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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 .complete by 7/30/2020 to return in the fall. For details, contact an OAAA Dean or Association Dean.



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)



Quote of the Week

“Black! Black! Black! I am proud of being a Negro. Nor have I ever tried to beg tolerance from anyone. Superiority is not proved by color, but by the brain, by education, by willpower, by moral courage.” - Jose Celso Barbosa

Aleah Michael

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Aleah Michael is a fourth-year Youth and Social Innovation major  in the Curry School of Education & Human Development from Herndon, Virginia. On Grounds, she has served as an Orientation Leader, a research assistant for the Virtual Reality Siumulations in Teacher Education, a student DJ for WXTJ, and a board member, student curator, and colunteer coordinator for the UVA Studio Arts Board. After graduation, Aleah hopes to work in a teaching role or for a nonprofit organization.

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

José Celso Barbosa, (July 27, 1857 – September 21, 1921) a doctor and a politician, was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in 1857. Known as the father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement, Barbosa was the first Puerto Rican, and one of the first persons of African descent, to earn a medical degree in the United States. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. Barbosa initiated an early form of health insurance, encouraging employers to pay a fee to cover future needs of their employees. In 1899, he founded the Republican Party of Puerto Rico that advocated statehood for the island.

Opportunites with Deadlines

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?   In 1925, Louis Armstrong recorded the first of a series of singles for Okeh Records with his Hot Five and Hot Seven combos. The trumpeter's take on the songs, including "Saint James Infirmary," "Basin Street Blues," and "Muskrat Ramble," "helped to change the course of American music," as writer Charles Hiroshi Garrett noted in a review of a 2000 collection of the complete recordings. "This music has been described as the birthplace of jazz, the musical shot heard 'round the world, the Alps of jazz — indeed, both the music's Holy Grail and its Rosetta Stone."

Did you know that?  In 1973, DJ Kool Herc, who would earn the tile  "The Father of Hip-Hop," creating the template for the groundbreaking genre at clubs and block parties in the South Bronx. Adapting the style of the Jamaican sound system Herc freuquently heard during his youth, he masterfully built breakbeats, cutting snippets of James Brown, Booker T, and the M.G.s' discs on a pair of turntables - a technique that he termed "the Merry-Go-Round." His innovations inspired Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and others who worked with two turntables and a microphone.

OAAA Announcements & Services

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 14 – 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.

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
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.