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"
OAAA E-Weekly March 18, 2019
OAAA/GradSTAR Project Management for Aspiring Leaders
Workshop: Saturday, March 30 - 10:00 am–3:00 pm - Ruffner 302 / Library Commons Area
Learn the skills to lead groups and manage projects in your CIO, service group or course project! Led by OAAA Dean Patrice Grimes, participants will learn & practice the project planning process from start to finish and receive a certificate of completion. All years are welcome. email@example.com or stop by OAAA, #4 Dawson’s Row. Deadline: Monday, March 25. For more information, please contact Ms. Carter
Friday, April 5--Sunday, April 7 – Black Alumni Weekend
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
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Spotlight on Student Achievements
John Edwin Mason, Ph.D., teaches African history and the history of photography in the Corcoran Department of History at UVA. He has written extensively on early nineteenth-century South Africa history, including the history of slavery, South African popular culture, especially the Cape Town New Year's Carnival and jazz, and the history of photography. He is also a documentary photographer with a long-term interest in exploring race and gender in American motor sports. Until recently, he was an active musician, performing with the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, the Lynchburg (Virginia) Symphony Orchestra, and the New Lyric Theatre, among many other groups. He contributes regularly to Ellingtonia, the publication of the Duke Ellington Society. He has been a featured contributor to many Charlottesville area events, and this week will speak during the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book, about his upcoming book on American photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks.
You can nominate someone (not yourself) to be in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to Dean Patrice Grimes () every Thursday by 12 noon.
(September 15, 1977) is a Nigerian novelist and writer of short stories and nonfiction. At age 19, she left Nigeria to study in the United States. She received a degree with honors in communication and political science in 2001 at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she wrote articles for the university journal, the Campus Lantern. She then completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and received critical acclaim: it was shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004), and awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (2005). Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was published in 2006. Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008. In 2011-2012, she received a fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, which allowed her to finalize her third novel, Americanah. The book received great critical acclaim in 2013. Chimamanda is now married and has a daughter. She divides her time between Nigeria, where she regularly teaches writing workshops, and the United States.
Opportunites with Deadlines
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, .
The Z Society Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Application
Application Deadline: Saturday, March 30 at 11:37 pm (First Round)
Application Deadline: Saturday, April 27 at 11:37 pm (Second Round)
All returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to support an internship that is otherwise unattainable due to financial constraints. The scholarship application is attached in this email. Students should submit any questions or applications to .
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:
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 focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the environmental conservation NGO sector. or contact for more information.
This Week in Black History
Did you know…? (c. 1815 – June 15, 1897) was a 19th-century enslaved man who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brown was born into slavery in 1816 on the Hermitage Plantation in Louisa County, Virginia. The box that Brown was shipped in was 3 feet long by 2 feet 8 inches deep by 2 feet wide and displayed the words "dry goods" on it. It was lined with baize, a coarse woolen cloth, and he carried only a small portion of water and a few biscuits. There was a single hole cut for air and it was nailed and tied with straps. The trip, which began on March 29, 1849 took 27 hours to complete. The box was received by Williamson, McKim, William Still, and other members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee on March 30, 1849, attesting to the improvements in express delivery services. When Brown was released, one of the men remembered his first words as "How do you do, gentlemen?" He sang a psalm from the Bible, which he had earlier chosen to celebrate his release into freedom. He toured and performed as a magician, speaker, and mesmerist until at least 1889. The last decade of his life (1886–97) was spent in Toronto, where he died in 1897.
Did you know…? Cathay Williams (September 1844 – 1893) was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier in the 38th infantry in 1866. At just 17 years old, Williams served as an Army cook and a washerwoman. Despite the prohibition against women serving in the military, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Regular Army under the false name of "William Cathay" on November 15, 1866, passing as a man. Williams was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry Regiment after she passed the cursory medical examination. Due to her frequent hospitalization, the post surgeon finally discovered she was a woman and she was honorably discharged on October 14, 1868. Then, she enlisted with an emerging all-black regiment that would eventually become part of the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. The exact date of Williams' death and burial site are unknown, but it is assumed she died shortly after being denied a pension, circa 1893. In 2016, her bronze bust was unveiled outside of the Richard Allen Cultural Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 2018, the Private Cathay Williams monument bench was unveiled on the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum.
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
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 4:00 pm-6:30 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.
Spanish Peer Tutoring
Every Monday – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center and by appointment
For questions, contact Melvin Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!
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 (email@example.com) for more Information
Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday (Starting February 20) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room
Upcoming Events at UVA (All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.)
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.
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.
Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It connects students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. There are also resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement group are responsible for all content. http://publicservice.virginia.edu/
In the Community
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