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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

Monday, October 8 – Tuesday, October 9 – Reading Days (no classes)

Saturday, October 13 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Miami (FL), 7:00 pm, 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 Stadium

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

Friday, November 2 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm – Scott Stadium

Saturday, November 10 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Liberty, TBD - Scott Stadium

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

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Tamika L. Carey is an associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She holds a doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetorics and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Women and Gender Studies from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, she held faculty appointments within the English departments at the University of Albany, SUNY and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in cultural and feminist rhetoric practices. Her research focuses on African American rhetorical and literacy traditions, feminist rhetorics, Black women’s writing and intellectual histories, and the memoir. She is a proud native of Orange County, Virginia, and committed to uncovering how writing, language, pedagogy, and assumptions about literacy promote, as well as complicate, the wellbeing of communities.

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

Colin Luther Powell (April 5, 1937 - ) is a retired four-star general in the United States Army and an American diplomat. The son of Jamaican immigrants, he was born in Harlem, New York City, and raised in the South Bronx. After graduating from public high school in 1954, he attended City College of New York (CCNY), where he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) and decided on a military career.  When he completed his degree at CCNY, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam and received numerous medals for outstanding military service. He later earned an MBA from the George Washington University in 1971. Over a 35-year period, Powell served under both the Clinton and Bush administrations in a variety of high-level military and senior government positions. In 2001, he was the first African-American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State, under the administration of President George W. Bush. Powell resigned as Secretary of State in 2005; he endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008. Now a private citizen active in public service, Powell is the author of the best-selling autobiography My American Journey (1995), and the recipient of many civilian awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (with distinction).

Opportunites with Deadlines

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. Visit the website to learn more.

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 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

Second and Third-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 six pages (excluding CVs) Submit proposals 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?  Hubert Brown, known as H. Rap Brown, was born on October 4, 1943, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to parents who were committed social activists. While a student at Southern University (LA), he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), rising through the ranks to become its national director in 1966. His rhetorical eloquence earned him the name H. "Rap" Brown. Brown soon grew disillusioned with SNCC's philosophy of nonviolence and he started promoting more extremist views. He joined the Black Panther Party, became associated with the phrase "Burn, Baby, Burn," and declared violence a tool for Blacks that was "as American as cherry pie." Brown later converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, while serving a prison sentence for robbery. He was imprisoned several times. In 2009, he received a life sentence for the shooting death of a police officer in an Atlanta grocery store.




Did you know? In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Its initial purpose was to protect local citizens from policy brutality in Oakland. At its height, it promoted a 10-point program to address full employment, education, and affordable housing. By 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members, including establishing the Free Breakfast for Children Programs and community health clinics. The history of the organization is controversial. Some scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential movement organization of the late 1960s, and "the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism." Other commentators have described the Party as more criminal than political, characterized by "defiant posturing over substance." The party dissolved in the early 1980s.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

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

Application Now Online – Deadline extended to Friday, October 12th 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 [no sessions on October 7-9 during fall break]

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

Signs of Change Workshop

Monday, October 8 – 6:30-8:30 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Do you know the history or race and ethnicity in Charlottesville? UVA Associate Professor Andrew Kahrl will share lesser-known stories and invite audience discussion.

Symposium: Re-Envisioning Race and Education in the New South

Tuesday, October 9 – 4:00 pm – Alumni Hall with Gloria Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin)

Wednesday, October 10 – 4:00 pm – Abbott Center Auditorium, UVa Darden School of Business with James D. Anderson

(University of Illinois)

Come and learn from two internationally recognized education scholars during a 2-day series of events examining the intersection of race, education, and public schooling. Both sessions open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Race and Public Education the South in the Curry School and the Bank of America Foundation. For details, visit

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.

Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership: 2021 Cohort Interest Meetings

October 12 – 2:00 pm – Newcomb 389

October 15 & 16th – 6:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Second-Years: Passionate about leadership? Looking to get more involved in the UVA Community? Attend an information session to learn more.

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  

Black Voices Fall Concert
October 26th in Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Black Voices Gospel Choir is excited to announce our annual fall concert: Soul Food. This well be held on the evening of October 26th in Newcomb Ballroom. Join us as we celebrate the fulfilling and peace giving words of the Lord! This concert has a suggested donation of $4.60 as we celebrate our 46th year on Grounds.

For more information: Contact Name: Gabrielle Stanfield


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

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

Making Our Way Together: Coming to the Table

Saturday, October 13 – 2:00-4:00 pm – First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street

Join the next monthly meeting of the Charlottesville Coming to the Table (CTTT) group for honest and constructive conversation.

Learn more at

We Code Too – Sneaker Ball 2018

Saturday, November 3 – 7:00-10:00 pm – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville

This inaugural ball is a black-tie event to celebrate and fundraise for the ongoing operations of the non-profit organization. The goal: to buy 32 new laptops and 320 pairs of sneakers for youth in our local community. For details, visit