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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! 

Deadline has been extended until  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 5:00 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 (

History Makers: Black History 2019

The Office of African-American Affairs Black History Month Calendar is now available.
Keep up-to-date on Black History Month event dates, times, and locations in the OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter.
Have an item for the next newsletter? Submit it here!

Mark Your Calendar

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've got to rattle your cage door. You've got to let them know that you're in there, and that you want out. Make noise. Cause trouble. You may not win right away, but you'll sure have a lot more fun.” - Florynce Kennedy

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Jeanita W. Richardson, Ph.D.,  is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She is also a Center for Global Health Distinguished Scholar, and a Co-PI of a five-year NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities training grant designed to reduce global rural health disparities in St. Kitts and Nevis, Uganda, and South Africa. A dynamic global partnership between the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health (MOH) has been nurtured through her International Studies Office PHS classes and collaborative research endeavors grounded in MOH chronic disease prevention priorities. Her edited book, School-based Health Care: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health, has been recognized by the American Public Health Association as the first volume of its kind. She initiated the UVA Masters in Public Health PATHWAYS program, designed to identify and mentor highly qualified under-represented students of color in the health sciences. Her experience in community engagement, leadership, and research mentorship make her a highly sought after resource for respectful research practices within and outside UVA. Her scholarship highlights the nexus between health and learning readiness in children and the role of culturally respectful approaches to research. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of School Health, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Public Health Reports, and many other accredited sources.

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

 Florynce Rae Kennedy (February 11, 1916 – December 21, 2000) was an American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, author, lecturer and activist. During the late 1960s and 1970s, Kennedy was the country’s most well-known Black feminist. Kennedy was a leader within the National Organization for Women (NOW) and her work as a lawyer helped to repeal New York’s restrictive abortion laws. She attended Columbia University as a pre-law major and graduated in 1949. However, when she applied to the university's law school, she was refused admission. She was eventually admitted and was the only black person amongst eight women in her class. In 1973, Kennedy co-founded with Margaret Sloan-Hunter the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO), which focused on reproductive rights and sterilization campaigns that were aimed at specific races. In 1997, Kennedy received a Lifetime Courageous Activist Award, and the following year was honored by Columbia University with the Owl Award for outstanding graduates. In 1999, the City University of New York awarded her the Century Award. Kennedy died on December 21, 2000 at her home in New York, at 84 years old.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Opportunities with Deadlines.

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

Madison House Board of Directors Application
Application Deadline: January 28 by 11:59 pm EST
Madison House Student Board Members work alongside community members, professors, lawyers, and philanthropic leaders from across Charlottesville to make decisions on behalf of the non-profit. Student board members are full voting members of the board: your voice is needed and heard on topics ranging from strategic planning of the organization to fundraising and development to non-profit leadership. All undergraduate and graduate students continuing their studies in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply. Board members are required to attend all Board of Directors meetings and various Board related events. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year at 4:30 pm in the Board Room, located in the basement of Madison House. If selected, the student may also serve as a Program Director or Volunteer but not as a Head Program Director. They will also serve on one of the Board committees. The Previous experience as a Madison House volunteer is not required. All applicants should send a resume to

2019 Dean of Medical Education's Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES)
Application Deadline: Monday, February 4 by 5:00 pm EST
A six-week program for ten undergraduate students who are rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing medical studies. All students are encouraged to apply, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions and those who identify as first-generation college students. Program Dates & Benefits: Wednesday, June 26 - Friday, August 9, 2019. Move out day is Saturday, August 10. A summer stipend: $4,000 ($2,000 paid after the first 3 weeks - $2,000 paid conclusion of program), on-Campus housing at Georgetown University - same gender identity, suite style, double-occupancy rooms and travel awarded up to $250 per student on a case by case basis by the Georgetown Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Students are responsible for their own meals/food costs (except for program event meals provided by ARCHES). We encourage your students to APPLY NOW! Upcoming outreach webinars. Click here to sign up for a webinar.

Double Hoo Research Grant Application (2019-2020)
Application Deadline: Monday, February 11 by 12:00 pm
The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue joint research projects. The award is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities at the University. Proposals from all schools at the University will be considered. Grant Application

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG) Application (2019-20)
Application Deadline: Monday, February 11 by 12:00 pm
Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG) Application (2019-20) will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. Please see attached application form. A budget of anticipated expenses including travel, living expenses, research supplies should not exceed $3,000. If research is a team project that includes graduate students and other undergraduate students, then the budget may not exceed $5,000. An honorarium of $1,000 will be awarded to the faculty advisor.

Sydney Elizabeth Owens Memorial Award
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15 by 5:00 p.m. EST
Family and friends remember Sydney, an Echols Scholar, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Lawn resident. This award supports an undergraduate student, with faculty support, to 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.

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:

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 15 by 11:59 pm ES
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)
Apply for three internship positions doing digital history, website development and archival research. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students with background in American history are encouraged to apply. Interns will work with the Jefferson's University: The Early Life project team. They will create and expand a UVA Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH)-sponsored digital humanities archive and website on the early history of the UVA. These internships pay $10/hour (up to 300 hours).  At the end of the summer, the intern will understand 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  or contact Kiera Givens for more information.

Duke Summer Session
Summer College Dates: July 8 - August 3
Summer Academy Dates: June 16 – July 5 | July 14 – August 3
Accelerated STEM Academy Dates: June 16 – 21 | June 23 – 28 | July 8 – 13 | July 22 – 26
We are looking for staff members who will serve as positive role models, use sound judgment when making decisions, and have a genuine interest in participating in the academic and social development of adolescents. The characteristics we look for in our staff members are (1) honesty, (2) flexibility, (3) the ability to manage stressful situations, (4) initiative, (5) empathy, (6) compassion, and (7) the desire to deliver beyond what is asked.  To apply, please fill out our online application.  We review applications and hire candidates on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact:

This Week in Black History

January 29, 1926 – Violette Neatly Anderson the first African American and the first woman appointed to practice law for the Supreme Court of the United States. Violette Neatly Anderson began a private law practice and was the first African-American woman to practice law in the U.S. District Court Eastern Division. From 1922 to 1923, she served as the first female city prosecutor in Chicago. After five years of practice before the high court of Illinois, Anderson was admitted to practice for the Supreme Court of the United States, becoming the first African-American woman to attain this stature. Anderson also belonged to the Federal Colored Women's Club, president of Friendly Big Sisters League of Chicago, first Vice-President of Cook County Bar Association, and secretary of Idlewild Lot Owners Association. In addition, she was a member of the executive board of Chicago Council of Social Agencies. She was also the 8th Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Anderson showed her pride in her sorority by bequeathing her summer home in Idlewild to the organization. Her life is recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., every year in the month of April as "Violette Anderson Day." Violette Anderson died in 1937. For more information visit



February 3, 1956 - Autherine Lucy enrolled as a graduate at the University of Alabama, becoming the first African-American ever admitted to a white public school or university in the state. The University Board of Trustees reluctantly allowed her to register and she was barred from all dormitories and dining halls. On the third day of school, a hostile mob assembled to prevent Lucy from attending classes. The police were called to secure her admission but, that evening, the University suspended her on the grounds that they could not provide a safe environment. Lucy and her attorneys filed suit against the university to have the suspension overturned. However, this suit was not successful and was used as a justification for her permanent expulsion. University officials claimed that Lucy had slandered the university and should no longer be a student. The University of Alabama finally overturned her expulsion in 1988, and in 1992, she earned her Master’s degree. The university named a scholarship in her honor and unveiled a portrait of her in the student union with the inscription –“her initiative and courage won the right for students of all races to attend the University. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. For more information visit


 BLACK HISTORY MONTH - In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February as "Negro History Week.” The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. In 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.” The law further called upon to President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe February 1986 as Black History Month, with the appropriate ceremonies and activities. Since its inception in 1926, Negro History Week and Black History Month have had annual themes. The first annual theme was simply, "The Negro in History," but since then the themes have become more specific.” For more information,,visit

Black History collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Spring 2019
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 4:00 pm-6:30 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.   For questions, contact Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew (

OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring
Every Thursday – 2:00-4:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room (Chemistry)
Every Thursday – 4:00-6:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (Biology)

Spanish support coming soon! RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore

Black Fridays
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

In the Community

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.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
Wednesday, February 6 – 7:00 pm – Rouss & Robertson Hall Room 227
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an information session to discuss careers in community organizing with UVA students and alumni. RSVP Positions start August 12, 2019 in Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Columbia, SC, St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, and Fort Myers, FL. Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits. No prior organizing experience is necessary; fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apt visit. Still have questions? Contact Sarah Storar