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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

Remember to VOTE

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


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:


OAAA/GradSTAR 5th Annual Spring Seminar: Project Management for Aspiring Leaders

Application deadline: Friday, March 27th
Seminar: Saturday, April 1, 2017

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM (free continental breakfast & lunch)
Ruffner 302 (Data Commons Lab)

Learn skills to lead groups & manage projects in your CIO, student group or course project! Participants will practice the project planning process from start to finish, and receive a certificate of completion. All years are welcome! Apply today
For more information, contact Dean Grimes, OAAA/GradSTAR Program Director, at



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

“We must acknowledge that issues like systemic racism, economic inequality, and the achievement gap are the result of man-made policies.” - Ayanna Pressley

Mariam Gbadamosi

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Mariam Gbadamosi is a third year human biology major from Newcastle, Delaware with career interests in bioethics, health disparities, and public health. She is one of three Senior Peer Advisors in the Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) peer advisor program, who leads PAs helping incoming black first-year and transfer students transition into UVa life.  Miriam is also the Outreach intern for the Peer Health Educators program, that educates peers about health issues affecting college students in a positive, inclusive, and non-judgmental manner. On Grounds, Miriam is a medical scribe at the UVA Emergency Department. Currently, she is doing research on Women's Reproductive Health education in indigenous communities in Guatemala. She plans to apply to medical school after graduation, and use her talents to focus on community-centered health and address health inequity.

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

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and a survivor. Pressley (born February 3, 1974) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Her district includes the northern three-fourths of Boston, most of Cambridge, parts of Milton, as well as all of Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, and Somerville. A member of the Democratic Party, Pressley defeated ten-term incumbent Mike Capuano in the primary election and ran unopposed in the general election. She was previously elected as an at-large member of the Boston City Council in 2010. Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. She is also the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Kishore Memorial Scholarship

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, March 4 at 11:59 pm

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

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.

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 pm

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program provides talented undergraduates with a unique government service experience through 10-week, full-time, high-level summer internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state and local levels. Sponsored by the Miller Center and Career Center, fellows receive $5,000 to fund their internship experience, and are matched with a UVA alumni mentor within the field of government service. Current UVA second-, third-year or fourth-year students graduating in December 2020 in all academic fields of study (declared or undeclared) are encouraged to apply.


UVA Admission Summer Internship 2020
Application Deadline: Friday, March 20
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?   Poet, novelist and U.S. diplomat, James Weldon Johnson is probably best known to millions as the author of the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the black national anthem. Johnson was also a civil rights activist and was Executive Secretary of the National Association of Colored People from 1920 to 1929. In that role, Johnson spoke out on a variety of issues facing African Americans. On March 10, 1923, Johnson outlined the importance of the vote for the nation’s black citizens during his speech given at a dinner for Congressman (and future New York Mayor) Fiorello H. LaGuardia. Johnson died in a car accident in 1938.

Did you know that?   Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin (August 9, 1883 – March 10, 1965) was an American suffragist, civil rights activist, organization executive, and community practitioner whose career spanned over half a century. Lampkin’s effective skills guided the work of many organizations, including the National Association of Colored Women (NACW); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) during the Progressive Era. In 1915, her leadership and oratorical ability earned her the position of president of the Lucy Stone League, a post she maintained until 1955. During this period, she developed collegial friendships with black women's movement leaders including Addie Waites Hunton, Mary Church Terrell and Charlotte Hawkins Brown. She is best known for her friendship with Mary McLeod Bethune, with whom she helped to found the NCNW in 1935. In 1964, Lampkin was the first to receive the NCNW’s Eleanor Roosevelt-Mary McLeod Bethune World Citizenship Award, which was accepted for her by actress Lena Horne. Lampkin suffered a stroke in October 1964 and died in March 1965.

Black History collage

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

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

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


Distinguished Major Cello Recital - John Kanu

Sunday, March 29 – 8:00 pm – Old Cabell Hall

John is a fourth-year student who will graduate this fall with degrees in Biology and Music with a Performance Concentration. This recital is supported by the Charles S. Roberts Scholarship Fund.

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.

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

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

Liberation and Freedom Day Events – this entire week!

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:  

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

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. UVA students can gain free admission to the exhibit through the end of March.