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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/GradSTAR Project Management for Aspiring Leaders
Workshop: Saturday, April 7 - 10:00 am–3:00 pm - Ruffner 302 (Media / Library Commons area)
On-line Application Deadline: Monday, April 2 @ 5:00 pm
Learn the skills to lead groups and manage projects in your CIO, service group or course project! Led by OAAA Dean Patrice Grimes, participants will learn & practice the project planning process from start to finish and receive a certificate of completion. All years are welcome. For more information, please contact Ms. Carter or stop by OAAA when you return to Grounds. Application is on line now!


2018 BPC Survey Winner!


The fifth winner of the BPC Survey Lottery is Gabriel Kwaji, a First-year student in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has won a $25-dollar VISA gift card. TWO final winners and the winning organization with most referrals will be announced later this week.


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, 4:00-7:00 pm & Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm

BIOL 2200: Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm

CHEM 1420: Friday, 2:00-4:00 pm

For questions, contact Dean Grimes (
RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!


Mark Your Calendar

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

Friday, May 18 – Donning of the Kente Ceremony - 6:00 pm – Old Cabell Auditorium

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20 - Final Exercises Weekend


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Quote of the Week

“A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.” - Nikki Giovanni

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Robert Fatton Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics.  He has taught at UVA since 1981 and served as Chair of the Department of Politics from 1997 to 2004; then he was Associate-Dean of the UVA Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2010 to 2012.  He is the author of several books and a large number of articles.  His most recent publication is, Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery (2014). Fatton is also the recipient of the 2011 “Award for Excellence” of the Haitian Studies Association. Currently, he is writing a book tentatively entitled, The Politics of Exceptionalism, and is teaching a New College Curriculum course, What is Inequality and Why We Should Worry About It? He has also served as a faculty (thesis) advisor for students in the College.

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

Nikki Giovanni (1943 – ) is a civil rights activist, poet, and television personality,  who reached prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943, she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She  graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University, and  attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Giovanni’s first published volumes of poetry grew out of her response to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Robert Kennedy, and the pressing need she saw to raise awareness of the plight and the rights of black people. Giovanni’s first three volumes of poetry were enormously successful, answering a need for inspiration, anger, and solidarity in those who read them. She publicly expressed the feelings of people who had felt voiceless, finding new audiences beyond the usual poetry-reading public. Giovanni has received numerous accolades for her work including multiple NAACP Image Awards, the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters, the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award, and over twenty honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the country.  Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. 

Opportunites with Deadlines

Executive Leadership Council (ELC) 2018 ELC Undergraduate Scholarship Programs. 
Application Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 12 midnight EST.
The mission of The ELC’s Scholarship Programs is to build a pipeline of black corporate talent by supporting the academic achievement and development of black undergraduate and graduate students. The ELC offers five undergraduate scholarship programs – three for students pursuing degrees in business, one for students currently enrolled in an engineering program, and one for students pursuing degrees in business, insurance and risk management, or a related field.  Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, May 7, 2018 .For additional information regarding eligibility criteria and submission requirements, visit: For questions regarding The ELC Scholarship Programs, please email your inquiries to

UVA Career IDEAs Externship Program
Apply Starting Monday, March 12
The Career IDEAs Externship Program connects students with meaningful externships in J-Term or the summer months. An externship is a job shadowing opportunity lasting anywhere from three days to a week that allows you to experience the day-to-day of a particular industry. Apply via Handshake to be matched to an externship site in the field of your choice. Learn more about the program here. Read about past Externs' experiences. Contact Christie Julien

The UVA Parents Fund Scholarships
Application Deadline: 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
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.

Deans’ Scholarships
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15
Deans’ Scholarships are completed through AcademicWorks (an online scholarships management system). If you have any questions, please contact Sean Reed via email at Students with a 3.4 GPA or higher can apply. Since students now complete a generic application, if they are interested in a particular scholarship that has specific criteria (record of service to others, career in public service, etc.), include details about qualifications  in their statement.

The Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 25
The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), has an exciting research opportunity, led by Dr. Cato Laurencin. YIIP provides academic training to underrepresented minority students dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science, to develop the next generation of innovative biomedical scientists and increase diversity among  academic scientists. Scholarships are available! Check here for more information and eligibility qualifications, as well as the application.

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15 for the summer of 2018
Program dates: Saturday, June 2 – Thursday, July 14
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

Jopwell is the leading career advancement platform providing Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals with support for jobs and internships at 80+ partner companies including Facebook, Goldman Sachs, the NBA, and Pfizer. In addition, there is a digital magazine, The Well, with career advice from people of color for people of color. Two UVa alumni have been featured in the digital magazine.

Apply for a Serpentine Society Internship
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. 

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 posting 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.

This Week in Black History

Did you know? Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907), sculptor and artist, was the first internationally-recognized African American sculptor. Born to a black father and a Chippewa mother around 1844, Lewis became famous for her neoclassical sculptures depicting themes of slavery, the Civil War, and African American and Native American history. Lewis portrayed her black and indigenous subjects as proud and dignified, instead of the caricatures often depicted by white artists at the time. When she was studying at Oberlin College, Lewis was accused of poisoning two white classmates, and she was abducted and severely beaten by white vigilantes. After she was acquitted, Lewis eventually found her art heaven in Rome,Italy, where she was able to refine her craft and became part of a group of independent women sculptors. Some of her most famous works are of Hagar, an enslaved Egyptian character in the bible. Lewis depicted her as noble and brave, and reimagined her as both the mother of a long line of African kings, and a symbol of slavery and the plight of African American women. When asked about these works, Lewis told a journalist: “I have a strong sympathy for all women who have struggled and suffered.” In recent decades, however, Lewis's life and art have received posthumous acclaim. Her pieces are now part of the permanent collections of the Howard University Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Did you know?  Thomas L. Jennings (1791- 1856)—inventor, businessman, abolitionist—a free-born New Yorker who became a leader of the abolitionist movement, made his fortune as the inventor of a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring.” Jennings received his patent on March 3, 1821 (U.S. patent 3306x), becoming the first African-American inventor to own the rights to his invention. Jennings spent his first earnings from his patent on legal fees to purchase his family’s freedom. After that, much of his income supported his abolitionist activities. In 1831, he became assistant secretary for the First Annual Convention of the People of Color in Philadelphia, PA. Luckily for Thomas, he filed his patent at the right time. Under the United States patent laws of 1793 and 1836, both slaves and freedman could patent their inventions. But in 1858, the U.S. patent office changed the patent laws, reasoning that slaves were not citizens, and could not be granted patents. However in 1861, the Confederate States of America passed a law granting patent rights to slaves. Finally, in 1870, the U.S. government passed a patent law giving all American men, including blacks, the rights to their inventions.

Did you know?    Lena Baker (1900-1945) a maid, was the first African-American woman executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945, for killing her employer. Ernest Knight, who was an abusive drunk, had forced Baker into sexual slavery. At her trial, Baker testified that Knight had taken her from her home, where she lived with her three children, and locked her in a gristmill,. She tried to escape, and shot and killed him. Baker immediately reported the incident, saying she had acted in self-defense, and was charged with capital murder. At her trial on August 14, 1944, she claimed self defense, but was convicted by the end of the afternoon, and sentenced to death by an all white male jury. Sitting in the electric chair, she said: "What I done, I did in self defense or I would've been killed myself. Where I was, I could not overcome it. I am ready to meet my God'.'  The feature film, The Lena Baker Story (2008), chronicles the events surrounding her early life and her execution. Baker’s last words, along side her picture, are displayed near the now-retired electric chair at a museum at the Georgia state prison in Reidsville. In 2003, Baker’s grand-nephew, Roosevelt Curry, requested an official pardon, aided by a Georgia-based prison advocacy group. In 2005, she received a full and unconditional pardon from the Georgia Patrol Board. 




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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

OAS @ UVA – Africa Week 2018 -- #OASChat: The Resurgence of Africanism
Monday, March 12 – Saturday, March 17 – Check Times & Locations (below)
The Organization of African Students (OAS) in kicking off Africa Week 2018 with its 1st event, #OASChat. Cultural Appropriation and the resurgence of Africanism. It’s a huge topic from college campuses to the runway, but where is the line drawn between appropriation and appreciation? Come to New Cabell 323 at 6:30 pm and discuss. Food! For more information contact Funmi Ogungbade (

  • #OASChat – Cultural Appreciation vs Appropriation: The Resurgence of Africanism
    Monday, March 12 - 6:30 pm – New Cabell 323
  • #AceTheInterview – Professional Development Seminar with BCSN
    Tuesday, March 13 - 6:30 pm - Monroe 116
  • #SkinDeep – A Conversation on Colorism-- a collaboration with Black College Women
    Wednesday, March 14 - 6:00 pm - Physics 203
  • #FamilyFeud – OAS Game Night: Family Feud Style
    Thursday, March 15 - 6:00 pm - Newcomb Game Room - Nobody wins when the family feuds
  • #RepYourRoots
    Friday, March 16 - All Day and Everywhere - #RepYourRootsUVA
    Dress in traditional clothes and post your picture on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the hashtag

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 is in residence this 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.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" A Community Conversation
Tuesday, March 13 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Old Cabell Hall
Throughout 2018, the Virginia General Assembly's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is holding a series of roundtables in each of the Virginia communities that Dr. King visited. Join the Commission and the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity for this event commemorating Dr. King. The esteemed panelists will reflect upon King's visit to UVA 55 years ago in March of 1963, when he spoke at Old Cabell Hall at the age of 34. Panelists: Lehman Bates, Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Andrea Douglas, Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Wesley Harris (Engr '64), C.S. Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jennifer McClellan, Virginia Senator and Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, and Nikuyah Walker, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public. Parking validation will be provided for the Central Grounds Parking Garage. Register Here

Diverse Disciplines, Inclusive Institutions: Rethinking our Academic Agendas with Professor Aldon Morris, Northwestern University Keynote Speaker
Thursday, March 15 - 3:30-5:00 pm - Holloway Hall
“Diverse Disciplines, Inclusive Institutions” will explore questions of how academic disciplines have addressed issues of diversity and inclusion in their research agendas and institutional practices. Our goal is to bring together scholars, from both inside and outside UVA, to engage the broader university community of administrators, faculty, and students in critical dialogue. How can we foster more diverse disciplines and more inclusive institutions? The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Directors of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Virginia, the Power, Violence, and Inequality Initiative (PVI), the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Department of Sociology. Reception to follow.

The Human Library
Friday, April 6
The Human Library is a space for expression where people can come together and share life experiences with the UVA and the greater Charlottesville communities. We all have a story, and the Human Library is looking for people to share theirs and challenge the stereotypes and prejudices we face; the impact of our words can cause incredible change. If you would like to participate, please reference the application here: