Welcome New Families!
It is with sincere pleasure that the staff of the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) welcomes you to the University of Virginia. We are excited that you are now a part of our wonderful community and look forward to working with you during the next four years. Our office provides many programs and services. You can log on to our website at www.virginia.edu/oaaa that we will update throughout the summer to learn more about us.
You will want to familiarize yourself with our nationally acclaimed Peer Advisor Program. Since 1984, it has greatly benefited our first-year and entering transfer students with their transition to the University. It is also one of the many factors that has contributed to the University's high retention for students of African descent. Each year, entering students are assigned an upper-class student to serve as a resource throughout the academic year. Soon, students will receive their initial contact from their Peer Advisor. We hope that students will respond quickly and take advantage of this excellent resource. Peer Advisors are eager to answer questions, address concerns, share experiences and assist our entering students, because they remember what it was like to be new to the University.
In addition to successful collegiate transition and retention, we are equally interested in your student's continued performance at high academic levels -- the same levels that resulted in admission offers to UVA and other institutions. Please read the enclosed brochure, 10 Things I Wish I Had Known, and encourage your student to use these suggestions and seek advice from our office when making decisions about initial courses and major areas of study. Also, please print and bring a copy of your final high school transcript with you for your initial meeting with an OAAA Dean. This will help us greatly in suggesting courses, extra-curricular experiences and plans of action for the early semesters.
You are invited to visit our office (#4 Dawson's Row) when you come to 'Grounds' for your two-day Summer Orientation. We would love to personally welcome you and your student to find his/her "home away from home" and to assist however we can.
Finally, please plan to attend the first fall event at the University where new students (and their families) can meet the deans and staff:
OAAA Annual Welcoming Reception (On-Grounds)
(University staff will attend this event)
We look forward to seeing you. Again, welcome to the University of Virginia!
Maurice Apprey, Ph.D., DM, FIPA
Professor and Dean of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia