Friday, April 21, 2017

Howard University Community Connections newsletter

Dear Scott:

Please share this end-of-year edition of the Howard University Community Connections newsletter with your network.

Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Howard University Community Association
Office of External Affairs 
2400 Sixth Street, N.W. Room 323
Washington, D.C. 20059
Ph: (202) 806-2661
Fx: (202) 667-4340

Howard University - The Community Connection 

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Dear Neighbor,

The Howard University is pleased to present "The Community Connection," a newsletter for news and information of interest to the neighbors of Howard University. This newsletter is intended to keep you informed of major events of the academic year, available public services from Howard University and Howard University Hospital, and latest news surrounding our University, students, and initiatives.

We hope you enjoy this spring edition and welcome your input and recommendations. As we approach this graduation season, let's stay connected and build an even stronger community.

In Truth and Service,

Valarie Turner, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement

Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Director, Howard University Community Association

Cynthia C. Livingston
Director, Department of Community Relations
Howard University Hospital

For more than twenty years, Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break program has been committed to serving communities in need and involving students in meaningful service. "ASB" connects students to the significance of their education and prepares them to be servant leaders for the nation and the world.

Every year, ASB works in partnership with cities across the United States to provide service projects that incorporate physical labor, civic education and practical responses to the most prevalent disparities in our partner cities.

This year marked a groundbreaking expansion for the program.  ASB grew to include 13 distinct sites by expanding to Dilley, Texas; Lumberton, North Carolina and Cape Coast, Ghana. There were over 500 participants, over 130,000 hours of service and over 90 community partnerships this year! For more information, photos and highlights, visit  


The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) has been involved in many efforts to support and serve the community this semester.

LEDROIT PARK HEALTH FAIR - On Wednesday, March 29, the Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE), the Howard University Community Association (HUCA), and the Howard University Hospital (HUH) held the third Health Fair at the LeDroit Park Seniors Apartment. As part of the University Sesquicentennial celebration, LeDroit Park residents attended and participated in the numerous health screenings and health education information sessions. Residents were offered blood pressure, glucose, dental and ophthalmology screenings. The information sessions focused on health related issues such as hypertension, diabetes, dental, and other education information for the senior population at LeDroit Park Senior Apartments.  Residents were provided with healthy snacks and Panera Bread treats from the Yahweh Outreach International Program.

STUDENT CARE PACKAGES - The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE), and The Raney Moss Foundation with the support of Booz Allen have prepared over a hundred care packages for Howard students in need! 

The care package project focused on students whose parents were unable to afford sending their children care packages with necessities such as school supplies, toiletries and food. On Wednesday, March 22, OCHCE attended The Raney Moss Foundation care package stuffing party at Booz Allen and prepared over 100+ care packages for our students in need. Care packages--comfort bags will be distributed to students in need just prior to their final examination period.

OCHCE HOUSING FAIR - OCHCE held its 2017 Housing Fair on Wednesday, April 5 in the Armour J. Blackburn Center. The numerous students, staff, faculty and community members in attendance made the event a tremendous success. Private homeowners were invited to participate and over 20 give-away prizes were awarded to students, staff, faculty, and community members.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY STRIVES FOR A TOP-TIER ORGANIC FARM PROGRAM- The Organic Urban Farm aims to provide direct access to quality, fresh produce for students and the surrounding D.C. community. In an effort to encourage ecological balance by reducing the carbon footprint and fostering a sustainable, nutritional lifestyle, students have united to create a farm with financial and agricultural independence. Howard University is striving to be a top-tier program that is research-based, innovative, creative and student-driven with experiential learning in Business and Agricultural Sustainable Farming. The new garden will begin its blossoming reigns next to the West Towers. 

Join us in the Blackburn Digital Auditorium for a free Movie Night! This event is open to the public. All are welcome! 


At Howard University it is our goal to ensure that students give back to the community in various ways. Helping to beautify the neighborhoods surrounding campus is one of the most visible ways to make an impact.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) this year, Howard University will join efforts with the following two Spring Clean Up Activities!
  • LeDroit Park Civic Association 
    Location: Florida Ave. Baptist Church
    623 Florida Ave., NW (enter at the back)
    Time: 10am-2pm
    Visit them online! 
  • Bloomingdale Civic Association 
    N. Capitol & Hanover Pl, also 1st & N and P Streets, NW
    Time: 8:30-10:30 am (coffee & donuts served)
    Visit them online!
    *Immediately following clean up, an Art Studio Open House located at 52 "O" Street, NW will begin at 11am. 

April 22, 2017
Largo Community Church Health Fair 
Location: 1701 Enterprise Road Mitchellville, MD
Time: 11am – 3pm

April 22, 2017
Unity in the Community Annual Parade & Health Fair
Location: Oakcrest Community Center and Grounds
1300 Capitol Heights Blvd. Capital Heights, MD  20743
Time: 10 am – 4pm

May 13, 2017
2nd Beltsville Academy Health Fair
Location: 4300 Wicomico Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705
Time: 11am – 3pm
General Health Screenings/Information Stations

May 13, 2017
Fairland Sports & Aquatics Complex 
Location: 13820/13950 Old Gunpowder Road
Laurel, MD 20707
Time: 10am – 2pm
General Health Screenings/Information Stations

April 25 - April 27: Final Examination for Prospective Spring 2017 Graduates
April 28: Formal Spring 2017 Classes Ended
May 1 – May 12: Final Examinations Period
May 13: Commencement
May 14: Residence Halls close at 5:00pm
May 19: Residence Hall Open for check-in – Summer Session I      
May 22 – June 21: Summer Session I
June 24: Residence Hall Open for check-in – Summer Session II
June 26 – July 26: Summer Session II


This year, Howard University celebrates its sesquicentennial - marking 150 years of Howard excellence. The theme for the sesquicentennial celebration is "The Time is Always Now." In light of this milestone, The Ralph J. Bunche Center and the Howard University School of Law have planned several events to celebrate the upcoming sesquicentennial. Look for more details on throughout 2016 and 2017.  

Follow the 150th events on social media using #HowardU150.


  • Howard University Department of Public Safety: (202) 806-1100
  • Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement: (202) 806-9216
    • To report incidents or concerns, complete the Community Concern form online or leave a message on the Community Concern line at (202) 806-9213.
  • Howard University Community Association: (202) 806 - 2661 or (202) 806 - 2489
  • Howard University Hospital Department of Community Relations: (202) 865-4238

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