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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

Office of African-American Affairs presents:



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:






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


Quote of the Week

“Too many people are afraid to talk about the issue of race. We should be willing to address it, and more importantly, when it rears its ugly head, we should be willing to take a stand and try to stomp it out, whatever the action may be at a particular time.” - Ron Stallworth

Keiara Price

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Keiara Price is a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in African and African American Studies and History. A native of Petersburg, Virginia, she lives on the Lawn and serves as its Senior Resident Advisor. For the past year, Keiara has interned at the Carter G. Woodson Institute and is a teacher/counselor for Upward Bound UVA. She has engaged actively in student life on Grounds for all four years, serving as President of the UVA Black Student Alliance, being selected as a Meriweather Lewis Fellow, and being a member of the Remix A Capella group. After graduation, Keiara intends to pursue a doctorate in History with a concentration in Black Women's History.

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

Ron Stallworth (born June 18, 1953) is a retired police officer who infiltrated the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. In 2014, Stallworth published a book, Black Klansman, about his experience investigating the KKK. QC Entertainment bought the rights to the book, and in 2018, made it into a film with producer Shaun Redick and co-producer/director Spike Lee. The movie,   BlacKkKlansman, won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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

African-American Teaching Fellows
Applications Deadline: Friday, February 29 at 11:59 pm EST

Interested in changing schools to provide a diverse teaching staff? For questions, email Jaime Hawkins, AATF Program Director. Fellows must also apply and be admitted to the Curry Teacher Education Program to be eligible for the fellowship program.

2020 UVa Library (High School) Summer Internship program 
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1

Reference letters are required with the application and should be submitted 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. For questions, please contact Phylissa Mitchell, UVA Library Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility or Ashley Hosbach.

2020 Documentary Abroad programs
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1

Actuality Media leads documentary-focused study abroad programs for people who want to tell stories that matter. Our students travel around the world to learn and practice the art of nonfiction storytelling. In 2020, Actuality Media is taking student crews to Cambodia, Morocco, Vietnam and Ecuador. See program details including behind-the-scenes photos and student reviews.

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.

UVA Admission Summer Internship 2020
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020
The Office of Undergraduate Admission is looking for 8-10 undergraduate interns for the summer of 2020. These interns will be responsible for giving daily tours to visitors as well as various other needs in the office.

For details, contact the UVA Admissions office in Peabody Hall.

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? In 1838, Frederick Bailey, a 20-year old slave, made a daring escape from his master in Baltimore, and with his newfound freedom came a new name—Frederick Douglass. Douglass disguised himself as a free black sailor. In his pocket was a ,sailor’s protection pass, which he could present in lieu of the “free papers” as proof he was not enslaved. In spite of bearing little resemblance to the physical description on the piece of paper, he arrived safely in New York. When Douglass published his autobiography in 1845, he divulged few details of his escape  to protect those who helped him. In 1881, he finally detailed his escape. Douglass marked September 3, 1838, as the day his “free life began,” and for the rest of his life celebrated his unknown birthday on that date.


 Did you know that?  In 1975, Joseph W. Hatchett was sworn in as the first Black Supreme Court Justice in the Deep South in the twentieth century. In spite of growing up in racial segregation, he fulfilled his dream to become a lawyer. In 1956, Hatchett was not eligible to enter Florida's white law schools. Instead, he attended the prestigious Howard University law school in Washington D.C. and eventually became a distinguished attorney. In the 1970s,   Governor Reubin Askew appointed Hatchett to fill a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court -- the first black ever to serve there. In 1976, Hatchett became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Florida and the South, when voters returned him to the Court. Then in 1979, Hatchett became the first black man appointed to the federal appeals court for the Deep South.

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 Organic Chemistry Tutoring
Every Monday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 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 – #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 Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row

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

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) 2:00-3:30 pm

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!

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

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.