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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

Notice of advancement to the next round will be 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. For questions, please contact Natasha Coleman, Senior PA for External Affairs.



OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois
Tuesdays – 12:30 pm-2:00 pm – Next lunch: Tuesday, February 11th
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:






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




Quote of the Week

 “One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to find out who we are, where have come from and where we are going.” - Ella Baker, Civil rights Freedom Movement

M McCole

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Morgan McCole is a fourth year from Woodbridge, VA studying in the five-year Master’s in Teaching program, majoring in Youth & Social Innovation, and minoring in Psychology. Her passion for achieving equity in low-income public schools has translated into her future teaching career; in May 2020, she will receive her degree in Elementary Education. On grounds, Morgan is a resident advisor (RA) in the first-year dorm, Watson-Webb and an OAAA Peer Advisor. She also works in the Athletics Ticket Office. At UVA, she has also been a big sister in the Young Women Leaders Program, an intern for the Youth & Social Innovation program, and a research assistant in the Curry School Design Lab. After graduation and teaching, Morgan plans to continue her career working on education policy issues.

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

Ella Josephine Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) was an African-American civil rights and human rights activist. She was a largely behind-the-scenes organizer whose career spanned more than five decade in New York City and the South. She worked alongside some of the most noted civil rights leaders of the 20th century, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King Jr. She also mentored many emerging activists, such as Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Rosa Parks, and Bob Moses with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Baker criticized professionalized, charismatic leadership; she promoted grassroots organizing, radical democracy, and the ability of the oppressed to understand their worlds and to advocate for themselves. She is also known for her critiques of sexism within the civil rights movement.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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 to find their “best fit” post-secondary option – whether technical, two-year, four-year, public or private. VCAC  serves 46 high schools across VA. If interested, apply or contact Alex Johnston for more information.


Global Study Abroad in Dominica

Apply now though Saturday, February 15

Interested in an immersive social entrepreneurship experience? SE@UVA's Global Field Experience in Dominica (LPPS 4550/COMM 4589) gives you the opportunity to see how local resources and policy support social entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and at the same time earn course credits. Students can find additional information at  and follow the link. We highly encourage early applications as a limited number of $1,000 travel support stipends are available.

Paid summer internships in Public History – at UVA and in Central VA

Apply now through Friday, February 28

Apply for paid internships at national parks, museums, historic sites, libraries, digital databases, and archives in central Virginia. Undergrads, May grads, and grad students are 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; 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

Reference letters are required with the application and should be submitted ss 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. For questions, please contact Phylissa Mitchell, UVA Library 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? Black History Month - In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week.” The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. In 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.”” Since its inception in 1926, Negro History Week and Black History Month have been given annual themes. The first annual theme was simply, "The Negro in History. The 2020 theme is, “African Americans and the Vote.”



Did you know that? On February 8, 1968, the Orangeburg (SC) Massacre occurred. This clash between students and police was the most violent incident in South Carolina's civil rights history. Students started a bonfire on the state college's campus. Authorities moved in; one officer was injured by a piece of a railing that was thrown at him. The crowd facing the officers began to grow, and then the shooting began when a highway patrolman fired his gun in the air as warning shots, causing others to shoot as well. Three were killed, Henry Smith (19), Samuel Hammond (18)—both South Carolina State University students, and 17 year old Delano Middleton, a local high school student. Twenty-seven protestors were injured four nights of protest. The federal government brought charges against the state patrolmen; this was the first federal trial of police officers for using excessive force at a campus protest. Although nine Highway Patrol officers faced federal charges in connection with the shootings, all were acquitted.


Black History month 2020

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 – OAAA – Project Rise Office #4 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

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

Free Cyntoia: A Story of Redemption

Thursday, February 6 – 6:00 pm – Old Cabell Hall – Door open at 5:30 pm

Hear Cyntoia Brown speak about her experience overcoming adversity in the U.S. prison system. Sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Inter-Sorority Council, the Carter G. Woodson Center and hosted by the UVA Black Student Alliance.


Education Research Lectureship Series: Teachers in the Movement: Pedagogy, Activism and Freedom

Friday February 7 – 11:00 am - Bavaro Hall, Holloway Hall

Professor Derrick P. Alridge will discuss his current project and writing on, The Hip-Hop Mind: Ideas, History, and Social Consciousness (University of Wisconsin Press). Event is co-sponsored by Youth-Nex & the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES).

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 information sessions that highlight several upcoming research opportunities!


Let’s Talk: Drop-in Consultations

Come speak to a CAPS clinician to discuss non-emergency concerns in a confidential space.

Updated days and times for Spring 2020: Mondays: Bavaro Hall Room 206A (Curry School of Education and Human Development) 12:30-2:00 pm; Tuesdays: Monroe Hall Conference Room 2:30-4:00 pm;

Wednesdays: Thornton Hall Room A111 (SEAS) 2:00-3:30 pm. Questions? Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 434-243-5150.

In the Community

Free Classes in Mindfulness, Yoga, & More

Days & Times Vary - Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) – Clemons 220

CSC offers a variety of yoga and mindfulness classes taught by experienced instructors. All classes are free and open to the public. See the spring 2020 schedule below or learn more at


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: A Conversation

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,” 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 UVA alumnus Jamelle Bouie for 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