Search This Site

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 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!



Have an item you'd like in the next newsletter? Submit it here!

The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK! LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!


Mark Your Calendar

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

“It is the duty of the younger Negro artist . . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering, ‘I want to be white,’ hidden in the aspirations of his people, to ‘Why should I be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful!’”

Langston Hughes (The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, The Nation)

Ayrin Cooke

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Ayrin Cooke is a Fourth-year student from Louisville, Kentucky, in the College of Arts and Sciences with an interdisciplinary major in Cognitive Science and a minor in Astronomy. She is a Dean’s List student with interests in Japanese and Chinese languages and culture. This year, she has served as a Project Rise (PRISE) peer counselor, because she thinks it is important for students to have someone their same age to talk to when they have a challenging situation. In 2017-2018, Ayrin was one of nine PRISE counselors who provided one-on-one and confidential services to UVA students, dealing with issues related to their academic, personal, and social circumstances. The Office of African-American Affairs and the department of Counseling and Psychological Services support PRISE in a unique program that was created by Black students for Black students.

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 Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His life and work were important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his grandmother raised him until age thirteen, before he reunited with his mother and step-father. After graduating from high school, Hughes spent time in Mexico, New York City, and Washington, D. C., where he published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, (Knopf, 1926). In 1929, he graduated from Lincoln University (PA). His first novel, Not Without Laughter, (Knopf, 1930) won the Harmon gold medal for literature. Hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the 1920s  through the 1960s. He wrote novels, short stories, plays and poetry and acknowledged the influence of jazz music on his writing. In his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951), Hughes reflected on suffering and his love of music, laughter, and language. He edited the anthologies The Poetry of the Negro and The Book of Negro Folklore, wrote an acclaimed autobiography, The Big Sea (Knopf, 1940), and co-wrote the play Mule Bone (HarperCollins, 1991) with Zora Neale Hurston. Hughes died of complications from prostate cancer on May 22, 1967, in New York City. In his memory, his residence in Harlem was given landmark status by the New York City Preservation Commission, and East 127th Street was renamed “Langston Hughes Place.”

Opportunites with Deadlines

UK Awards (Ex. Churchill, Gates, Marshall, Mitchell, & Rhodes)

Application Deadline: Monday, April 16

There are a number of excellent graduate school opportunities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Learn what they are, what it takes, and how the University of Virginia can support you by contacting Andrus Ashoo at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program w/ Mr. Derrick Bolton

Application Deadline: Monday, April 23

The program is a new graduate-level scholarship to prepare 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 University. 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

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.

A Mile High Ascent to Public Service at the University of Colorado Denver

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1

This weekend conference (Thursday, June 7, beginning at 1 p.m. MST through noon on Sunday, June 10.) seeks applicants who are currently enrolled or recent graduates of bachelor degree programs who are motivated to lead changes in public policy and administration. You will learn and network with prominent local, state and federal officials on how to prepare for and what to expect from a career in public service. Those accepted will get support for all lodging, registration, and most meal costs. Airfare vouchers will be provided on an as-need basis.  Apply online!

Civic Engagement, the Public Trust, & Public Policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy–Malibu, CA

Priority Application Deadline: May 7 @ 11:59 pm CST

Final Deadline: May 28, 2018 @ 11:59 pm CST

This free three-day conference (Friday, June 15, 2018 – Sunday, June 17, 2018) will dive deep into how you-as citizens and future leaders-can revitalize public leadership through civic engagement. Learn from practitioners and experts in the importance of the role civic engagement plays in the development and implementation of good public policy. All majors welcome! Apply Now!

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.

NextGen Leadership: Ethics and Practice: June 15 – 17, 2018

George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration – Washington DC

Apply for this fully funded conference hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Be prepared for a dynamic weekend of engagement, inspiration, and networking opportunities in the heart of the nation’s capital. You will learn from and network with leading scholars and policy experts in the field of domestic and international service. Topics to be discussed include: domestic and global policy, diversity and public affairs, ethical leadership, careers in public service, and the graduate school application process. Social events include: Dinner reception, networking, social outing, and a tour of Washington, D.C.

Defending Our Communities: The Role of Social Justice in Public Service at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy – June 22-24, 2018

Los Angeles is an exciting living and learning laboratory. This free 3 day conference will provide an educational experience in an urban city designed to improve communities through innovation and social change. Be a part of a new generation of creative thinkers and doers who explore beyond the status quo. Learn how to be a future change maker through public service. All majors welcome to apply


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? The Harlem Renaissance was a period in the early 20th century when the Harlem neighborhood in New York City exploded as a black  social and artistic mecca. Lasting from the 1910s through the mid-1930s, the period is considered a golden age in African American culture, that manifested in literature, music, stage performance and art. Once known as an upper-class white neighborhood in the 1880s, Harlem experienced overdevelopment that led to empty buildings and desperate landlords seeking to fill them. In the early 1900s, middle-class black families from nearby neighborhoods began moving to Harlem, with “white flight” taking hold. Outside factors also led to Harlem’s population boom, including Black populations migrating in large numbers from the South to the North, in search of better work and greater opportunities. Prominent figures like W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes were Harlem residents, along with those seeking a new life. By 1920, some 300,000 African-Americans from the South had moved north, and Harlem was one of the most popular destinations for these families. But the stock market crash of 1929 and the ending of Prohibition in 1933 changed Harlem’s economic landscape. By 1935, many pivotal Harlem residents had moved on to other sites seeking work, and were replaced by a continuous flow of newcomers who required public assistance. That same year, a riot broke out following the arrest of a young shoplifter, resulting in three dead, hundreds injured, and millions of dollars in property damage. This moment marked the end of an era in an internationally known neighborhood that inspired writers, artists and public intellectuals.  Today, Harlem has seen a resurgence in interest and investment, as visitors come from around the world to see the famous Apollo Theatre, its unique architecture,and dine in its many neighborhood restaurants.

Did you know?  1773: Phyllis Wheatley, a Boston slave, became the first African-American to publish a literary work. She was captured from Senegal/Gambia, West Africa, when she was about seven years old. Then, she was transported to the Boston docks with other enslaved people, who because of age or physical ability, were unsuited for rigorous labor in the West Indian and Southern colonies.  Susanna Wheatley, wife of prominent Boston tailor John Wheatley, purchased Phyllis, and taught her how to read and write. By the time Phyllis was eighteen, she had written a collection of twenty-eight poems that Mrs. Wheatley helped her to advertise in Boston newspapers. When the colonists did not support her literary efforts because she was an African, they sought a London publisher. Her writings and efforts inspired many in the anti-slavery movement, who recognized the intellectual and artistic contributions of those Africans who had been brought to the Americas against their will. She died on December 5, 1784.

Black History collage

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
Now is the time to decompress and discuss the stresses and anxieties that come with May graduation in Re-Orientation. Reorientation is a social support group that provides 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.

Black Friday – Every Friday - 1:30 pm - LPJ Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row
Come join us for food & fellowship!


Upcoming Events

Schwarzman Scholars w/ Ms. Arlie Slonim
Monday, April 30, 4:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room
The program gives participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded, one year master’s degree in Public Policy, International Relations, or Economics and Business at Tsingua University. Come to meet Arlie Slonim, Admissions Outreach and Selection Officer. RSVP For more information, visit the website, or contact Andrus Ashoo, Center for Undergraduate Excellence (