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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:

Virginia General Election - Tuesday, November 5 – VOTE!

If you are a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S., or a service member, service member’s spouse, or eligible family member, you can register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Request for Absentee Ballot by Tuesday, October 29 – 5:00 pm

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FALL 2019

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

Saturday, November 9 – Homecoming Game: Virginia vs. Georgia Tech (Time: TBA) – Scott Stadium

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 – Fall degrees conferred (no ceremony)


Quote of the Week

“I believe in destiny. But I also believe that you can’t just sit back and let destiny happen. A lot of times, an opportunity might fall into your lap, but you have to be ready for that opportunity. You can’t sit there waiting on it. A lot of times you are going to have to get out there and make it happen.” – Spike Lee

R. Olson

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Rachel Olson is a third-year Religious Studies major on the pre-med track from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is the Vice President of Administrations for Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Health Honors Society, and the Academic Co-Chair for the OAAA Peer Advising Program. Rachel volunteers on the breakfast crew at The Haven, a low-barrier day shelter and social resource center in downtown Charlottesville. She also works at the Newcomb Hall Main Service Desk. Rachel is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and has received the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award for her biomedical research in the Pharmacology Department. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.

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

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia; the family later moved to Brooklyn, New York. He attended John Dewey High School in Brooklyn's Gravesend neighborhood. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle. He graduated with a B.A. in mass communication from Morehouse and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. Lee has been a key creative force in such films as She's Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Chi-Raq (2015), and BlacKkKlansman (2018). Lee also starred in ten of his films. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Student Academy Award, a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix. He has also received an Academy Honorary Award, an Honorary BAFTA Award, an Honorary César, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Lee and his wife, Tonya, have been married for over twenty years and have two children -- a daughter, Satchel, and a son, Jackson.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Virginia Civic Engagement Table Internship Opportunity: Data Intern
The Virginia Civic Engagement Table connects and strengthens Virginia’s progressive activists and nonprofits and builds diverse, progressive leadership for a better future for all Virginians. This position reports directly to VCET’s Technology and Field Manager. VCET’s headquarters is in Richmond, VA a satellite office in Newport News, VA Position to be filled as soon as possible. Interns are paid a stipend of $1000 a month and eligible for academic credit if applicable Email resumes to mail For more information about the position visit Virginia Civic Engagement Table.


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.

Launch Applications | HackCville – Now Open!
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


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.


Ridley Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: Saturday, November 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The Ridley Scholarship Fund will be awarding multiple Derek E. Brown scholarships to pre-medical and pre-dental UVA students this year. Up to eight awards of $3,000 each will be made. The award is intended to help students cover the cost of applying and interviewing for medical or dental school. Eligibility requirements: Third or Fourth-year African-American student applying for admission to medical/dental school; Demonstrated pursuit of admission to medical/dental school; Strong academic record with a cumulative GPA that makes him/her a viable candidate for medical/dental school; Preference given to male applicants that are Virginia residents.

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 @ 12:00 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


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.

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


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).



This Week in Black History

Did you know…?  In the 1920s, the great migration of blacks from the rural South to the urban North sparked an African–American cultural renaissance. It took its name from the New York City neighborhood of Harlem, but became a widespread movement in cities throughout the North and West. The Harlem Renaissance, also known as the Black Renaissance or the New Negro Movement, marked the first time that mainstream publishers and critics turned their attention seriously to African–American literature, music, art and politics. Blues singer Bessie Smith, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, bandleader Louis Armstrong, composer Duke Ellington, dancer Josephine Baker, and actor Paul Robeson were among the leading entertainment talents of the Harlem Renaissance. Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston were some of its most eloquent writers. Emerging black writers relied heavily on white–owned publications and publishing houses to distribute their work. In Harlem’s most famous cabaret, the Cotton Club, the preeminent black entertainers of the day also played to exclusively white audiences. With the onset of the Great Depression, organizations such as the NAACP and the National Urban League switched their focus from cultural efforts to the economic and political problems. The influence of the Harlem Renaissance had stretched around the world, opening the doors of mainstream culture to black artists and writers.



Did you know…?   The state legislature of Louisiana repealed the last racial classification law in the United States. The criterion for being classified as black was having 1/32nd Negro blood. At that time, not even half of one's ancestry needed to be African. In the South, it became known as the "one-drop rule,'' meaning that a single drop of "black blood" made a person black. Not only did the one-drop rule apply to blacks in the United States, but it also applied to no other nation in the world. In fact, definitions of who is black vary quite sharply from country to country. For this reason, some people in other countries often express dismay about our definition.



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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 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 (

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

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

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday - 6:30 pm – New Cabell Hall - Room 415

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.

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 Fridays
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship! 

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



Upcoming Events

Batten Hour: Carla Williams, UVA Director of Athletics
Monday, October 28, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm, Great Hall, Garrett Hall
In the short time since Carla Williams was named Virginia’s director of athletics in October of 2017, she has made an impact on the Cavaliers athletics landscape. Students and the public are welcome to attend this week’s edition of Batten Hour.

Don't Hurt Your Boo! Survivor Support Network training for students
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Ruffner 177
Want to be a true ally to survivors of gender-based violence? Sign up for this Survivor Support Network Training! Join a cross-Grounds network of students, faculty and staff who make visible support for victims at the University. Hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Tau Theta Chapter, and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center. RSVP to Claire at


Leadership: Courage during Times of Change with Pamela Sutton-Wallace
Thursday, October 31, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, BIMS 1023, McKim Hall
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at UVA Medical Center CEO Pamela Sutton-Wallace's professional and personal journey as she has navigated her career. She will share some of the powerful lessons learned, competencies required for professional success, and acts of courage taken as she made hard, life-changing decisions. Drawing on examples from her journey and experiences as a health care executive, she offers an inspirational message for especially for students, encouraging them to define and achieve their own successes.


Pancakes for Parkinson’s
Saturday, November 9 – 9:00 am-2:00 pm, UVA South Lawn
Celebrate UVA Homecoming Weekend and the beautiful fall weather at this outdoor brunch! Pancakes for Parkinson's is an annual UVA tradition, featuring free pancakes and toppings and performances by various UVA music and dance groups. All donations support Parkinson's Disease research and the search for a cure. For more info, visit


Peace Corps General Information Session
Thursday, November 14 - 5:00-6:00 pm - Hotel A, West Lawn
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this session to learn more! Visit for more information.


In the Community


Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 16 – 5:00 pm – Event Hall 1024 Carrington Place
Come to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and gather together with people of different backgrounds to celebrate community, promote awareness and understanding, and share fellowship. The dinner will include a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.  Registration is free and required. Any donations will benefit PACEM, a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for homeless individuals in our communityo are homeless. Share this invitation with your friends and RSVP at Eventbrite or by emailing to

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.