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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 by Friday, April 26

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


Information and applications are on line now for the 2019-202OAAA / GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program!

Student Application Deadline: Monday, April 29 at 5:00 pm


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

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, Old Cabell Hall (tickets needed)

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


Quote of the Week

Believe in yourself. Push to your highest limit. Be confident that you can do it. If you take that one push to do it, then God’s got the rest. Just leave it up to him. Marsai Martin

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Marlene Daut, Ph.D. is an associate professor and associate director in the African-American and American Studies programs. She specializes in early Caribbean, 19th-century African American, and early modern French colonial literary research and historical studies. Her first book, “Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865,” was published in 2015 by the Liverpool University Press' Series in the Study of International Slavery. Her second book, “Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism,” was published in fall 2017 in the Palgrave Macmillan’s series in the New Urban Atlantic. She is  also working on a collaborative project entitled, An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery), which is under contract with the University of Virginia Press. Daut is also the co-creator and co-editor of H-Net Commons’ digital platform, H-Haiti. In addition, she curates a website on early Haitian print culture at, and has developed an online bibliography of fictions of the Haitian Revolution from 1787 to 1900

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

 Marsai Martin (born August 14, 2004) is an American actress and producer. She is known for her role as Diane Johnson in the ABC comedy series “Black-ish.” She has starred in and produced the 2019 Universal Pictures comedy film, “Little.” Born in Plano, Texas she was 5 years old when she appeared in her first national commercial. In 2013, she moved to Los Angeles, and the following year was cast opposite Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. Martin has received numerous honors including six NAACP Image Awards nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild nominations. In 2016, Martin made her film debut playing a leading role in the Amazon Studios original film, “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement. Now at age 14, Martin will become the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history with the release of “Little.”

Opportunites with Deadlines

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

Hiring SURP Undergrad Admin Assistant

VEST and SURP programs seek a Student Administrative Assistant who is enrolled in a bachelors program at UVA. The position requires the student to work 10-20 hours per week during May through August 2019 (scheduling of hours will be flexible depending on SURP program activities and needs). Responsibilities will likely change over the course of the summer or year and may include: 1) Assisting with program coordination and communication, 2) Assisting in coordination of events, including VEST workshops and SURP activities, 3) Working in teams with faculty, staff, and other students. Interested students should submit a resume, letter of interest, and summer availability to

Seeking Summer Enrichment Program Residential Camp Counselors

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is seeking counselors for its 2019 residential program.  SEP is a beloved program that has been in existence for over 40 years and is held on grounds.  The position includes a wage plus room and board for 7 weeks in June and July.  For a full description of the position and application information, please go to

In DC this summer? Volunteer with the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture (MMAAHC)

Smithsonian volunteers play essential roles in sharing the rich collections, exhibitions, research, and educational programming with the public. This summer, NMAAHC the Early Childhood Education Initiative team will launch an educational program series for children, ages 0 to 8, and their caregivers. Volunteers will assist with music performances, story times, infant and toddler programs, community and family events, hands-on and craft activities and more. For more information, visit

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Summer Hiring

Provide equal opportunities for children with disabilities, who are rising Kindergarten-6th graders, and attend an inclusive camp program. Inclusion. When not working with children with disabilities, the Inclusion Counselor will perform typical camp duties related to supervising and effectively leading camp and outdoor recreational day camp activities. For more information, or to apply

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…?   Jo-Issa Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985), known as Issa Rae, is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. Rae was born in Los Angeles, California; her father is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Senegal, and her mother, is an African-American teacher from Louisiana. Rae has four siblings. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. She later gained attention for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure. For her work on Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Did you know…?   The first African-American Woman named the head of a major bank was appointed in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia. Maggie Lena Walker achieved national prominence as a businesswoman and community leader. Her business acumen, personality, and lifelong commitment to a beneficial burial society fueled her climb to success. In April 1903, she was named president of Richmond's St. Luke Bank and Trust Company and became the first woman of any race to charter a bank in the United States. Walker received an honorary master's degree from Virginia Union University in 1923, and was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2002.

Black History collage

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 - 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 – 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.)

Earth Week 2019 - Connecting on Climate

Earth Week is a UVA tradition that celebrates the planet we all share. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to take part in any of the 20+ events. Meet your fellow community members, find surprising connections, enjoy the outdoors, and do something good for the Earth! For the full schedule and event descriptions

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. Anjali 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 Curry Associate Professor Stanley Trent.  RSVP

Health & Wellbeing Minor—“When Will We Get Well?” with Dr. Lauren Powell
Thursday, April 18 – 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm – Holloway Hall
Please join the Health & Wellbeing Minor students and welcome their Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lauren Powell, Director, and Office of Health Equity at the Virginia Department of Health. Passionate about understanding how public health organizations can better address the social determinants of health, Dr. Powell leads public health and healthcare organizations on strategies to infuse health equity into all practices, with an emphasis on systems-driven solutions. Presented by the Curry School of Education & Human Services in partnership with: Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Architecture, and Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy

Obstacles and Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity with Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, J.D.
Monday, April 22 – 12:00pm – 1:30 pm - Bavaro 116
Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is the Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law. She is a national expert on educational equity, equal educational opportunity, civil rights and the federal role in U.S. education. She has also written articles in leading journals and has proposed innovative legal and policy solutions to current educational problems.

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.

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

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, contact