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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

Virginia General Election - Tuesday, November 6

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 15

If you are a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S., or a service member, service member’s spouse, or eligible family member, you can register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Request for Absentee Ballot by Tuesday, October 30 – 5:00 pm

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Mark Your Calendar

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          

Friday, October 19 – Inauguration of UVA President Jim Ryan

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

Saturday, October 27 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. North Carolina – TBD – Scott Stadum

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

Wednesday November 21 – Sunday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, December 7 - Classes End

Wednesday, December 9 - Reading Day

Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 18 - Course Examinations

Sunday, December 13 & Wednesday, December 16 - Reading Days

Quote of the Week

“African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.”  – Wangari Maathai

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight Carson is in his second year as the assistant professor of Hip Hop and the Global South, in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University, and was the 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson. His current research focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances through hip-hop, particularly rap music and spoken word poetry. His dissertation, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, is a digital archive that features a 34 track rap album, and was recognized by the Clemson Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation. His most recent project is titled “Sleepwalking 2,” and is available at


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

 Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan political activist, born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) on April 1, 1940, and was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). She subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966). She pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where she also taught veterinary anatomy. She became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region. She was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman in 1981-87. Through this organization, Maathai developed a grassroots organization to conserve the environment and improve the quality of life for all women. Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. In December 2002, she was elected to parliament with an overwhelming 98% of the vote. She was subsequently appointed by the president, as Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife in Kenya’s ninth parliament. The Nobel Peace Prize 2004 was awarded to Wangari Muta Maathai She died September 25, 2011, at the age of 71, from cancer.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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

Research Assistant Openings

Dr. Valerie N. Adams-Bass, a faculty member of the Curry School of Education, is seeking 1-2 students to work with her this academic year on a content analysis project and possible involvement in focus group transcription. Her research is Black adolescent identity development with a current focus on body image and media exposure. If you are interested, please contact her at

Biomedical Lab Assistant Opening

The Sugaway Lab is looking for two students to assist in biomedical lab work this semester. The lab is working on an approach to combat the global diabetes epidemic. To apply, go to the Lab Assistant Application.

Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development - Research Assistants

PHAD Lab is looking for Research Assistants for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! PHAD Lab focuses on identifying ways to build upon pre-existing strengths in adolescent's lives. Students can participate for 2-3 research credit hours starting in the Fall or Spring. Interested students should submit their resume and unofficial transcript to For more information, visit their website.


Seeking Research Assistants for the Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD) Lab

 BRAD Lab is looking for motivated research assistants interested in working with faculty in interdisciplinary behavioral research. Research assistants run studies, conduct literature searches, enter data, work on annotated bibliographies, attend meetings, and recruit participants for the SONA subject pool. For more information or to apply, please contact Visit their website to learn more.

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

2019 Sophomore Diversity Summer Analyst Program

Application Deadline: Friday, October 5

The 2019 Sophomore Diversity Summer Analyst Program offers college sophomores from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in a 9 to10 week summer internship program at Credit Suisse in New York City. To qualify for the program, you must be a Sophomore from a diverse background (women, Black, Hispanic, LGBT, veterans, disabled, or candidates diverse in other ways), enrolled in a 4 year Bachelor’s degree program, and graduating in Dec 2020 or May/June 2021. Those who successfully complete their sophomore year internship will be eligible to receive a fellowship award and junior year internship offer.  Opportunities are available in Global Markets, Technology and Investment Banking and Capital Markets. All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF document by clicking here. Please contact if you have any questions.

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?   On September 22 in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which set the date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States; this act recast the Civil War as a fight against slavery. Lincoln, following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam, announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion would be free within 100 days. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African-Americans later served in the army, and another 18,000 served in the navy. The proclamation was a presidential order and not a Congressional law, so Lincoln pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated legally throughout the United States. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Did you know?  The Three-Fifths Compromise was an agreement reached between delegates from the southern states and northern states during the United States Constitutional Convention in September, 1857. The delegates debated whether, and if so, how, slaves would be counted when determining a state's total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes. The issue was important, as this population number was then used to determine the number of seats for each state in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years. The result gave the southern states a third more seats in Congress, a third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored, but fewer votes than if slaves and free persons had been counted equally. This strategy allowed slaveholder interests to largely dominate the government of the United States until 1861. Delegates James Wilson and Roger Sherman proposed the compromise. The Three-Fifths Compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution, which reads: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”

Did you know?  Rebecca J. Cole (b: March 16, 1846) was a 19th century physician who was the second African-American woman to become a doctor in the United States in 1867 (Rebecca Crumpler was the first in 1864.). Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cole trained and graduated from all-female institutions, including the Institute for Colored Youth and the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Later, she interned at Elizabeth Blackwell's New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children and then, practiced in South Carolina. In 1873, Cole opened a Women's Directory Center in Washington, D.C. to provide medical and legal services to destitute women and children. In January 1899, she was appointed superintendent of a home, run by the Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children. Although Cole practiced medicine for fifty years, few records survive of her efforts, and only two photos remain. Cole died on August 14, 1922.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA-GradSTAR: ‘Building Your Personal Brand’ Fall Seminar Series

Application Now Online – Deadline Wednesday, October 10th by 5:00 pm

Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31, & November 7– 6:00 -7:30 pm;

Recognition Dinner: Wednesday, November 14

This 5-part series is designed to prepare you for upcoming interview, internship & job fair opportunities. GREAT for 1st years – and open to all classes. For details, visit "Building Your Personal Brand"  or contact Dean Grimes (

“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 (

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

OAAA Calculus Tutoring Sessions 

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

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

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

Come & join us for food & fellowship!





Upcoming Events

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Open House Series

Tuesday, September 25 – 11:30am-1:30 pm – Roots Bowls for lunch!

Don't spend your lunch hour waiting in line! Take a midday break with us for a quick healthy lunch and a tour through the Center.

Translating Difficult Histories in Contemporary Education

Tuesday, September 25 – Program 4:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Theater / Reception - 5:45 pm – Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Come to a panel discussion exploring how education can promote inclusion and respect among citizens and communities, as examined through a range of historical events and current themes. Sponsored by the Curry School of Education and Human Development and Bank of America. RSVP here.

Graduate and Professional School Fair

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

This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from 150+ schools including Boston College, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Northeastern U, 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 how to advance knowledge of interdisciplinary resources at UVa and globally.


Reimagining Modern Manhood

Wednesday, September 26 – 7:00 pm – Nau Hall 101 (Nau Hall Auditorium)

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center will host spoken word poet Carlos Andrés Gómez. Sponsored by the Men’s Leadership Project. Check out the Facebook event for details.  

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Open House Series

Thursday, September 27 - 4:30-6:30 pm – Wine & Cheese – 1400 University Avenue

Join us for a tour and a toast. Faculty, staff, students, alums and friends are welcome.

Credit Suisse Info & Networking Event at the University of Virginia

Thursday, September 27 – 6:00-7:00 pm – Rouss and Robertson Hall, Room 223

Credit Suisse invites you to an information session and networking reception. Come and learn about its 2019 Sophomore Diversity Program and 2020 Investment Banking and Capital Markets Junior Summer Analyst Program. Credit Suisse representatives from Investment Banking & Capital Markets will attend. Click here to register by Monday, September 24

The Hope and the Dream of the Slave: A Walking Tour

Sunday, September 30 – 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm

The Hope and the Dream of the Slave: A walking tour is designed as a living monument to Sally Hemings. Walking in her imagined footsteps, the tour will highlight a selection of existing monuments and local histories through performance and creative practice. Participants are encouraged to do a close reading of the built environment as a material text into which the structures of the colonial era can be read and critiqued. The tour will proceed along a 1-mile route with stops along the way, beginning at the Colonnade Club. Please contact to make a reservation to attend one of two tours:

The Hope and the Dream of the Slave: A Public Talk and Book Launch

Tuesday, October 2 - 5:30 pm - The Rotunda

Artist Marisa Williamson invites the community to join her in building something new out of historical material. Expanding on the concept of the living monument, this performative lecture on the afterlife and legacy of the persona of Sally Hemings, is an introduction to new work. Picking up where the artist’s spring residency work left off, The Hemings Foundation is a reparative program. It serves also as the launch for Postcard Book: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson.

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

Fall Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 24 & Thursday, October 25 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall, 3rd floor

Recruiters from companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations want to meet students from all majors seeking full-time employment or internship experience. There will be different recruiters each day. Sponsored by UVA Career Services. For details  

In the Community

Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance

Thursday, September 27 - 4:00 pm - The Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street (Downtown Mall), Charlottesville

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Yale Law School professor and public intellectual James Forman, Jr. will talk on Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance. He will explore the cultural dynamics at work in Charlottesville and the USA one year after the events of August 11 & 12. Hosted by UVA President James Ryan, the event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available online, by calling 434-979-1333, or in person at the Paramount box office weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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.

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