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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

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

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 are where you are today because you stand on somebody's shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It's the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give." - Vernon Jordan

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Elgin Cleckley is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design Thinking, with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing. He is a  designer, educator, and creative director of _mpathic design, a Design Thinking initiative and practice focusing on strategies for empathic, human valued design. After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, he collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. He was a Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan (1998), also teaching undergraduate studios at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Before joining UVA’s Design Thinking program in 2016, he was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Science Content and Design Department, and Agents of Change Initiative, since 2001.  This work produced award-winning exhibitions and public art. Cleckley teaches Design Thinking studios and seminars at the University of Virginia, also directs the School’s Design Thinking program in Ghana. He is the faculty advisor for UVa’s NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architects) Chapter and in 2018, he co-chaired President Ryan’s Inauguration Steering Committee. 


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

Vernon Jordan Jr., was born August 15, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. Jordan grew up with his family in segregated Atlanta during the 1950s and he graduated from DePauw University in 1957 as the only black student in his class. He earned a law degree at Howard University School of Law in 1960 and he is a member of the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities. Jordan joined the law office of Donald L. Hollowell, a civil rights activist that sued the University of Georgia for racial discrimination in its admission policies. After leaving private law practice in the early 1960s, Jordan became involved in activism in the field, serving as the Georgia field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He moved on to the Southern Regional Council as well as the Voter Education Project. In 1970, Jordan became executive director of the United Negro College Fund. On May 29, 1980, Jordan was shot and wounded outside the Marriott Inn in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jordan, a friend and political adviser to Bill Clinton, served as part of Clinton's transition team in 1992–93, shortly after Clinton was elected president. Since January 2000, Jordan works as a senior managing director with Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, an investment banking firm. He is also a member of the board of directors of multiple corporations, including American Express, J.C. Penney Corporation, Asbury Automotive Group, and the Dow Jones & Company.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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). 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.

The VA-NC Alliance 2019 Summer Research Program
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) seeks highly motivated undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field to apply to the 2019 Summer Research Program at UVA. Students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to research and other program activities. This program is designed for students interested in scientific research who are planning to pursue graduate study toward a Ph.D. It requires students to report to lab daily and work independently under the guidance of the faculty and/or graduate student mentors on a research project chosen by the faculty mentor. Click here to view the application.

STAR U Summer Undergrad Program Increasing Diversity in Neuroscience Of Aging

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15

STAR U is a structured, 8-week summer training program with the aim of increasing diversity within the field of neuroscience of aging. In addition to individualized faculty mentorship, participants will engage in seminars and professional development activities. Student housing, transportation, and a monetary stipend for the 8-week period will be provided. Eligibility: currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution (rising Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, in addition to graduating Seniors in Spring of 2019), candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S., diverse/underrepresented backgrounds as defined by NIH. For details, contact Kiana Chan.

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 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)

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


Amelia Boynton Robinson (August 18, 1911- August 26, 2015) has been recognized for her civil rights advocacy in recent years—including her appearance in the 014 movie Selma and a headline photo with President Obama in 2015 on the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. Boynton Robinson began her civil rights activism in the 1930s, when she started advocating for voting rights, after becoming one of the few African-American women registered to vote in Selma, Alabama, as the Washington Post reports. Boynton Robinson became the first African-American woman in Alabama to run for Congress in 1964 and the following year, she helped Martin Luther King Jr. plan the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 7, 1965, now known as “Bloody Sunday." Boynton Robinson and the about 600 demonstrators were forcefully attacked by state troopers with tear gas, Billy clubs, and whips, according to the New York Times. Boynton Robinson was hospitalized after the march and a horrific photo of her injuries was widely circulated (New York Times). Later in 1965, Boynton Robinson was invited to the White House when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, and in 1990, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal.

Irene Morgan Kirkaldy. In July 1944. Morgan Kirkaldy was arrested after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Virginia, the New York Times reports. PBS reports that she was convicted in a County Circuit Court, but appealed the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court and later to the Supreme Court. With the help of lawyers of the NAACP-- including Thurgood Marshall--the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Morgan Kirkaldy on June 3, 1946. While Southern states largely ignored the ruling, Morgan Kirkaldy's case was a pioneer for civil rights law. Morgan Kirkaldy received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton in 2001, according to the Times. 

Daisy Bates (November 11, 1914-November 4, 1999) was a civil rights activist best known for her work on behalf of the Little Rock Nine. Bates and her husband founded the Arkansas State Press, a weekly African-American newspaper that advocated for civil rights ( In 1952, Bates became the president of the NAACP's Arkansas branch. In1957, Bates fought for the Little Rock Nine-- the nine black students who attended an all-white school as part of the school’s desegregation as PBS reports. Bates escorted the students to the school amidst intense opposition and heavy threats, and continued to advocate for the students once they were enrolled. She is honored by the state of Arkansas with a state holiday on the third Monday of February.

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

Upcoming Events at UVA (All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.)

“Who Wants to be a History Maker?”

February 4 - 6:30 pm - Newcomb Hall-Ballroom

Hosted by Atif Lanier - Contestants, individual and organizations, will compete to answer 14 questions about Black History Makers in hopes of winning big prizes.

“You can Be Anything You Want to Be.”

February 6 – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room

Inspired by Kenneth Frazier, Student - Financial Services Presents: “You can Be Anything You Want to Be.” Prepare to become a leader through financial literacy. In 2010, Kenneth Frazier became the first African American CEO of a pharmaceutical company who cut research and development spending. This unpopular move led to the company’s first dividend increase in several years.


RBS-UVA Fellowship Program Session

Thursday, February 7- 10:00 am-2:30 pm – TBA

Applications Due: March 11, 2019

RBS's Presswork Fellowship accepts applications on a rolling basis. This particular fellowship program is designed to share the history, craft, and technology of historical printing presses with the University community and broader publics. Applicants need have no past experience with hands-on printing; but they must have a strong interest in printing history, teaching, and working with the public. Fellows receive a $500 stipend, an RBS course, and hands-on training sessions using RBS's and UVA's facsimile C18 printing presses. Then, they serve as paid teaching assistants for at least two Presswork printing demonstrations. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. full detail here. Applications are due no later than Monday, March 11, 2019 


Fulbright Forum

Tuesday, February 12 – 5:00 pm-6:30 pm – Special Collections Library

Hear the experiences of Fulbright recipients during a panel discussion and informal reception. The Fulbright is an excellent fellowship for any US citizen willing to spend a year abroad after graduation. There are awards for graduate study, research, service, teaching, creative arts, and more. Panelists include a former English Teaching Assistant, an alum who continued research on Rwandan genocide memorials that she started as an undergraduate, and a current PhD student in art history who did research for her dissertation in Sweden. For more information RSVP here!

Southside With You. Movie screening with Hereford College

Friday, February 15 - 7:30 pm - Runk Green Room

Discussion facilitated by Dean Mason - Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.


An Evening with the Legendary Vocalist Susana Baca

Sunday, February 17 - 7:00 pm - Old Cabell Hall

Baca is a prominent Peruvian singer-songwriter, school teacher, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and two-times Latin Grammy Award winner. She has been a key figure in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music. Within Peru, like the culture that produced it, Afro-Peruvian music had previously been little recognized. Now, it is regarded as an important element of Peruvian culture. Baca has contributed much to its international popularity, which began in 1995 with the release of the compilation CD Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru. Sponsors: University of Virginia Library, Office of African-American Affairs Department, Music Department and others.

Fellowships Series – Office of Citizen Scholarship Development

Every Monday – 4:00 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room 121

Attend introductory workshops every month, which are great for first and second year students, and are the best first touchpoint with the Office of Citizen Scholarship Development. There are a number of sessions dedicated to fellowships that have deadlines in the fall. It is important that students consider opportunities early so that they can take prepare and take advantage of summer advising programs. Third and fourth years, graduate and professional students, and area alumni can attend sessions on the UK Awards, Asia Awards, and the Fulbright US Student Award this spring. For more information


BHM 2019: “Everyday People: Images of Blackness, 1700s-2000s” Exhibition

Now through Saturday, April 20 - Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library 1st Floor Gallery

A Black History Month 2019 exhibition, “Everyday People: Images of Blackness, 1700s-2000s,” features select anonymous and familiar African-American images at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library’s first floor gallery. The exhibit has four themes: “Faces,” “Family & Community,” “Recreation & Travel” and “Working Lives.” Emblematic individuals of change and transition in this cultural curation include athletes, children, couples, families, slaves, soldiers, students, and wage earners. Free and open to the public.

In the Community

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


Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch Meeting

Monday, February 11 – 7:00 pm - J. P. Burley Middle School 901 Rose Hill Drive (22901)

Guest Presenter- Professor John Edwin Mason (UVA) Topic: Local African American History, Including the Relationship between the Community and UVA


Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Founder's Day Celebration

Sunday, February 17 – 4:00 pm - Zion Union Baptist Church 1015 Preston Avenue (22903)

Guest Presenter - Delegate Delores McQuinn


Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Jazz Jamboree

Saturday, February 23 – 7:00 pm-10:30 pm- The Center 491 Hillsdale Drive (22903)

Celebrating the Music of African American Jazz Greats Music Provided By Michael Elswick and CO. featuring vocalist Nadine Michel. Admission: $20. Cash Bar