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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

All students in the College of Arts & Sciences will be able to withdraw from courses until 5/8/2020; there is a special form that you must to complete by 7/30/2020 to return in the fall. For details, contact an OAAA Dean or Association Dean for details.


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 for summer semester 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 didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.”  - Ursula M. Burns, Fortune 500 Business Executive

Latrel Lee

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Latrell Lee is a fourth year student in the McIntire School of Commerce from Danville, VA. Upon graduation, he will receive a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Information Technology. On Grounds, he is the current President of the Black Commerce Student Network, a mentor for the Commerce Cohort and a research assistant for the IT department at McIntire. Latrell has volunteered at City of Promise throughout his fourth years, where he helped tutor elementary and middle school students in Charlottesville. After graduation, Latrell will begin his career as a software engineer at Capital One.

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

Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) serves as Chairwoman (since May 2010) of Xerox and was the CEO of the company from July 2009 to December 2016. As such, she was the first black-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company, having succeeded Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. In 2014, Forbes rated her as the 22nd most powerful woman in the world. For more information visit

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


Job Opportunity: Coach/Mentor for CONEX Summer Bridge Program
Application Review starts April 10

Cavalier Online Experiences (CONEX) is hiring coaches for an online summer program to support incoming UVA students. The focus: to improve students’ quantitative reasoning skills to succeed in introductory STEM courses. Pay: $12. Hour. You must have completed a mathematics course at UVA with a grade of B or better to apply. For more information, visit Contact Prof. Jim Rolf at For application form, visit

UVA Public Service Internship
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 23 at 11:59pm EST

UVA Public Service is looking for a creative, organized, and motivated person to manage our social media presence and newsletter for the 2020-21 academic year. The intern will be self-managed in organizing and scheduling posts and compiling information for the newsletter. More information about the role and an application can be found here.  

Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship – sponsored by the Z Society
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?  Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, GA on April 11, 1881. Originally named the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it was one of the first institutes of higher education for African-American women in the United States. Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924, and today is ranked consistently among the nation's top liberal arts colleges.  For more information visit

 Did you know that?  On April 12, 1864, the Fort Pillow (TN) Massacre occurred in which an estimated 300 black soldiers were killed. Confederates constructed a military installation during the American Civil War at the Fort Pillow site and named it for General Gideon Johnson Pillow (1806-78), a Tennessee native. Fort Pillow overlooked the Mississippi River and was an important part of the Confederate river defense system. Once captured by federal forces, Confederate troops led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest re-captured the site from Union troops. Although most of the Union garrison surrendered, historical accounts state that many black soldiers were massacred, instead of being allowed to be taken as prisoners-of-war. The Fort Pillow site is now a Tennessee state park.  For more information visit


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

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

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.

Photo Contest:
Submissions Accepted: Tuesday, April 7

We are collecting YOUR Snaps of Service! How do you envision public service at UVA, in Charlottesville, and beyond?  Help us showcase the amazing public service work happening in our community! Submit your photos to the Snaps of Service photo contest via email to Winning photos will be displayed in the Upper West Oval Room of the Rotunda for Summer and Fall 2020. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook event. The Snaps of Service photo contest is brought to you by Student Affairs, Madison House, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Career Center, the Student Council Service Committee, Multicultural Student Services, Housing & Residence Life, and Student Engagement.

Community Matters:
Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30 pm EST - Join
Zoom Meeting
Join our weekly virtual Community Matters series. Community Matters began this semester as a weekly time for students and community members to meet over a meal at Blue Moon diner and hear from those in the community about various projects and initiatives. Operating in this new space due to COVID-19, Community Matters is now a virtual space on Zoom.

Designing Your Life during Covid-19
Friday, April 10, Thursday, April 16 and Friday April 17 – 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Calling all 3rd and 4th years feeling stuck during these times of social distancing and economic uncertainty. Connect and collaborate with classmates to explore life and career possibilities. This interactive, one-day virtual session (or two-half days) is an opportunity to reflect on what matters most to you in life, connect with a deeper sense of purpose and meaning, and collaborate with others to design a life of flourishing. You will leave with tangible next steps towards a joyful, meaningful life.

Around the Charlottesville Area Community
The 33rd Annual Virginia Film Festival
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 29 at 12 Noon
Festival Date: Wednesday, October 21- Sunday, October 25

The Virginia Film Festival (VAFF) is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Internship Program. This program gives current, full-time University of Virginia undergraduate students hands-on experience in all aspects of planning and implementing a premier regional festival. To apply, please visit our website. VAFF Staff will review applications; finalists will be invited to interview via video or phone. Internship offers will be extended during summer 2020.

Charlottesville Community Cares – Emergency Funding for Households
Apply Mondays thru Fridays between 9:00 am-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

“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.