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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 6th

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


Virginia Film Festival – Thursday, November 1st thru Sunday, November 4th

UVA Students can get free tickets by ordering thru the UVA Arts Box Office or following


Mark Your Calendar

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

“Don’t identify yourself with labels and brands and have to buy every cute thing you see. Invest in the things that will grow in equity.”— Susan L. Taylor

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Ishan Williams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the UVA School of Nursing and assistant dean for its Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement initiative. On Grounds, she teaches health policy, evidence-based practice, health promotion and related courses studying the quality of life and healthcare for older adults and their family caregivers. She also collaborates with colleagues on the study of end-of-life concerns, and how people share information about their health issues on social media. Outside of the classroom, she has participated for many years in the OAAA/GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring program. Williams earned a B.A. degree in psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, an M.S. and a Ph. D in human development and family studies at UNC Greensboro, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute on Aging. In spring 2018, she was named President was the Southern Gerontological Society, and is associate editor for Ethnicity & Health. 

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

 Susan L. Taylor is an award winning American editor, writer, journalist and vocal activist within the African --American community. Taylor started her career as a freelance fashion and beauty expert for Essence, a lifestyle magazine for African-American women. She rose to serve as editor-in-chief from 1981 to 2000, and has published works that have received critical acclaim. In 1994, American Libraries named her “the most influential black woman in journalism today.” She received the NAACP’s President’s Award in 2006

Opportunites with Deadlines

ACC Leadership Symposium: Nourishing Our Communities: Uniting Against Hunger
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 31 by 11:45 pm (Eastern Time)

The ACC Leadership Symposium helps students to gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership capabilities and use their strengths to contribute to issues in the broader community. This year, participants will  learn about the issue of food insecurity and initiatives to address it. For application, visit @UVA. For more information, email

Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) - 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 in the fall or spring. Send your resume and unofficial transcript to For more information, visit the 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 29, 1969: U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school systems must end segregation "at once" and "operate now and hereafter only unitary schools." This ruling was response to the lack of action, slow pace, and in many cases, massive resistance to school desegregation, especially in the American South. In Alexander v. Holmes, the Court ruled that schools must complete the process immediately. This followed a 15-year delay by some states to implement the Brown v. Board of Education decision, that declared separate public schools based on race were unconstitutional.

 October 30, 1941: Singer Otis Williams of the Temptations was born in Texarkana, Texas. He was the original leader of the Motown recording group that he co-founded in early 1960s as The Elgins. Williams continues to perform as the sole surviving original member of one of R&B’s most influential groups of its time. In 1989, the Temptations were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Among their many hits are: “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”

 November 1, 1901: Grambling State was founded in 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School; it was accredited in 1949. Named after Judson H. Grambling, who donated the land for the school, it developed from the desire of African-American farmers in rural north Louisiana to educate other African-Americans in the northern part of the state. After its opening, Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Institute (AL) assisted in shaping its courses and programs. In 1974, this historically black, co-educational institution achieved university status. For many years, the late Eddie Robinson led its legendary GSU football Tigers to more than 400-wins.

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 (

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

Come & join us for food & fellowship!  


Upcoming Events

Ours to Shape: Community Conversation at UVA
Monday, October 29 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Garrett Hall, Batten School

Join President Jim Ryan as he facilitates conversation and solicits feedback on shaping the future of UVA.


Something is Happening in Memphis: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Campaign
Tuesday, October 30 – 3:30 pm – Bonhoeffer House, 1841 University Circle (parking next door)

Join scholar and author Dr. Greg Thompson to discuss his new work, “Union: A Musical,” that tells the story of the

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike. Hosted by the Project on Lived Theology @ UVA.


Trick- or-Treating on the Lawn
Wednesday, October 31 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm – The Lawn near the Rotunda

Welcome children from the Charlottesville community to this annual event. Lawn residents and members of student organizations are stationed in the 54 Lawn rooms and on the West Range to give out treats. Public parking is in the UVA Bookstore lot.

Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Landing a Summer Research Internship
Tuesday, November 6 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

Learn tips and tricks on how to search and apply for a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:

Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Benefits of a Summer Research Internship
Tuesday, November 13 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

Get the opportunity to talk with student panelists about their experience at a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:

Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Make the Most of Your Internship
Tuesday, November 27 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

Come Learn tips from faculty on what it takes to be successful during a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:

Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Application Process
Tuesday, December 4– 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

Learn how to develop an effective resume and how to write a winning personal statement. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:

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.

In the Community

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 Daughters 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.