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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

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, 3:00 pm, The Lawn

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

“We will not be leaving racism behind as we enter the twenty—first century. The question, therefore, is clear: What do we do about it?”  – Constance Baker Motley

Uzo Njoku

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Uzo Njoku is a Fourth year student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she moved to the United States at the age of seven, and is gaining national attention as a visual artist working with oil paint, acrylic, and elements of collage. She has exhibited her work regionally and has been featured in HackCville and the Cville Weekly as an artist on the rise. She has even published a coloring book, The Bluestocking Society, that features influential women from around the world. Her current works explore the landscape of contemporary figurative and nude paintings, particularly women of color, reflecting social themes of race, gender, social media, and love.  Uzo explains, "We are living in a time that's ripe with debate over what it means to be either a female or a woman of color."   She is proud to convey an artistic style that reflects her Nigerian culture and American upbringing. Uzo plans to attend graduate school and exhibit her work to international audiences.


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

Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921 – September 28, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, lawyer, judge, state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan, New York City. Motley began her college career at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1941. In 1943, she transferred to New York University where she received her bachelor’s degree in economics.   In 1946, she became only the second black woman to graduate from Columbia Law School.  It was there where she met Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  Motley worked for the Legal Defense Fund while completing her law degree. She was also an assistant attorney to Thurgood Marshall arguing the case Brown v. Board of Education. Motley became the first African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary, serving as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. On August 30.1966, she was appointed the first African American female federal judge, and served as Chief Judge from 1982 to 1986. She served on the Court until her death of congestive heart failure in 2005. Motley is the subject of two documentary films:  Justice is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley (2012), and The Trials of Constance Baker Motley (2015).

Opportunites with Deadlines

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

This 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. Wwomen, Black, Hispanic, LGBT, veterans, disabled, or candidates diverse in other ways who are  enrolled in a 4 year Bachelor’s degree program, and graduating in Dec 2020 or May/June 2021. Are encouraged to apply. Opportunities are available in Global Markets, Technology and Investment Banking and Capital Markets. Click here for application details.

Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation Grants (CGII)

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

CGIIs seek to promote the creation of working groups of colleagues, at UVa and beyond, to do interdisciplinary research. Awards are 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

IDEA Fund Fellowship Program

Nominations Deadline: Friday, October 26 / Applications Deadline: Friday, November 16

2nd and 3rd year students are eligible for nomination to the program led by UVA faculty, staff and other students. Nominees can be students from underrepresented minority populations, veterans, first-generation college students, and low income/Access UVA. Self nominations are encouraged! Students will be notified in early December, then attend program orientation meetings from January-May. Externships and professional development with employers start in late May.

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

This Week in Black History

 Did you know?  Jane Bolin was the first black women graduate of Yale Law School and the first black female judge in the United States. Bolin was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 11, 1908, graduated from Wellesley College in 1928 and earned her J.D. degree at the Yale Law School in 1931. Bolin clerked in her father's law office until she passed the New York bar exam in 1932. She married fellow attorney, Ralph E. Mizelle, a year later, and together they started a law practice in New York City. In 1937, Bolin was named Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, serving on the Domestic Relation Court. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia appointed her Judge of the Domestic Relations Court in 1939, where she served for 40 years. Judge retired from the bench in 1979, then served on the New York State University Board of Regents. Bolin was also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, and the Child Welfare League. She died in New York City in 2007.



Did you know?   October 3, 1995 – Orenthal James (OJ) Simpson was acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The former pro football athlete, actor, and television personality had an epic 252-day trial. Led by nationally-known Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran, a team of lawyers employed creative and controversial methods to convince jurors that Simpson’s guilt had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. In 2008, Simpson was convicted and sentenced to state prison on charges stemming from a 2007 armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room; he was released on parole in Nevada in 2017.


Did you know?  October 2, 1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1940s and 1950s, Marshall was the architect and chief executor of the legal strategy that ended an era of legal racial segregation. Born in 1908, Marshall graduated from Lincoln University (PA), and later applied to the University of Maryland Law School, that  denied him admittance because of his race. Eventually, he entered   Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. At Howard, he studied under the guidance of civil liberties lawyer Charles H. Houston; in 1933, he graduated first in his class. In 1936, Marshall joined the legal division of the NAACP, of which Houston was the director, and two years later succeeded his mentor in the organization’s top legal post.

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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 prepares you for upcoming interview, internship & job fair opportunities. GREAT for 1st years – open to all classes. For details, visit 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

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 this performative lecture on the life and legacy of Sally Hemings, It serves also as the launch for the postcard book: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson.


Poetry & Poetics at UVA Welcomes U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

Tuesday, October 2 – 7:30 pm – Gilmer Hall 130

Nationally recognized poet and educator Tracy K. Smith will read her work with poets from seven countries. Free admission.

Health Careers Shuffle

Wednesday, October 3 – 6:00-8:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom

Meet and learn from local clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals in four 20-minute info sessions. RSVP

HEDY!  The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

Thursday, October 4 – 7:00- 8:30 pm – Old Cabell Hall

In this original theatre production, award-winning actress Heather Massie recreates the life and times of actress and amateur scientist Hedy Lamarr. With piano composer George Antheil, Lamarr invented technology influencing today’s world of wireless communication and global positioning. Contact Dawn Hunt

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 for summer 2019 and the 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

Signs of Change Workshop with Michele Galigano & Charlene Green

Tuesday, October 2 – 6:00 pm – Second Street Gallery, 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville

Charlene Green, of the Office of Human Rights of the City of Charlottesville, will introduce untold histories of the city’s Black community. Then, local artist Michelle Gagliano will present an art-making exercise to illustrate these histories. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

local scholarship winners will also be featured.