Search This Site

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

The physical Offices of African-American Affairs located at Dawson’s Row #2, #3, & #4 are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but we are still here for you! The Deans are available to meet with you via telephone or virtually. Please contact Ms. Carter to make your appointment with Dean Bassett (1st years), Dean Grimes (2nd years), Dean Mason (3rd years) and Dean Apprey (4th years).  



Emergency Financial Aid & Basic Needs Assistance

ODOS has compiled a set of resources for students during these challenging times. It includes: support for non-travel aid, emergency travel (, technical assistance for online instruction (, honor loans (, and food related concerns ( 





Tuesday, April 28 – Courses End


Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Holiday (No Classes)

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day Holiday (No Classes)

Thursday, July 30 – M.A. and M.S. theses and Ph.D. dissertations due in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Friday, August 7 – Summer degrees conferred (no ceremony)



Session I                    Monday, May 18 - Friday, June 12                 Exam, Saturday, June 13

Session II                   Monday, June 15 - Thursday, July 9              Exam, Friday, July 10

Session III                  Monday, July 13 - Thursday, August 6           Exam, Friday, August 7

Eight-week session  Monday June 15 - Thursday, August 6          Exam, Friday, August 7

Quote of the Week

“I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. – Serena Williams

Paris Tate

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Paris Amor Tate is a third year student from Las Vegas, NV, in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Government with a concentration in Politics. On Grounds, she is the co-president of the NAACP and the Selection Chair for the Office of African-American Affairs’ Peer Advising Program. She is also on the exec team for CRAVE (Creataive, Raw and Very Edgy), an annual spring fashion fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlottesville, and volunteers at Buford Middle School through Madison House. Paris has enjoyed her OAAA experiences because she has “built ties that I know will last a lifetime.” After graduation, Paris plans to attend law school.

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

Serena Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and businesswoman. She started playing tennis at the age of four with her sister, Venus. They were coached and homeschooled by their father, who guided their sports career for many years. Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in her sport. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She also holds the record for the most women's singles matches won at major tennis tournaments with 351 matches. In 2016, Williams was the highest paid female athlete. She repeated this feat in 2017, when she was the only woman on Forbes' list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. On December 29, 2019, The Associated Press named her Female Athlete of the Decade for the 2010s. Williams is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, an alumnus of the University of Virginia, and they have one daughter, Olympia.


Opportunites with Deadlines

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Nominations

Online Nominations Deadline: Monday, April 6 at 5:00 pm (deadline extended!)

These annual awards for excellence of character and service to humanity are given each year to two students from the graduating class (undergraduate or graduate), and to one non-student member of the University community. For more information, visit


Mellon Museum Internship Program – Summer 2020 Academic & 2020-21 Academic Year

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 1

The internships aim to foster diversity in the museum field by training 1-2 interns for summer 2020 in the Education department at The Fralin Museum of Art on Grounds, and 1-summer and 1-academic year Education intern at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on Pantops. The interns at both museums will engage in a variety of activities to understand educational programming in a museum setting. For questions, please contact Catherine Walden


Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship – sponsored by the Z Society

First round application deadline: Friday, April 3rd at 11:37 pm

Second round application deadline: Friday, April 24 at 11:37 pm

All returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to support an internship that is otherwise unattainable due to financial constraints. Students should submit any questions and applications to


This Week in Black History

Did you know that? Jesse Owens died on March 30, 1980 in Tucson, AZ. Born James Cleveland Owens on September 12, 1913 in Oakville, AL, Owens was an all American  track-and-field athlete, who set a world record in long jump. His career in track began early. As a student in Cleveland High School, he won three events at the 1933 National Interscholastic Championships in Chicago, Illinois. Two days later, while competing for Ohio State University, in the Western (now known as Big Ten) Conference track and field meet at the University of Michigan, Owens hit the word record in the 100-yard dash and broke the world records for the 220-yard dash, 220 yard low hurdles, and long jump.  At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, he won four gold medals. His Olympic victories thwarted Adolf Hitler’s intentions to use the using games to further Hitler’s agenda of Aryan superiority. Despite the hostile and politically charged aura of the games, Owens was adored by many for his talents,  and left a legacy in the sporting world that brought pride to many African Americans.

Did you know that?  The Central Park Jogger case, also known as the Central Park Five, was a criminal case in the United States, based on the alleged assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white woman. Four African American and two Hispanic American teenagers were indicted on May 10, 1989 on charges of assault, robbery, riot, rape, sexual abuse, and attempted murder of Meili, while she was jogging in New York City’s Central Park. The prosecution based its case primarily on confessions that the defendants made after police interrogations; none had counsel during questioning. Within weeks, they each withdrew the confessions, pleaded not guilty, and refused plea deals. None of the suspects' DNA at the crime scene matched, but each was convicted in 1990. They received sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years. After an investigation in 2002, the court vacated their convictions and the state withdrew all charges against the men. In 2003, the five men sued the City of New York for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. The city settled the suit in 2014, awarding the Central Park Five $41 million in damages. The five men also filed suit against the State of New York, and in 2016 received a total of $3.9 million. Their story was made into a movie, now streaming on Netflix entitled, When They See Us.

OAAA Announcements & Services

OAAA Announcements & Services – Spring 2020

Contact OAAA tutors directly for meeting times via Zoom:

Calculus & Statistics Tutoring

Every Tuesday & Thursday – 2:30 pm-5:00 pm

Travis Elliott @ Zoom Room

Organic Chemistry Tutoring

Every Monday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Sarah Weisflog @ Zoom Room

Chemistry Tutoring

Every Wednesday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Yvette Gamor @ Zoom Room

Biology Tutoring

Every Thursday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Jasmine Obule @ Zoom Room


Tuesdays with Dean Grimes: ‘Virtual Lunchtime Chat’

Next Chat: Tuesday, April 2 – 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm via Zoom (no chat on Tuesday, March 31)

Join OAAA Dean Patrice Grimes to continue our weekly, informal lunchtime sessions. Open to current and new participants, we’ll chat about anything – and nothing! Contact Ms. Carter ( for the link to join.


Contact: Dean Mason for more information on:

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club

Black Male Initiative (BMI)

Black President’s Council (BPC)

Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister .

Black Fridays – Return in Fall 2020 – see you then!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming UVA Virtual Events, Learning & Services

WahooWell Remote: Student Support during Changing Times

Need a new well-being plan to thrive right now? Are you or someone you know concerned about your sleeping, stress and general self-care? Visit the website and complete a 5-minute survey to schedule a 30-minute appointment. See WahooWell website. For questions, contact Kristy Simpkins at


Office of Citizen Scholarship Development: Fulbright US Student Award Information Session

Monday, March 30 – Online:

All changes are posted on the homepage and Fellowships Series page


Miller Center Online Webinar: Leadership in Times of Crisis

Thursday, April 2 – 2:00 pm – Zoom

Join at


Online Access to Textbooks – Now to May 25th!

Don’t have your course text with you? Trying to share course text chapters with your study group?

UVA students can access texts through VitalSource when they register with their email. See

Around the Charlottesville Area Community

Charlottesville Community Cares – Emergency Funding for Households

Apply Mondays thru Fridays between 9:00 a, - 5:00 pm by calling (434) 234-4490

If you are having economic hardship due to the COVID-19 virus, and live in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, or Orange Counties, call today. Multiple languages are available. Thanks to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and the County of Albemarle for sponsoring this effort to support our community!


Filing for Unemployment [Video] – Virginia Employment Commission

Visit for help to file in the Commonwealth.

[Thanks to JuanDiego R. Wade, Albemarle County Department of Social Services, for this information.]


Neighborhood Meal Delivery during Charlottesville City Schools’ Closure

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12 noon - Various Locations

Charlottesville City Schools is delivering breakfast & lunch bags to children up to  age 18. Families can go to the closest location. Parents are not required to be present with their child to receive a bag. Bring a backpack to carry meals! See for details. VOLUNTEERS are also needed to pass out meals on both days each week. For details, contact:

“In My Humble Opinion”– 101.3 Jamz -- Charlottesville’s Own Talk/Radio

Every Sunday 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Hosted by Charles Lewis, Max, and Razor, along with special guests. Listen online at, or download the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android to get the latest local news in Charlottesville’s Black community.