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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

Commonwealth Professor of English Rita Dove has been named The New York Times Magazine's new poetry editor, starting June 2018


Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies Talitha LeFlouria has been chosen as a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow!



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 here. Prior 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 Reading & Final Exam Days

Raising-the-Bar Open Study Sessions with graduate students – LPJ Black Cultural Center

Tuesday, May 1st through Friday, May 11th - 5:00 pm -8:00 pm 


Focused Study - WEB DuBois Conference Room

MATH 1190, 1210, 1220, 1310 – contact Travis Elliott (  


For questions, contact Dean Grimes (

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!


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, 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 (ticket required)

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

Quote of the Week

 "Justice is indivisible. You can't decide who gets civil rights and who doesn't." - Angela Davis

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Talitha LeFlouria is the Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia and a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She is a scholar of African American history, specializing in mass incarceration; modern slavery; race and medicine; and black women in America. LeFlouria is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015). This book has received several national awards, including the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians (2016), and the Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (2016). Her work has been featured in the Sundance nominated documentary, Slavery by Another Name, as well as on C-SPAN and Left of Black. Her written work and expertise has been profiled in Ms. Magazine, The Nation, Huffington Post, For Harriet, The New Tri-State Defender, ColorBlind Magazine, and several syndicated radio programs. Professor LeFlouria serves on the Board of Directors for Historians Against Slavery and the Association of Black Women Historians. She also serves on the editorial board of the Georgia Historical Quarterly and International Labor and Working-Class History journal. She is the author of a forthcoming book by Beacon Press on black women and mass incarceration. 

Quote's Corner

 Angela Davis was born January 26, 1944, and is an activist, scholar and writer who advocates for the oppressed. Over the last decades, she has been deeply involved in the nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has focused on the importance of building just communities for economic, racial, and gender equity. She has authored nine books and has lectured throughout the United States and internationally.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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. 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

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.

Youth-Nex: Post-Doctoral Research Associate needed

The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development is hiring a post-doctoral Research Associate to focus on translational research in one of two areas: middle school or out-of-school time. The position will focus on building research-to-practice partnerships and conducting and disseminating translational research in either of these domains. Please see the attached position announcement for details on the position and how to apply. More information about Youth-Nex can be found in our brochure and on our website.

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?  Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895), the first African-American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, was raised in Pennsylvania by an aunt who cared for infirmed neighbors. From 1852 to 1860, she worked as a nurse in Charlestown, Massachusetts, before becoming the only African-American graduate of the New England Female Medical College in 1864. After the Civil War, Crumpler moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she focused on the health needs of freed slaves and cared for large groups of the poor and destitute. Crumpter also worked with other black doctors to provide healthcare in underserved communities. She published the Book of Medical Discourses, one of the first known medical writings by an African-American, and wrote an early guidebook on public health. Crumpler died on March 9, 1895.

Did you know? Maggie Lena Walker (1867-1934), an African-American teacher, businesswoman and activist, was the first woman of any race to charter a bank in the United States. Born and raised in poverty in Richmond, Virginia, she was a gifted student and finished high school at age 16. After a brief time teaching, she worked for the Independent Order of St. Luke, an organization committed to the social and financial uplift of African-Americans. At St. Luke, Walker established a newspaper, a printing press, an insurance company and a college educational fund. With a keen talent for money management, she convinced people to pool funds and opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903. Along with Madame C.J. Walker (no relation), she championed the cause of economic self-sufficiency for African-Americans and advocated entrepreneurship as a path to true social freedom. By 1913, the bank had collected $300,000 in assets; by 1920, it financed the purchase of 600 homes. During the Great Depression, St. Luke Savings prospered when other banks failed. It had enough assets to absorb the holdings of other local black-owned banks to become Consolidated Bank and Trust; the bank is still headquartered in Richmond today. In her later years, Walker was confined to a wheelchair and suffered from diabetes. On December 15, 1934 Walker died from complications of the disease, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond. In 1979, her home in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond was purchased by the National Parks Service; it is now a National Historic Site. In 1991, The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies opened to support the needs and interests of the region’s gifted high school students.


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.

Upcoming Events

Juneteenth 2018 at the Jefferson African-American Heritage Center
Friday June 15 - 6:00 pm & Saturday, June 16 - 5:00 pm - 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Come to our annual Juneteenth Celebration to honor our ancestors and community leaders! On Friday, experience a Harriet Tubman re-enactment, performed by Charmaine Crowell-White. On Saturday, join in the ‘wear your best hat’ contest, experience the Junkanoo School, performances on the Center stage and more! Join the outdoor party featuring live music (Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soul), a DJ and line dances. Patronize the local food vendors (Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian, and Kenyan) The event is free and open to the public!