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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

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 23 – Fall 2018 Course Shopping Cart Opens to Students

Monday, March 26 through Friday, April 6 - Advising for Fall Semester 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

“To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.” June Jordan

Shadelle Gregory

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Joanna Lee Williams, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Curry School of Education’s Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy (EDLF).  Within Curry, she is affiliated with Youth-Nex: The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, the new Center for the Study of Race and Public Education in the South, and the undergraduate major, Youth and Social Innovation (YSI). Williams received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and joined the Curry faculty in 2008. Her research examines race and ethnicity as social contexts for youth development. Currently, she is studying racial/ethnic diversity in adolescent friendship networks and collaborating with colleagues to explore issues of social network equity in middle school classrooms. Her other work examines racial/ethnic identity as a form of positive youth development, and she is also a research collaborator with the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP).  In addition to teaching adolescent development, she recently developed two new courses in Curry: EDLF 3460 and 5700; both focus on pressing education issues around race in youth development.

Nominate a student to be featured in an upcoming OAAA Student Spotlight! Send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes (mail by Thursday at 12 noon.


Quote's Corner

  June Jordan, a Caribbean-American poet, playwright, human rights and progressive political advocate was born July 9, 1936, in Harlem, New York. Jordan engaged in the fundamental struggles of her era: civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom and was regarded as one of the key figures in the mid-century African American social, political and artistic movements. She also taught at Yale University, State University of New York-Stony Brook, and the University of California-Berkley. Throughout her long career, she gained considerable acclaim as both an essayist and political writer. Jordan died in 2002 in Harlem, New York of breast cancer.

Opportunites with Deadlines

UVA's Institute for Public History Internship
Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Eighteen paid summer internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students during summer 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 UVA. Both small, volunteer historical associations and large public and private agencies are represented. For information, view a full list of internships and the downloadable application form. For further information, contact Lisa Goff at

UVA Summer Diabetes Research InternshipApplication 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 can be 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 – Program dates: 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

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 for the next 3 summers (12 weeks per summer)
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 assignments. 

Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Full Program: Friday, June 1 – Saturday, July 21, 2018
This is an intensive and international summer institute in bioethics in New Haven, CT, open to graduate students, professionals, and select undergraduates. The program features a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics and over twenty-five small, intensive seminars on topics such as neuroethics, end-of-life care, law, philosophy, technology, and social justice in medical care, including one seminar in Spanish for native speakers. Students also visit the esteemed Hastings Center and receive weekly classes in professional development; their work culminates in the writing of a short paper and the presentation of a related poster at the Yale School of Medicine. Select students will be invited to “Fast Track,”for a close mentoring experience to help students develop and publish submissions to bioethics journals. Tuition for Non-Yale Students: $1,875 undergraduates, $2,275 graduate students, $3,275 advanced professionals. See or contact Lori Bruce, Program Director, at

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 2018 summer research programs are opening for applications. There are 699 summer research programs posted on this website, with new program dates and programs posted every day! Right now, students can 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.

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 2018-2019 semester to fund cultural events and programs. For more information.




This Week in Black History

In 1926, scholar and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be Negro History Week. The expansion of what is now termed Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February, 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February, 1970. In 1976 the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. In 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244 which designated February, 1986 as National Black (Afro-American) History Month. This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.” The law further called upon to President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe February, 1986 as Black History Month, with the appropriate ceremonies and activities. Since its inception in 1926, Negro History Week and Black History Month have been given annual themes. The first annual theme was simply, "The Negro in History," but since then the themes have grown more specific 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War.

The 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition against slavery was the first protest against African-American slavery made by a religious body in the English colonies. Francis Daniel Pastorius, a young German attorney, drafted the petition with three other Quakers in Germantown, (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Germantown Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The group raised the issue of slavery at their Quaker Meeting at Dublin (Abington), and wrote the petition based on the Golden Rule to, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The petition asserted that every human -- regardless of belief, color, or ethnicity -- has rights that should not be violated. Those present decided that although the issue was fundamental and just, it was too difficult and consequential for them to judge, and needed to be considered further. So, the petition was sent to the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, where it was again considered; then, it was sent to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (held in Burlington, NJ). Realizing that the abolition of slavery would have a wide and overreaching impact on the entire colony, none of the Society of Friends Meetings’ members wanted to pass judgment on such a "weighty matter." The 1688 petition gave rise to President Abraham Lincoln's reference to human rights in the Gettysburg Address. In March 2005, the original document was found in a vault at Arch Street Meetinghouse, and currently resides at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

On February 8, 1968, the Orangeburg (SC) Massacre occurred. This confrontation between local students and police was the most violent incident in South Carolina's modern civil rights history. It began when students started a bonfire to protest racial segregation on the campus of the state college. Authorities moved in to put the bonfire out, and one officer was injured by a piece of a railing that was thrown at him. The crowd facing the officers began to grow; then shooting began when a highway patrolman fired warning shots with his gun in the air, causing others to shoot as well. Three young men were killed: South Carolina State University students Henry Smith (19) and Samuel Hammond (18), and Delano Middleton, a 17 year old local high school student. Twenty-seven protestors were injured during the four nights of protest. The police later said that they believed they were under attack by the crowd that was firing small arms. Eventually, the federal government brought charges against the state patrolmen; this was the first federal trial of police officers accused of using excessive force at a campus protest. However, the nine highway patrol officers who faced federal charges in connection with the shootings were all acquitted of any crime.


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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 - Spring Semester
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

Black History Month Arts Competition “How does it feel to be colored you?”
NOW until Friday, February 23
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

Project Rise: 4th Year Re-orientation with Dean Mason
Monday, February 5 - 12:00pm-1:30pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center #2 Dawson’s Row

As the Spring semester begins to kick into high gear, it becomes increasingly important to take some time off to decompress and discuss the stresses and anxieties that come with the impending graduation in May. To address these issues, Project RISE is bringing back Reorientation! Reorientation is a social support group focused on providing African-American Fourth year students with a space to discuss the stress surrounding graduation, as well as the transition from college to the “real world.” Led by Dr. Michael Mason, Reorientation will take place in W.E.B. DuBois Center.

UVA Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence: Marisa Williamson
Featured now through Sunday, April 15 – Ruffin Hall Studio 323
Marisa Williamson is a New York metro area-based multimedia artist and teacher. Generously supported by The Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation and the McIntire Department of Art,The Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence is an annual position designed to bring artists of international stature to the University of Virginia’s studio art program within Ruffin Hall.  As the Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence, Ms. Williamson will work with students in a variety of courses and be in residence during the spring 2018 academic semester.

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

Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism
A University of Virginia Library February Series: “Eyes (and Ears) on Economic Activism”  
Friday, February 9 - 12:00pm–2:30pm - Auditorium Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
This event will provide a look back at the Poor People’s Campaign and the events surrounding the Resurrection City of 1968, while also looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the Campaign and a new push for economic revitalization. The panel includes activist photographers Maria Varela, Laura Jones, and activist/author Chuck Fager and will be moderated by John Mason, UVA Corcoran Department of History. Lunch served at 12:00 noon. Registration Required Co-Sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), the Americas Center/Centro de las Americas, the American Studies Program, the Center for Global Health, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Black College Women-Resisting the Narrative: This is Just my Face: Try not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe
Sunday, February 11 & Sunday, February 25 – 6:00 pm – Maury 113
Join BCW for this engaging book talk. Books are available now at the LPJ Black Cultural Center. Sponsors: Black College Women & UVA Parents Fund.

Let's Go Explore with Archaeology
Saturday, February 10 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm - David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello
In honor of Black History Month, join archaeologists in Monticello’s Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Kids and their favorite grown-ups will examine artifacts and visit sites on Monticello’s Mulberry Row. This program is specially designed for children ages 7 - 11, accompanied by an adult and will start the Monticello Visitor Center. Purchase tickets here.

Men's Leadership Project (MLP): Big Brothers Information Session
Tuesday February 13 - Open Grounds – time TBA
Combining practical experience with classroom study gives UVA undergraduate men the knowledge and skills to be an effective role model for young people in the community. In their yearlong commitment with MLP, big brothers enroll in a Curry School course to better understand adolescent development, attend weekly after-school sessions at partnering middle schools, and plan one-on-one activities with their little brothers. Application available. Contact the Outreach Coordinator Genevieve Brackins at for more information, including the time of the event.

Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism - A University of Virginia Library February Series: “Eyes on Health, Medicine, & Biases”
Thursday, February 15 - 1:30 pm-3:30 pm- Auditorium Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
Join this panel to investigate medical biases against African-Americans hurt all people. Dayna Matthew, UVA School of Law; Cameron Webb, UVA School of Medicine; Preston Reynolds, UVA School of Medicine, and Michael Williams, UVA School of Medicine will speak on this panel moderated by Greg Townsend, UVA School of Medicine. Lunch served at 1:30 pm. Registration Required. Co-Sponsored with The Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), the Americas Center/Centro de las Americas, the American Studies Program, the Center for Global Health, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia.

UVA Educators' Expo Annual Job & Interview Fair
Friday, February 16 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Job Fair); 12:00pm-5:00pm (Interviews, prearranged in the morning Job Fair) - Newcomb Hall Student Activities Center (Ballroom & adjacent rooms)
If you are interested in full-time or summer K-12 education opportunities, 80+ education organization employers (from Alaska to Florida, from WA state to DC, VA, MD, ND and SC) will be at UVA to hire for positions in teaching, administration, Second Language Programs and school counseling openings for the upcoming school year. Register for afternoon interviews - you need not be state certified to teach (although it is a bonus), as representatives from private & independent schools, recruiting agencies, summer programs, charter schools, and non-profit education organizations will attend. Sponsored by the Curry School of Education Career Services Office. For more information, click here.

2nd annual Community History Fair: Memories Matter
Saturday, February 17 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm - Monticello & the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Bring your family heirlooms and get advice on proper storage and care. Learn about efforts to save and protect African-American history in our area. UVA professor Claudrena Harold will show some of her short films on “Fifeville" and black life in Charlottesville. For More Info and RSVP

Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism - A University of Virginia Library February Series: “Eyes on Racism & Activism in the Media”
Tuesday, February 20 - 3:00 pm -5:00 pm - Auditorium Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library; Reception at 4:30 pm
This panel will explore depictions of blackness in media and the role of legacy and social media in activist movements. Join Carmenita Higginbotham, UVA McIntire Department of Art, Meredith Clark, UVA Department of Media Studies, and Lisa Woolfork, UVA Department of English and moderator Phylissa Mitchell of the UVA Library. Registration Required. Co-Sponsored with The Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), the Americas Center/Centro de las Americas, the American Studies Program, the Center for Global Health, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia.

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

LPJ @ the Movies: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Wednesday, February 21 – 7:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center
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 are available now in the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center. Sponsors: Black Male Initiative & the UVA Parents Fund

Black History Month Arts Competition Awards, Announcements and Art Displays
Friday, February 23 – 5:00 -7:00 pm - Newcomb Hall Kaleidoscope Room**
For a contemporary experience of Zora Neale Hurston’s important essay, “How does it feel to be colored me?” write an essay, a story, a poem or create visual or audio art. This series of activities is designed to encourage you as you navigate this realm of existence and discover how to embrace your identity. ** NOTE ROOM CHANGE**

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

Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism - A University of Virginia Library
February Series: “Eyes on SNCC”
Tuesday, February 27 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - The Rotunda, Multipurpose Room; Reception at 5:30 pm
Take a deep dive into the papers of the late Julian Bond and learn of his role in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Join Faith Holsaert, editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC; John Gartrell, Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University Libraries, and Krystal Appiah, Archivist at the UVA Library. UVA Professor Deborah McDowell, Department of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute will moderate the panel. Registration Required. Co-Sponsored with The Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), the Americas Center/Centro de las Americas, the American Studies Program, the Center for Global Health, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia.

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