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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

 “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Sabrina Pendergrass is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Carter G. Woodson Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University, and she obtained her A.B. in Sociology with a Certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests include race, inequality, internal migration, cultural sociology, and the U.S. South. She has published on these topics in Poetics, the Du Bois ReviewRace and Social Problems, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Pendergrass is working on a book manuscript about the African American reverse migration to the South. This work has also received awards from the Association of Black Sociologists and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. At UVA, she has taught SOC 2442: Systems of Inequality.

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

Rosa Parks, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913.  She was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities. In December 1943, Rosa also joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP and became chapter secretary. On Thursday, December 1, 1955, the 42-year-old Rosa Parks was commuting home from a long day of work at the Montgomery Fair department store by bus. Due to segregation laws; the front of a Montgomery bus was reserved for white citizens, and the seats behind them for black citizens. However, it was only by custom that bus drivers had the authority to ask a black person to give up a seat for a white rider.As a leader of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP's highest award.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute – June 3-July 19, 2019Application 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:

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)
Application deadline: February 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

The NCORE conference series focuses on creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change to improve racial and ethnic relations on college campuses. Since 2017, UVA began sending a student cohort – apply now to be a part of that group. As a requirement of NCORE attendance, each student develops and implements an on-grounds program, activity or initiative tailored to the particular needs of UVA.

Summer Internships at UVA Museums
Applications Deadline: Friday, March 1
The Mellon Museum Internship Program offers PAID internships at The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Applications open to current UVA undergraduates from all fields of study. Museum-specific eligibility details on program website. Internships are 30 hrs/week and include a living stipend of $3500. Contact Amanda Wagstaff

Summer Internship: African American History at Montpelier
Applications Deadline: Friday, March 1
Announcement: The Montpelier Research Department offers 1-2 internships for UVA undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds. Internship(s) includes a $3500 living stipend from the Mellon Museum Internship Program. Intern(s) will gain experience in documentary research and its application to digital humanities projects. Preference will be given to applicants with excellent research/writing skills and knowledge of African American history. Contact Amanda Wagstaff

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

Lorna Sundberg International Scholarship
Application Deadline: Friday, March 29
This scholarship was created in 2003 to honor the dedication to community service that marked the life of Lorna Sundberg, the International Center's leader from 1981-1998. Endowed by Dr. Richard Sundberg in 2018, current award amount varies between $2000-$4500. Rising fourth-year undergraduate international students enrolled at UVA are welcome to apply. For more information and application, visit the website.

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 University Summer Session Needs Staff
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…? Allensworth was the first all-black Californian Township, founded and financed by African Americans. Created by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth in 1908, it was a self-sufficient city where African Americans could live their lives free of racial prejudice. Colonel Allen Allensworth was born a slave in Louisville, Kentucky in 1842 and became the highest ranking black officer in the U.S. Army when he retired in 1906. In 1882, Allensworth discovered that of the four black Army regiments (the Buffalo Soldiers), there were no black chaplains. He immediately sought to attain the position of chaplain of the 24th Infantry at the rank of Captain, with the responsibility for the spiritual health and educational well-being of black soldiers in the regiment. Agriculture dominated the economy of Allensworth as several farmers moved in or near the township. The town also had several businesses including a barber shop, bakery, livery stable, drug store, machine shop, and the Allensworth Hotel. The town declined in 1914, when Colonel Allensworth died after being struck by a motorcycle while visiting Los Angeles.


 Did you know…? African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the bride of future President John F. Kennedy. While the Bouvier-Kennedy wedding was a highly publicized event, Lowe did not receive public credit for her work. Lowe's interest in fashion came from her mother and grandmother, who worked as seamstresses for the first families of Montgomery and other members of high society. Over the course of her career, she worked on commission for stores such as Henri Bendel, Chez Sonia, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 1946, she designed the dress that Olivia de Havilland wore to accept the Academy Award for Best Actress, although the name on the dress was Sonia Rosenberg. Her one-of-a-kind designs made from the finest fabrics attracted many wealthy, high society clients. Lowe died on February 25, 1981. A collection of five of her designs are at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Three are also on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.



OAAA Announcements & Services

“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.)


CIDC Open Meeting
Monday, February 18 - 6:30PM - Clark 102
Join CIDC, a community for those at the University of Virginia living with a wide variety of chronic illnesses and disabilities, for their open meeting. We're here for friendship, support, and to help others with similar illnesses and disabilities, both inside and outside the university. Come hungry - Roots Catering!

Accessibility Ally Training
Wednesday, February 20 – 5:00 pm - Newcomb Gallery
Accessibility Allies are individuals (students, faculty, and staff) who take an intentional role in promoting disability awareness and inclusion on Grounds. Learnt the history of disability civil rights, the resources available on Grounds, and disability inclusive and respectful communication.

 Autism in the African American Community: Dinner and a Movie
Thursday, February 21 - 6:00 pm - Holloway Hall (Bavaro 116)
The School of Education’s Diversity Action Committee and SEEDS4Change groups invite you learn about intersections between race and autism through the lived experience of families in our community.  Pizza! Click here to RSVP.

 Pop Up Library
Wednesday, February 20 – 10:00 am & 2:00 pm - Bavaro Hall Atrium
Drop by for a pop-up library featuring children's books and research materials portraying a diverse range of experiences with disabilities.  It's a great resource if you volunteer with children, ave children of your own, or if you simply want to broaden your exposure to the topic. Grab a snack, chat with new Curry librarian Ashley Hosbach, and check out books on-the-spot!

 Ralph Savarese Talk
Friday, February 22 – 3:00 pm - Bryan Hall 229
Since the 1940s researchers have been repeating claims about autistic people's limited ability to understand figurative language, to partake in imaginative play, and to generate the complex theory of mind necessary to appreciate literary fiction. In his new book See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No-Good English Professor (Duke University Press 2018), Ralph James Savarese challenges this view. Discussing fictional works over a period of years with people from across the autism spectrum (including Temple Grandin), he provides evidence of “disability gain. The talk will present an ethnographical portrait of one autistic reader.

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 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.