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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

OAAA 2019-2020 Peer Advisor Applications – On Line Now! 

Due January 25 by 11:59 p.m.  No late applications accepted.

Each year, all entering Black first-year and transfer students have an upper class "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" student as a resource for the academic year. OAAA Peer Advisors meet with students individually and plan group activities to ease academic and social transitions. For more information, visit or contact Dean Kimberley Bassett (

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story
Saturday, January 26 - 7:00 pm - Old Cabell Hall
This one-woman show channels Fannie Lou Hamer in a riveting 60-minute journey of storytelling showered with eleven inspiring songs and a video montage of the Civil Rights movement.

Tickets are free and are available through the UVA Arts Box Office.

The 2019 Black History Theme: History Makers

Keep up-to-date on Black History Month event dates, times, and locations in the OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter.

Items must be submitted online by noon Thursday to be considered in the Monday newsletter. 
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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, January 14 – Spring Classes begin

Wednesday January 23 & Thursday January 24 – UVA Spring Job & Internship Fair

Monday, January 28 - Last Day to Elect the AU (Audit) Option

Monday, January 28 - Last Day to Change to or from "Credit/No Credit" Option

Tuesday, January 29 - Last Day to Drop a Class

Friday, March 1 - Application for Readmission for Summer and/or Fall Opens (Use the Form in SIS)

Saturday, March 9 - Sunday, March 17 - Spring Recess    

Tuesday, April 30 - Courses end

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading Day   

Thursday, May 2 - Friday, May 10 - Examinations

Sunday, May 5; Wednesday, May 8 - Reading Days          

Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19 – Final Exercises Weekend

Quote of the Week

 “You never completely have your rights, one person, until you have all your rights.” – Marsha P. Johnson

Spotlight on Student Achievements


  Marcus L. Martin, MD, has served in a variety of roles promoting diversity and inclusion at the University of Virginia, including eight years as the University’s Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. During his nearly 50 year career, Martin continues to be a trailblazer in the medical and academic fields. A native of Covington, Virginia, he earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University, where he was the first African American varsity football player. He was a charter member of Eastern Virginia Medical School class, and was its first African American graduate, earning his MD in 1976. At UVA, he was the first African American to head a clinical department at UVA; co-chaired the UVA Health System Diversity Council in 2000; and was an inaugural member of the UVA Women’s Leadership Council. With a team of UVA health care providers, Martin traveled to Louisiana in September 2005 and February 2006 to provide medical relief services to disadvantaged populations, black and white, after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has published widely in the medical literature and contributed chapters to textbooks in his area of expertise. On his returement from UVA in December 2018, he received a proclamation from Governor Ralph Northam, his Eastern Virginia Medical School classmate and colleague. Dr. Martin and his wife, Donna, have four adult children — three of them are Wahoos! Thank you, Dr. Martin, for your contributions to the University and our community!

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

Quote's Corner

Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender pioneer, was at the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ equality at the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and beyond.  A transwoman (born a male named Malcolm Michaels), Johnson became an important face to the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Along with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera, she founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to help others  facing the struggles of an unaccepting society. When Johnson's body was found in the Hudson River in 1992, police called it a suicide and didn't investigate. In David France's new documentary, trans activist Victoria Cruz seeks to uncover the truth of her death, while celebrating her legacy. Watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on Netflix:

Opportunites with Deadlines

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship: May 20-August 2, 2019
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 22
Undergraduates in this 10-week summer internship work with a UVA faculty mentor in pairs to conduct diabetes research, attend lectures, participate in professional development and shadow UVA physicians in the operating room and clinic. First through third year students should apply, as well as students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.  See or contact Katherine Walters

VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: Monday, January 28 by 11:59 pm
This program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising third and fourth year students in a full-time study of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), and who have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Applied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program. For details, visit:

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute – June 3-July 19, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, February 19
The 2019 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute offers housing, meals, and a stipend for ten rising undergraduate fourth years to live in New York City and engage in seminars and research. See:

Sydney Elizabeth Owens Memorial Award
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15 by 5 p.m. EST
Family and friends remember Sydney, n Echols Scholar, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Lawn resident with this award that supports an undergraduate student who designs a transformative experience. With faculty support, the recipient will create a domestic or international semester experience. The award is for $6,000 for the 2019–20 academic year. Online applications only. For more information, contact Molly Bass or 434-243-9019.

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 15 by 11:59 pm EST
UVA-SMLP builds on the success of the previous summer medical academic enrichment programs [Medical Academic Advancement Program (MAAP) and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)]. The goal: to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them for medical school admission & future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. For more information, visit the homepage

Summer Paid Internships: UVA President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (1865-1965)
Four internships available. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students with a background in American history will work with the President’s Commission doing archival research, document photographing, and professional transcription/editing of historical documents (training provided). Interns should demonstrate strong organizational and analytic skills, ability to work independently, and write clearly. These internships pay $10/r. for undergrads, $15/hr. for graduate students (up to 300 hours). To apply visit:

Summer Interns Needed: Jefferson’s University – The Early Life Project 1819-1870 (JUEL)
Three internship positions doing digital history, website development and archival research. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students with background in American history should apply. Interns will work with the Jefferson's University: The Early Life project team on creating and expanding a UVA Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH)-sponsored digital humanities archive and website on the early history of the University of Virginia. These internships pay $10/hour (up to 300 hours).  At the end of the summer, the intern will have a detailed understanding of both the technical processes involved in the digital humanities and the early history of UVA .Visit: for details.

Post-Grad Fellowships for Environmental Work: RAY Fellowship and Meridian Institute Fellowship
The Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship provides the next generation of public policy leaders with the skills to support collaboration on complex and controversial problems. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position. Selected Fellows will begin work in summer 2019 at either Meridian’s Dillon, CO, or Washington, DC locations. The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the environmental conservation NGO sector. Visit and or contact Kiera Givens ( for more information.



This Week in Black History

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in Confederate states, but not in non-rebelling the Union slave states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. The proclamation changed the federal legal status from slave to free for more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in designated areas of the US South. On September 22, 1862, after the battle at Antietam, Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves free in the rebellious states as of January 1, 1863. Lincoln and his advisors limited the proclamation’s language to slavery in states outside of federal control as of 1862, failing to address the contentious issue of slavery within the nation’s Border States. In his attempt to appease all parties, Lincoln left many loopholes open that civil rights advocates tackled for the next 100 years. The Proclamation did not compensate owners of the enslaved, did not outlaw slavery, and did not grant citizenship to the ex-slaves (called freedmen). Yet, the eradication of slavery was an explicit war goal, as well as the goal of reuniting the Union.


Richard and Mildred Loving on January 6, 1959, pled gulity to violating Virginia law against interracial marriage and received one-year prison sentences, unless they left Virginia for 25 years. Richard, a white man, and Mildred, a woman of mixed African American and Native American ancestry, were longtime friends who had fallen in love. In June of 1958, they exchanged wedding vows in Washington, D.C., where interracial marriage was legal, and then returned home to Virginia. Five weeks after their wedding, the Lovings were awakened in their bed and arrested by the local sheriff. They were indicted on charges of violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, which deemed interracial marriages a felony. The Lovings relocated to Washington, D.C. and raised three children there. In 1963, the American Civil Liberties Union took their case to the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, which upheld the original ruling. In April 1967, their attorneys appealed to the U..S. Supreme Court. On June 12, 1967, In a unanimous decision, the justices found that Virginia’s interracial marriage law violated the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. The landmark ruling not only overturned the Lovings’ 1958 criminal conviction, it also struck down laws against interracial marriage in 16 U.S. states including Virginia. Richard Loving was killed in 1975 in Caroline County, VA, when a drunk driver struck the couple’s car. Mildred survived the crash and spent the rest of her life in as a widow in VA. She died in 2008. The anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision is now commemorated as “Loving Day,” to celebrate multiracial families. Their story was adapted into a movie “Loving” released in 2016.

OAAA Announcements & Services

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

Spring Schedule Coming Soon!

Black Fridays – Returns Friday, January 18, 2019
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come & join us for food & fellowship!  

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday (Starting February 10) - 6:30 pm – Maury 113

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday (Starting February 11) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376

Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister
Every Wednesday (Starting February 22) - 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 (Starting February 20) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room


Upcoming Events

(All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.)

In the Mindset of Martin (Exhibition)
Monday, January 14 - 12:00 pm to Friday, February 1 - 5:00 pm - Campbell Hall, School of Architecture, Naug Lounge
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday, the School of Architecture is hosting an exhibition featuring select spatial/social justice design entries of two recent competitions in the mindset of Martin.

Career Center @ OAAA Drop-In Resume Advising Hours in the OAAA Computer Lab
Thursday, January 17 – 1:00 pm-3:00 pm; Friday, January 18 - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm; Tuesday, January 23 – 1:00 pm-3:00 pm - #4 Dawson’s Row
The Spring Job and Internship Fair is on January 23 and 24 from 10am-3pm in Newcomb Hall 3rd Floor.  UVA Career Center counselors will be at OAAA in the computer lab to help get you ready!  Drop-in resume advising is a great way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resume. Come, ask questions, and learn more about Career Center resources. Can’t make it? The Career Center offers drop-in advising Monday-Friday from 1-5pm in Newcomb 170 or 1515 (2nd floor “The Study”)

President's Speaker for the Arts: Leslie Odom Jr.
Saturday, January 19 - 3:00 pm - John Paul Jones Arena
Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, will be the fourth UVA President’s Speaker for the Arts. Odom, Jr. will share reflections on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. There is a limit of one ticket per student and two for community members, staff, and faculty at the box offices. Up to four may be acquired online. General admission tickets are required and available as follows:

Medical Center Interfaith Service
Monday, January 21 - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - UVA Medical Center Main Lobby
An interfaith service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The community is welcome to attend.

"Race and Place in Charlottesville"
Monday, January 21 - 6:00 pm-8:00 pm - Wilson Hall Room 402
Who is my neighbor? Walk through a preview of a video tour of African-American history interpreted through the streets, buildings, monuments, and spaces of Charlottesville’s university and downtown communities. Professor of Architectural History Louis P. Nelson will guide and feature interviews with local experts, public historians, and residents.

"A Black Woman's Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender in America": Menah Pratt-Clarke, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 22 - 12:00 am - Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall
"A Black Woman's Journey" traces the journey and transformation of Mildred Sirls, a young Black girl in rural east Texas in the 1930s who picked cotton to help her family survive, to Dr. Mildred Pratt, Professor Emeritus of Social Work.

"Race in the Decade since Obama"
Tuesday, January 22 - 4:00 pm-5:30 pm - Newcomb Hall Theatre
It has been a decade since President Barack Obama's inauguration. How have things changed—or not changed—for people of color in the United States? Hear the Miller Center's Melody Barnes, UVA scholar Kevin Gaines, and The New York Times' Lauretta Charlton explore race in America today.

FACTUALITY: A 90-Minute Crash Course on Structural Inequality in America
Wednesday, January 23 - 5:00 pm-7:30 pm - 3rd Floor Art Gallery, Rouss & Robertson Hall
Play the game FACUALITY at the McIntire School of Commerce during the Community MLK Celebration. Participate in a facilitated dialogue and board game that simulates real-life stories in America and learn new ways to advocate for inclusivity.

Film Screening - "Personal Statement"
Wednesday, January 23 - 7:00 pm - Newcomb Hall Theatre
Three seniors at Brooklyn high schools work to get their entire classes to college, even though they aren't even sure if they are going to get there themselves. As college counselors, they are determined to help because many of their friends have nowhere else to turn for support.

2019 UVA Spring Job and Internship Fair
Tuesday, January 23and Wednesday, January 24 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm in Newcomb Hall 3rd Floor
Recruiters from over 100 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies come to UVA to meet students from all majors seeking full-time employment or internship experience. Meet employers in person, learn about different organizations and positions, and talk with them about your experiences!

"Give Us the Ballot"
Thursday, January 24 - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm - TBA
Khadijat Rashid is a deaf, immigrant woman of color and is currently Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.  Since 1994, she has taught political economy, international development, and development economics at Gallaudet and is the co-editor of Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan African Communities.

Film Screening - "Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama"
Saturday, January 26 - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm - Newcomb Hall Theatre
Thirteen years -- two radical activists -- one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor, writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama spent over a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences.

The Hard Work of Social Justice: A Conversation with Women of August 11 and 12
Thursday, January 31 - 4:00 pm-8:00 pm - School of Law - Room TBA

In the Community

Grants Open House – Deadlines are soon for many opportunities!
Wednesday, January 16 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, 114 4th St SE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
The February 1 grant-application deadlines are approaching fast! Stop by the Community Foundation and meet the new Director of Programs. This is a great chance to ask questions and discuss your grant proposals before grant deadlines.

Charlottesville Human Rights Commission - Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, January 17 – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - City Space, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Human Rights Commission is a volunteer group charged with promoting and enforcing the Human Rights Ordinance for the City of Charlottesville. The Commission serves as a forum to discuss of human rights issues, including but not limited to, issues from the City's Dialogue on Race initiative. Two hour parking validation for the Market Street Parking Garage is available

34th Annual MLK Community Celebration
Sunday, January 20 - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm - Charlottesville High School MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center
The Charlottesville community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- all are welcome! The winner of a local high school essay contest will read his or her essay during the service.

University of Virginia Health System Community Celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Women in the Movement”

Friday, January 25 - 11:30 am-2:00 pm - The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street, NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The 2019 UVA Health System MLK Award will be presented to the student, faculty, or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s values and teachings. A distinguished panel, including Ms. Mavis Claytor, the first African American UVA nursing student, Mrs. Mary Holmes, a pioneering African American nurse who helped desegregate the UVA hospital units, and Apostle Sarah Kelley, the first African American chaplain resident at UVA will be moderated by Ms. Tori Tucker, PhD student in nursing and Ms. Lois Davis, 3rd year medical student. A reception follows at the Center. RSVP is required.

"Voices for Change: Mixing Hip Hop and Environmental Justice"
Friday, January 25 - 6:30 pm-8:00 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Join Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, for the Hip Hop Caucus

2019 Community MLK Celebration Keynote Event: Journalist April Ryan
Wednesday, January 30 - 6:30 pm-8:30 pm - The Paramount Theater, Downton Mall
White House Correspondent April Ryan will deliver the keynote address that is free and open to the public. Tickets are required – reserve through the Paramount Theater box office: The event is presented by the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, in partnership with the Frank M. Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and Lifetime Learning in the UVA Office of Engagement.

Freedom Bound
Thursday, January 31 - 10:00 am - The Paramount Theater
Freedom Bound tells the true story of Addison White and his escape from slavery in Kentucky, his flight north on the Underground Railroad, and his rescue by the citizens of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  This important and turbulent chapter of American history comes to life through original songs, riddles and rhyme, and an array of characters that emerge from the past and relive the journey of the Underground Railroad. Mad River Theater Works creates vibrant and evocative plays that combine the rhythms and folkways of everyday life with tales about extraordinary individuals.