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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 2019 Personal Branding Series

Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 & Recognition Dinner Nov.13 – 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Application deadline is Friday, October 4,2019 at 5:00 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 online.  Apply Here! Questions? Feel free to reach out to Dean Grimes. Hope to see you there!


OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois

Every Second & Fourth Tuesday 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room - #2 Dawson’s Row

Join Dean Patrice Grimes for lunch and conversation. Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot:


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

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

“Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

E. Boateng

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Eunice Boateng is a 4th year Rainey Scholar from Woodbridge, Virginia double majoring in Psychology and African/African American Studies on the pre-medical track. She is passionate about maternal and child health disparities specifically in Ghana, West Africa. During J-Term 2019, she was granted the opportunity to study abroad in Ghana learning about the afterlives of colonialism, slavery and their impact on the African diasporic community. This year on Grounds, she is the President of PENSA, Executive Director / Vice President for Fashion for A Cause, Madison House Medical Services volunteer, and an OAAA Peer Advisor. She also works in Alderman Library as a Circulation Desk Assistant. Eunuce shared, “I am motivated to succeed, not just for myself, but for my entire community. My involvement [at UVA] has challenged me to push above and beyond my limits both academically and socially.” Eunice plans on attending medical school, and would like to open a health clinic to service women and children in underserved areas.

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

Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas and at six weeks old, she moved to Chicago, where she lived the rest of her life. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968, a position she held until her death, and what is now the Poet Laureate Consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress for the 1985–86 term. In 1976, she became the first African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1985–86 Brooks was Library of Congress consultant in poetry (now poet laureate consultant in poetry), and in 1989 she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She became a professor of English at Chicago State University in 1990, a position she held until her death.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Opportunities 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…?  Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She performed in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She was denied a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, but achieved international acclaim for her powerful lyrics and vocals. With the blessing of her friend, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, she wrote the song, Young, Gifted and Black that was frequently performed by artists and concerts during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.



Did you know…? September 26, 1867 – Birth of Maggie L .Walker, business pioneer and civic leader. Maggie Lena Walker broke traditional legal, gender, and racial barriers to become the first woman to establish and become president of a bank in the United States. Originally named the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond (VA), until 2010, it was known as Consolidated Bank and Trust Company and was the oldest African American–operated bank in the US. In her role as Grand Secretary of the Independent Order of Saint Luke, Walker organized a variety of enterprises. Although she faced discrimination, Walker fought for financial investments and collective action for tangible improvements for African-Americans.

Did you know…? September 28, 2003 – Tennis Great Althea Gibson died. A trailblazing athlete, Althea Gibson became the first great African-American player in women’s tennis. Raised in New York City (Harlem), she won a string of American Tennis Association titles on the African-American circuit. After being allowed entry into the major tournaments, she became the first black player to win Wimbledon, the French and U.S. Open titles. Gibson became professional in 1959, becoming the first African-American competitor on the women’s pro golf tour. In 1971, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Later, she served as Commissioner of Athletics for the state of New Jersey. Following a stroke and heart problems, she died of respiratory failure in East Orange, New Jersey.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

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



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.