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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 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:



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

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

“This land, which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and the gospel is free.” Richard Allen

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

 Deborah E. McDowell, Ph.D. who joined the English department faculty in 1987, holds the Alice Griffin Professorship and directed the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies since 2008. She has worked to elevate and expand African-American and African studies on Grounds through courses and programs for the University and surrounding communities. A first-generation college student, she has launched the academic careers of a new generation of young scholars through the Woodson Institute. Under her leadership, the institute gained departmental status in 2017. McDowell is also a noted scholar, author and editor of African-American literature for both academic and general audiences,  Her book publications include “Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin,” about growing up in Bessemer, Alabama (1997); “‘The Changing Same’: Studies in Fiction by African-American Women” (1994); and “The Punitive Turn: Race, Prisons Justice and Inequality,” co-edited with Claudrena Harold and Juan Battle. She is also the recipient of numerous University honors, including the Zintl Leadership Award, and was the May 2017 keynote speaker at the Final Exercises for graduates of .the College of Arts and Sciences.

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

 Richard Allen (February 14, 1760 – March 26, 1831) was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent black denomination in the United States. Elected the first bishop of the AME Church in 1816, Allen focused on organizing a denomination in which free blacks could worship without racial oppression and slaves could find a measure of dignity. He worked to upgrade the social status of the black community, organizing Sabbath schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies. Following the 1826 and 1829 race riots in Cincinnati, where whites had attacked blacks and destroyed their businesses, Allen brought together black representatives from seven states to Philadelphia. The 1830 meeting was the beginning of an organizational effort known as the Negro Convention Movement, part of 19th-century institution building in the black community. Allen died at home in Philadelphia on March 26, 1831. He is buried at the church that he founded; his grave remains on the lower level.

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

Gray-Carrington Scholarship Award

Deadline: Friday, November 15 by 11:59 pm

The Gray-Carrington Committee seeks nominations from the University community for its annual memorial scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit the traits that Gray and Carrington brought to the University: PERSONAL INTEGRITY, ACHIEVEMENT, LEADERSHIP, and HUMILITY. Academics and extracurricular activities are also considered. The award winner is announced at the Alumni Association’s awards ceremony each spring. Please submit your letters of nomination, detailing how someone best exemplifies these characteristics, to the Gray-Carrington Nominating Committee, Room 37 West Lawn or by email to Gray-Carrington Scholarship Award.  You may nominate any non-graduating student. 

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 7, 1989 – There were two African-American firsts in politics: In New York, former Manhattan borough president David Dinkins, a Democrat, was elected New York City’s first African-American mayor. In Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Douglas Wilder, also a Democrat, became the first elected African-American state governor in American history. Although Wilder was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the governor’s post, he was not the first African-American to hold that office. That distinction belongs to Pinkney Benton Stewart Pinchback, a Reconstruction-era lieutenant general of Louisiana, who became Louisiana state governor in December of 1872.


 Did you know…? November 13, 1951 - First African-American dancer appears with the Metropolitan Opera Company. In 1951, Janet Collins won the Donaldson Award for best dancer on Broadway for her work in Cole Porter's  “Out of This World.” She also performed in the operas Aida, Carmen, and was the first Black ballerina to dance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. However, she could not tour with the troupe in parts of the Deep South because of her race. In later life, Collins taught modern dance at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York City, and at the Manhattan Ville College in Purchase, New York. She struggled repeatedly against racism and paved the way for many classical and modern ballerinas who perform today.

Black History collage

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

Upcoming Events at UVA


Toward a Paradigm Shift in Education, Research and Teaching: Morally Engaged Scholarship for Human Freedom with Dr. Joyce E. King

Monday, November 11 - 4:00 pm-5:30 pm – Bavaro, Holloway Hall

Noted activist scholar and educator Dr. Joyce King will discuss the need for an epistemological paradigm shift in education research, theory and practice, grounded in the black intellectual tradition. Refreshment and reception to follow.

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? 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.  Free and open to the public.  Lunch provided.

OAAA Peer Advisor Informational Sessions

Tuesday, November 12 – 7:00 pm – Ruffner 177 & Wednesday, November 13 – 7:00 pm – Ruffner 177

The OAAA Peer Advisor Program is holding informational sessions for first, second and third year Black students who are interested in becoming Peer Advisors for the 2020-2021 academic year. At the session, a panel of current peer advisors will share their experiences.

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.


Sorority Life Interest Meeting

Tuesday, November 19 – 8:00 pm – Newcomb's Commonwealth

Are you interested in joining a sorority at UVA? Come to our last info session on November 19th at 8pm in Newcomb's Commonwealth room! We will have information regarding the recruitment process and answer any questions you may have. Maggie Chamberlain

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

Early Childhood Funders Policy Convening

Tuesday, December 3 – Panel Discussion: 10:00 am-11:30 am; Optional Advocacy Training: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – African American Heritage Center

Join local early childhood leaders, experts, and advocates to understand the importance of investing in early childhood. Come learn about priorities and legislative action moving forward at the state and local levels.  These pathways will foster a strong, equitable future for all of Central Virginia's children. RSVP Required: Deadline to register is Monday, November 25.

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.