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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 – OAAA 15th Annual Donning of the Kente 

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

Quote of the Week

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”—Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Claudrena N. Harold is a professor of African American and African Studies and History at UVA.  In 2018, she and Louis Nelson co-edited the volume, Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity. She has also published The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942 and New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South. As a part of her ongoing work on the history of black student activism at UVA, she wrote, produced and co-directed with Kevin Everson six short films: Sugarcoated Arsenic, Fastest Man in the State, 70 kg, U. Of Virginia, 1976, How Can We Ever Be Late, and We Demand.  These films have screened at both national and international film festivals. On Grounds, she teaches several courses popular with students, including: Introduction to African and African American Studies, Black Fire: The Struggle for Social Justice and Racial Equality at the University of Virginia, and American Labor History.

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

Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, (born August 16, 1947), is an American diplomat, politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first female African-American Senator, the first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, the first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and the first female Senator from Illinois. She was the only female U.S. Senator from Illinois until Tammy Duckworth. From 1999 until 2001, she was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and she was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Following the public announcement by Richard M. Daley that he would not seek re-election, in November 2010, Braun began her campaign for Mayor of Chicago. The former Senator placed fourth in a field of six candidates, losing the February 22, 2011, election to Rahm Emanuel.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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



UVA in Morocco: Participatory Development in Practice

Applications Deadline: Friday, March 1

Interested in completing an international internship and earning UVA academic credit this summer? Apply for the following UVA-run academic internship programs: Internships with the High Atlas Foundation, a long-standing Morocco-based development NGO with projects relating to the environment, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement, interfaith community-building; Professional tasks will include grant writing, research, and article publication, in addition to individualized projects and weekly visits to project field sites; 4 direct UVA credits; 8 weeks in sunny Marrakesh; No language prerequisites. Special (competitive) UVA Global Internships grants of up to $2,000 available for financially needy students!

Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) Big Sisters

Early Bird Deadline: Monday, March 4; Regular Deadline: Monday, April 1

The Young Women Leaders Program is a community-based mentoring program that pairs UVA undergraduate women with middle school girls from the Charlottesville area. By combining one-on-one mentoring with group activities that address girls' sense of self, scholastic achievement, body image, peer relationships, and healthy decision-making, YWLP helps empower middle school girls as leaders in their schools and communities.The time commitment for YWLP Big Sisters is approximately 6-10 hours/week. This includes the Monday Class, EDHS 2891 (2.5 hours), Group Meetings on Wednesday or Thursday at the middle school (2.5 hours), a minimum of two outings of one-on-one (outside time) with your Little Sister each semester, and any other preparation needed for the class or group meetings. Big Sisters will also attend our mandatory Orientation on Monday, August 26 from 1:00 pm-5:30 pm in Ern Commons. Apply now! For more information about the program, please visit If you have additional questions please contact Sarah Jenkins

2019 Alliance for the Low-Income & First-Generation Narrative (AL1GN) Conference

Registration Closes Thursday, March 7

Conference : March 22-24 at the University of Virginia

The AL1GN 2019 Conference seeks to unite 300 First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) college students from many universities, with numerous other identities and experiences. Conference Topic: Educational Insecurity. Attrition for FGLI students is staggeringly, and unnecessarily, high. Students will learn about the various issue facing FGLI students through various speakers, including other students and faculty, solutions based workshops, student generated activities, as well as networking with peers and other professionals. Please register only if you can commit to all 3 days. Registration can be found here.

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:

Corporate Affairs Summer Hire Program at Booz Allen Hamilton
During the 10-week program, Summer Hires will experience what it’s like to work for a Fortune 500 company that has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Opportunities are available in the following areas: Digital, Analytics, Employee Engagement, Marketing, Creative, Media Relations, or Community Partnerships. Summer Hires will be immersed in several activities, including:

  •  Supporting Projects to experience real work assignments related to their education major and professional goals
  • Participating in Brown Bags to help them understand the skills needed to succeed in a career post-graduation
  • Listening in on Panel Discussions with former Summer Hires/recent grads to share their experiences, lessons learned, and tips on how to succeed at Booz Allen
  • Engaging in a Collaborative Summer-long Project with other cohort members; Summer Hires will have an opportunity to present their findings and recommendations to a panel of Corporate Affairs leaders

Eligibility requirements: Pending a review of their performance, rising seniors may be considered for a full-time offer at the end of the summer; rising juniors may be considered for an offer to return for an internship the following summer

 Requisitions will be closing during the first week of March and interviews will be conducted over the next few weeks with offers extended by March 29.  Apply today using the following links:

This Week in Black History

Did you know…?   This week in 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win the Oscar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her portrayal as 'Mammy' in the movie Gone With the Wind. It was not until 1990 that Whoopi Goldberg became the next African-American woman to be awarded an Oscar for her best supporting actress role in the movie Ghost.

Did you know…? On March 1, 1925, 'Survey Graphic' published a special issue titled "Harlem, Mecca of the New Negro." By the end of the year, editor Alain Locke had reprinted and expanded upon the writings from this issue, producing a full-length anthology of African-American writing called 'The New Negro.' This anthology, known as the Manifesto of the Harlem Renaissance, included works by established figures such as James Weldon Johnson, William Stanley Braithwaite, W.E.B. DuBois and Claude McKay. It also introduced rising stars such as Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer and Zora Neale Hurston.

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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.)

Black Voices Gospel Choir: Winter Concert

Saturday, March 2 – 1:00 pm - The Chapel

Join us in fellowship and worship for our annual winter benefit. This year, the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents will receive the offering / donation from our concert. We strive to support their efforts to educate and empower low-income residents and to improve our communities through collective action. For more information Gabby Stanfield



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

Freedom and Liberation Day Event

Sunday, March 3 - 3:00 pm - Rotunda Dome Room & Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Site

The City of Charlottesville’s Liberation and Freedom Day will start with programming at the Rotunda and include a ceremonial blessing at the construction site of the Memorial. Join us as we reflect on the University’s past and build bridges for a stronger relationship with all parts of our community. Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage adjacent to Newcomb Hall.


Patient Care Assistant/CNA Open House Information Session 

Tuesday, March 5 - 2:30 pm-4:30 pm - On-Site Open Houses

RSVP to Lara Andrake 434.243.1279 APPLY TODAY