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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: Tuesday, April 3 @ 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!

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

“I think it's a real gift to be faced with man's potential for extreme cruelty but also man's resilience and the fact that love really does conquer everything. It's the only answer to these kinds of atrocities and it's not a passive thing.” - Lupita Nyong'o

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Victoria Kasonde

Victoria Kasonde is a Fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Foreign Affairs degree. In 2015, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Virginia Community College as a Presidential Scholar, Deans List recipient and graduation speaker. Since matriculating to UVA, she has attained Dean’s List, interned for Larry Sabato at the Center for Politics, and coded Brazilian census data, as a research assistant in the Department for Politics. This past summer, she interned on Capitol Hill. After graduation, she will pursue a Master’s in Public Administration degree from Cornell University, in hopes to become a presidential speechwriter. In her free time, Victoria enjoys studying languages, including French (fluent), Hebrew and Portuguese. She also loves vanilla ice cream and reading short articles on black holes. Victoria attributes her achievements to “all those who came before.”  We wish her well in her future pursuits!

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

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983, to Kenyan parents in Mexico City, Mexico, where her father was a diplomat and a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised  in Kenya and at age 16, returned to Mexico to learn Spanish. She attended Hampshire College (MA), and after working as a production assistant on several films, graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program. Lupita's stage credits include playing Perdita in The Winter's Tale (Yale Repertory Theater) and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. In 2013, she impressed cinema audiences in her film debut, as brutalized slave Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She was also the lead in MTV's award-winning drama series, Shuga (2009) and appeared in the thriller Non-Stop (2014). Recently, she has played the role of Nakia, the battle-tested ally of Chadwick Boseman's  superhero, in Black Panther. The film proved a box office smash upon its release for the four-day President's Day weekend in February 2018, making more than $200 million domestically and over $360 worldwide. Additionally, the production was notable for shattering stereotypes about the limitations of creating movies and marketing a film with a largely black cast.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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 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

Nat TurnerDid you know? Nat Turner's Rebellion (also known as the Southampton Insurrection) in Southampton County, Virginia, on August 21-22, 1831, Nat Turner, believing himself chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery, launches a bloody slave insurrection. The revolt was crushed, but only after Turner and his followers had killed some sixty whites and threw many Southerners into panic. The state militia–consisting of some 3,000 men–crushed the rebellion. Turner and all his followers were dispersed, captured, or killed. In the aftermath of the rebellion, scores of African Americans were lynched, though many of them were non-participants in the revolt. Turner was captured in October 1831, and after confessing without regret to his role in the bloodshed, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. On November 11th, he was hanged. Turner’s rebellion was the largest slave revolt in U.S. history and led to a new wave of oppressive legislation prohibiting the movement, assembly, and education of enslaved people.

Steve BikoSteven Bantu Biko (1946-1977) was one of the most influential African anti-apartheid leaders of the 1970s. He died in 1977 of severe head trauma, on the stone floor of a prison cell in Pretoria, South Africa, after being taken into custody for leading protests and speaking out against the government. During his police interrogation in Port Elizabeth, he suffered a major blow to his skull. Instead of receiving medical attention, reports revealed that he was chained spread-eagled to a window grill for 24 hours. He was then driven 740 miles naked and shackled, to Pretoria Central Prison, where he died on September 12th 1977. In announcing his death, South African authorities claimed Biko died after refusing food and water for a week in a hunger strike. The announcement of his death led to national and international protests; the 1987 film, Cry Freedom (starring Denzel Washington), is based on this story.


The Fort Pillow (TN) Massacre happened in which an estimated 300 black soldiers were killed. Confederates constructed a military installation during the American Civil War at the Fort Pillow site and named it for General Gideon Johnson Pillow (1806-78), a Tennessee native. Fort Pillow overlooked the Mississippi River and was an important part of the Confederate river defense system. Once captured by federal forces, Confederate troops led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest re-captured the site from Union troops. Although most of the Union garrison surrendered, historical accounts state that many black soldiers were massacred, instead of being allowed to be taken as prisoners-of-war on April 12, 1864. The Fort Pillow site is now a Tennessee state park.

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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
During the Spring semester, it is 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 -- a social support group It offers African-American Fourth-year students a space to discuss the stress surrounding graduation, as well as the transition from college to the “real world” led by Dr. Michael Mason.  The meetings 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

April Workshops on Scholarship Opportunities – Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Every Mondays in April – 4:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room – with Andrus Ashoo (
No prior preparation or written work is required to attend – for third, fourth year and graduate students

·  2 April – Fulbright US Student Award – Personal Statement Workshop
This is a writing workshop designed to prepare you for your Fulbright Personal Statement in particular, and any other personal statement you may write more broadly.

·  9 April – Fulbright US Student Award – Statement of Grant Purpose Workshop
This is a workshop designed to prepare you for your Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose. What is it? What are the pitfalls? How do we support you as you develop and write over the summer.

·  16 April – UK Awards (Ex. Churchill, Gates, Marshall, Mitchell, & Rhodes)
A number of excellent graduate school opportunities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Come learn what they are, what it takes, and how the University of Virginia can support you. Interested but not sure if you are qualified, come find out for sure.

·  23 April –Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program w/ Mr. Derrick Bolton
The program is a new graduate-level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars will annually select up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, who will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. Scholars may pursue studies at any of university’s seven graduate schools, and will be educated to navigate across business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sectors.
RSVP for Information Session:

·  30 April – Schwarzman Scholars w/ Ms. Arlie Slonim
The program gives participants theopportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded, one year masters degree in Public Policy, International Relations, or Economics and Business at Tsingua University. We will be joined by Arlie Slonim, Admissions Outreach and Selection Officer.
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Fostering Resilience Series with Tim Davis – Mindfulness 101
Wednesday, April 4 – 4:00pm – Clemons Rm 220
Discover some of the beneficial effects of mindfulness such as mental clarity, composure, well-being, and more. 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.

Enhance Your Personal Brand and Network with Amazing Employers   

Wednesday, April 4, 2018  5 - 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.

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

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.