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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

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!


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, 12:20 pm – 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

Wednesday, December 19 -Sunday, January 13 – Winter Break

Wednesday, January 2 - Saturday, January 12 – January Term

Saturday, January 12 – First-year residence halls reopen at Noon

Monday, January 14 – Spring Classes Begin

Quote of the Week

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”—George Washington Carver

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Maurice Wallace, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies. At the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, he is co-leader of the Race, Faith, and Culture Project. Professor Wallace received his B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. in English from Duke University.  His primary fields of expertise are African-American literature and cultural studies, nineteenth-century American literature, the history and representation of American slavery, and visual culture.  He is the author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, and is co-editor of a collection of scholarly articles on early photography and African-American identity. Currently, he is completing a book on the sound and voice of Martin Luther King Jr. 


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

 Scientist, inventor and agricultural chemist George Washington Carver was born (circa 1864) in Diamond Grove, Missouri. With the legal abolition of slavery in the US in 1865, Carver became free, and began a lifetime pursuit of knowledge and discovery. In spite of many personal trials and setbacks, he earned a master’s degree in agriculture from Iowa State University in 1896. For the greater part of his career, he taught agricultural sciences and ran a research laboratory at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now known as Tuskegee University (AL). There, he gained an international reputation as a renowned teacher and researcher, receiving many awards. Carver created over 100 products from the peanut, pecan, and sweet potato, and influenced the work of auto tycoon Henry Ford, inventor Thomas Edison, and industrialist Harvey Firestone. He died on January 3, 1943, and is buried on the grounds of Tuskegee, near the University Chapel.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Saturday, December 1

The Woodson Institute provides two-year residential fellowships—at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels—designed to facilitate the writing of dissertations or book manuscripts. Successful applicants will join the community of fellows at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia to exchange works-in-progress, both with each other and the broader University. Visit the website for the application and additional information:

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. First through third year students are preferred, as well as students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.  See the website for additional information.URL for more information:  Contact Name: Katherine Walters Contact Email:

VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: Monday, January 28

The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising third and fourth years who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Applied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program. Please see the website for application and additional information:

This Week in Black History

October 7, 1931: Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He is a theologian and internationally recognized social rights activist, who became known in the 1970s for his opposition to racial apartheid. In 1984, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the anti-apartheid movement and for promoting non-violent social protest. Tutu was the first Black, South African to become Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. At age 87, he remains an active supporter of social justice causes worldwide.

October 20, 1942: Sixty Southern Black leaders issued the Durham Manifesto, calling for fundamental changes in race relations, after a meeting of the Southern Conference on Race Relations in Durham, North Carolina. Luther Porter Jackson, a Virginia educator and civil rights leader, was an officer of the group that issued the report. Other leaders present included Charles Spurgeon Johnson of Fisk University, Benjamin E. Mays of Morehouse College, and Rufus E. Clement of Atlanta University.

October 24th, 1896: Businesswoman Marjorie Joyner was born in Monterey, VA. She received a patent for the permanent wave machine for styling hair in 1939. Joyner was the first African-American to graduate from a noted Chicago cosmetology school in 1916. Based in Chicago, she also became the national supervisor for more than 200 beauty colleges owned by Madame C.J. Walker. She was well-respected in local and national political circles, and an advisor to the Democratic National Committee in the 1940s for Black women’s empowerment. Joyner died in her South Side Chicago home in 1994.



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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 (

OAAA Calculus Tutoring   

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

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)


OAAA Science Tutoring

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday4:00-7:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center

Contact Emeka Ikpeazu ( for specific courses & to make an appointment

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 Mrs. Comfort at OAAA (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

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

Upcoming Events

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) of Charlottesville-Albemarle Info Session

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

Want to teach? Apply to become an AATF Fellow!  Learn more:

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  

“Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women”

Thursday, October 25 – 6:00–7:30 pm – 125 Minor Hall; Book signing 7:00-7:30 pm

The Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective invite you to a lecture by Susan Burton, author of the NAACP Image Award-winning book, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women. She will discuss her work as an activist and advocate for incarcerated women. Burton is a widely recognized leader in the national criminal justice reform movement and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project. 

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.

Coffee and Careers

Friday, October 26 – 3:00- 5:00 pm – 1515 on the Corner

Learn about the resources available to students and visit one of the most popular student spots for studying and socializing.

Special University and Grounds Tours Celebrating African Americans and Women

Sunday afternoon October 28 – times TBA – at the Rotunda

Discover the special history of African-Americans and women at UVA in relationship to the University’s past.

January Term 2019: Registration Begins November 12

Students seeking to further enrich their academic program can find a number of opportunities through J-Term. Next Year’s sessions runs January 2-12. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Culturefest 2018

Saturday, October 27 – 10:30 am-1:30 pm - Amphitheater

Experience all of the diversity that UVA has to offer, with exciting performances and exhibitions, interactive booths and presentations, and cultural foods at this annual event. Free catered lunch will be served at 12 PM. Look for free raffles featuring prizes your favorite Charlottesville stores and restaurants. Check out the Facebook event here.

In the Community

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


Gone But Not Forgotten: Unearthing Memories at the Daughter of Zion Cemetery

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 200 Second Street NE, Charlottesville
In partnership with the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, this free exhibit explores the fascinating stories of people interred in one of the first public, African-American cemeteries in the South, established in 1873 near downtown Charlottesville. Visit during regular business hours in the Exhibit Hall of the main building.

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.

Megabus: New Service between Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.

Megabus offers frequent nonstop service from the Amtrak Station in Charlottesville to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Two trips per day are available Sundays, Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. One trip per day is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Purchase tickets on the Megabus website. This is an independently operated service not associated with UVA.