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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. Application is on line now!


Opportunity to Be Involved in the Donning of the Kente Ceremony

Each year, we invite third-year students to help their fourth-year peers transition into their lives beyond the University. For many of the students, serving as an usher has been a great experience and gives them a glimpse of the excitement to come in the next year. 

So, if you are a third-year student and will be in Charlottesville during Graduation and Commencement Exercises, we would love to have you serve as an usher this year. We only have spots for 18 ushers. Our program will be at Old Cabell Hall on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Ushers will need to be in place at 4:45 pm.

If interested, please respond to Deanna Carter,, with USHER in the subject line and simply include your name and phone number in the body of the email. 


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 pm -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!


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Mark Your Calendar

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



Quote of the Week

“You didn’t see me on television; you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization might come. My theory is strong people don’t need strong leaders.” - Ella Baker

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass is a second year tenure-track assistant professor of Youth and Social Innovation in the Curry School of Education, and an affiliate faculty member of Youth-Nex, the Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. A developmental psychologist, she focuses on the adolescent experience of Black youth. Her work highlights how the racial identity and racial/ethnic socialization experiences of Black youth relate to managing racial encounters, including exposure to racialized messages communicated through media. Adams-Bass is currently  conducting research with undergraduate students analyzing advertisements targeting Black consumers. Each spring semester she teaches EDHS 3001: Media Socialization, Racial Stereotypes and Black Adolescent Identity.

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

Ella Baker was a civil right activist associated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  Baker led the New York NAACP branch's fight to desegregate New York City public schools. Baker ran a voter registration campaign called the Crusade for Citizenship. She was widely respected by the students who referred to her as "Miss Baker." Ella Baker died on December 13, 1986, in New York City.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.

UVA Shanghai First Program Assistant
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 1
The University of Virginia will launch a new education abroad program for entering first-year students in the fall of 2018. UVA Shanghai First: Globalization in a Chinese Setting, is based at Fudan University, one of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning. At Fudan over 3,000 international students learn in a dynamic environment and experience a vibrant, global community. Assistant Professor Mark Thomas leads this program and seeks a UVA graduate student from UVA who will teach a course for the first-year students, and two UVA undergraduates who will provide program support and serve as mentors for the first-year students. The two undergraduate program assistants will enroll as exchange students at Fudan and take a full course load. They will earn transfer credit. For their work as program assistants (ten hours/week), they will receive free housing and will have access to excursions offered to the first-year students, e.g., a trip to Beijing, at no cost. Fudan offers a wide selection of courses in English. It is also possible to take a Chinese language class for credit. The program assistants will be responsible for their UVA tuition and comprehensive fee, airfare, meals, course materials, incidentals, insurance (approx. $122), and local transportation. With their housing cost covered, it should be possible to study in Shanghai for the same or less money than study in Charlottesville requires. Interested students should complete the application at: Fudan University Exchange. For more information, contact Ryan Hathaway.

Z Society Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship!
Application Deadline: Friday, April at 11:37pm
All returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to support an internship that is otherwise unattainable due to financial constraints. The scholarship application is attached to this email. Students should submit any questions or applications to

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 3 summer months (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

Born on March 27, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey, Sarah Vaughan grew up with a love of music and performing. Winning a talent competition held at Harlem's Apollo Theater launched her singing career. She worked with bandleaders Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine before becoming a successful solo performer who commingled pop and jazz.   Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Vaughan was a four-time Grammy Award winner, including a "Lifetime Achievement Award". The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989 At age 66, Vaughan died in Hidden Hills, California, on April 3, 1990. 


Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) born in Newport News, Virginia, was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.  In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale. Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952. She received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1976 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom on October 17, 1988.



On this day in 1870, Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the requisite three-fourths of the states had ratified the 15th Amendment, thereby enshrining in the U.S. Constitution the right of African-American men to vote. The amendment, which Congress had approved in 1869, reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” 

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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

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 Dean  Michael Mason.

Black Friday – Every Friday - 1:30 pm - LPJ Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come join us for food & fellowship!

Upcoming Events

Excellence Through Diversity Series: Angela Davis
Tuesday, March 27 - 6:00pm-7:00pm - Old Cabell Hall
Angela Davis, through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. She has authored 9 books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after bring on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” Access the Facebook event here.

Piedmont Virginia Community College's (PVCC) Annual Job Fair
Wednesday, March 28 – 10:00 am-2:00 pm - PVCC Main Building, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville 22902
This fair is open to all high school and college students, as well as community members! Come to find great place to identify local summer internships in education or healthcare. Over 60 employers are hiring for summer & full-time and part-time openings.

1st Annual Game Changer's Luncheon featuring David L. Temple, Jr.
Thursday, March 29 – 12 noon –1 pm - Carver Recreation Center (233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville)
David Temple changed the game on multiple fronts: as a teenage civil rights activist in Richmond, as one of the first African American to integrate the University of Virginia, as a trailblazer in desegregating UVA’s Glee Club and fraternity system (Pi Lambda Phi), and as the first college graduate in his family.  Listen & learn!

Diversi-Tea Career Conversations
Wednesday, March 28 – 5:00pm -7:30pm
Be true to yourself in the job search. Join UVA Alumnus and Capital One Client Lead for Small Business, William Chichester, who will discuss his career and shaping his personal identity. Learn how to leverage your own identity and meet an amazing potential mentor! To learn more, register here  Contact Name: Christie Julien

Fostering Resilience Series with Tim Davis
Join us for this four-part series on scientifically-supported approaches to managing stress and prospering during times of adversity. Hosted by Tim Davis, Ph.D, topics to be explored will introduce participants to the concept of growth mindset and its impact on well-being and performance. This includes learning about practices that cultivate awareness and appreciation, and the beneficial effects of mindfulness, such as mental clarity, composure, well-being, and more. Attendees will also participate in mindfulness exercises as a group.

  • Diffusing Mind Traps

Wednesday, March 28 – 4:00 pm – Clemons Rm 220

Examine common cognitive patterns that inhibit resilience and will learn helpful strategies for overcoming those patterns.

  • Mindfulness 101

Wednesday, April 4 – 4:00 pm – Clemons Rm 220

Discover some of the beneficial effects of mindfulness such as mental clarity, composure, well-being, and more.

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.

Enhance Your Personal Brand and Network with Amazing Employers
Wednesday, April 4 – 5:00pm-7:30pm
Enhance your personal brand and connect with top notch employers. Join us for some #realtalk about how your identity plays into your career, and talk to employers who are committed to equity and inclusion in the work place. Refreshments will be served and special remarks by Oris Stuart, Chief Diversity Officer of the NBA. For more information or Christie Julien

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! The Human Library is looking for people to share theirs and challenge the stereotypes and prejudices we face. If you would like to participate, please refer to