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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
Starts January 21 – 12:30 pm-2:00 pm – Each Tuesday
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:





Monday, January 20 – MLK Holiday - No Class

Monday, January 27 – Last Day to: Drop a Class, Add a Class, Select the AU (Audit) Option, Change to or from "Credit/No Credit" Option

Saturday, March 7 - Sunday, March 15Spring recess

Monday, March 16 – Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (done in SIS; paper forms due to 101 Monroe Hall BEFORE 5 PM)

Quote of the Week

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. -- Toni Morrison

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Congratulations to First Years!

Harambee II Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00 pm – Newcomb Hall Ballroom

The Office of African-American Affairs recognized first-year students who achieved academic honors during the 2019 fall semester at our annual program and resource fair this past Sunday. Countess Hughes, Assistant Director of Assignments in Housing and Residence Life, delivered the keynote talk. Representatives from various University and national programs met students to discuss academic and summer opportunities. A cake and punch reception immediately followed the program. It was a great event with a full ballroom!  


Sakyra Abbitt

Kendall Davis

Kendall Joseph-Pierrot

December Murphy

Olivia Shepard

Rofiat Abubakar

Nigal Davis

Bethlehem Judah

Jimmy Njuguna

Skye Shrader

Michael Acolatse

Cassandra Deering

Matthew Kalinowski

Natalie Nunez

Alisia Simmons

Leonardo Acosta

Maxine DeVeaux

Asta Kallo

Aala Omer

Gabriel Sirak

Tracy Agyemang

Khady Diop

Khalila Karefa-Kargbo

Samuel Opuni

Chloe Smith

Rajaah Alagib

Alexander Dixon

Aylla Keen

Karielys Ortiz

Lukas Spady

Michael Asare

Simone Dominique

Olivia Keenan

Deja Parker

Xavon Stanley

Lauren Askew

Chelsea Edwards

Salem Keleta

Madisen Patrick

Wala Suliman

Maxmine Ayompe-Mody

Zahra Edwards

Tatiana Kyle

Aaron Payne

Andrea Tache Lopez

Jordan Baker

Ruth Efrem

Keltoum Laghjibi

Alexis Payne

Jordan Taliaferro

Noelle Baptiste

Musheerah El-Amin

Kori Lea-Smith

Drew Pitter

Eliora Teddy

Collin Barbosa

Osama Elsayed-Ali

Leah Lee

Corvell Poag

Yasmin Teixeira

Sophia Benmhend

Adona Fasil

Chloe Leon

Samanta Pomier Jofre

Rebecca Tilahun

Samuel Berhanu

Yoseph Fasil

Garrison Lowe

Gabrielle Richardson

Angela VanTerpool

Samantha Boero

Alexis Foster

Tolliver Mance

Breanna Ricks

Jeremy Verley

Joseph Bonjawo Jr.

Bezawit Gashe

Ryland Maragh

Kathrya Ritter

Ava Viohl

Olivia Bray

Hannah Goldman

Milan Marsh

Amanda Roberts

Kyndall Walker

Noelani Brockett

Garvey Goulbourne

Alexandra Martin

Lily Roberts

Madeleine Waller

Denise Brookman-Amissah

Ryan Grant

Kierra Martin

Jared Rooker

Jaylah Webb

Zyahna Bryan

Peyton Hamlett

Nyjae Martin

Joseph Rousseau

Talia Weston

Jacquelyn Bryant

Kennedy Harmon

Gabrielle Mashkouri

Alahna Sabbakhan

Cayla White

Gabrielle Buckle

Liana Harris

Kayla Massenburg

Reem Saifudin

Kiana Wilkins

Cecilia Cain

Naomi Harris

Brian Mbogo

Nabeeha Sajjad

Alexis Willis

Kya Carrington

Kyndal Harrison

Luke McGeough

Juan Salgado

Berkeley Winston

Darrion Chandler

Fatima Hassan

Esther Mensah

Rawan Salih

Sean Wood

Amani Clark

Destinee Howell

Ayanna Millner

Joseph Sam

Ephrata Yohannes

Chase Coleman

Shamir Ibar

Sumaya Mohammed

Ida Sampson

Angel Young

Miles Crosby

Chioma Illoh

Kandace Moore

Asher Saunders

Monica Youssef

Kamryn Crowder

Zainab Jaffa

Thomas Mossburg

Daniel Sawyer Jr.


Nylah Custalow

Vanessa Joachim

Martha Mosweta

Stephanie Shalita



Lucas Addis

Akirah Epps

Kelena Lewis-Matthews

Derek Rodriguez

Betsy Agyeman

Alexis Ferguson

Paola Linares

Kaitlyn Rodriguez

Jordan Allen

Makayla Foust

Anwar Longi

Ornazia Rodriguez

Anjali Amazigo

Jacob Freeman

Jessiah Lucien

David Salzberg

Hannah Anderson

Madison Gardner

Sidney Matlock

Eltina Sankoh

JaShaun Anderson

Amani Gary

Kailen Mayfield

Davis Scott

Michael Andrews

Taylor Gibson

Justin McKoy

Jada Seaman

Abena Appiah-Ofori

Addison Glenn

Anisa Mohamed

JaLynn Smith

Charis Armah

Karla Gonzalez

Awsam Mohamed Alameen

Ann Sofo

Tamar Ayalew

Angela Grey-Theriot

Jonathan Mondrey Jr.

Joshua St. Hill

Q Ayilara

Calayjia Hamlin

Trinity Moore

Alexis Stokes

Oluwatosin Bakare

Christina Harris

Samantha Natour

Abigail Thomas

Salimatou Balde

Kareem Hassan

Oliver Nicholson Jr.

Joel Valentin

Nakol Bennam

Kayla Hendrick

Folasayo Obajuluwa

Lindsey Vassallo

Brandon Bonner

Selam Herring

Abiola Ogunkoya

Maria Vizcaino

Sierra Bradford

Michael Hollins Jr.

Udhedheoghene Ojile

Taja Washington

Kyra Brooks

Daeja Hopkins

Charity Olagunju

Ethan Weatherspoon

Taylor Bryan

Dylan Horton

Bashshar Osman

Cameron Weisfeld

Isaiah Byrd

Jaquay Hubbard

Janel Owusu

Amanda Wilson

Amanda Campbell

Cameron Hughes

Ti'Asia Parker

Olivia Wimbish

Kennedy Carter

Autumn Jefferson

Kayla Phanor

Izzudeen Yahia

Diamonique Chambers

Mackenzie Joseph

Ar'Monii Price


Reima Choute

Aaron Kabani

Khaliah Purvis


Lauren Dalban

Hailey Kancherla

Caleb Reeves


Sabiya Davis

Alec Korsah

Abel Ressom


Thara Desrosiers

Alicia Land

Amaya Reynolds


Chijindu Ene

Davon Lewis

Makeenie Robinson


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

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931) was an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved, which was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. Morrison was also commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. Morrison died on August 5, 2019, from complications of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Diversifying Psychology Visit Day – Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 23 at 5:00 pm

This event is for research-oriented third and fourth year students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups (e.g., students who identify as a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial minority or who are the first in their family to attend college) who want to learn more about getting a doctoral degree in psychology and the Psychology Department at UVA. Accepted students will have their travel, meal, and hotel costs covered to spend the day visiting the department on April 10, 2020. Students who applied last year, but were not invited to the visit day are encouraged to apply again. Questions? Email Dr. Noelle Hurd, Associate Professor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion or Alexis Stanton, Graduate Student and Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Fellow.

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF)

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

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

Writing Submissions Due by: Monday, February 3

NGIC Student Internship (StudINT) Program is now accepting applications for six intern positions. Interns will serve in a developmental Intelligence Specialist role with a team of scientists, engineers, and analysts. Applicants must be full-time students and eligible to obtain a top-secret clearance. Note: this process can take up to a year. Please direct questions to Tiffany Lynch at 434-980-7688.

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. 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 by visiting the SFS portal. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Parents Fund Committee spring meeting on Friday, April 12, 2019. Recipients should be available to attend a reception on the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2019. Email Anna Patchias, at the UVA Parents Fund, with any questions.


Paid summer internships in Public History
Apply now through Friday, February 28

Paid internships at national parks, museums, historic sites, libraries, digital databases, and archives at UVA and in central Virginia. Undergrads, May grads, and grad students eligible. Employers seek expertise in history (especially African American), architectural history, public policy, education—and skills in writing, research, and digital media. Undergrads paid up to $12.50/hr. and grads up to $16/hr. Employers include the National Park Service, Monticello, and the President’s Commission on the Age of Segregation. For more information or contact Prof. Lisa Goff


2020 UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 5

The 2020 program is Sunday May 31 – Monday, July 13. UVA-SMLP builds on the success of 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. For more information, Apply now!


2020 UVa Library (High School) Summer Internship program.  

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1

Please note: reference letters are required with the application.  Please submit reference letters and applications as one pdf. An application without an accompanying reference letter will be considered incomplete, and the committee will not review incomplete applications.  Please return the completed application to your high school guidance counselor by March 1, 2020. Your counselor should submit this application and one reference. If you have questions about this application or the internship, please contact Phylissa Mitchell, Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility or Ashley Hosbach

IDEA Fund Internship Position

Interns support 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 that? Dr. Shirley Jackson (August 5, 1946) is an American physicist who received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics at MIT. In addition to her lengthy list of academic achievements, she also has created an impressive number of inventions. Her experiments with theoretical physics paved the way for numerous developments in the telecommunication space including the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting, and the fiber-optic cable. Today, Dr. Shirley Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Did you know that? Elijah McCoy (May 2, 1844–October 10, 1929) Often regarded as one of the most famous black inventors, McCoy was credited for 50 inventions over the span of his career. McCoy devised a method of automating the task of  improvingi efficiency and eliminating the frequent stopping necessary for lubrication of trains. In 1872, he developed a “lubricating cup” that could automatically drip oil when and where needed — vital in avoiding sticking to the track. The lubricating cup was successful and orders for it came in from railroad companies all over the country. It was so popular that when other inventors attempted to steal his idea and sell their own versions of the device, companies were not fooled. They insisted on the authentic device, calling it “the Real McCoy.” McCoy died in the Eloise Infirmary in Detroit, Michigan, on October 10, 1929. at age 85. He is buried at Detroit Memorial Park East in Warren, Michigan.


Did you know that? Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman born in Baltimore, Maryland on a farm where she lived with her husband and five children. She had died from an aggressive form of cervical cancer n 1951, a few months after her tumor cells were  harvested without her knowledge. The cells, dubbed HeLa, were brought to the lab of Dr. George Gey, and used to study diseases such as measles, mumps, HIV, and Ebola. They were also used for polio and HPV—where a cure and vaccine were created. Gey distributed the cells to facilities around the world, where 6 trillion cells were being created a week…all without the family’s knowledge or consent. In March 2013, researchers published the DNA sequence of the genome of a strain of HeLa cells. The Lacks family was made aware of this from Rebecca Skloot, author of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In 2017, HBO premiered a television film, starring Oprah Winfrey, based on Skloot’s book.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Announcements & Services

 “Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study Sessions with OAAA Peer Advisors – Spring 2020

Every Monday through Thursday – 4:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Cultural Center – Starts Tuesday, January 21st

Starting Soon! Tutoring for Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & Statistics - all Sessions will be in the WW.E.B. DuBois Conference Room

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! 




Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at UVA

Winter Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, January 23 – 11:00 am - 3:00 pm – Newcomb South Meeting & Commonwealth Rooms

For details visit

2020 Spring Job and Internship Fair (Engineering and University-wide Career Fair)

Wednesday, January 29 & Thursday, January 30, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm – Newcomb Hall (Student Center)

Recruiters from corporate, government, education and non-profit organizations will attend this event to discuss full-time and/or internship opportunities with UVA students from all schools and majors. This event provides an excellent opportunity to initiate, or expand upon, your recruitment efforts as you interact with students who represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.


Spring Workshop Series – Every Tuesday, 4:00 pm – Clemons Library Room 204

Sponsored by the University’s  Office of Undergraduate Research, click here for information on the first three information sessions that highlight several upcoming research opportunities!


Double Hoo Award Information Session

Tuesday, January 21, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Clemons Library Room 204 

Have an idea for a Double Hoo research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Double Hoo Research Grant. The grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate/graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year.


Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant Award Information Session

Tuesday, January 21, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Clemons Library Room 202/203

Have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants (CBURG) and hear from previous recipients. CBURG provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors. Come to this session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and hear from previous recipients!


Audition for Twelfth Night!
Interest Meetings: Monday, January 21 – 7:00 pm – New Cabell 232 & Monday, January 27 – 7:00 pm – New Cabell 309.
Auditions: Thursday, January 30 – 5:30-10:00 pm, Friday, January 31 – 3:00-5:00 pm, & Saturday, February 1 – 1:00-6:00 pm - Lawn Room 7

Explore gender performance and sexual orientation through one of Shakespeare's best comedic works.My concept applies the aesthetics of 1950s advertisements and media in order to more prominently explore gender performance and sexual orientation throughout the play. If that sounds like something you would enjoy, you should audition! No previous experience is required to participate. If you'd rather work behind the scenes, we're currently looking for a technical director and designers. Contact Name: Avery Erskine if that interests you! Prepare a 1-minute monologue is encouraged but not required, and if you are interested in the role of Feste/Clown, please prepare 16 bars of a 50s-style song (think Ella Fitzgerald or Ray Charles). Sign up for a 15-minute slot using the attached link! If you're still on the fence about auditioning, come to one of our interest meetings.

ACC Meeting of the Minds Information Session
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Clemons Library Room 204 

The 2020 ACC Meeting of the Minds undergraduate research conference is on March 20-22, 2020 at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Campus. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply to represent the University of Virginia at this annual Atlantic Coast Conference undergraduate research conference. All expenses will be covered. Come to this session to learn more about the conference and how to apply!

Fellowships Series – Every Monday – 4:00 pm – Rotunda Multipurpose Room

This is a great opportunity for first and second year students to learn about these programs. It is important that students start NOW to plan so that they can prepare and take advantage of summer advising programming. Third and fourth years, graduate and professional students, and area alumni can attend  sessions on the UK Awards, Pickering/Rangel/Payne, Asia Awards, and the Fulbright US Student Award. Second years should note the Truman and STEM Awards (includes Goldwater). See the full schedule for details.

Fulbright Forum

Wednesday, February 19 – 5:00 pm – Special Collections Library Auditorium

The Fulbright Forum is an opportunity to hear about the experiences of Fulbright recipients during a panel discussion and informal reception. The Fulbright is an excellent fellowship for any US citizen willing to spend a year abroad after graduation. There are awards for graduate study, research, service, teaching, creative arts, and more. RSVP here

In the Community

Community Matters Dinner Series

Starts Tuesday, January 21 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Blue Moon Diner on Main Street

Join this weekly dinner where students and community members have the opportunity fellowship and discuss of relevant community issues. Dinner seats are limited to the first 15 students who sign up by 12:00 Noon the day of the dinner. Students will receive a confirmation email if they can attend. For more information, contact


The 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

Sunday, January 26 – 5:00 pm - Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at CHS

This year’s event commemorating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will include the Rev. Dr. Harry Blake of Shreveport, LA as guest speaker. Dr. Blake was a co-worker of Dr. King and is the former pastor of the Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. The celebration will also include the MLK Community Choir. Registration is open at Co-sponsored by King Community Celebration, City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, University of Virginia, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.

For more information, see


Frederick Douglass Day

Friday, February 14 – various sites and times

Frederick Douglass was a tireless advocate for spoke on voting rights and women’s suffrage   After his death in 1895, African American communities across the United States now celebrate his life and legacy with a day of celebration. The Colored Convention website provides a template for hosting Douglass Day events and community outreach programs.

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.