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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 Monday, September 17 by 5:00 pm


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Mark Your Calendar

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

Saturday, September 22 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Louisville, time TBD, Scott Stadium

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)

Saturday, October 13 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Miami FL. Time TBD, Scott Stadium          

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 think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.” – Cicely Tyson

Spotlight on Student Achievements

   Ivana Daniels is a Third year student from Richmond on a pre-med track, double majoring in Biology and Religious Studies. This past summer, she had two internships: one as a research intern through Hospital Corporation of America, and the other as a senior staff intern for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) at the NASA Langley Research Center. Recently, she was named a VSGC Bridge Scholar and will continue faculty led research this coming year. On Grounds, Ivana has participated in the Black Voices Gospel Choir (Treasurer), ReMix Acapella Group (Treasurer),  Black Student Alliance (Special Events Committee), Daniel Hale Williams Premedical Honor Society, Madison House Medical Services, and the OAAA Peer Advising Program. She also works as a house manager at Old Cabell Hall. Her future plans are to go to medical school, with the aspirations of becoming an anatomical pathologist or radiologist. Her career goal is to be a member of one of the future astronaut classes or a primary mission specialist, focusing on the biological factors of spaceflight.


You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to:
Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.

Quote's Corner

Cicely Tyson is an American actress and former fashion model, noted for her vivid portrayals of strong African-American women. Born on December 18, 1924, in New York City, her career spans over 60 years, and includes 90 onscreen acting credits and extensive theatrical work. Tyson is the first-African American actress to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie, for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974). She has earned a Tony and two Emmy awards, as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016). Her handprints and footprints are also set in stone at Grauman’s Theater in Hollywood. The Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts in East Orange, New Jersey was named to honor her contributions. She visits the school frequently, and occasionally teaches a master class in acting. At 93, Tyson will receive an honorary Oscar by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this fall and is the first Black woman to ever receive such an honor.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Forte Women of Color College Leadership Conference

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 16

Undergraduate African-American and Latina women from diverse academic backgrounds including STEM, Economics, Liberal Arts, Business, and Communications majors may apply. This is a great opportunity for second year and third year women to discover new ways to position themselves as diverse candidates for the greatest career impact. Connect with professionals and peers to share "real talk" about how to navigate your career as a women of color. Complete the Application Form. Admission is free. Attendees must submit a resume and complete an application form. Travel stipends (up to $300) are available for eligible participants. For more information, visit  website.

Accenture's Virtual Coffee Chats – September 2018

Interested in learning about consulting opportunities at Accenture? Participate in one of the virtual coffee chats via Skype or phone this fall. During these informal discussions, you will speak with members of the firm and learn more about what a consultant does and can ask questions. Chat hosts are:  Chris Smith, Strategy Senior Manager in Accenture Federal Services; Emily Strait, Strategy Senior Analyst based in the Washington, D.C. Office; and Emily Hauben, Consulting Analyst in the NY office. To register for one of the chats, click here. Sign up soon as spots are limited! Questions? Contact Suchita Chharia and Camille Lorenzana

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

Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation Grants (CGII)

Fall Application Deadline: Monday, October 15 / Spring Application Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019

CGIIs seek to advance its mission in two ways: (i) to promote the creation of working groups of colleagues, at UVa and beyond, to take up new, significant research questions in interdisciplinary collaboration; (ii) to promote scholarly gatherings that can help frame novel questions, or reframe old ones in light of new circumstances. CGII is awarding smaller amounts for individual projects: up to $2,500 for faculty members, and $1,000 for graduate students. There are also grants awarded for out-of-cycle proposals for time-sensitive projects. Rolling applications, .For more information, visit

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.

Global Programs of Distinction (G-PODs)

Application Deadline: Monday, November 5

The Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation is sponsoring G-PODs to foster active global research programs. G-PODs could become self-sustaining centers of distinction, through outside grants and philanthropy, and/or become recognized as an area of particular intellectual strength at the University. All full-time faculty may apply. G-POD proposals will vary in object, method, and outcome. Breadth and imaginativeness of conception are critical. Proposals should be a single document not exceeding 6 pages (excluding CVs) Proposals should be submitted to Cliff Maxwell as a single PDF via email. Grant size now ranges from $20K-$100K. $125K available/year.

This Week in Black History

Did you know? Audrey Geraldine Lorde, (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, and the exploration of black female identity.  The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City is named for Michael Callen and Audre Lorde, and is dedicated to providing medical health care to the city's LGBTQ population, without regard to ability to pay. The Audre Lorde Project, founded in 1994, is a Brooklyn-based organization for queer people of color that focuses on community organizing and radical nonviolent activism around local progressive issues. The Audre Lorde Award is an annual literary award presented by Publishing Triangle to honor works of lesbian poets, and was first presented in 2001. In 2014, Lorde was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display in Chicago (IL) that celebrates LGBTQ history and people.

Did you know?  Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for her to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. In Washington DC.  Instead, she performed a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The incident placed her into the spotlight of the international arts community. She continued to break barriers for African-American artists, performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955.

Did you know? On September 18, 1895, at the Atlanta Exposition, Booker T. Washington, an African-American spokesman and leader, delivered what came to be known as the “Atlanta Compromise” speech. Speaking before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition, he advocated for the races to work together while remaining separate socially. His “Atlanta Compromise” address, as it came to be called, was one of the most important, influential, and controversial speeches in American history. Although the organizers of the exposition worried that “public sentiment was not prepared for such an advanced step,” they decided that inviting a Black speaker would impress Northern visitors and demonstrate racial progress in the South. Washington’s position was in direct contrast to other leaders of the time, including W.E.B. DuBois, who believed in achieving racial equity through political means that would integrate Blacks into the larger society.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Friday
Every Friday - 1:30 pm - LPJ Black 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 4:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors). For questions, contact Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew (

OAAA Calculus Tutoring Sessions 
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 3:30-6:00 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  For details, contact: Travis Elliott


OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring

Every Thursday – 1:00-3:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room (Chemistry)

Every Thursday – 3:00-5:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center (Biology)

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

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday - 6:30 pm – Maury 113

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376

OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois with Dean Grimes
Every Tuesday 12:30-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room.

Eat & chat between classes! RSVP to reserve lunch by the Friday before each Tuesday to Ms. Carter (924-7923 or

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

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room



Upcoming Events

“Getting Started in Undergraduate Research” Workshops

Wednesday, September 19 – 1:00-2:00 pm – South Meeting Room – Newcomb Hall

Thursday, September 20 – 4:00- 5:00 pm – South Meeting Room – Newcomb Hall

Are you interested in doing research but don’t know how to start? Come to this workshop and find out! Learn talk about undergraduate research: what it is, how to find a mentor, how to apply, and more. For more information.


Women’s Center Open House

Wednesday, September 19 - 8:00 -10:00 a.m. Moore Lecture Room of the School of Medicine

Come learn about the resources and opportunities for students at the Women’s Center! The OPEN HOUSE events will help you fuel up for a year of well-being and learn about about justice and equity issues for women. From mental wellness tips and counseling to learning about courses, internships and mentoring positions, the Women’s Center helps you make your time at UVapositive and meaningful. NEW this year: quiet study spaces!

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 (


Graduate and Professional School Fair

Wednesday, September 26 – 12 noon – 3:00 pm – Newcomb Hall, 3rd floor

This is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from 150+ schools including Boston College, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Northeastern Uni., Penn State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and more! Sponsored by UVA Career Services. For details:  

Global Health Dinner Series

Wednesday, September 26 – 6:00-8:00 pm – Hosted by The Center for Global Health, 1400 W Main St.

The Center for Global Health is hosting its annual dinner series to advance the interests of undergraduate students who are actively seeking global health engagement and scholarship. The dinners will focus on mentorship and methodology, offering opportunities to connect directly with faculty and to advance knowledge of interdisciplinary resources at UVa and globally.

Harrison Undergraduate Research Award Information Session

Wednesday, October 10 – 4:00 -5:00 pm - Clemons Library, Room 202/203

Looking for funding for a research project? The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out this summer and next academic year. Approximately forty awards of up to $4,000 each will be granted on a competitive basis.  Come to this session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and hear from previous recipients!

Jefferson Public Citizens Program Information Session

Thursday, October 11 - 4:00-5:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

Have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) Program and hear from previous recipients. JPC provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors.

Professor Jacqueline Battalora Lecture & Reception

Wednesday, October 17 – 12:00 pm - Harrison-Small Auditorium, Central Grounds

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. 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 of Virginia’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


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

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.


The Road to College: A Workshop for Parents

Saturday, September 29 – 10:30 am-12:00 noon – James Madison Regional Library-Northside Branch, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville.

Attend a workshop specifically for parents preparing their child for success in high school and preparing for college.  Learn best practices and what to look for in the college counseling experience. Open to all parents of students, especially those who may be new to the process of college counseling in high school. Free and open to the public.

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Friday, September 29 - 7:00 pm - Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA

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 - 8:30 am - 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