Days on the Lawn!

Since decisions came out a few weeks ago, the Outreach Office has been busy with Days on the Lawn – an open house for admitted students to get to know UVA a little better. Last Friday, in addition to Days on the Lawn, the Admission Office also held Spring Blast and Spring Fling – events for admitted Latinx and African American students! This year’s Spring Fling and Spring Blast celebrations brought around 1,300 guests to Grounds where they gained a better insight into what life at UVA looks like. On Friday Jordan Kijewski, one of the interns in the Outreach Office, delivered the welcome address – find it below!


Upcoming Events

Hey Hoos! Look out for these fun events coming up around Grounds!

Thursday, February 28: 6:30pm: New Cabell 489

– As Black History Month comes to an end, join the Black Student Alliance for “What Now?”, an open discussion on dealing with race-related scandals. We’ll be touching on Governor Ralph Northam, fashion brands using blackface, Jussie Smollett, and more. Bring friends and bring your thoughts! We’ll see you all on Thursday!

Saturday, March 2: 1pm: UVA Chapel: Black Voices Winter Benefit Concert

– This is a free, donations-based concert! 

  Benefitting the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents, striving to educate and empower low-income residents to protect and improve communities through collective action

Class Council and Trustees Applications Now Open

– Due March 8 at noon

Upcoming Events

Here’s to a new week, Hoos, and thanks for tuning back into our blog!! We hope everyone is having an exciting first few weeks of this new semester (and staying warm!) The next two weeks are packed with fun activities and new ways to get involved around Grounds, enjoy!

February 5: 6pm: Newcomb Theatre: Help Bring in the Class of 2023 Volunteer Info Session for the Office of Admission

February 5: 7pm: Rouss Robertson Hall 116: AKPsi Co-Ed Business Fraternity Info Session

February 7: 6pm: Rouss Robertson Hall 116: AKPsi Co-Ed Business Fraternity Info Session

February 7: 7pm: Minor Hall 125: Black Voices Rehearsal

February 8: 5-8pm: Newcomb Theatre: Black Expressions feat. Marc Lamont Hill: Free Catered Food

February 16: 5-8pm: Alumni Hall: A Taste of the East: Ethiopian and Eritrean art showcase and dinner: Get tickets and more info here:

February 18-23: Black Culture Week

February 23: 7-10pm: Inn at Darden: Black Ball!! Get tickets and more info here:

Black Fridays – every Friday at 1:30pm in the LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row: come for food and fellowship!

Check out this calendar the Office of African American Affairs created to highlight upcoming events to celebrate Black History Month:

Welcome Back!!

Happy New Year, Hoos!! As we gather back on Grounds for another semester, here are some exciting events and opportunities to look out for.

January 18: Stop by the OSAC table at UVA’s Spring Activities Fair to learn how to get more involved in Outreach, chat with current OSAC members, or just grab a sticker

January 23 & 24: UVA’s Spring Job & Internship Fair

January 25: Voices for Change concert from 6:30 – 8 pm

  • Hosted by UVA Sustainability and the Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Festival as part of the 2019 UVA MLK Celebration

Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor Applications are live!! Due at 11:59 pm on January 25th

Black College Women Book Club Meetings are every second and fourth Sunday of each month, starting on February 10th at 6:30 pm in Maury Hall

Black Male Initiative Meetings are every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, starting on February 20th at 6:30 pm in Newcomb Hall’s Commonwealth Room

Good luck in your first days of a new semester, and remember to keep checking the blog for updates every two weeks!!

Student Spotlight: Sydney Peoples

vsco5b1c0cf595368Name: Sydney Peoples

Year: Class of 2020

Major: Commerce (Marketing Concentration, Data Analytics Track) and French

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Why you chose UVA: My dad went to UVA (College of Arts and Sciences ’89) so I practically grew up on Grounds. But, pretty much from day one, I decided that I didn’t want to go to UVA for that very reason. Eventually, though, during my junior year of high school, I started looking at colleges more seriously and realized that UVA was actually a school that I was interested in. And, the rest is history!!

Involvement at UVA: Outreach Student Advisory Committee, University Programs Council Marketing PR & Social Coordinator, Teaching Assistant for COMM 2000 (reach out to me with questions about the Commerce School!!)

What’s something you wish you had known during the college application/decision process? I was never too worried about the college application process. I’m a pretty firm believer in things working out in the end, so I try to – for the most part – just trust the process. I wanted to go to UVA and so I did my best to create a strong application, while still being myself. I never felt the need to ‘boost’ my resume by signing up for classes that I thought admissions officers would want to see. If anything, maybe I wish I knew a little bit more about the financial aid process, because that is still completely foreign to me.

Thoughts/feelings about diversity at UVA: As far as diversity at UVA, I think it’s a bit of, “you get what you sign up for.” I’ve known that UVA was a predominately white institution my whole life and, especially since it’s a public university, I knew that the demographics of students would reflect the overall population of America, which is mostly white. That is all changing though, as more and more people of color are joining the University community, and the overall population is skewing more diverse than in the past. I think that there is always more that can be done – but I also think that is due to the larger societal issues around diversity in the United States. Overall, I think diversity is a tricky area for the school because it is a public institution, but, especially after everything that has happened in the past two years, I think it is important and necessary for the school to continue to work towards a more inclusive and diverse landscape for all students.

Advice for incoming students? I would say be yourself and say “hi” to someone before they say “hi” to you. I am inherently shy by nature and talking to new people has never been something I’ve been comfortable with. I wish that I would have talked to more people and taken the initiative into my own hands, instead of waiting for other people to take that leap for me. I also think that sometimes people will recognize you, but worry that you might not remember the conversation you had with them the other day, so if you make it a point to reach out to them, instead of waiting for it to go the other way around you will be surprised at how many people take notice and reach out to you going forward.

Bodos order: Unpopular opinion, but I do NOT like Bodo’s. I’ll blame it on the New Jersey in me, but I really never understood the hype. The ‘Parisian’ sandwich at Corner Juice is amazing though! 10/10 recommend!

Sydney Peoples, McIntire School of Commerce, Class of 2020,

Welcome Prospective Hoos!!

Last month we welcomed almost 350 prospective students to Grounds for our Fall Blast and Fall Fling events! Today we’re going to fill you in on all the awesome activities throughout the days, via our office’s Instagram Story!

Families started filing in to Old Cabell Hall around 8:00 am for a nice breakfast before the day got started.

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Then, Black Voices, a gospel choral group on Grounds, kicked off the day with an opening song, followed by greetings from Dean of Admission, Greg Roberts.

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Next, our guest speakers Marcus Martin and Garvey Cummings took the stage. Marcus, the Vice President and Chief officer for Diversity and Equity talked all things inclusion at UVA while Garvey, a Holland Scholar, shed light on the first year experience.

Finally, our office’s very own Valerie Gregory laid out the events for the remainder of the day before presenting UVA’s 2017-2018 Year in Review video. Check out the full video here:

After a great Welcome Session, we sent our prospective students off to explore their areas of interest through dedicated Academic Information Sessions and Panel Discussions. Students were able to learn more about each respective school at the University, from Batten to Curry, McIntire, Architecture, Engineering, Nursing, and, of course, the College!

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These panels were followed by a student’s-only session hosted by Dean Gregory, outlining the ins and outs of the Admission Process. Here, students were able to get real insight into how create the best application they can – and that does not mean sending in 37 recommendation letters!

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At the same time, we had a panel for the parents called “Everything You Want to Know and are Afraid to Ask,” which focused on all things from housing to security, financial aid, and more. This is always a great session and it was clearly appreciated by those in attendance.

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Later we broke for lunch where prospective students got to eat and mingle with our Lunch Ambassadors from the Black Student Alliance (BSA). Here, students gave prospective families real, firsthand insight into the individual experiences of students, demonstrating again why this is always one of our favorite parts of the whole day.

To wrap up the day we hosted walking tours of Grounds to get prospective students familiar with all the great parts of UVA – from the Corner, to the Gardens, and of course the Rotunda.

Overall, Fall Blast and Fall Fling were huge successes. We are so happy that so many students were able to make it and we hope they found the day just as fun and productive as we did. Hopefully this can be a great starting point for the remainder of the college search process. We hope to see familiar faces next semester for our accepted students Spring Fling events. And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!

Until next time,

OSAC Blog Team!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Grounds, Hoos!! The Hoos Talking team is incredibly excited to be back and pick up where we left off in the Spring with some significant improvements. This semester, look out for new blog content every two weeks (!!!) including student spotlights – a great way to keep up with your fellow Hoos accomplishing big things around Grounds and in the Charlottesville community – as well as community updates and notices about fun upcoming events to get involved in. Get ready for another great semester and, as always, Go Hoos!!

Upcoming events:

Fall Blast and Fall Fling!! (see flyers below)

  • Join us in welcoming prospective African American and Hispanic/Latinx students and families to Grounds on September 28th and 29th. Please contact Timothy Kimble ( if you are interested in volunteering.

Spoken Word Poet: Carlos Gómez

  • September 26th at 7pm: Nau Hall 101


Please contact Jordan Kijewski ( to have your group’s events featured on the Hoos Talking Blog!

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