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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


Your Opinion counts! Newcomb Hall 3rd Floor Furniture Project 

Please provide your feedback regarding
new furniture ideas for Newcomb!



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Mark Your Calendar

Friday, October 19 – Inauguration of UVA President Jim Ryan, 3:00 pm, The Lawn

Monday October 22 – Saturday October 27 – UVA Global Week – Celebrate International Education!    

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 for students to pay 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

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

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

Winter Holidays through January 2, 2019

Quote of the Week

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Andrea Roberts, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Masters in Accounting Program at the McIntire School of Commerce. She is in her tenth year at UVA and hails from Prince Georges County, Maryland, Roberts earned her B.S. in Accounting from Towson University and spent five years working at Ernst & Young, before pursuing a career in academia. She received her Ph.D. in Accountancy from The George Washington University and held her first academic post at Boston College. Professor Roberts’ research focuses on financial reporting and governance issues in nonprofit organizations. She has published in several leading accounting and nonprofit journals and describes herself as student-centered. Her favorite UVA teaching experiences include being on the faculty of the fall 2015 Semester at Sea program and serving as a scholar mentor for the Posse 3 group.


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

Quote's Corner

Mae Carol Jemison (October 17, 1956 - ) is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. In 1992, she became the first African-American woman to travel in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Born in Decatur, Alabama, Jemison graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, IL and received  a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. After obtaining  her M.D. degree in 1981 from Cornell Medical College, she served in the Peace Corps for two years, and then was accepted into the NASA space program.

Dr. Jemison holds nine honorary doctorates and currently is a Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She has also established her own company, The Jemison Group, where she  researches, markets, and develops science and technology for daily life.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.

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.



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.

Harvard Kennedy School Master’s Programs

Application Deadline: Friday, November 2 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time)

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. 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.

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship

Application Deadline: Saturday, January 19

Undergraduates in this 10-week summer internship will be paired with a UVA faculty mentor to conduct diabetes research, attend interesting diabetes lectures, participate in professional development and journal club, and shadow UVA physicians in the operating room and clinic. 1st-3rd year students are preferred as well as students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.  Please see the website for additional information.URL for more information:  Contact Name: Katherine Walters Contact Email:



This Week in Black History

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF): On October 11th, 1939, the NAACP organized this fund. This initiative was the first civil and human rights law firm in the United States, led by Thurgood Marshall. The LDF arose due to blatant and systematic hindrances to the equality and due process of law for African Americans. Since its founding, the LDF’s mission has continued to strive to achieve racial justice, equality, and promote an inclusive society.

 Doris (Dorie) Miller: Doris (“Dorie”) Miller, a World War II decorated hero, was born on October 12, 1919. The son of two farmers, he was raised in Waco, Texas. Miller dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in the US Navy, and joined the armed services in 1939. He became a mess attendant, due to the limited positions offered to African-Americans in the military at the time. Miller received recognition for his courageous acts on December 7, 1941, when he saved his fellow sailors, secured anti-aircraft guns, and took down the opposing forces on his Navy carrier. In addition to receiving the Navy Cross, Miller was awarded the Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal, and the World War II victory medal. He died on November 24, 1943, when an enemy torpedo sank his ship off of the Gilbert Islands.

Black History collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester 2018

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 Mrs. Comfort at OAAA  (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 Fridays
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come & join us for food & fellowship!


Upcoming Events

Critical Mentoring Talk & Youth Action Workshop with Torie Weiston-Serdan

Wednesday October 17th- 9:00 -10:30 AM - Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall

Torie Weiston-Serdan will discuss how race theory, cultural competence and intersectionality impact mentoring efforts for students in Grades K-16. The afternoon workshop will include strategy-building and action steps that apply to specific youth work contexts. Event is co-sponsored byYouthNex, the UVA Office of Diversity and Equity, and the OAAA/GradSTAR Program,

Professor Jacqueline Battalora Lecture & Reception

Wednesday, October 17 – 1:00 pm - 2:00 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 (ticket & fee).

Free CeCe! An International Pronouns Film Day Event

Wednesday, October 17 – 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Theater

Free CeCe! is a documentary film produced by (and featuring) actress Laverne Cox. The film confronts the culture of violence surrounding Trans women of color and the prison industrial complex. Film screening will be followed by a discussion, led by Dr. Lanice Avery (UVA-WGS) and Dr. Dionne Bailey (Woodson Fellow), and a reception. URL for more information: Contact Name: Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights Contact Email:

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. . 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.  RSVP on the website for more information at Contact SFSTF student intern, Alexandra Cook at,


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

Annual Passport Drive at UVA

Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday October 24 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm – Hotel A – Global Grounds

Visit the UVA GLOBAL Passport Drive for students, faculty, staff, and their families! Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions. See

“Girl Rising” Screening & Reception

Tuesday, October 23 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm – Minor 125

Attend the screening of this film about nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan and their journey to education. Refreshments.

Securing a Global Internship: Panel and Resource Fair

Wednesday, October 24 – 5:00-7:00 pm – Great Hall in Garrett Hall

Interested in finding an internship abroad? Hear current UVA students who have pursued international internships and learn what steps they took to compete successfully. Panelists will represent a variety of industries, regions of the world and majors. Stay and learn more about specific opportunities. 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  

Peace Corps Information Session

Thursday, October 25 – 5:00–6:00 pm – Hotel A – Global Grounds

Come to this information session to learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Global Fellowships on the 15s

Friday, October 26 –10:00 am–2:00 pm –Rotunda Dome Room

Learn about fellowships that can take you around the globe! The Office of Citizen Scholar Development staff will give short informational presentations every 15 minutes. Stop by for a quick break, grab a handout, or for a long repose, and soak it all in. There will also be stories from past recipients.

Black Voices Fall Concert

Friday, October 26 – 7:30 pm - Newcomb Ballroom

The annual fall concert -- Soul Food – will celebrate the fulfilling and peace giving words of the Lord! Suggested donation: $4.60 as Black Voices celebrates its 46th year on Grounds. Contact Gabrielle Stanfield at for more information.

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

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


Old School – An Original Play by Caruso Brown

Thursday October 18 - October 20 – Doors Open at 7:30 pm, Showtime begins at 8:00 pm

Sunday October 21 – Doors open at 1:30pm, Showtime begins at 2:00 pm

Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville

The Burke Brown Steppe Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.presents “Old School.” This play honors early African American local educators and important people in the local black community. Tickets are available online at Visit the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s Facebook page for more info.

African American Teaching Fellows of Charlottesville-Albemarle Information Session

Monday October 22 – 5:45–6:45 pm – Ruffner Hall 302, Curry School of Education

Want to teach? Apply to become a Fellow!  Learn more:

Diversity and Inclusion Dialogues – Speaking Freely about Free Speech

Thursday October 25 - 7:00-8:00 pm – The Event Hall, 1024 Carrington Place, 2nd Floor

Join Dr. Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, for this important conversation. Public is welcome.

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