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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
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

“Do not let others define who you are. Define yourself. Do not be limited by what others expect of you, but reach confidently for the stars.” - Dr. Shirley Jackson

Shereese Bonner

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Sherese Bonner is a third year University Achievement Award Scholar from New Kent, VA majoring in Public Policy and Leadership. Currently, she serves in two roles at the UVA Center for Teaching Excellence as an Undergraduate Consultant and an Undergraduate Student Worker. Sherese's extracurricular involvements include the OAAA GradStar program, Batten Undergraduate Council Internal Committee, VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Scholars, and Staff) Language Consultant Program, and One Way Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Sherese has a strong passion for education and health policy and eventually plans to pursue a Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Health degree following graduation.

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

 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 has also 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.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Global Study Abroad in Dominica

Application Deadline: 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.

SKMC/Jefferson Undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program

Application Deadline: Saturday, February 15

Pre-Med Summer Enrichment Program at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.  The link to the website is below. Program Highlights: 8-week residential program with $1200 stipend per student, formal Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation through the Princeton Review Course; Comprehensive workshops focusing American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application preparation, personal statement writing, and medical college interview preparation. Educational sessions on the social determinants of health, health policy, health disparities, and health equity; Clinical shadowing experiences in fields such as Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Medical skills workshops such as suturing and venipuncture; Opportunities to network with medical students, residents, and faculty, and Explore the historic city of Philadelphia, Pa

Please email questions about the program.

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.

2020 Lorna Sundberg International Scholarship

Application Deadline: Friday, March 20

Rising 4th-year undergraduate international students enrolled at UVA are welcome to apply. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. Students with full scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year are not eligible. The Lorna Sundberg International Scholarship was created in 2003 to honor the dedication to community service that marked the life of Lorna Sundberg, the International Center’s leader from 1981-1998. Endowed by Dr. Richard Sundberg in 2018, current award amount varies between $2000-$4500. Required application materials include an unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an online form with personal statement. Email with any questions. Details and online application form

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? Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman born in Baltimore, Maryland on a farm where she lived with her husband and five children. She  died from an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 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 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.


Did you know that? Elijah McCoy is 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 improving efficiency and eliminated 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 the invention flooded in from railroad companies all over the country. It was so popular that when other inventors attempted to steal McCoy’s 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 1929 at age 85. He is buried at Detroit Memorial Park East in Warren, Michigan.
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.  
or 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

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.”

CAPS “Let’s Talk” Drop-In Consultation

Starts Monday, February 17

Mondays: Bavaro Hall Rm 206A (Curry School) – 12:30 pm-2:00 pm; Tuesdays: Monroe Hall Conf. Rm. – 2:30 pm-4:00 pm; and Wednesdays: Thornton Hall Rm. A111 (SEAS) 2:00-3:30pm

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

LEARN practical strategies for how to manage interpersonal or psychosocial concerns. DISCUSS healthy decision-making and lifestyle choices that can prevent acute or persistent anxiety or depression. RECEIVE information about all the mental health resources available across Grounds and online. Questions? Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 434-243-5150.

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

Capps Lecture with Dr. John M. Perkins | Parting words on Race & Love

Saturday, February 22 – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm – UVa Rotunda

Longtime friend of Theological Horizons and nationally revered civil rights activist from Jackson, MS, Dr. John M. Perkins will be our Capps Lecture. The event is free to the public and sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology at UVa, the Department of Religious Studies, and Theological Horizons. Perkins will be joined by Dr. Nathan Walton, a UVa PhD and Executive Director of Charlottesville's Abundant Life Ministries, who will moderate the discussion. We will provide Livestreaming on Grounds and on our website for those who unable to attend. More info of the lecture and surrounding events in the community will be posted HERE

Bain & Company THRIVE Event

Thursday, February 27 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm - Bryant Hall in Scott Stadium

Bain & Company's & UVA’s annual case interview workshop for underrepresented students (including Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, LGBTQ+, and first generation college students). Thrive is a full day workshop comprised of mock interviews, resume review, and networking designed to help students prepare for the next fall's recruiting cycle. Additionally – please join us in learning more about Bain & Company's twelfth annual Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL) Program! We will also be hosting Coffee Chats about the BEL program from 1-3pm ET, please see the Bain UVA school team page to sign up! For more information. Contact: Katie Seibel

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 project.