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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

Graduating Fourth-Years – remember to check your UVA email to RSVP

for the 15th Annual Donning of the Kente program on Friday, May 17th!



The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK! LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!



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

“Things can be really empty in this world, and I don't just mean the music world. It can become a very meaningless place if you don't really understand: 'who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing?' To feel fulfilment and have a deeper level of understanding, personally, that is the most important thing.” - Alicia Keys

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Lisa Woolfork, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English and a Project Director for the University’s Center for the Liberal Arts. She specializes in African American Literature and culture, and is the author of Embodying American Slavery in Contemporary Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2008). A recipient of the 2015 All-University Teaching Award, she teaches the very popular course ENSP 3860: Game of Thrones. Recently,  Woodfork was recently featured in UVA Today as one of the most memorable and influential teachers at the University. In summer 2017, Woodfork was a founding member of Black Lives Matter Charlottesville. Her essay, “This Class of Persons:” When UVA’s White Supremacist Past Meets Its Future” was published in a 2018 collection of essays about the terror events in Charlottesville.

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

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an actress, New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy. In 2016, Keys released her powerful and critically-acclaimed new sixth studio album, HERE, on RCA Records, shining a light on the sonic soulfulness and stories from her hometown New York. As an accompanying visual story to HERE, Keys also released a short-film entitled “The Gospel” inspired by the genesis of songs she wrote. Keys has been a coach on NBC’s “The Voice” alongside Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. A devoted and influential activist, Keys launched We Are Here in 2014. Keys made her directorial debut for Lifetime’s Five, has been an executive producer of the critically-acclaimed film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Keys currently resides in the New York City area with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, and their children.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Summer Coaches/Mentors Needed for UVA Pilot STEM Program

Application Review starts: April 8, 2019

Professor Jim Rolf will direct this 6 week summer program to help undergrads with math instruction. You will work 6-10 hours a week in teams via video conferencing and participate in weekly coaches’ meetings. You do not need to be on grounds during the program period—all you need is internet connectivity and to dedicate the time. In addition to your work as a coach and mentor, you can help shape the program for future years. This is an exciting new project looking for student input! $12 per hour. To apply, visit. For questions, contact  


The Z Society Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Application

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

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…?    On this day in 1870, Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the requisite three-fourths of the states had ratified the 15th Amendment, thereby enshrining in the U.S. Constitution the right of African-American men to vote. The amendment, which Congress had approved in 1869, reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  For more information:


Did you know…?   Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) born in Newport News, Virginia, was an American actress and singer. After appearing in Vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.  In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale. She received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1976 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom on October 17, 1988.


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 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.)

Teach For America at UVA

Tuesday, April 2 – 12:00 pm-2:00 pm - UVA Lawn (rain location: Newcomb Gallery)

Join Teach For America at UVA. FREE professional head shots. Don't let an expensive head shot be your barrier to networking. You will receive your professionally edited photos within a week after the event. Five minute appointments are available with limited time for drop-ins. Sign up for your slot here.

UVA April Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, April 3 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm - Newcomb Hall – 3rd floor

Come & talk to the education-centric organizations who are recruiting including: Bishop O’Connell High School, The Boys & Girls Clubs, AmeriCorps Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Facilitators, Innisfree Village and the International Rescue Committee (Charlottesville and national). For help on How to Navigate a Career Fair, visit

Black Monologues 2019

Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6 & Monday, April 11-Wednesday, April 13 – 7:00 pm – The Helms Theatre

The theme for the 2019 production is an exploration of Power. The event is FREE. Contact: Anna Taylor

The Fluvanna County African American History Exhibit

Saturday, April 6 – 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


Created to Worship: Black Voices BAW Spring Concert

Friday, April 5 – 7:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom
Black Voices Gospel Choir is excited to present our 2019 Black Alumni Weekend Spring Concert. Join us for a celebration of God's great love and mercy for us through an evening abundant praise and bountiful worship. We look forward to coming together with BV alumni, friends, family and supporters to praise God's holy name! For more information and tickets. Contact: Gabrielle Stanfield

Who Am I Without the Ball? Black Male Student Athletes Pursuing Purpose

Tuesday, April – 12:30 pm-2:00 pm - Bavaro 116, Holloway Hall

The role of sports in the lives of Black males has deep historical roots. The goal of this talk is to share insights about the experiences of Black males in sports and ways to promote their college and career readiness. Sponsored by the Center for Race and Public Education in the South.

Walter N. Ridley Annual 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

Dr. Forber-Pratt will share 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 and will share insights from her research related to disability identity development. Moderated by Associate Professor Stanley Trent, Curry School of Education and Human Development. RSVP

OAAA & LPJ Student Funding Committee Presents: Jollof Rice Cookoff (Save the Date)

Friday, April 19 – 3:00 pm-5:00 pm – Lorna Sundberg International Center

The application link for the competition.

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

Now until 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.