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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!

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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

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

Alisia Jones

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Alisia Jones is a Fourth-year honors student from Midlothian, VA who is double-majoring in Global Studies and Spanish. Her commitment to social justice and equality of all influences much of her involvement at UVA and beyond. On Grounds, she is the President of the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association, and has coordinated programming with the University Career Center and the Black Law Students Association. As a University Judiciary Committee (UJC) educator, Alisia was named educator of the semester for her commitment to informing the University community about the UJC process. In Charlottesville, she has interned at the Albemarle Migrant Education Program, and spent last summer working with the Richmond Justice Initiative. This semester, Alisia is conducting research with a Detroit-based legal firm on human trafficking. After graduation this May, plans to gain more legal work experience in the Commonwealth before attending law school. 

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.



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

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 - Thursday, 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 Keys to Black Entrepreneurship
Thursday, February 1st | 6:00 PM | Rouss Robertson 410
Announcement:Interested in Entrepreneurship? Join the BCSN, BSA, NSBE, and the Collegiate
100 Society as we talk about development, opportunities, and frequent misconceptions about entrepreneurship. Our guest speakers are University alumni Greg and Tony Parchment. Business casual attire is required and food will be provided! For more information: Contact Name: T'sara Nock Contact

Batten Undergraduate Degree Deadline 2/5
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership is a multidisciplinary, liberal arts program focused on understanding how public policy decisions are made, and how civic leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector contribute to collective problem solving. The application is due at 11:59 P.M. on Monday, February 5. For more information:  Contact Name: Patti Edson

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

February 3, 1956 - Autherine Lucy enrolled as a graduate at the University of Alabama, becoming the first African-American ever admitted to a white public school or university in the state. The University Board of Trustees reluctantly allowed her to register and she was barred from all dormitories and dining halls. On the third day of classes, a hostile mob assembled to prevent Lucy from attending classes. The police were called to secure her admission but, that evening, the University suspended her on the grounds that it could not provide a safe environment. Lucy and her attorneys filed suit against the university to have the suspension overturned; however, this suit was not successful and was used as a justification for her permanent expulsion. University officials claimed that Lucy had slandered the university and she should not be a student. The University of Alabama finally overturned her expulsion in 1988, and in 1992, she earned her Master’s degree. The university named an endowed scholarship in her honor and unveiled a portrait of her in the student union with the inscription –“her initiative and courage won the right for students of all races to attend the University.” She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. 

Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was an African-American Civil Rights activist, joining the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, where she was elected secretary. Parks has been called by the United States Congress "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement." She also co-founded the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation for college-bound high school seniors, and co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. Her birthday and the day she was arrested have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio. She died October 24, 2005 at the age of 92. Parks was the first American -- who was never a U.S. government official, and the second black person -- to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.  

February, 1983 - August Wilson's play, Fences, opens at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Fences was Wilson’s masterpiece about an aging baseball player and his tumultuous relationship with his athlete son, marked the first Wilson play produced by the Goodman. Following its Chicago run, the show moved to Broadway, where it won Tony Awards for Best Play, and for its stars James Earl Jones and Mary Alice. Wilson also received the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes for this moving work. In 2016, this award-winning play was adapted for the big screen and received Oscar nominations, including best picture, best actor (Denzel Washington) and best actress (Viola Davis), who won the award.


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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 – 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


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 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

FAITH, POWER, & PRIVILEGE Holding Intersectionality, Equity and Justice in 2018

YAVILAH MCCOY is the CEO of the international diversity consulting group, DIMENSIONS Inc. in Boston. She is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher that has worked extensively within multi-faith communities to increase racial justice and expand equity and inclusion. McCoy will discuss the practice of holding multiple identities within efforts to build greater equity and justice in the changing political and social climate of 2018. BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE BRODY JEWISH CENTER & JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL    COSPONSORS INCLUDE: The Office for Diversity and Equity, Black Student Alliance, Office of African-American Affairs, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1st Year Council, 2nd Year Council, 3rd Year Council, 4th Year Trustees, and the Minority Rights

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 to pick up on February 1, 2018 from LPJ Black Cultural Center. Sponsors: Black College Women & UVA Parents Fund **NOTE LOCATION CHANGE**

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 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
Wednesday, February 21 – 7:00pm - TBA
Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center and Hereford College

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
Friday, 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.