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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

Mark Your Calendar


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

I’m a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.” Ntozake Shange

Personal Branding Seminar applicants

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Congratulations to the students who completed the fall 2018 OAAA/GradSTAR Personal Branding Seminar Series! They celebrated with a recognition dinner recently in the Garden Room with Dean Maurice Apprey, Associate Dean Patrice Grimes, Christie Julien, Associate Director-UVA Career Services Center, and guest speaker 3rd Year GradSTAR student Oluwafunmilayo Ogungbade. Participants were Abeba Amenshowa, Mwatanna Barnett-Jefferson, Holly Battist, Kanijah Brickhouse, Uche Chima, Mario Jones, Kiara Kirton and Sonia Moors.

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

Ntozake Shange (October 18, 1948–October 27, 2018) was an American playwright, poet, and Black feminist. She is best known for her Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf.  In 1970, Shange graduated from Barnard College and then earned her M.A. from the University of Southern California in 1973. She taught humanities, women’s studies, and Afro-American studies at various California colleges. In 1975, For Colored Girls premiered and ran for seven months on off-Broadway, before having a two-year Broadway run. Later, it was produced throughout the United States and broadcast on television. In 2010, it was adapted into a feature film. Throughout her life, she continued to address issues relating to race and Black power in much of her work.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Saturday, December 1

The Woodson Institute provides two-year residential fellowships—at the pre-doctoral & post-doctoral levels— 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 information:


UVA Global Internships

Application Deadline: December 10th

UVA Global Internships draws upon UVA’s ever-expanding global network to establish GIO Independent Internship opportunities in diverse fields and 15+ countries for students across the University. To see the full list of opportunities, read details about each unique position, and apply, log into Handshake and search “UVA global internships.”

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

November 20, 1923: On this day in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office granted Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaper reporter Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. Though Morgan’s was not the first traffic signal (one was installed in London in 1868), it was still an important innovation: having a third position for “Caution,” besides  “Stop” and “Go,” helped to regulate crossing vehicles more safely than earlier designed signals.

November 23, 1949:  Thomas Joyner was born in Tuskegee, AL. He is one of the most popular American radio personalities today, and the first African American inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Every weekday, millions of listeners tune into the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Known for his charitable work for HBCUs, he is also the founder of Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and Joyner’s family stressed the importance of education: his grandfather, Oscar, was one of only 3,000 black physicians in the United States at the time, earning a degree in medicine in 1909.

November 20, 1962: President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11063, which mandated an end to discrimination in housing. The order, which came during the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, prohibited federally funded housing agencies from denying housing or funding for housing to anyone based on their race, color, creed or national origin.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Peer Advisor Program Information Session
Wednesday, November 28 – 6:00 pm – New Cabell 309
Find out what it’s like to be an OAAA Peer Advisor. Learn how to get involved, and what PAs enjoy about their roles. Current PAs will also answer questions, and share how you can grow within the black community at UVA.
For details  or contact William Pace


“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study / Tutoring Sessions & OAAA Student Activities Resume Next Week – Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Break!


Upcoming Events

Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Make the Most of Your Internship

Tuesday, November 27 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204

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:

In the Community

Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls

Tuesday, November 20 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virginia Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville

Join Paula Marie Seniors, two-time residential Virginia Humanities Fellow and associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech to explore how First Lady Michelle Obama gradually expanded and broadened her White House role.  

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.

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.