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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
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

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

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” – Rosa Parks

Lailah Said

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Lailah Said is a fourth year Echols Scholar from Alexandria, VA, double majoring in African-American & African Studies, and Foreign Affairs. Currently, she is a Class of 2020 Fourth Year Trustee and an Office of African-American Affairs’ Peer Advisor. During the summer of 2018, Lailah was also an Orientation Leader with the UVA Orientation and New Student Programs. Her other extracurricular involvements include serving as assistant director of artistic expression for Fashion for a Cause, and as an early visions mentor at the Fralin Museum of Art. After graduation, Lailah hopes to become a college adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps, and eventually go to graduate school to pursue a career in public policy or foreign affairs.

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

Rosa Parks, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and is best known for her stand against racial segregation on public buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa refused to give up her seat for a white man and was arrested, charged and convicted of civil disobedience. She spent most of her life fighting for desegregation, voting rights, and was active in the Civil Rights movement that has shaped social code in the United States.

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 graduates, 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.


Kishore Memorial Scholarship

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:59 pm EST

The $30,000 scholarship is awarded to a rising fourth year student (for the 2020-2021 academic year) to honor the memory of Kris Kishore (Col’95, Educ ’02) and his impact on the University community. Nominees should demonstrate servanthood, community impact, leadership through connection and passion for learning and inspirational teaching. For details, email


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. Recipients should be available to attend a reception on the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2020. Email Anna Patchias, with 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 scholarship was created in 2003 to honor Lorna Sundberg, the International Center’s leader from 1981-1998, and is between $2000-$4500. 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

The Language Processing Lab

The Language Processing Lab is interested how college-age students comprehend ambiguity in everyday language.  Participation and responses will be confidential. For more information, contact Dean Adams, Funmi Ogungbade, or Kiara Cross. Follow the Survey Link.

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?  Born in New York City, Jane C. Wright, M.D. (1919-2013) was cancer researcher and surgeon best known for pioneering the use of the drug methotrexate to treat breast and skin cancer. She graduated with honors from New York Medical College in 1945 and interned at Bellevue Hospital from 1945 to 1946, then was appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation, at the age of 33. In 1964, Pres. Lyndon Johnson appointed Dr. Wright to the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke. In 1967, she was named professor of surgery, head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department, and associate dean at New York Medical College, her alma mater. At the time, Dr. Wright was the highest ranked African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution. In 1971, she became the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society. After a long and fruitful career of cancer research, she retired in 1987. During her forty-year career, Dr. Wright published many research papers on cancer chemotherapy and led delegations of cancer researchers to Africa, China, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.


Did you know that?  February 21, 1965 - Malcolm X was assassinated in New York Cityby assassins identified as Black Muslims. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, he was also known as El-Hajj Malik. Many thought he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks; others accused him of preaching racism and violence. By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad. He ultimately repudiated the Nation and its teachings and embraced Sunni Islam. After a period of travel in Africa and the Middle East, including completing the Hajj, he returned to the United States to found Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. While continuing to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense, he disavowed racism. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published shortly after his death, is considered one of the most influential non-fiction books of the 20th century.



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

YWLP Big Sister Info Sessions

Tuesday, February 25 – 7:00 pm – Multicultural Center, Area 3 (Newcomb Hall, second level) 

Wednesday, February 26 – 7:00 pm – Newcomb 360

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1

Be a Big Sister. Make a Big Difference. The Young Women Leaders Program is a community-based mentoring program that pairs UVA undergraduate women with middle school girls from the Charlottesville area.  The time commitment is approximately 6-10 hours/week. Apply now! For questions, contact Sarah Jenkins.

"Rethinking the African Diaspora: Race, Slavery, and Heritage in the Gulf"

February 26 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pm – 110 Minor Hall

Present by Dr. Thabiti Willis, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Carleton College

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) is a full day workshop of mock interviews, resume reviews, and networking to help students prepare for the next fall's recruiting cycle.Also, join the Coffee Chats from 1-3pm ET. 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

Racial Justice and Black Feminism

Sunday, March 1 – 3:00 pm-5:00 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

A Panel Discussion with Bree Newsome, Zyahna Bryant, and Lennox Yearwood presented on Americans Who Tell the Truth, by Robert Shetterly

Liberation and Freedom Day Events

Various Dates & Locations

Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the beginnings of emancipation for 14,000 enslaved residents of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Highlights:  

Slave Auction Block Vigil: Honoring the Ancestors

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30-6:30 pm – Court Square

Sponsored by Beloved Community Cville

Black Liberation in Civil War - Charlottesville

Monday, March 2 – 5:00 pm-6:30 pm – Small Special Collections Harrison Auditorium

Lectures by Ervin Jordan and William Kurtz, UVA Nau Center for Civil War History

Procession of Freedom

Tuesday, March 3 – 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Starts at UVA Chapel and proceeds the to UVA Freedom Ring Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, then travels down Main Street to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Community Dinner & Panel Discussion by descendants of local enslaved community

Tuesday, March 3 – 5:30-7:00pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Liberation & Freedom Day Collection Opening feat. The AHS Band

Thursday, March 5 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm - Gallery 110, Shops at Stonefield

Hush Harbor: African-American Sacred Song concert

Thursday, March 5 – 7:00 pm-8:30 pm – The Haven

The Fortune Shop African American Vendors Market

Saturday, March 7 – 12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Carver Recreation Center


Other Events:

The Aeolians of Oakwood University Concert

Wednesday, March 4 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pmFirst Baptist Church - West Main Street


Chat & Chew: Getting to know Sisters Conquering Cancer

Saturday, March 7 – 10:00 am-12 noon – Royalty Eats, 820 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville

For more information, contact Shelia Boling (434-806-4617). Light refreshments

Confederate Monuments’ Downtown Walking Tour

Saturday, March 7 – 2:00 pm-3:15 pm - County Courthouse, Jefferson Street parks


Blue Ribbon Commission retrospective panel discussion & update on Virginia General Assembly local control over monuments bill

Saturday, March 7 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pmCentral Library, McIntire Room

“Winneba Way” street re-naming, Ghanaian Independence Day celebration

Saturday, March 7 – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm – 61/2 Street SW, Tonsler Park

Open Mic: Liberation Edition

Saturday, March 7 – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Lecture: African-American Inter-Generational Trauma with Dr. Jessica Young-Brown

Sunday, March 8 – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm – CitySpace

The Fortune Shop "Pop Up Shop"

Saturday, March 7 – 12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Carver Rec Center 233 4th Street NW, Chville, VA 22903

Experience Charlottesville’s rich and diverse culture through shopping from local vendors, eating from local food vendors, and entertainment from local artists. For more information. Sponsored by: Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, Whipped Cream LLC, C’ville Vendors Committee and Sentra

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

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

This exhibit commemorates the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia in 1619 to the present day. OAAA Associate Dean Patrice Grimes and retired UVA Dean Billy Cannaday will be keynote speakers at a Thursday, February 27th program, sponsored by UVA Lifelong Learning Center. UVA students can gain free admission to the exhibit through the end of March.