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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 Peer Advisor (PA) Program Application

Recommendations will be received as "on time" until Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 pm.  Recommendations can dropped off in person, or sent from the recommender's email address to: oaaapaprogram. For questions, please contact Natasha Coleman, Senior PA for External Affairs. Notice of advancement to the next round will still occur by Friday, February 7, and Interviews will take place on Saturday, February 15 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please place a hold on your calendar now in anticipation of an interview.



OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
Tuesdays – 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:






Monday, January 27 – Last Day to: drop or add a class, choose the AU (Audit) Option, or 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)

Tuesday, April 14 – Last Day to withdraw from the University and return for fall 2020 semester

Tuesday, April 28 – Courses end

Wednesday, April 29 - Reading Day

Thursday, April 30 - Friday, May 8 – Reading Days

Sunday, May 3 & Wednesday, May 6 - Finals Weekend

Friday, May 15 – OAAA 16th Annual Donning of the Kente Ceremony, Old Cabell Hall

Saturday, May 16 – Final Exercises Weekend



Quote of the Week

 “Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.”--Barbara Jordan

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Ivana Daniels is a fourth year student in the College of Arts and Sciences from Richmond, VA, and is double majoring in Biology and Religious Studies. In summer 2019, was an intern through Hospital Corporation of America, observing and doing research with multiple medical specialties. She also interned at the NASA Langley Research Center, where as a Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholar, she conducted independent research on radiation and contamination during spaceflight. On Grounds, Ivana is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Second VP), Black Voices Gospel Choir (President), ReMix Acapella Group (Treasurer), the Black Student Alliance, Madison House Medical Services, an Old Cabell Hall House Manager, and a Senior Peer Advisor in the OAAA/PA Program. She plans to go to medical school and become an anatomical pathologist or radiologist. One day, she would like to be an astronaut or a primary mission specialist, focusing on the biological factors of spaceflight. After graduation this spring, she will return to the NASA Langley Research Center to be a Lab Specialist.

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

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American lawyer, educator, and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first African American, in the Democratic Party to be elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She was best known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon.  Jordan was also the first African-American and woman  to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many honors. She was also a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1978 to 1980. Jordan died at the age of 59 due to complications from pneumonia on January 17, 1996, in Austin, Texas. She was the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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.

VA – NC Alliance 2020 Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1

Selected undergraduate students from VA – NC Alliance partner institutions (like UVA) are paired with STEM faculty mentors on-Grounds and off-Grounds in order to conduct research.  This opportunity is ideally designed for students seeking their first research experience. Students selected to conduct research on-Grounds receive a stipend of $4,200 (divided up into installments) and free housing in a dorm.  Professional development and social opportunities will also be provided to summer researchers. Please contact Maurice Walker (Program Coordinator, VA – NC Alliance) at 434.982.0310 if you have any questions. 

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.

Virginia College Advising Corps

Application Deadline: Monday, February 3

Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) is now hiring. VCAC recruits, trains and places recent college graduates to serve as full-time college advisers in Virginia high schools that have high percentages of low-income, underrepresented and first-generation-college students. These near-peer college advisers guide 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. VCAC currently serves 46 high schools across the commonwealth with plans to increase. If interested, apply. Contact Alex Johnston for more information.

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 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

The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarships

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 can apply by visiting the SFS portal. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Parents Fund Committee spring meeting on Friday, April 12, 2020. Recipients should be available to attend a reception on the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2020. Email Anna Patchias, at the UVA Parents Fund, with any questions.

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? On January 27, 1787, the Free African Society was organized in Philadelphia, PA. It arose as a civic organization following American independence in the Revolutionary War from 1776 to 1783. Its first  leaders were Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, free African Americans whose goal was to create a non-denominational religious organization to serve the spiritual, economic and social needs of Philadelphia's African-American community.


 Did you know that? On January 29, 1926, Violette Neatly Anderson (1882-1937) was the first African American woman appointed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States. She was also the first African-American woman to practice law in the U.S. District Court Eastern Division. From 1922 to 1923, she served as the first female city prosecutor in Chicago. Anderson was a member of the Federal Colored Women's Clubs, president of the Friendly Big Sisters League of Chicago, First Vice-President of Cook County Bar Association, and secretary of the Idlewild Lot Owners Association. She was also the 8th Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and displayed her love of the sorority by bequeathing her summer home in Idlewild to the organization. Anderson died on Christmas Eve in 1937.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

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

Every Monday through Thursday – 4:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Cultural Center, #3 Dawson’s Row

OAAA Spanish Tutoring

Every Monday & Tuesday – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – WEB Center #2 Dawson’s Row

Calculus & Statistics Tutoring

Every Tuesday & Friday – 2:30 pm-5:00 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  

For more information, contact Travis Elliott (


OAAA Chemistry Tutoring

Every Wednesday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room

OAAA Biology Tutoring

Every Thursday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room


OAAA Organic Chemistry Tutoring

Every Wednesday – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – W.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

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

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

Audition for Twelfth Night!

Interest Meeting: Monday, January 27 – 7:00 pm – New Cabell 309.

Auditions: Thursday, January 30 – 5:30 pm-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.

No previous experience needed to participate. If you'd rather work behind the scenes, we're currently looking for a technical director and designers. Contact Avery Erskine and  sign up for a 15-minute slot using the attached link.

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 March 20-22, 2020 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply to represent the University of Virginia at this annual undergraduate research conference – all expenses paid! Come to learn more about the conference and how to apply!

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 Ctr.)

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.

Adrienne Merritt presents, “Anti-Racist Universal Design in Pedagogy: Why Inclusion Benefits All”

Friday February 14 – 2:00 pm-3:00 pm – One West Range, Hotel A (Global Grounds);

Friday February 14 – 3:00 pm – New Cabell Hall 236 Follow-up discussion

Adrienne Merritt, Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Washington and Lee University, teaches about content-based language, while maintaining awareness and sensitivity for vulnerable and oppressed populations.”

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

Fellowships Series – How to Apply for Awards

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, to prepare and take advantage of summer advising programming. Third and fourth years, graduate and professional students and area alumni can also 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). Check Full schedule for details.

Spring Workshop Series – Research Opportunities

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!

In the Community

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.


The New York Times’ 1619 Project

Monday, February 17 – 7:00 pm-8:15 pm – The Haven 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville

In August 2019, on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans to the shores of Virginia, The New York Times published a special issue of the Times Magazine titled “The 1619 Project,” as an invitation to reframe how the United States discusses the role and history of Black Americans. Join the Democracy Initiative at UVA's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Equity Center for a conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Times Magazine writer and 2017 MacArthur fellow, and her colleague and UVA alumnus Jamelle Bouie, to continue to acknowledge and understand slavery's origin and legacy. Come and  to take part in an honest dialogue in our community.  Questions? Contact Chrissy Linsinbigler REGISTER


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.