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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

Information and applications are on line now for the
 2018-2019 OAAA / GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program!
Application Deadline extended to Friday, September 14th, 5:00 pm


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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, September 4 – Classes are in session

Tuesday, September 11 – Last day to ADD a course in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information, see the UREG Academic Calendar

Wednesday, September 12 – Last day to DROP a course without penalty (course removed from transcript) in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information

Saturday, September 15 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Ohio University, 3:00 pm, Scott Stadium

Monday, September 18 – Deadline when students must enroll in or waive their right to individual health insurance coverage - For more information

Friday, September 28 – Deadline when a student can appeal the decision if a health insurance waiver is denied – For more information

Saturday, October 6 – Tuesday, October 9 – Reading Days (no classes)

Tuesday, October 23 – Last day to DROP a course with a “W” in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information

Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28Family Weekend 2018

Wednesday, October 31st – Deadline by which students must pay the annual premium for the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan



Quote of the Week

“I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.” - Septima Poinsette Clark

Jocelyn Willoughby

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Jocelyn Willoughby is a third-year Global Studies major from East Orange, New Jersey. With a concentration in Global Development, she will complete her undergraduate studies a year early. As a 2018-2019 Lawn Resident, Joselyn has engaged actively in University life. On Grounds, she is captain of the UVA Women’s Basketball Team, a Student-Athlete Mentor and a team representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also an active Peer Advisor for the Office of African American Affairs and is a fellow in the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership.  After graduation, Jocelyn is considering many options, including returning to Grounds to begin the Master of Public Policy Program in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Faculty Focus

 Congratulations to Professor Deborah E. McDowell, who is the recipient of the the 2018 Zintl Leadership Award given by Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center.  She will be honored at a reception on Sept. 26 for her leadership, impact and contributions to the University community. As a scholar, author and member of the UVA faculty since 1987, she serves as Alice Griffin professor of Literary Studies. In 2008, she was named director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. Under her leadership, the institute gained departmental status in spring 2018, with the welcome support of Arts & Sciences Dean Ian Baucom.

Quote's Corner

Septima Poinsette Clark, known as the “Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement,” was a teacher and civil rights activist whose citizenship schools helped enfranchise and empower African Americans. Born on May 3, 1898, in Charleston, South Carolina, Clark participated in social action with the NAACP while working as a teacher. Clark had major relationships with other black activists of the Civil Rights Movement, such as Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois. Both Washington and Clark emphasized the importance of self-improvement before the importance of institutional reforms. DuBois and Clark agreed on the key role of education as the most important approach to expangding the civil rights movement.  In 1979, President Jimmy Carter awarded her a Living Legacy Award. Her second autobiography, Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement, won the American Book Award. Clark was 89 when she died on December 15, 1987, on South Carolina's Johns Island. Septima Clark Public Charter School in Washington, DC is named in her honor.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Fulbright US Student Award

Internal Deadline: Wednesday, September 12

Please email Lisa M. Grimes ( for information and instructions.

The Jefferson Trust - 2018-19 Grant Applications

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 1 by 11:59 pm
The Jefferson Trust has launched a new web-based proposal system. Create an account and submit a proposal! Your information will be saved in the system, but is not visible to the reviewers until you submit the final version. Please contact if you have any problems with your account

Churchill Scholarship
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 1 by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)
This scholarship funds a year of research at Cambridge University (England), where a student can also earn a graduate degree. Fourth year students (or those within 12 months of graduation) are eligible to apply. For details visit the website.

FBI internships
Applications are open for our Summer 2019 FBI Honors Internship Program. This 10-week paid internship offers undergraduate and graduate students an unparalleled opportunity to gain an insider's perspective on FBI operations. Applications are also now open for the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative. Apply through October 14!


This Week in Black History

Did you know? Marla Gibbs (born Margaret Theresa Bradley; June 14, 1931) is an American actress, comedian, singer, writer and producer, whose career spans five decades. She is best known for playing Florence Johnston on the long-running comedy series The Jeffersons. The Chicago native didn’t have the opportunity to study acting as a young woman, but was a fan of the art. Eventually, Gibbs moved to Los Angeles and studied acting at the Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles workshop and Watts Workshop. In 1973, she landed her first role in the blaxploitation film Sweet Jesus, Preacherman. In 1975, she joined The Jeffersons, which aired for 11 seasons. In 1985, she co-produced and starred for five seasons in the sitcom, 227. This five time Emmy nominee has enjoyed a variety of television roles on shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Touched by An Angel and Martin.  Most recently, Gibbs was cast on ABC’s hit drama Scandal; she is set to star in an upcoming Shonda Rhimes’ series, Station 19, a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy.


Did you know? Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984) was a teacher, preacher, mentor, scholar, author and activist in the civil rights movement. He was born in the small town of Ninety-Six, South Carolina to former slave parents. Mays found a love for the Bible and learning early, and aimed his energies on using both fields of thought to improve his living standards. Mays completed high school at South Carolina State College and then entered Bates College (Maine), where he excelled and graduated with honors. He continued his studies at t The University of Chicago, earning his doctorate in philosophy in religion, while teaching at Howard University. In 1940, Mays’ conversation with human rights leader Mahatma Gandhi moved him to embrace nonviolence and peaceful resistance; these were the early philosophies of the civil rights movement. In 1940, Mayes became president of Morehouse College where he taught and mentored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, and Maynard Jackson. As a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Mays used the lessons learned in brotherhood towards his Morehouse students. In his 27-year tenure at Morehouse, Mays improved not only the academic standards of the institution, but also helped formed its lasting legacy as one of the best colleges in the nation. Mays left Morehouse in 1967, but remained an active public speaker and adviser to colleges. Later, he joined the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education to help supervise the city’s school desegregation policies. He named Alonzo Crim as the city’s first Black school superintendent, and retired in 1981. Dr. Mays passed in 1984 at the age of 89.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

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

Come & join us for food & fellowship! We’ll celebrate September birthdays with cake and punch!

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester
Sundays through Thursdays (Starting September 9) - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors) Raising the Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew ( Details on academic subject support coming soon -- RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday of the Month (Starting Sunday, September 9) – 6:30 pm – TBA

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday of the Month (Starting Monday, September 10) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Room 376

Black College Women (BCW) + In the Company of my Sister
Every Wednesday of the Month (Starting Wednesday, September 12) - 12:00 pm - W.E.B Dubois, Conference Room. Contact: Dean Mason ( for more Information

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Starting Wednesday, September 12) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room




Upcoming Events

Meet the OAAA Deans and Staff
Monday, September 10 @ 12:30 pm

OAAA Main Conference Room -- # 4 Dawson's Row

Come to an informal open house at OAAA to meet the deans, staff, and find out what services are available this year. Refreshments!

Raising-the-Bar: Fall Kickoff -- 3-Night Series
Monday, September 3, Tuesday, September 4, & Wednesday, September 5

7:00 pm -8:00 pm

Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room

Join Dean Grimes and the Peer Advisors for 3 different 1-hour sessions:

  • It’s About Time (Management) – Annual Ice Cream Social! - Monday
  • It’s About Your Career with UVA Career Services Personnel - Tuesday
  • It’s About Your Resources with UVA Library Staff - Wednesday

Monday night drawing for SWAG (stuff we all get) – other goodies! RTB: It’s not just for first-years anymore!

Fall Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 5 - 11:00 am-3:00 pm - Newcomb Ballroom and Main Lounge

Learn about the many study abroad opportunities available to UVA students. Meet UVA program faculty directors, representatives from approved outside programs, and students who have had study abroad experiences. Be a part of the Tradition!

Jefferson Trust Grants Information Session
Wednesday, September 5 - 4:00-5:00 pm – Alumni Hall, 211 Emmet Street

Have a great idea? The 2018-19 Jefferson Trust application is available on the website – deadline for grant applications is September 30th. Visit for more information.

OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
Tuesdays (Starting September 11) – 12:30-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Rm #2 Dawson’s Row

Join Dean Patrice Grimes for lunch and conversation. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 7 to Ms. Carter (924-7923 or to reserve lunch.

In the Community

Charlottesville – Albemarle NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
Second Monday of each month - 7:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Meet in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Café. Free parking is available on site.

2018 Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Business Diversity Luncheon
Tuesday, September 18 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 2nd floor 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA

Keynote Speaker: Michel Zajur, President/CEO & Founder, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Andrea D. Copeland-Whitsett. To register for the luncheon, visit.

Undergraduate Research Network (URN) Fair
Wednesday, September 19 – 1:00-3:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom

Students: Are you interested in doing research with a UVA faculty member? Faculty: Would you like to find undergraduate students to assist with your research? If so, the 4th annual Undergraduate Research Fair is for you! All disciplines are welcome! For more information, visit the URN website or contact Brian Cullaty (

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Friday, September 29 - 7:00 pm - Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

This annual fundraiser event of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will feature live musical entertainment, a keynote speaker, a silent auction and dinner. Recipients of the Virginia Banks Carrington Award and local scholarship winners will also be featured.

2018 Women’s Health Awareness Celebration
Saturday, September 29 - 8:30am -- 12:00pm - Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church - 105 Lankford Avenue

Come and bring your friends for women’s health topics, health screenings, and information. Plenty of Parking. Email Thanks to all the sponsors & community donors including the Oakwood Foundation, Stuart E. Houston, Farkas Family Foundation, UVA Friends of Midlife, Sentara MJH, Lion’s Club Hearing and Vision, Free Clinic, TJ Health Department, and .Z95. Refreshments. Exciting door prizes, goodie bags. For more information: email or 434-243-4734

Jacqueline Battalora Lecture & Reception
Wednesday, October 17 – 12:00 pm - Harrison-Small Auditorium

Professor Jacqueline Battalora of Saint Xavier University (Chicago) will discuss her book, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance. The public is invited. Parking is available in the garage near the UVa Bookstore (fee).

Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty
Wednesday, October 17 & Thursday, October 18 – Downtown Charlottesville

The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) announces a Bicentennial Symposium event. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP on the website for more information at Contact SFSTF student intern, Alexandra Cook at, with questions. Funded by the Alumni Board of Trustees, UVA Committee on Sustainability, Office for Sustainability, Aramark Dining Services, President's Commission on Slavery and the University, School of Architecture, Virginia Humanities, and School of Nursing.

Inauguration of the University’s Ninth President James E. Ryan
Friday, October 19 - 3:00 pm - The Lawn

The University of Virginia and its Board of Visitors will formally inaugurate the University’s ninth president James E. Ryan. See UVA Today for more details.