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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
November 5, 12 & December 3,  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.

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New Spring 2020 Course: EDHS 5400: Youth Sociopolitical Development: Foundations, Theory, and Application

Mondays, 3:30 pm – 6:00pm – DELL 2 / Room 100, Prof. Chauncey Smith

Do you want to learn how to create solutions to issues facing youth in our communities? Sociopolitical development (SPD) is a process that youth use to understand and navigate systemic oppression in their world. SPD involves community dialogue, civic activism, and collective hope. This course focuses on the experiences of youth from minoritized and marginalized backgrounds, especially youth of color, and introduces students to youth participatory action research methods. For more information, contact Dr. Chauncey Smith

New Spring 2020 University Seminar: Co-create UVA: Reimagining Teaching and Learning Together

Are you interested in: shaping teaching and learning at UVA? making UVA classes more equitable, welcoming and engaging? helping professors become more sensitive to students’ diverse life experiences and concerns?  Co-create UVA is a small, highly interactive University Seminar that offers collaboration opportunities with UVA faculty to help improve teaching and learning at UVA. The course also prepares you to be a competitive candidate for a paid student position at UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence or with UVA Acts teaching and learning at UVA.



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 freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” Harriet Tubman

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Chauncey Smith, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. His research centers on Black adolescents' sociopolitical development in school and after-school program contexts. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Morehouse College, he is affiliated with the Youth-Nex Center and the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. His current work examines the ways in which Black boys from middle class backgrounds make meaning of their school environment, their experiences of racial discrimination in school, and their relationships with peers. He is teaching a new spring 2020 course -- EDHS 5400: Youth Sociopolitical Development: Foundations, Theory, and Application -- that is open to all UVA students.

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

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia and then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. One group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger." After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, she helped guide fugitives farther north into British North America, and helped newly freed slaves find work. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. In her later years, she retired to the family home on property she had purchased in 1859 in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She was active in the women's suffrage movement, until she fell ill and was admitted to a home for elderly African Americans. After her death in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom. A full length feature movie on her life story debuts in November 2019.

Opportunites with Deadlines

New: Virginia College Advising Corps is hiring now!

Priority Application Deadline: Friday, November 15

Regular Application Deadline:  Monday, February 3

The Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) recruits, trains and places recent college graduates in Virginia high schools to serve as full-time college advisers. A VCAC advisor guides students and their families through college planning, preparation, application and financial aid processes with a particular focus on helping first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students find their “best fit” post-secondary option – whether technical, two-year, four-year, public or private school. For more information: Contact Name: Alex Johnston


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 is awarding multiple Derek E. Brown scholarships to pre-medical and pre-dental UVA students --up to eight awards of $3,000 each The award helps students cover the cost of applying to 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 competitive, cumulative GPA. Preference given to male applicants who 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…? November 11, 1831 - Nat Turner was executed in Virginia. Turner, a slave and educated minister, believed that he was chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery. With seven followers, Turner traveled across the countryside, hoping to rally hundreds of slaves to join his insurrection. Only a few miles from Jerusalem (VA), Turner and all of his followers were dispersed, captured, or killed. Turner himself was not captured until the end of October, 1831. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. On November 11, he was hanged.

 Did you know…? November 12, 1914 – Newspaper publisher, businessman and civil rights leader William Monroe Trotter confronts President Woodrow Wilson in the White House over President Wilson’s 1913 support of imposed racial segregation in federal agencies. Civil rights groups met with Wilson at the White House to protest this action. In another meeting on this same day, Boston activist William Monroe Trotter engaged in an angry confrontation with Wilson, and was asked to leave the White House. Wilson had a very poor record on race relations, despite the urging of many prominent people to re-consider his position.

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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.  
or 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

Upcoming Events at UVA


Friday, November 8 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm – Rouss & Robertson Halls

Interested in joining the McIntire community and succeeding at the Commerce School? All prospective first- and second-year female students are invited to Days at McIntire, an annual women’s recruitment event. See what Commerce life is like by sitting in on a class, talking to McIntire faculty, staff and current students, learning about life in and out of the classroom, and meeting alumnae over lunch! Please register by Monday, November 4 or contact Sadie Royal Collins for more information. Dress code is smart casual (e.g. polished yet relaxed attire; jeans and a work-appropriate top).

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 & toppings with 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

Virginia Humanities Fellow Sonya Donaldson ​Presents, “Singing the Nation Into Being: The ‘Black National Anthem’ and the Politics of Performance”

Tuesday, November 12 – 12:00 pm - 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville

What can videos and metadata tell us about Black subjectivities, nation, and diaspora?  What might we gain by considering performances as part of an ephemeral archive? Donaldson’s presentation is a digital  humanities project that curates performances  of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice  and Sing” (also known as “The Black National  Anthem”). She analyzes how digital  materials constitute sites of​ knowledge that inform ideas about Black identity formation at  the nexus of race, gender, diaspora, and  nation.​ Free and open to the public.  Lunch provided.

Peace Corps General Information Session

Thursday, November 14 - 5:00 pm -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 while serving others. 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 community 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.