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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 second winner of the BPC Survey Lottery is Kiara Lemon, Fourth-Year student in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has won the second of many prizes, a $25-dollar gift VISA Gift Card.

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

“I've always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you're not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it.” - Hazel Scott

Briana Barrett

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Briana Barrett is a fourth year student from Chesapeake, VA, double majoring in English and Psychology. During her time on Grounds, Bri has served as an avid volunteer through Madison House, a Research Assistant for the Early Steps Laboratory, a Peer Advisor through the Office of African-American Affairs, and a student intern for the Young Women Leaders Program at the UVA Women's Center. She is the Parliamentarian of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., a position through which she actively celebrates and promotes diversity in the communities around her. She is currently serving as a Peer Counselor through Project Rise and working as a Recruiting Assistant for the UVA Football Office. After graduation, Briana hopes to pursue a career in clinical mental health counseling, with the purpose of bringing awareness to mental health within minority communities across the United States.

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

Hazel Dorothy Scott, was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer, and actress. Born June 11, 1920, she was recognized early as a musical prodigy and received a scholarship at age eight to study at the Juilliard School. She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and on radio at age 16. In 1950, she became the first black woman to have a TV (variety) program – The Hazel Scott Show. Her career in America faltered after she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy era. Scott then moved to Paris and performed abroad in the late 1950s, before returning to the United States. She was committed to civil rights, particularly in Hollywood, and refused to take roles that cast her as a "singing maid," and limit her career choices. Scott also refused to perform in segregated venues when she was on tour; once, she was once escorted from the city of Austin, Texas, by Texas Rangers, because she refused to perform in a segregated venue. She died of cancer in 1981 at 61 years old.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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 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.

Mellon Museum Internship Program
Application Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018
This program offers grants to students from underrepresented backgrounds, students interested in Indigenous arts, cultures, and histories & students interested in working at the UVA Museums: The Fralin or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. $3500 Grants for Museum, Archive, and Historic Site Internships. For more information, visit the program website or contact Amanda Wagstaff, Program Coordinator, at For more information.

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.

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This Week in Black History

Frederick Douglass was elected president of Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, commonly known as The Freedmen’s Bank on February 16, 1874. The bank was incorporated on March 3, 1865 and created by the United States Congress, along with the Freedmen’s Bureau, to aid the freedmen in their transition from slavery to freedom. At its peak, the bank operated 37 branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia, making it one of the first multi-state banks in the nation. By 1870, nearly all its local branches were run by African-Americans. Economic instability brought upon by the Panic of 1873, coupled with the bank’s rapid expansion, proved disastrous. Hoping to revive the bank, Frederick Douglass donated tens of thousands of dollars of his own money to shore up the declining institution. Although Douglass pleaded for Congress to intervene, on June 29, 1874, the bank was officially closed.

Marian Anderson, was an African-American internationally acclaimed contralto and opera star, was born February 17, 1902. During her career, she performed in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the international spotlight. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in January 1955. For several years, she was also a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and a "goodwill ambassadress" for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. She sang at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. She died in April of 1993.

In February 21, 1965, Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam in New York City. He has been called one of the most influential African-Americans in history as Muslim minister and a human rights activist. Born May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, many thought he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks; others  accused him of preaching racism and violence. By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad. He ultimately repudiated the Nation and its teachings and embraced Sunni Islam. After a period of travel in Africa and the Middle East, including completing the Hajj, he returned to the United States to found Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. While continuing to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense, he disavowed racism. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published shortly after his death, is considered one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

Project Rise: 4th Year Re-orientation with Dean Mason
Mondays – 12:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room - #2 Dawson’s Row
As the Spring semester kicks into high gear, it is increasingly important to take some time off to decompress and discuss the stresses and anxieties that come with the upcoming May graduation. To address these issues, Project RISE has brought 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.

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 – Spring Semester
Sunday through Thursday nights - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA Peer Advisors) Thursday:
Spanish tutoring & career support with a Career Peer educator (NEW!) &

“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 – Newcomb Kaleidoscope 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 or create a visual or audio art project to learn how to navigate this realm of existence and embrace your identity. Submit to: Sponsors: Luther P. Jackson Student Funding Committee, Orphée Noir, and the Paul Robeson Players.

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 who will work with students in a variety of courses and be in residence during the spring 2018 academic semester.  Her visit is 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’s studio art program within Ruffin Hall.

Men's Leadership Project (MLP): Big Brothers Information Session
Tuesday February 13 - Open Grounds – time TBA
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. 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 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 that hurt all people. Panel speakers will be 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. Greg Townsend, UVA School of Medicine, is the panel moderator. Lunch 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 UVA Office of African-American Affairs..

UVA Educators' Expo Annual Job & Interview Fair
Friday, February 16 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm (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 withmoderator 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 Panther: 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 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 College Women-Resisting the Narrative: This is Just my Face: Try not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe
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.

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 UVA Office of African-American Affairs.

Excellence through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Michelle Alexander
Tuesday, February 27 - 6:00 pm - 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.