presents: Annual Black Ball- “At Night on Bourbon Street”
Saturday, February 10 – 7:00pm - Darden School of Business Ball Room (Tickets Required)

Black College Women-Resisting the Narrative: This is Just my Face: Try not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe
Sunday, February 11 & Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 6:00pm – Maury 113
Books available February 1, 2018 Sponsors: Black College Women & UVA Parents Fund

Finding our Way Together: Dinner and Discussion
Tuesday, February 13 – TBD –
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center & Multicultural Student Services Multicultural Student Center

Black Panther Movie and Discussion
Wednesday, February 17 - TBD
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center & Black Male Initiative

Black Minds Matter
Saturday, February 20 - 6:00pm - Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center, Project RISE, One Way Christian Fellowship, and OAAA Parents Advisory Association

LPJ @ the Movies: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Sunday, February 21 – 7:00pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center and Hereford College

Black History Month Arts Competition “How does it feel to be colored you?”
Thursday, February 1 - Friday, February 23 (Submit your pieces by Sunday, February 4 @ 11:59pm)
A contemporary experience of Zora Neale Hurston’s important Essay, “How does it feel to be colored me?” Write us an essay, a story, a poem; create visual or audio art. We want to know how you navigate this realm of existence, how you embrace your identity. Submit at: Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Student Funding Committee, Orphée Noir, and the Paul Robeson Players

Black Male Initiative Book Club: The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane & Neil Martinez-Belkin
Thursday, February 22 - 12:00 NOON - WEB DuBois Conference Room
Books available Thursday, February 1, in Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center. Sponsors: Black Male Initiative & UVA Parents Fund

BHM Arts Competition Awards Announcements and Art Displays
Saturday, February 23 – 5:00-7:00pm - Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
A contemporary experience of Zora Neale Hurston’s important Essay, “How does it feel to be colored me?” Write us an essay, a story, a poem; create visual or audio art. We want to know how you navigate this realm of existence, how you embrace your identity.

Black Male Initiative & Black College Women Annual Retreat “Conversations in the Commonwealth”
Saturday, February 24 – 10:00am-2:00pm - Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room & Kaleidoscope
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center, Black College Women, Black Male Initiative, and UVA Parents Fund.

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Michelle Alexander
Tuesday, February 27 - 6:00pm - Old Cabell Hall
Michelle Alexander civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Sponsors: University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and others.