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"
OAAA E-Weekly March 2, 2020
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
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, March 7 - Sunday, March 15 – Spring 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
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.
Congresswoman 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
The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarships
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 midnight
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. with any questions.
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 , , or . Follow the .
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 , Education and Outreach Coordinator (434-982-4553).
This Week in Black History
Did you know that? Poet, novelist and U.S. diplomat, 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? (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.
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 (email@example.com) for more Information.
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship!
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 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, 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
The Aeolians of Oakwood University Concert
Wednesday, March 4 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – First 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 pm – Central 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. . 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.