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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

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). 


From the UVA Provost’s Office:Grading Options for Undergraduates - Spring 2020

Also, 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.


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

Saturday, May 16 -  Virtual Ceremony to confer degrees to undergraduate & graduate students

Quote of the Week

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.”  -- Marian Anderson

Valerie Uduji

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Valerie Uduji is a fourth year student in the College of Arts and Sciences from Ann Arbor, MI. Upon graduation, she will receive her in B.S. in Anthropology and Foreign Affairs. On Grounds, Valerie is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and is the Program Planning Chair and Historian. She is also a Senior Peer Advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs’ Peer Advising Program, a University Tour Guide, and the Student Editor for the OAAA E-weekly. Valerie has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House since her third year, where she helped to maintain the library and has read to children. After graduation, she plans to work as a paralegal, with a goal of attending 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

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for her to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Instead, she performed a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The incident placed her into the spotlight of the international community. She continued to break barriers for African-American artists, performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955.

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 must be a self-starter in organizing and scheduling posts and compiling newsletter information. More information and an application, click 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? Jackie Robinson was the first Black baseball player in Major League Baseball, making his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. After quietly enduring harsh racist treatment from baseball fans and team members alike, Robinson rose to be Rookie of the Year and proved himself to be one of the most talented and fiercest players in the game. Just two years into the Major Leagues, Robinson won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. He played in six World Series and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955. Off the field, Robinson was on the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, speaking out against racial discrimination. He pushed baseball executives to use their economic influence to desegregate Southern towns and to recruit more people of color into the major leagues.

Did you know that?  Fritz Pollard & Bobby Marshall were the first Black football players in the National Football League i(NFL) n 1920. Marshall, who played tight-end, went on to build an athletic career not only in football but also in track, boxing, baseball and ice hockey. Pollard quickly found himself juggling his running back duties with the newly added responsibility of being a head coach in the NFL — another African American first.

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 21 – 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

CAPS is offering different groups in response to COVID-19: 
Mindfulness Meditation Hour
Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Open to all UVA students

International Students Support Group
Fridays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Open to all UVA international students

Addressing COVID-19 Related Anxieties
Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Open to UVA undergraduate students who reside in VA

Support Group for Fourth Year Graduating Students
Thursdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Open to students who reside in VA

Graduate Students Support Group
Thursdays 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Open to UVA graduate/professional students who reside in VA

For specific information on these support groups, visit the website:


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.

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, 2020

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, visit the website. VAFF Staff will review applications; finalists will be invited to interview via video or phone. Internship offers will be extended during summer 2020.

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.

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 of Virginia.
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.