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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

Mark Your Calendar

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 Program

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

Quote of the Week

Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. 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

Derrick P. Alridge, Ph.D., is a professor in the Social Foundations of Education program in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. His primary areas of scholarship are African American educational and intellectual history and the civil rights movement. He is the author of The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History (Teachers College Press, 2008) and co-editor (with James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin) of Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History, and Pedagogy (The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2011).  Alridge is the founder, director, and Principal Investigator of Teachers in the Movement, an oral history project (, founding director of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (, and Principal Investigator of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site – Ethnographic Resource Study with the National Park Service. Currently, he serves as President of the History of Education Society, USA.

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 Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the Freedom Movement". On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to give up her seat in the colored section of a public transit bus to a white passenger. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Her defiance and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement.                          

Opportunites with Deadlines

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. Big Sisters will 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  or 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: summercollege@duke.edu


This Week in Black History

Did you know…? The Civil Rights Act of 1875 (18 Stat. 335–337), sometimes called Enforcement Act or Force Act, was a United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction Era to guarantee African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury service. The bill was passed by the 43rd United States Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1875. Several years later, the Supreme Court ruled in Civil Rights Cases (1883) that sections of the act were unconstitutional.


Did you know…?  Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory (born October 12, 1932) is an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, and conspiracy theorist. Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid-1950s. He was drafted in 1954 while attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, on October 7, 1963, Gregory came to Selma, Alabama and spoke for two hours on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive known as "Freedom Day". His political career began by running against Richard J. Daley for the mayoralty of Chicago in 1967 and he unsuccessfully ran for President in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party. Gregory then wrote the book Write Me In about his presidential campaign. In 1978, he joined the National ERA March for Ratification and Extension, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol of over 100,000 on Women's Equality Day. Gregory is number 82 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time and has his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Did you know…?  Granville T. Woods was a 19th century African-American inventor who made key contributions to the development of the telephone and street car. He registered nearly 60 patents in his lifetime, including an electric railway conduit on November 21, 1893, and challenged Thomas Edison for the patent rights to the telephone transmitter and the multiplex telegraph.  He is also the first American of African ancestry to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War.


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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 and by appointment
For questions, contact Melvin Walker (

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.)

Crucial Career Conversations: Identity, Diversity & Medicine

Tuesday, March 5 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Newcomb Hall Gallery.

The first event in the series is focused on medicine, titled Identity, Diversity & Medicine and feature a panel of three current UVA medical students representing diverse and underrepresented identities within medicine. This is a conversation we initiated with UVA’s pre-health students with our 2018-19 common read, Black Man in a White Coat by Dr. Damon Tweedy, and hope this panel can help continue that dialogue.

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

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


Family Photo Day at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Saturday, March 9 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm

The Holsinger Portrait Project invites the public to help them discover and tell a new story about African American families in Charlottesville and the region. Through studying photographic portraits of more than 500 African Americans who visited Rufus Holsinger’s photography studio on West Main Street in Charltotesville in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, another page of Charlottesville’s history will unfold. This will be the first time that prints of all the portraits, an important visual record of the black community, will be on public view.


Hard Conversations: Introduction to Racism

Tuesday, March 26-Friday, April 26

Live Seminars on April 2, 9, 16, and 23 (8:00 pm-9:15 pm)

This is a month-long online seminar program hosted by authors, speakers, and social justice activists Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis, who want to help people understand the reality of racism by telling their stories and sharing their resources. There are two learning spaces for this course: An online classroom and weekly live seminars. Content and course details will be delivered to your email daily. For details, contact


Harambee Family Event: Celebrating African-American Women Who Led the Way

Saturday, March 16 – 2:00 pm – Jefferson School AAHC

For more information, contact Tanesha Hudson (434-806-8952)