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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

Welcome to the 2019-2020 year at UVA!

Look for the OAAA E-Weekly each Monday to share the latest events, opportunities and information of interest to the Black community and beyond.


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, August 27 – UVA 2019 fall term courses begin

Monday, August 30 – Deadline to enroll or waive the right to individual health insurance coverage

Tuesday, September 10 – Last day to ADD and DROP a course without penalty in the College of Arts & Sciences (check other schools for specific deadlines)

September 16 – Deadline to appeal health insurance decisions

Saturday, October 5 – Tuesday October 8 – Fall Break/Reading Days (no classes)     

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20 – Family Weekend and Fall Convocation

Tuesday, October 23 – Last day to DROP a course with a “W” (check for your specific college)

Thursday, October 31 – Deadline to pay the annual premium for the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan

Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1 – Thanksgiving recess

Friday, December 6 – Courses end

Monday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 17 – Examinations

Thursday, December 12 & Sunday, December 15 – Reading Days (no classes)

Tuesday, December 17 (no ceremony) – Fall degrees conferred


Quote of the Week

 “If you can only be tall because someone’s on their knees, then you have a serious problem.” – Toni Morrison

D. Johnson

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Dove-Anna Johnson is a 3rd year Echols and College Science Scholar from Prince William County, Virginia, majoring in Neuroscience. She is passionate about conducting research and studying its clinical benefits. In summer 2018, Dove-Anna conducted laboratory research funded by the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award and presented her findings at national conferences in Connecticut and Arizona. On Grounds, Dove-Anna is an officer in the Undergraduate Research Network URN), where she promotes awareness and participation in research opportunities. She is also a member of the Daniel Hale Pre-Medical Honor Society, the American Medical Student Association, the Madison House Medical Services, and the Cavalier Symphony Orchestra. She cites her early participation in the OAAA GradSTAR and Project Rise Programs as helping her academic development and success. Dove-Anna also loves attending sporting events -- especially basketball games -- and traveling, including a study abroad experience in St. Kitts and Nevis.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career within the medical field that includes research in some capacity.

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

Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931– August 5, 2019) born Chloe Ardelia Wofford was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970) and the critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention, including the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved (1987) becoming the first African-American woman recipient. Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953, then attended graduate school at Cornell University. In the late 1960s, she became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. Also that year, she was honored with the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Morrison died on August 5, 2019 in the Bronx.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Fulbright US Student Award
Internal Application Deadline: Friday, September 6 at 12:00 NOON.

There is a regular Fellowships Series to support students. Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Virginia, email Lisa M. Grimes ( for information and instructions.

Donald Payne International Development Fellowship
Application Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program, administered by Howard University, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Candidates can be graduating fourth years or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Payne program encourages the application of members of historically underrepresented groups in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Selected  fellows  will  receive support  for  graduate  school  and  gain  employment  with USAID in an exciting and rewarding career in  the  Foreign Service. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizenship, seeking admission to graduate school for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution, and cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. Apply here.



This Week in Black History

Did you know…?  August 9, 2014 – Eight days after graduating from high school, African-American teenager, Michael Brown is shot and killed by a Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, MI., sparking protests and outcry nationwide. The Ferguson shooting and other high-profile killings of black men, including that of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Florida and Eric Garner, 44, in New York, sparked anger and protests and brought new momentum to the Black Lives Matter campaign against violence and systemic racism toward black people.


Did you know…?  August 26, 1874 – Sixteen black men are kidnapped from jail in Gibson County, Tennessee, and lynched by a mob of 400 masked men on horseback and armed with shotguns. The men had been transferred to the neighboring jail from Picketsville after being accused of shooting two white men. In the early morning, a 400 to 500 masked men rode into town with shotguns and demanded they were given access to the men in the jail. The members of the mob then bound the hands of the 16 black men and led them away. Local officials denounced the actions and concluded that the men were killed by gunshots that were fired by unknown parties. However, the mayor of Trenton then ordered officials to collect all guns belonging to blacks. (from the New York Times Archives).

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OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study / Tutoring Sessions & OAAA Student Activities
Starts Monday, September 9 in the W.E.B. DuBois Conference Center, #2 Dawson’s Row

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study Sessions with OAAA Peer Advisors - Fall 2019
Every Monday through Thursday – 4:00-8:00 pm – Luther Porter Jackson (LPJ)Cultural Center, #3 Dawson’s Row

Calculus Tutoring Coming Soon! W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  

OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring Coming Soon!

Black Fridays - Special Black Friday Welcome with Meet the Deans – Friday, August 30 – 1:00 pm
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row (Starts Friday, September 6)

Come & join us for food & fellowship! 

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday - 6:30 pm – Maury 113 (Starts Sunday, September 8)

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday - 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376 (Starts Monday, September 9)

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 (Starts Wednesday, September 11)

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Third Wednesday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room (Starts Friday, September 18)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at UVA (All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.)

Student Council’s 2019 Fall Activities Fair
Monday August 26 – 11:00 am-3:00 pm - Amphitheater & South Lawn
Details are on Student Council’s website and questions here.

Fellowships Series: Fulbright for the Daring (or Last-Minute)
Monday, August 26 – 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

A year abroad to research, study, or teach English. This is specifically geared toward the fourth year, graduate student, or alum, who may have only recently learned about the Fulbright US Student Award and wants to consider submitting an application for the fall. Lear about UVA’s internal process and get questions answered.  Attendees should watch a recorded webinar in advance of the session. .

Meet the OAAA Deans and Staff
Friday, August 30 – 1:00 pm; Tuesday, September 3 – 12:00 pm; & Monday, September 9 - 12:30 - OAAA Main Conference Room -- #4 Dawson's Row
Come to an informal open-house at OAAA to meet the deans, staff, and find out what services are available this year. Lunch provided!

Harambee I
Sunday, September 1 - 2:00 pm-4:00 pm - Ern Commons
Join first year students and Peer Advisors for this annual program. Meet OAAA Deans and make new friends! Refreshments.

*Fulbright Writers Workshop: Personal Statement & Statement of Grant Purpose
Monday, September 2 – 3:00 pm* – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

This workshop is for applicants who have drafts of their Personal Statement for the Fulbright US Student Award and would like to engage in a peer-review process. Participants must bring two printed copies of their most recent Personal Statement drafts and a writing utensil.

Fellowships Series: Luce Scholarship Information Session
Monday, September 2 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

Launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society, the Luce provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who have had limited exposure to Asia. For more information

GradSTAR / Raising-the-Bar: Annual Fall Kickoff – 3-Night Series
Monday, September 2, Tuesday, September 3, Wednesday, September 4 - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room
Join Dean Patrice Grimes and the Peer Advisors for 3 different sessions:

  • It’s About Time (Management) – Ice Cream Social!
  • It’s About Your Resources (academic & career) – get Career Center materials!
  • It’s About Your Success – Strategies from a recent UVA Alum on how to navigate UVa

Monday night drawing for SWAG (stuff we all get) – other goodies! RTB: It’s not just for first-years anymore!


Fellowships Series: Introductory Workshop
Monday, September 16 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

Don’t know what fellowships are? Wondering what the point of pursuing any of them might be? Unsure of how you could be competitive? Come enjoy a chance to envision yourself as an applicant for these incredible opportunities. This workshop is most appropriate for first and second years or older students who have yet to be exposed to the Office of Citizen Scholar Development.

Fellowships Series: Truman Scholarship Information Session
Monday, September 23 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

Are you a dynamic leader? An activist dedicated to positive change? Committed to public service? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, you should consider the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate school and access to a network of incredible leaders. Come even if you aren’t sure about the graduate school part. Apply as a third year.

Fellowships Series: Goldwater Scholarship Information Session
Monday, September 30 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room (121)

Do you love research? Are you considering pursuing research science, mathematics, or engineering as a career? Are you simply a STEM student and want to at least explore an exciting opportunity? Come learn about the award and the process for nomination by the University of Virginia. Apply as a second or third year – so first years should definitely come!

In the Community

Hambone: The Ultimate Black family Drama
*Wednesday, August 22 – Saturday, September 1 (Sunday Shows at 2:00 pm) – 8:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22901

The Charlottesville Players Guild bring you ....Hambone. Directed by Shelby Marie Edwards, Adaptation by Leslie M. Scott-Jones, Produced by Mitsuko Nazeer.   

Charlottesville – Albemarle NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
Second Monday of each month - 7:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Meet in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Café. Free parking is available on site.


2019 Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Luncheon
Tuesday, September 17 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 2nd floor 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA

The Chamber Business Diversity Council (CBDC) will host this one of six events for the first ever City of Charlottesville Minority Business Week! Keynote speaker is Thomas Penny, President, Donohoe Hospitality Services, with a networking and a delicious lunch by Pearl Island Catering. The first CBDC John F. Bell Vanguard Award will also be presented.  

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Friday, September 27 - 7:00 pm-10:30 pm - Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, 22901

The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a silent auction and cash bar in the lobby of the hotel. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. The featured evening speaker is Dr. Marcus L. Martin, Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine, Vice President, and Retired Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia. For more information.