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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

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”   - Colin Powell  

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Paul C. Harris, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Counselor Education in the School of Education. He is a Double-Hoo, having earned his B.Ed. in Health/Physical Education and M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia. After working for several years as a high school counselor, Harris earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland. Harris credits his experience at UMD for helping him learn to think systemically about promoting equity, access, and justice in schools. In 2014, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where he was challenged to analyze the intersection of faith and social responsibility. His research agenda includes improving the college and career readiness of underrepresented students, and the identity development of student athletes, with emphasis given to Black males.

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

Colin Luther Powell is a United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush, becoming the first African American appointed to that position. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed General Powell as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This post is the highest military position in the Department of Defense, and Powell was again the first African-American officer to receive that distinction. The son of Jamaican immigrants, he was raised in Harlem and the South Bronx NY, and has authored two best-selling books, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, and My American Journey. 

Opportunites with Deadlines

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. 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:

RBS-UVA Fellowship Program Session

Application Deadline: Monday, March 11

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

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

Did you know…? Sarah Rector (March 3, 1902 – July 22, 1967) was an African American member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Her parents, Joseph and Rose, were African descendants of the Creek Nation Creek Indians before the Civil war, which became part of the Creek Nation after the Treaty of 1866. Their descendants were listed as freedmen on the Dawes Rolls, which entitled them to land allotments under the Treaty of 1866. Independent oil driller, B.B. Jones, drilled a well which produced a "gusher" that bought in 2,500 barrels of oil a day. Sarah began to receive a daily income of $300 from this strike. The law at the time required full-blood Indians, black adults, and children who were citizens of Indian Territory with significant property and money, to be assigned "well-respected" white guardians. As soon as Rector began to receive this windfall, there was pressure to change Rector's guardianship from her parents to a local white resident named T.J. Porter, an individual known to the family. Multiple new wells on the site were also productive, and Rector's allotment subsequently became part of the famed Cushing-Drumright Oil Field. Given her wealth, the Oklahoma Legislature declared her to be a white person so that she would be allowed to travel in first-class accommodations on the railroad. As many wealthy Americans did, Sarah lost the majority of her wealth in the depression. Rector died on July 22, 1967, at the age of 65.


Did you know…? Dion Diamond was a civil rights activist, who took his charge against Jim Crow to the heart of the nation’s capital. He was one of thirteen individuals–seven African Americans and six white–who were refused service at  People’s Drug Store in Arlington, Virginia in 1960 when he was 15 years old. He grew up in the 1950s in Petersburg, Va., and says he grew tired of looking at the "whites only" signs.  His family had no idea of his plans until the newspapers called his home. Later, Diamond and his classmates at Howard University formed a group known as the Nonviolent Action Group and participated in protests around Arlington. He also was a part of the Freedom Riders and was a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi and Louisiana from 1961-63. During his activism Diamond was arrested more than 30 times, notably at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After years of activism, Diamond transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he studied sociology and the post-Civil War period of Reconstruction, and later earned a graduate degree in education from Harvard.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

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

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study Sessions with OAAA Peer Advisors - Spring 2019

Every Sunday through Thursday – 4:00-8:00 pm –LPJ Cultural Center

Calculus Tutoring
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 4:00 pm-6:30 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  

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 Peer Tutoring
Every Monday – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center

For questions, contact Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew (

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 -6:30 pm – Maury 113

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday - 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.)


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 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

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.