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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

This is the last fall 2019 semester edition --- have a great holiday break!

 OAAA E-Weekly will resume publishing in January 2020.


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: 



OAAA Reading Day Refresh

Thursday, December 12 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - #4 Dawson’s Row -- Main Office

Join the OAAA staff and students from across Grounds for a study break on the first Reading Day – computer lab open. Food from Wayside! The LPJ Center will be also open from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm for student studying and informal gathering. 



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

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 am an invisible man...I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible; understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” - Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)

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Spotlight on Student Achievements

Congratulations to the students who have completed the 5th annual fall OAAA GradSTAR Personal Branding Seminar Series!  Halinta Diablo, Madison Gardner, Booker Johnson, Indera Johnson, Litrele Linder, Dominique Mallory, Natalie Nunez and Cecile Smith celebrated their success recently at a recognition dinner in the Garden Room with Deans Maurice Apprey and Patrice Grimes. In this 5-week program, students polished their resumes and presentation skills for future internship and job attainment.  For the past 10 years, OAAA/GradSTAR has promoted student success through undergraduate tutoring, mentoring and professional development programs.

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

 Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914-April 16, 1994) was American writer who won eminence with his first novel, the Invisible Man, published in 1952.  Another novel, Flying Home and Other Stories, was published posthumously in 1996. He left a second novel unfinished at his death; later, it was published, in a much-shortened form, as Juneteenth in 1999. Ellison also published two collections of essays: Shadow and Act (1964), and Going to the Territory (1986). He lectured widely on black culture, folklore, and creative writing and also taught at various colleges and universities in the United States.

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. For more information about the position, visit Virginia Civic Engagement Table.

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.

African American Teaching Fellows

Applications Open in December 2019

Application Due by: Friday, January 31 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

Writing Submissions Due by: Monday, February 3

NGIC Student Internship (StudINT) Program is now collecting resumes for six intern 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, and 2) 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.

The UVA Parents Fund Scholarships

Student Financial Services portal opens on Tuesday, February 4

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 midnight

The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarships are awarded to rising third-year students who have a demonstrated record of citizenship, leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. These two $7,500 (i.e., $3,750 per semester) annual scholarships cover a portion of tuition and fees for the recipients’ third and fourth years. Rising third-year students who wish to apply may do so beginning on February 4, 2019 by visiting the SFS portal Letters of recommendation may come from anyone, however, we recommend asking a UVA professor or dean to write about your citizenship, leadership, and/or academic achievement. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Parents Fund Committee spring meeting on Friday, April 12, 2019. Applicants are advised to be available to attend a reception on the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2019, if possible, in the event that they are selected. Email Anna Patchias, at the UVA Parents Fund, with any questions.

2020 UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 5

The 2020 program runs from Sunday May 31 – Monday, July 13. UVA-SMLP builds on the success of the previous summer medical academic enrichment programs [Medical Academic Advancement Program (MAAP) and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)]. The goal: to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them for medical school admission & future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. SMLP is under the direction of Dr. Taison Bell. Dr. Bell is the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine as well as the Assistant Director of the Medical ICU. For more information, Apply now!

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…?    Allensworth was the first all-black Californian Township, founded and financed by African Americans. Created by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient city where African Americans could live their lives free of racial prejudice. At its peak in the early 1920s, Allensworth had as many as 300 residents. Agriculture dominated the economy of Allensworth as several farmers moved in or near the township. In 1925, the lack of irrigation plagued the town’s water supply that led to Allensworth’s demise. On May 14, 1976, the California State Parks and Recreation Commission approved plans to develop the Colonel Allensworth Historic Park on the central portion of the town. 



 Did you know…?  The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was an all-black battalion of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and the only all-black, all-female battalion overseas during World War II. The group was nicknamed "Six Triple Eight" and their motto was "No mail, no morale." The battalion was organized into five companies as a self-sufficient unit. In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune worked to get the support of first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, for "a role for black women in the war overseas." The Battalion was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during their service. On February 25, 2009, the Battalion was honored at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Three former unit members attended including Alyce Dixon, Mary Ragland, and Gladys Shuster Carter. On November 30, 2018, Fort Leavenworth dedicated a monument to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. Maybelle Campbell, Elizabeth Johnson, Lena King, Anna Robertson and Deloris Ruddock were also present at the dedication.

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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

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

2019 Annual Lighting of the Lawn (LOL)

Thursday, December 5th – 7:00 pm performances - 9:00 pm light show

Join UVA students, faculty, staff and the Charlottesville community for this annual end-of-semester event.

LOL began 17 years ago to remember those affected by the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center & Pentagon attacks, and to bring the University community together. For details, see

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

In the Community

6th Annual Santa Fun Run & Walk

Sunday, December 8th – 11:00 am-12:00 noon – Spring Pavilion @ the Downtown Mall

Take a break from final papers and exam prep and join this one-mile fun run/walk. A portion of the registration fee will benefit Arc of the Piedmont. For more information, visit


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.