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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

Monday, November 26 - 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

Quote of the Week

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

Kevin Gaines

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Kevin K. Gaines is the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice, with a joint appointment in the Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies. The new professorship was created to honor the legacy of Bond, the civil rights champion and former University of Virginia professor. Gaines’ current research examines the problems and projects of racial integration in the United States during and after the civil rights movement. He is author of Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture During the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), which was awarded the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Book Prize. His book, American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (UNC Press, 2006), was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.  Gaines is a past president of the American Studies Association (2009-10). His current research is on the integrationist projects of African American activists, artists and intellectuals, and interventions that redefine blackness, including acknowledging the relationship of structural and ideological forms of racism to racial capitalism, patriarchy, and homophobia.

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

Arthur Ashe (July 10, 1943–February 6, 1993) was the first African American professional tennis player to gain international fame for his talent, winning three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1968 and 1975. A native of Richmond, VA, he retired in 1980 due to health issues, and used his international notoriety to promote human rights, education, and quality public health for all.

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 25, 1865: After the end of the Civil War and the adoption of the 13th Amendment, Mississippi adopted the South's first "Black Codes," creating a second servitude for former slaves. The new laws made it illegal for them to stay in the state without jobs. Those with jobs, even children, were forced to sign long-term contracts and carry their work licenses at all times. An African American who ran away could be legally beaten. Other former slave states adopted their own Black Codes.

November 26, 1883: Abolitionist and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth (whose original name was Isabella Baumfree) died in Battle Creek, Mich. A freed slave, she wandered the country, calling for ending slavery for both slaves and women. "Ain't I a woman?" she told a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. "I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me. And ain't I a woman?"

November 28, 1961: Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the collegiate Heisman Trophy while a running back at Syracuse University. He was unable to play professional football after being diagnosed with leukemia. His life story was portrayed in the 2008 movie, The Express.

Black History collage

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 more details click here or contact William Pace


“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study / Tutoring Sessions & OAAA Student Activities
“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
Tuesdays – 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 (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

Things I Wish I Knew with Noelle Hurd
Tuesday, November 27 – 5:00-6:00 pm - Newcomb Hall, Multicultural Student Center
Join Associate Professor of Psychology Noelle Hurd for this talk with faculty and students to share their personal experiences on their identity and background, their career path or field of work, or any other topic of interest. Food!

Re-surfacing Black Life in Charlottesville: A Public Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Friday, November 30 – 1:00-4:30 pm, Harrison/Small Library Auditorium
When you search for black life in Charlottesville, or Central Virginia, on Wikipedia, you don't find much. Join Krystal Appiah & Molly Schwartzburg to create more pages and information about black life in Charlottesville and central Virginia. Learn how to edit on Wikipedia, use a variety of resources from Special Collections, and access some of the one-of-a-kind items in UVA Special Collections archives. Bring your laptop.

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

An Evening With Uzo Njoku
December 8 - 6:00-7:00 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street, NW
Uzo Njoku is a visual artist studying at the University of Virginia. In July, she published a coloring book on inspirational women of color that has been selling out in all Charlottesville bookstores. Join us for an evening of 
wine, cheese, and a discussion of her new book. 


Cville Series: The Open Mic
December 14- 6:45 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Sign-up will begin at 6:45 pm; the event starts at 7:00 pm. Cover fee is $5 for audience members and free for the performers. All proceeds benefit JSAAHC. 2018 Hosts: Destinee Wright and Ike Anderson

KWANZZA Celebration at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
December 26 – Look for Details Soon!

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.