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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

Office of African-American Affairs
Parent Advisory Association (PAA) presents

Family Game Night
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Newcomb Hall Ballroom/Newcomb Gallery

The Office of African-American Affairs Parent Advisory Association presents its Annual Family Weekend social event.  This year will be fun for young, old, and the young at heart!  Bring your favorite deck of cards and board games, and mingle with parents and students.  Think you’ve got game?  Bring it to Newcomb Hall! 

OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois

(NEXT LUNCH: Tuesday, October 15)

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

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20 – Family Weekend & 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

“When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” ― Bayard Rustin

Spotlight on Student Achievements

 Sela Carrington is a Third year student from Leesburg, VA, majoring in Public Policy and Leadershipi in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is a Deans List student who has strong interests in immigration policy and social justice reform. Sela is the Vice President of Hoo Crew, a member of the Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor Program and is on its Executive Board as a Co-Chair of the Committee for Internal Development. She also serves as the secretary for the UVA chapter of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), and is working to reboot the Batten Undergraduate Mentorship Program (BUMP) for next semester. This past summer, she was a fellow in the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership, with 24 other students who comprise the 2021 cohort. After graduation, Sela plans to attend law school and hopes to become a judge.

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

   Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. Rustin worked with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington Movement in 1941 to press for an end to racial discrimination in employment. Rustin later organized Freedom Rides and helped to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership, teaching King about nonviolence and later serving as an organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. After the passage of the civil rights legislation of 1964–65, Rustin became the head of the AFL–CIO's A. Philip Randolph Institute, which promoted the integration of formerly all-white unions and promoted the unionization of African Americans. During the 1970s and 1980s, Rustin served on many humanitarian missions. At the time of his death in 1987, he was on a humanitarian mission in Haiti. Rustin was a gay man who was arrested early in his career for engaging in public sex. Due to criticism over his sexuality, he was a behind the scenes advisor to civil-rights leaders. In the 1980s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay causes. Later in life, Rustin shifted ideologically towards neoconservatism, for which President Ronald Reagan posthumously praised him after his death in 1987. On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama awarded posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to him.

Opportunites with Deadlines

B.S. in Commerce Application Now Open!

Register by Tuesday, December 17 @ 12 noon

Application Deadline: Friday, January 17 @ 12 noon

The McIntire School of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2020 academic year. For questions, visit the McIntire Undergraduate Admissions Office for walk-in advising or contact Sonia Jimenez at


IDEA Fund Internship Position – Now Open!

Interns will provide support to the Trustee Board for programs and grants such as the Big Idea, Mini Grants, the IDEA Fund Endorsed Awards, and Advocacy. The UVA IDEA Fund with the Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE), provides action-oriented leadership and support to University initiatives in ensure that the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access permeate the University community and culture. Interns can participate in meetings, lunches and initiatives with UVA departments, organizations and student groups. For more information  visit:

Launch with HackCville’s Paid Summer Internship Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 9 at 11:59 pm

Get trained in software engineering, digital marketing, data science, user experience (UX) design, or business development this summer, then go rock a guaranteed internship. Best of all, the cost of your training is covered and you can get $2,000 or more, all in 12 summer weeks. The next application deadline for Launch is October 9th at 11:59pm. Apply at

Madison House Program Director Application

Application Due: Friday, October 11 at 11:59 pm

We have two new program director positions on our team: Coordinating and Outreach. The Outreach Program Director will work to promote Summer Programs and connect us to many different organizations. The Coordinating Program Director will work more closely with the team to organize and facilitate the placement of volunteers and support the needs of volunteers and Program Directors. Both jobs will offer the opportunity to define these new roles and to see more behind the scenes work at Madison House. No previous experience at Madison House needed. To apply. If you have any questions please contact Caroline Hallowell.

Donald Payne International Development Fellowship

Application Deadline: Friday, November 1

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.

Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program

Application Deadline: Friday, November 8

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program partners undergraduate and recent graduate African-American students with some of the nation's top executives in the private sector to experience how public policy is influenced and developed at every level of the process. Through the Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program, students gain practical and meaningful work experience in a corporate setting and obtain first-hand experience working with organizations whose top priorities include diversity employment retention and internship to employment opportunities. Interns interact with senior-level business leaders, explore multifaceted business challenges, and build skills to prepare them for careers in corporate America.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Internship Opportunities

Application Deadline: Friday, November 8

CBCF's internship program prepares college students and young professionals to become the next generation of leaders in public service by giving them first hand leadership experience by working with and learning from members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other leaders in Washington, DC. Interns are exposed to processes that develop and implement national policies - from Capitol Hill to federal agencies. While in the internship, students work five days a week, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. Many alumni become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, informed advocates or return to their communities well-informed about politics, how to formulate legislation and policies, and with a network of peers.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Congressional Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Monday, December 13

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship and Internship programs equips early career-policy professionals who are committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service. The program is an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program which enables fellows to receive hands-on public policy training as full-time legislative aides and policy analysts. CBCF fellowship issue areas include: The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellowship; Energy; Energy & Environment; Health Policy; Woman & Health Sciences; Finance & Economic Policy; Technology & Cybersecurity; and Technology & Diversity.


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? 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 get funding towards tuition. Fellows commit to teaching in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area after graduation. For more information, visit or  contact Jaime Hawkins at


This Week in Black History

 Did you know…?  Diahann Carroll who was born Carol Diann Johnson; (July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019) was an American actress, singer, model and activist. She rose to prominence in some of the earliest major Hollywood studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones (1954), and Porgy and Bess (1959). In 1962, Carroll won a Tony Award for best actress, a first for a black woman, for her role in the Broadway musical, No Strings. Her 1968 TV debut in Julia was groundbreaking, as she was the first black woman who was not a domestic to star in a weekly program. She portrayed a single working, widowed mother. In 1974, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the film, Claudine. In the 1980s, she played the role of Dominique Deveraux, a mixed-race diva, in the prime time soap opera, Dynasty. Carroll was the recipient of numerous stage and screen nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series in 1968. Carroll died of cancer on October 4, 2019, in Los Angeles, aged 84. She is survived by her daughter and two grandchildren.

 Did you know…? Cynthia Erivo (January 8, 1987) is a British actress, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway musical, The Color Purple, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has also shared an Emmy Award with the cast of the Color Purple for Outstanding Musical Performance in Daytime Program. Erivo is also known for her performance as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in the UK tour of Sister Act. Erivo's film roles include the 2018 heist film, Widows, thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, and the 2019 biopic Harriet, in which she portrays Harriet Tubman. In spring 2020, Erivo will be seen as Aretha Franklin in the "Genius" anthology series television production.

Black History collage

OAAA Announcements & Services

New – OAAA Chemistry Tutoring!
Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row

“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 & Statistics 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 (


OAAA Biology Tutoring
Every Thursday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row

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

Harrison Undergraduate Research Award Information Sessions

Tuesday, October 15 - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm & Wednesday, October 16 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 202/203

Looking for funding for a research project? The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out this summer and next academic year. Approximately forty awards of up to $4,000 each will be granted on a competitive basis.  Come to one of these sessions to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and hear from previous recipients! You can learn more about other Office of Undergraduate Research workshops.


In the Community

Seeing Black: An Evening with Bayete Ross Smith

Wednesday, October 16 – 6:00-7:30 pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Bayete will be joined on stage by Kevin McDonald, UVA’s new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a conversation about black identity and representation. The event is sponsored by UVA Arts, the Bama Works Fund, Andy & Kelly Block Fundy and Ting Charlottesville.


‘When They See Us Screening’ Film Screening

Saturday, October 20 – 2:00 pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Join Mayor Walker and panelists for a viewing and community discussion of Ava DuVernay’s mini-series. Panelists will discuss our local criminal justice system and hear from people who have been impacted by it.


The 32nd Annual Virginia Film Festival

Thursday, October 23-Sunday, October 27 – various sites in Charlottesville

Tickets for the 2019 Virginia Film Festival are on sale! You can purchase tickets online,  visit  the UVA Arts Box Office or order by phone at 434-924-3376. Visit our Tickets page for box office hours, locations, and more! Not sure which films to choose? Take a look at our comprehensive Film Guide or Schedule for more information. All full-time UVA students can receive one complimentary ticket to all films, as available, made possible by the Art$ program.


YWLP Food & Supplies Drive

Saturday, October 26 – 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Kroger @ 2 locations: Barracks Road & Emmet and Hydraulic

The Young Women’s Leadership Program at UVA sponsors this annual community service project to learn about service and support the Charlottesville community. YWLP mentors and 7th grade students will collect donations for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (Barracks location) and supplies for the Shelter for Help in Emergency (Hydraulic location).

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.


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 commemorates the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia in 1619. UVA is a University Partner sponsoring the project.