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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

Look for the OAAA E-Weekly each week 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

Monday, September 16 – Deadline to appeal the decision if health insurance waiver is denied

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”

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

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

Quote of the Week

“There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.” Ernest J. Gaines

O Ogungbade

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Oluwafunmilayo "Funmi" Ogungbade is a Fourth-year student from Richmond, VA, studying in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. On Grounds,she works as the Social Media Chair for UVA's Student Engagement team, is a student researcher with Dean Beverly Colwell Adams in the Psychology Department, and is the library student assistant for the Metadata Project in Alderman Library. Extracurricular wise, Funmi is a member of the Class of 2020 Fourth Year Trustees, the Organization of African Students, and is a volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Her future plans include going to graduate school for an MBA or Master's in Management, then working in either commercial real estate development or consulting with plans to eventually own her own business.

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

Ernest James Gaines, born January 15, 1933, is an African-American author known for his works, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying.  His writing has been turned into award winning movies including, Catherine Carmier, Of Love and Dust, In My Father's House, and A Gathering of Old Men. Gaines was among the fifth generation of his sharecropper family to be born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, living in old slave quarters. In 1957, he earned a degree in literature from San Francisco State University. After spending two years in the army, he won a writing fellowship to attend Stanford University. In 1996, Gaines spent a full semester as a visiting professor at the University of Rennes in France, where he taught the first creative writing class ever offered in the French university system.  From 1981 until retiring in 2004, Gaines was a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an international center for scholarship on his work.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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 seniors 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 in fall 2019 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…?  The legal integration of US public schools began on September 7, 1954 when the first Black students entered public schools in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Earlier that year in a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson and declaring that separate schools were “inherently unequal”.  The Court delayed deciding on how to implement the decision and asked for another round of arguments. The Court also ruled that the federal government was under the same duty as the states to desegregate the Washington, D.C. schools (Bolling v. Sharpe).


 Did you know…?  On September 8, 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally for the first time. A huge success, her daytime television talk show turned Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthy people in show business and, arguably, one of the most influential women in America. Winfrey began her media career in radio before becoming a news anchor and launching her show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in 1986. The show had an estimated weekly audience of around 46 million viewers in the United States, and was broadcast in 134 countries. It ran until May 25, 2011 and is credited with publically tackling important issues such as sexuality, abuse and racism.

 Did you know…?  Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul, rhythm, and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of the 1960s and helped exemplify the Stax sound. He is best known for his posthumous hit single, "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay." Redding received many  accolades after his death, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also received the honorific nickname “King of Soul.”




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OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study Sessions with OAAA Peer Advisors - Fall 2019
Every Monday through Thursday – 4:00-8:00 pm – LPJ Cultural Center

Calculus Tutoring
Every Monday & Thursday – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  
For more information, contact Travis Elliott (

UVA Writing Center
Need help with a writing assignment or term paper? The UVa Writing Center is a resource staffed by graduate and undergraduate student tutors and available to all students. Tutors work one-on-one with students in 50-minute appointments with drafting, revision, argument structure and other concerns (Note: This does not include proof-reading or editing). For more information, register at

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 – New Cabell Hall - Room 415

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 Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Contact: Dean Mason ( for more Information.

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Monday, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm – W.E.B. Dubois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Contact: Dean Mason for more information.

OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
Every Second & Fourth Tuesday 12:30 pm-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference
Rm #2 Dawson’s Row
Join Dean Patrice Grimes for lunch and conversation.
Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot:


OAAA/ GradSTAR 2019 Personal Branding Series
Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 & Recognition Dinner Nov.13 – 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Are you interested in learning how to market yourself, your skills, and your experiences to secure a full time job, internship or research opportunity? The 5th annual OAAA/GradSTAR Personal Branding Seminar may be for you! This seminar workshop includes resume writing, delivering personal pitches, and networking tips hosted by OAAA and Altria Group Inc. Students from all years are encouraged to apply on line. Application deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Questions? Feel free to reach out to Dean Grimes ( Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

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

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.


M.S. in Commerce Annual Open House

Monday, September 23 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Rouss & Robertson Halls

Come to McIntire for this annual event where faculty and representatives from admissions, career services and global programs join current students and alumni at one site. This is a great way to get all of our questions answered about the M.S. in Commerce program. There will be complimentary food and beverages. Casual dress.

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!


UVa Upward Bound Volunteer Tutors

Are you eager for an opportunity to invest in the academic success of talented, local high school scholars? Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program that provides academic support to high school students from Charlottesville and several neighboring county school systems. Any questions? Contact Davonda Smith, Education and Outreach Coordinator (, 434.982.4553).


African American Teaching Fellows

Interested in becoming a teacher? Check out African American Teaching Fellows! AATF works to recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Curry Teacher Education program partners with AATF; fellows are undergraduate or graduate students in one of Curry’s programs. Fellows become part of a network of African-American educators in the region, participate in a teacher-leader summer institute, receive mentorship and support from local teachers and administrators, and receive funding toward the cost of tuition. Fellows commit to teaching in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for several years after graduation. You can read more about AATF on their website: Interested students should contact Jaime Hawkins, program director, at

In the Community

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 will host the 2019 CBDC Minority Business Luncheon as one of six events for the first City of Charlottesville Minority Business Week! The event will include a dynamic speaker, Mr. Thomas Penny, President, Donohoe Hospitality Services, networking and a delicious lunch catered by Pearl Island Catering. The 2019 CBDC John F. Bell Vanguard Award recipient will be presented.

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet - Charlottesville

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 pm; dinner is served at 7:30 pm. The featured speaker is Dr. Marcus L. Martin, Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity for the University of Virginia. For more information.


Determined: the 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality (exhibit)

Now through March 2020 – Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is offering free admission to UVA students through the end of next March while a special exhibition, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality, is on display. Through profiles of 30 individuals, more than 100 evocative objects, and multimedia interpretive content, the exhibition commemorates the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia in 1619. UVA is a University Partner sponsoring the project.