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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

OAAA Academic Support – 2018 Spring Semester
Raising-the-Bar Open Study Sessions with Peer Advisors – LPJ Black Cultural Center
Sunday through Thursday nights - 5:00-8:00 pm
Thursday: SPAN 1020, 2010, 2020 & Career Services Support – with Career Peer Educator &

Focused Study & Tutoring Sessions - WEB DuBois Conference Room & Hallway
MATH 1190, 1210, 1220, 1310: Tuesday, 4-7 pm & Thursday, 4-6 pm
BIOL 2200: Thursday 6-8 pm
CHEM 1420: Friday, 2-4 pm

For questions, contact Dean Grimes (

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

Quote of the Week

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” – James Baldwin

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Ira C. Harris is an associate professor-General Faculty and Director of the MS in Commerce Program in the McIntire School of Commerce. He also teaches in the areas of strategic management and corporate mergers and acqusitions. His research concentrates on the interplay between corporate governance and acquisition process theory. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University. Harris received his doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin; he holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.B.A from Howard University. Harris is also a certified public accountant in Illinois and Virginia. He has an extensive corporate background, having been an auditor in the Chicago Office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells, and a financial reporting manager at MCI Telecommunications.  In addition to his academic career, he operates his family’s self-storage business in Tappahannock, VA.

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

James Arthur "Jimmy" Baldwin, born August 2, 1924 in New York City, was an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic. Baldwin’s writings explored the complexities of racial, sexual, and class discrepancies. An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro. His other notable novels include Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head, as well as  Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Baldwin emerged as one of the leading voices in the Civil Rights Movement for his compelling work on race. He returned from Europe to the United States at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and began reporting from Atlanta, Georgia, where he met and became friends with Martin Luther King Jr. He wrote several essays on the movement, which were published in well-known magazines. Baldwin later joined the Congress of Racial Equality, and traveled across the American South lecturing on his views of racial inequality and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine on May 17, 1963.. Baldwin died in December of 1987, at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France at the age of 63.

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

Sign up for Jopwell to get a job and internship refferals!
Ever wonder what it'd be like to intern with Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Conde Nast or the NBA? Jopwell, the leading career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals, can provide visibility at these companies so that you can build the foundation for a successful career. Sign up today to use our jobs platform, receive career guidance, and get invited to exclusive events with our partner companies at Contact Carmen Del Valle (carment.jopwell.comTwo UVa alumni have been featured in the digital magazine.

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

Did you know?  Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner (1912–2006) was an African-American inventor. Kenner received five patents in her lifetime for household items including the sanitary belt (maxi pads), the bathroom tissue holder, a back washer that mounted on the wall of the shower, and the carrier attachment on walkers for disabled people. She worked as a florist and credited her father for encouraging her creativity during her childhood. Despite her major success, Mary maintained that she created these items because she enjoyed making life easier for people and not solely for monetary gain.

Did you know? Patricia Bath, Ophthalmologist, born in Harlem, New York, in 1942, became the first African-American female physician to receive a patent for a medical invention. Her inventions related to cataract surgery and included the Laserphaco Probe  and an ultrasound technique. After graduating from high school in only two years, Bath went to Hunter College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1964. She then attended Howard University to pursue a medical degree. Bath graduated with honors from Howard in 1968, and accepted an internship at Harlem Hospital shortly afterward. The following year, she also began a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University and was the first African-American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that "eyesight is a basic human right." Through her studies there, she discovered that her African-American patients were twice as likely to suffer from blindness, and eight times more likely to develop glaucoma. Her research led to her development of a community ophthalmology system, which increased the amount of eye care given to those who were unable to afford treatment.

Did you know? Jane C. Wright, cancer researcher and surgeon, born in New York City in 1919, became well known for her contributions to chemotherapy, and for pioneering the use of the drug methotrexate to treat breast and skin cancer. Jane graduated with honors from New York Medical College in 1945. She interned at Bellevue Hospital from 1945 to 1946, serving nine months as an assistant resident in internal medicine and completed a residency at Harlem Hospital. Wright was appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation, at the age of 33. In 1955, she became an associate professor of surgical research at NYU and director of cancer chemotherapy research at NYU Medical Center, and its affiliated Bellevue and University hospitals. In 1964, Pres. Johnson appointed Dr. Wright to the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke. In 1967, she was named professor of surgery, head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department, and associate dean at New York Medical College, her alma mater. At that time, Dr. Wright was the highest ranked African-American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution. In 1971, she was the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society. She retired in 1987, after publishing many research papers on cancer chemotherapy and leading delegations of cancer researchers to Africa, China, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.


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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!


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.

Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism - A University of Virginia Library February Series: “Eyes on Racism & Activism in the Media”
Tuesday, February 20 - 3:00-5:00 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 with 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
Tuesday, 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

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, February 21 - 1:00-2:00 pm - Clemons Library, Room 204
Thursday, February 22 - 1:00-2:00 pm - Clemons Library, Room 204
UVa Center for Undergraduate Excellence are conducting workshops - Are you interested in doing research but don’t know how to start? Come to our workshop and find out! We’ll talk about undergraduate research: what it is, how to find a mentor, how to apply, and more.

University Undergraduate Award for Arts Project Information Session
Wednesday, February 21 - 4:00-5:00 pm - Clemons Library, Room 204
Looking for funding for a project in the arts? The University Undergraduate Award for Arts Projects program funds outstanding undergraduate projects in the arts to be carried out this summer and next academic year. Eligible projects might include writing or directing a play or film, writing a collection of poetry, designing costumes for a play, choreographing a dance, creating a sculpture, or composing or performing a piece of music. Come to this session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!

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

Kenan Fellowship Information Session
Thursday, February 22 - 4:00-5:00 pm - Clemons Library, Room 202
The William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village has established an endowment to fund educational outreach programs that further the educational mission of Jefferson’s Academical Village. The fund will support five awards of $5,000 ($4,000 for students, $1,000 for faculty advisors) for full-time research to be conducted during the summer. Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Virginia are eligible to apply. Come to this session to learn more about this opportunity. 

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 - 4:00-6:00 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.