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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

Next OAAA E-Weekly: Monday, December 2nd 

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Break!


OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
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

"One day, our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin, or the shape of our eyes, or our gender, instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings." - Franklin Thomas

B. Jacobs

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Briana Jacobs is a third year nursing major from Virginia Beach, Virginia with an interest in labor & delivery and pediatric nursing. She's a 2019-2020 Peer Advisor in the Office of African American Affairs, she serves on the Executive Board. Her key role is co-chairing the Orientation and Bonding initiative, by supporting and counseling Black first year and transfer students as they transition to the University.  On Grounds, she is also a Resident Advisor, a member of the Committee of Multiculturalism of Housing and Residence Life, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.  In the community, she volunteers at a local elementary school. After graduation, she plans to  attend graduate school and become a Certified Nurse Midwife or a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 

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

Franklin Augustine Thomas (born May 27, 1934) is an American businessman and philanthropist. Thomas graduated from Columbia University, where he was a star basketball player and team captain. In 1963, he graduated from Columbia Law School. Thomas worked as an attorney for the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency (now HUD) in 1963 and was named the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 1965, he became the first African-American to serve as the Deputy Police Commissioner in Charge of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department. He was president and CEO of the Ford Foundation from 1979 until 1996. Since leaving the foundation, Thomas has served in many   non-profit and corporate leadership positions, including the September 11 Fund, the Friends of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Cummins, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Alcoa, CBS, and PepsiCo Inc.

Opportunites with Deadlines

The Virginia Civic Engagement Table Internship Opportunity: Data Intern

The Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET) 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, with 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 For more information about the position, visit Virginia Civic Engagement Table.

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

Applications Open in December 2019

Application Due by: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

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.

2022 NGIC Student Internship (StudINT) Program

Resumes must be submitted to the S-1 internship mailbox address by: Friday, December 31, 2019.

Writing Submissions Due by: Monday, February 3, 2020

NGIC Student Internship (StudINT) Program is now collecting resumes for six ntern positions and many interested candidates. Interns will serve in a developmental Intelligence Specialist role working alongside a team of fellow scientists, engineers, and analysts to support NGIC's primary mission--to produce and disseminate scientific and technical intelligence and military capabilities analysis on foreign ground forces. Criteria: 1) Applicants must be full-time students to serve as interns, and2) Applicants must be eligible to obtain a top secret clearance; this process can take up to a year. Please direct questions to Tiffany Lynch at 434-980-7688.

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 to 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 18, 1964 - FBI Director J. Edgar Hooer calls Martin Luther King the “Most Notorious Liar” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover made headlines by calling Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the “most notorious liar in the country." Hoover made the comment in front of a group of female journalists ahead of King’s trip to Oslo, Norway, where he received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Hoover was trying to publicly discredit King, as the agency  sent King an anonymous letter threatening to expose the civil rights leader’s extramarital affairs.


 Did you know…?  November 20, 1923 - Garrett Morgan Patents Three-Position Traffic Signal. The U.S. Patent Office grants Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaperman Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. Although Morgan’s was not the first traffic signal (one had been installed in London in 1868), it was still an important innovation. Having a third light position in addition to “stop” and “go,” regulated crossing vehicles more safely than the earlier signals.

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


NEW! OAAA Organic Chemistry Tutoring
Every Wednesday – 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

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. We will have information regarding the recruitment process and answer any questions you may have. Maggie Chamberlain

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

Online Info Session – Tuesday, November 19 – 7:00 pm

All UVA students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating before August 2020 to discuss careers in community organizing. DART organizations accommodate low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers, to apply. RSVP at Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer or 202-841-0353. Positions start January 13, 2020 in: KANSAS: Lawrence INDIANA: Evansville FLORIDA: St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakeland, West Palm Beach Positions start August 10, 2020 in: KENTUCKY: Lexington, Louisville; INDIANA: Evansville; FLORIDA: St. Petersburg, Tampa, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, Lakeland, West Palm Beach; KANSAS: Lawrence; SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston. Starting salary $39,064/year + benefits.

In the Community

Early Childhood Funders Policy Conference

Deadline to register: Monday, November 25 - RSVP Required

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.

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.