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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

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. On-line Application Deadline extended to: Monday, March 26. For more information, please contact Ms. Carter or stop by OAAA, #4 Dawson’s Row.



Mark Your Calendar

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

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”  – Will Smith

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Camille Burnett (PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BSc.N, DSW) is the Academic Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships, and an Assistant Professor and Scholar at the UVA School of Nursing. She is also the Vice-President for the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. She has extensive professional experience in public health including board appointments, management, research and consulting. Her research portfolio centers on community engagement within a population and public health framework to mitigate health disparities and inequity for the most vulnerable populations. She collaborates across grounds with various research centers, institutes and community partners. Dr. Burnett is an affiliate of the University of Virginia Center for Health Policy, and is on the Board of Directors for the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International and Georgia’s Healing House, advisory board of the Charlottesville Sexual Assault Resources Agency, steering committee member of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, and the National Health and Human Trafficking Advocacy Collaborative Group. She is also a representative on the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse in Washington, DC.

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

  Willard Carroll Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and  film producer. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood.” He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film and went on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally. Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide.  In fall 2019, he will appear as an assassin who faces off against himself in Ang Lee's Gemini Man.

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, visit the website.

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

Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) Big Sisters

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

Madison House Summer Volunteering

Will you be here in Charlottesville for at least 3 weeks this summer? Are you interested in getting more involved with the Charlottesville community? Consider volunteering this summer! Whether you are taking a class, doing research or you live here, take the opportunity to get more involved with our community. There are many different sites starting at just 1 hour a week! Applications are open now! View our website for more information about sites open and application information. Please contact Caroline Hallowellat with any questions.

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.




This Week in Black History

Did you know…?  Septima Poinsette Clark known as the “Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement, was a teacher and civil rights activist whose citizenship schools helped enfranchise and empower African Americans. Born on May 3, 1898, in Charleston, South Carolina, Clark branched out into social action with the NAACP while working as a teacher. Clark had major relations to other black activists of the Civil Rights Movement, such as Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois. Washington and Clark both emphasized the importance of self-improvement before the importance of institutional reforms. DuBois and Clark agreed on the emphasis of education as the most important approach to the civil rights movement. Septima Clark Public Charter School in Washington, DC is named in her honor.  In 1979, President Jimmy Carter awarded her a Living Legacy Award in 1979. Her second autobiography, Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement, won the American Book Award. Clark was 89 when she died on December 15, 1987, on South Carolina's Johns Island.



Did you know…?  Dr. Christine M. Darden was became a leader in Sonic Boom technology at NASA.  She is a 1958 graduate & Valedictorian of Allen High School, and won a scholarship to Hampton University, earning a degree in Mathematics Education in 1962.  She became a research assistant at Virginia State College, earning her Masters in Applied Math. By 1954, Christine was working for NASA as a data analyst solving math problems and writing computer programs. Within six years, Christine was promoted to AeroSpace Engineer.  Incredibly, she also went back to school to earn her PhD in Fluid Mechanics while working full time and being promoted at NASA. In 1989, Christine developed the Sonic Boom research program at NASA with title of Technical Leader, a new division of the High Speed Research Program. In her 40 year career at NASA, Christine also contributed to different divisions, served on many private government projects, and authored over 50 publications on wing design, flap design, and sonic boom prediction and minimization.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Calculus Tutoring
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm & Fridays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
OAAA in the WEB DuBois Conference Room

Statistics 2120 Support @ McIntire
Tuesdays   -   5:00 PM – 7:00 pm   -   Rouse Robertson 118 - Food!
Contact Jessica Thornton ( for more information=

RTB 4.0 Study & Tutoring Sessions-Spring Semester

Sundays through Thursdays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors)

& WEB DuBois Conference Room (small group tutoring):

Monday – Open

Tuesday – Calculus (OAAA grad tutor)

Wednesday – Biology (peer)

Thursday – Open

For details, see Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Soyini Nibbs (skn2eh).

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!

Black Friday
1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center
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.)

Symposium: Spirit in the Dark

Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30 – 9:00 pm – The Rotunda/The Dome Room 1826 University Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22904

Commemorating 50 years of James Cone’s groundbreaking book, Black Theology & Black Power. Register here

The Fluvanna County African American History Exhibit

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm – Fluvanna County Library - 214 Commons Blvd. - Palmyra

The Fluvanna Leadership Development Program History Team invites you to Movie Premiere about the Exhibit

Ridley Lecture: My Story & Research about Disability Identity, Perceptions of Disability and Empowerment with Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, April 16 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pm – Bavaro 116, Holloway Hall

This annual lecture honors Dr. Walter Ridley, the first African-American graduate of UVA (Curry’53). Dr. Stan Trent will moderate the panel, as Dr. Forber-Pratt shares elements of her unique story as a wheelchair user, two-time Paralympian and an adopted woman of color. In her work, she centers disability as an aspect of diversity. She will also share insights from her research related to disability identity development. RSVP

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.


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.

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