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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

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:


Monday, October 21 & Thursday, October 24

The next tutoring session in the WEB DuBois Conference Room will be on: Monday, October 28

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, 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

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” - Malcolm X (Speech, Prospects for Freedom)

J. Usher

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Jonnae Usher is a third-year Kinesiology major from King George, Virginia.  She is an active participant in the OAAA Peer Advisor Program, and is the co-chair of the Selections Committee. Jonnae has also been involved with the OneWay InterVarsity Christian Fellowship organization, and worked as a volunteer assistant coach for a local middle school girls’ basketball team. On grounds, she is a student athletic trainer through the Sports Medicine volunteer program for the University's football team. This program provides her with great insight and hands on experience for a future career in sports medicine. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend an athletic training graduate program to become an Athletic Trainer for a Division I football or basketball program.

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

Malcolm X, originally named Malcolm Little, Muslim name el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was born May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S and died February 21, 1965, in New York, New York. He was an African American leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam who articulated concepts of race, pride, and black nationalism in the early 1960s. After his assassination, the widespread distribution of his life story— The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)—made him an ideological hero, especially among black youth. He founded the Nation’s newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, which he started printing in the basement of his home. Malcolm initiated the practice of requiring every male member of the Nation to sell an assigned number of newspapers on the street, as a recruiting and fund-raising technique. He also articulated the Nation’s racial doctrines on the inherent evil of whites and the natural superiority of blacks. The growing hostility between Malcolm and the Nation led to death threats and open violence against him. Malcolm was assassinated while delivering a lecture at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem; three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of the murder. He was survived by his wife, Betty Shabazz, whom he married in 1958, and six daughters.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Launch Applications | HackCville – Now Open!

Next Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 6 @ 11:59 pm

Applications are open now for HackCville's paid summer internship program, Launch. Get trained in software engineering, digital marketing, data science, user experience (UX) design, or business development this summer, then go rock a guaranteed internship. The cost of your training is covered and get paid $2,000 or more, summer 2020. Apply at


IDEA Fund Internship Position

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

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.

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


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.





This Week in Black History

Did you know…? August 20, 1619, twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. They were the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies. The arrival of "20 and odd" Africans in late August 1619 were captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista, while attempting to deliver its African prisoners to Mexico. Rolfe's reporting of the White Lion as a Dutch warship was a clever ruse to transfer blame away from the English for piracy of the slave ship to the Dutch. Some of the twenty-one Africans listed in the 1624 muster had European names. Four of the eleven Africans living at Flowerdew Hundred were identified by name: Anthony, William, John, and another Anthony. Three Africans resided at Jamestown, but only one was listed by name: a woman named Angelo (sometimes Angela), purchased by William Peirce.


Did you know…? On October 16, 1995, The Million Man March was held in Washington, D.C., as a "Day of Atonement and Reconciliation." The idea of National of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the march was designed as a call to black men to take charge of rebuilding their communities, and to show greater respect for themselves and devotion to their families. At the conclusion of the March, millions of men repeated a pledge given by Minister Farrakhan to focus on a personal commitment to be responsible and active to improve Black communities. Since that time, many of the men who assembled and took part have honored that oath and have worked tirelessly for their respective communities.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

New – OAAA Chemistry Tutoring 
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 – 4:00 pm-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 (


New – 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

Lecture: Eradicating Polio in Nigeria: The Role of State and Religious Actors in Healthcare Delivery
Monday, October 21 - 3:00 pm - Rotunda Dome Room
Join Professor Isaac Adewole, former Nigerian Minister of Health from 2015-2019, for this talk. During his tenure, polio was virtually eradicated in Nigeria. He was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice- Chancellor of University of Ibadan before his appointment as Minister. His research interests are HIV, human papillomavirus and gynecologic oncology such as ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer.


Study Abroad: The Ins & Outs – sponsored by the OAAA Peer Advisor Program

Monday, October 21 – 7:00 pm – Newcomb South Meeting Room

Join the International Studies Office and a student panel to learn about the many opportunities to study abroad during the semesters and January terms. Open to all!


Go Global: Make It Happen! Global Week at UVA

Monday, October 21– 4:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Find out about the Beinecke Scholarship that supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for students who have a history of receiving need-based financial aid. Apply as a third year. Visit Fellowship Series for details.  


Tuesday, October 22–1:30 pm–Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Fulbright Opportunities in Central Europe at 1:30pm in the Rotunda Multipurpose Room. Mr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission will talk about opportunities for the Fulbright US Student Award in Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.


Thursday, October 24 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm–Language Commons|New Cabell 298

Go Global: Making It Happen has scheduled information sessions and come-and-go opportunities to learn from representatives and past participants of the Gilman, Boren, Critical Language Scholarship, and Fulbright programs.


FLIP@UVA: Interest Meeting

October 21 & 22 – 5:00 pm-6:00 pm – Multicultural Student Center

Are you a first gen and/or low income student looking for a community on Grounds? Are you an ally seeking to learn more about the stories of FGLI students? Join FLIP@UVA! FLIP (First Gen/Low Income Partnership) will have their first interest meeting on 10/21 and 10/22 from 5-6pm in the Multicultural Student Center. Pizza and Insomnia provided! Contact Angel Monroe for more information.


"Poverty, Politics and Profit" Documentary Screening

Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm - Campbell Hall 158

Come and view this Frontline and NPR feature about the current affordable housing crisis in the US. Free food from ‘Roots’ will be provided after the screening!  Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues of inequality; the documentary highlights the importance of its advocacy in Charlottesville and the nation. 



The Promise of Adolescence: The Teen Years' Pivotal Opportunities

Wednesday, October 23, 12 noon-1:00 pm - Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium

Come to the John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture with UVA Professors Richard J. Bonnie, Joseph P. Allen, Joanna Lee Williams and Julia Taylor, who discuss a new National Academy of Medicine report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth (2019).


Podcasting 101 for Youth of Color Workshop

Saturday, October 26, 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm - WTJU Radio Studios, 2244 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, 22903

Locatora Radio will be hosting a workshop through their partnership with the Social Justice Through Creative Practice series.  Sign up here.

In the Community

Free Legal Clinic Counseling

Wednesday, October 23 - 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, UVA Women’s Center, 1400 University Avenue, 22903

The Women's Center Free Legal Clinic is staffed by local attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. The Clinic is designed to provide general legal counseling and information about legal options.An appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, e-mail or call 434-982-2361


The 32nd Annual Virginia Film Festival featuring films on Race in America

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

Over 150 films in 5 days! Tickets for the 2019 Virginia Film Festival are on sale now. 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.