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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

The OAAA/PAA is pleased to announce the availability of an academic scholarship. The scholarship is open to any rising 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, year UVA student with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. The scholarship amount will be up to $500 and more than one may be awarded.  For consideration, students must fully complete an application and meet the scholarship criteria, which are available herePrior scholarship recipients will not be considered.  If you have questions, please visit the Office of African-American Affairs, or send an e-mail to  The application deadline is May 31, 2018.  Good luck! Contact Name: Mike Rather Contact 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

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

“Part of teaching is helping students learn how to tolerate ambiguity, consider possibilities, and ask questions that are unanswerable.” - Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Regina Sierra Carter, Ph.D., is a Teaching and Learning Librarian at the  University of Virginia, who is passionate about providing outreach and service to all students, especially those from underserved and minority populations. Since arriving at UVA in June 2016, she has served as program coordinator for the Library’s inaugural high school internship program. This effort provided local youth from underrepresented groups with work experience within the library system. She is also involved with the library's Global Initiatives Group, which is comprised of librarians who are dedicated to social justice and ensuring that the library’s collections and programming are diverse, inclusive, and timely. Carter hopes that the UVA Libraries are spaces where all students feel welcomed and can receive the information, tools, and support that they need to succeed on Grounds.

Nominate a student or faculty member 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

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, is a MacArthur prize-winning sociologist and the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, where she has been on the faculty since 1972. As an author, educator, and researcher, she has pioneered an innovative social science inquiry method called "portraiture," blending art and science to capture the complexity, dynamics, and subtlety of human experience and organizational life. She has written eleven books, served on numerous professional and scholarly boards and committees, and has received 28 honorary doctorates from universities. Lawrence-Lightfoot received her undergraduate degree in psychology from at Swarthmore College and her doctorate in the sociology of education at Harvard. She is the first African-American woman in Harvard University’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor. The first endowed professorship in her name was established at Swarthmore College in 1993.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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!

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.

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.

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?  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - second wife of the late famed leader, Nelson Mandela - passed away at the age of 81 years old on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a long illness. Madikizela-Mandela was born September 26, 1936, in the East Cape region of South Africa. Before meeting Nelson Mandela in her early twenties, she was trained as a social worker. In 1958, she married Mandela, who was 16 years her senior. They had two daughters - ‎Zenani‎ and ‎Zindziwa‎. When Nelson Mandela was arrested and sent to prison in 1963, it was the last time she would have physical contact with him, until his release 27 years later. Winnie continued the fight against the white-majority and apartheid National Party, while suffering imprisonment, torture, state surveillance, harassment and other indignities. After Mr. Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, and his becoming South Africa’s first Black president, Mrs. Mandela served as First Lady, before they divorced in 1996. In 1993, she became president of the African National Congress’ Women’s League, and in 1999, she was a member of the South African Parliament. Many Black South Africans refer to her as “Mother of the Nation."

Did you know?  The Clotilda is the last known vessel to deliver slaves to American shores. Built in 1855, it was eighty-six feet in length, twenty-three feet in breadth, possessed two masts and one deck, and weighed 120 81/91 tons. Although it was not intended for the slave trade, the ship was capable of carrying an estimated 190 people. The Clotilda was sold for an illegal slaving voyage to Ouidah, a port town in Dahomey (today Benin). In the spring of 1860, the Clotilda was loaded with 125 barrels of water, 25 casks of rice, 30 casks of beef, 40 pounds of pork, 3 barrels of sugar, 25 barrels of flour, 4 barrels of bread, 4 barrels of molasses, 80 casks of rum, 25 casks of "dry goods and sundries," and $9,000 in gold (valued today at $185,000) that was intended for the purchase of 125 Africans.  These provisions were hidden by stacks of lumber that would later be used to build the planks and platforms for the captives' "beds." The ship set sail on the night of March 3, 1860, under the pretense of bringing a cargo of lumber to the Danish Virgin Islands. On May 15, 1860, the Clotilda arrived at Ouidah (Africa). After more than a week of anchoring a mile and half from shore, the ship set sail for the United States, now loaded with 110 African captives. The boat was then reportedly torched to hide the crime. In 1865, many of the West Africans brought on the Clotilda settled in the new community of AfricaTown (in Mobile County, Alabama), which still exists today. Many descendants remain in the region that was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Did you know?  Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps was a pioneering pediatrician and medical administrator who achieved some notable firsts in her long career – the first Black national president of the American Medical Women’s Association (1974), first African American and first woman to become president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (1988), and first African American woman president of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (1991). Epps was born in February of 1930 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was raised primarily by her educator parents in Savannah, Georgia, growing up on the campus of Savannah State University. She  attended Howard University in 1951, earning both her undergraduate and master’s degrees there. She began working in a variety of medical roles throughout the Washington, D.C. region, later obtaining her MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1973.She worked in a variety of high-profile roles, including Acting Commissioner of Heath for the District of Columbia, chief of Howard University’s Child Development Division, and director of the Child Development Center at Howard. Epps advocated for women, minorities, and the underserved, including expanding the reach of medical professionals across all communities through teaching and volunteer work  Epps and her husband, Dr. Charles H. Epps Jr., an orthopedic surgeon, passed their talents on to their four children, three of whom hold medical degrees and one who has an MBA. Epps also authored over 90 medical articles related to  children’s and women’s health and was an editor of medical books. Dr. Epps died in 2014, at the age of 83.

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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
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

Curating Hate: An Open Session on the Sarah Patton Boyle Burned Cross
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room
The University of Virginia in 100 Objects is currently on exhibit at the Harrison Institute and Albert & Shirley Small Special Collection Library. One item in the original plan for the exhibition was a burnt cross, donated to the Library by Sarah Patton Boyle. However, Molly Schwartzburg, curator of the exhibit, chose to exclude the cross and to revise the content for that corner of the gallery after the violent rallies on August 11 and 12. She is now returning the cross to the gallery for the final months of the exhibition. Michael Mason, OAAA Assistant Dean and Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Cultural Center at UVA, will join the conversation. Free and open to the public.

Youth-Nex Works in Progress - Big is Beautiful: Media Images, Cultural Aesthetics and Body Image Ideals Among African-American
Thursday, April 26th, 2:00pm – 3:15pm  Presenter: Valerie Adams-Bass, Ph.D
Phenotypic diversity among media images of Black women and body image ideals of African Americans is an under-investigated area of research. A mixed-method study of television and print media content with African-American youth ages 14-to-21 years was conducted to explore exposure to media content that features Black artists. Television shows that feature majority Black characters often include a cast of actresses that vary in shape, size, and skin color. The results of this study indicated adolescent definitions of an ideal body image is influenced by exposure to media images of Black women and by cultural norms--which could be associated with body type preference. This talk will present findings from this study as a foundation for a model of investigation that explores cultural norms and body image ideals among Black adolescent girls.

For more information:   Contact Name: Ellen J. Daniels   Contact Email:




Athletics and Race Panel

Friday, April 27, 5:00 pm –101 Nau Hall, 1550 Jefferson Park Avenue  

UVA athletics director Carla Williams and former UVA All-American football player, two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long, and All-ACC men’s basketball performer Akil Mitchell will present. UVA Professor Claudrena Harold will moderate the discussion. The event is free to the public, but seating is limited with a capacity of 245. Parking is available at the University’s Central Grounds Garage ($1/hour, payable at exit). The panel discussion is sponsored by the UVA Corcoran Department of History, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UVA Athletics Department.


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 (