Friday, August 04, 2017

Howard University Community Connection: August 2017

Howard University - The Community Connection 
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Dear Neighbors,
Thank you for your ongoing support of Howard University. This summer the University has focused its efforts on strategic planning and we are very excited to share with you all of the projects that are underway to help build a culture of academic rigor, infuse service into our culture and focus on strengthening our community relations, with your help.
This Fall, we will excitedly welcome one of the largest freshmen classes in the University’s 150-year long history. These students' test scores are indicative of their academic prowess but they are also community leaders, activists, artists, and athletes with limitless talent.
In order to prepare students to be more competitive and to provide them with the resources they need to succeed, we have initiated programs such as Howard West, a three-month, summer Computer Science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University’s Computer Science program. The residency includes a dedicated workspace on Google’s Mountain View campus and a generous stipend to cover housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley, and the Bison STEM Scholars program (BSSP), designed to attract and prepare high-achieving high school students interested in studying a STEM-related discipline in pursuit of a Ph.D. or a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree, BSSP will present opportunities for participants to become researchers, educators and leading practitioners. A total of 60 students are enrolled in these programs, and we look forward to their success.
This summer, we welcomed the community to our campus for two ‘Yoga on the Yard’ events and we look forward to hosting more events that allow our campus community and University to engage with one another, network, and build relationships.

This August, our students will participate in the 5th annual Howard University Day of Service, a service initiative focused on introducing our students to the importance of Howard University’s motto Truth and Service. We look forward to your support and participation.

We are pleased to announce the grand reopening of Howard Plaza Towers West on August 17 and the grand opening of the first-ever on-campus barbershop happening on August 25.
We are confident that this school-year will be successful thanks to supporters such as you. Thank you for all you have done and will do to help us sustain healthy relationships with our surrounding community.
Please enjoy this month’s newsletter.

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



 Howard University Community Association

Freedom School Read-Aloud
The Howard University Charter Middle School of Math and Science hosts a summer program for middle school-aged students sponsored by Rankin Chapel called “Freedom School”. This program features various activities including: Arts and Crafts, Story Telling, Swimming, and Parent Workshops. Maybelle Taylor Bennett, Director of the Howard University Community Association, was a guest reader on July 11th and she read Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells”. She prefaced her reading with a freedom song from the Civil Rights movement and was able to hold the students’ attention and inspire them to participate in an interactive way via song beforehand.   A descriptive question and answer session followed.
Yoga On The Yard
The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee hosted a summer activity in celebration of Howard’s 150-year anniversary in a community engagement activity called "Yoga on the Yard." The two sessions took place on June 22nd and July 20th. These free and open to the public events were well-attended with students, faculty, staff, alums and community members. The classes were lead by instructors from Yoga Heights DC, a Georgia Avenue business.

Youth Employment Support Event

The Howard University Community Association partnered with the Georgia Avenue Thrive (GAT) to organize a youth employment fair on Wednesday June 21st from 11 am-3 pm. This was a free event targeted to DC youth, ages 15-24, who had multiple barriers to employment such as: little or no job experience; no resume/interview experience; and/or a past criminal record. In addition to getting the youth prepared for the job search process, this event assisted them with finding internships, apprenticeship programs, summer programs, and jobs suitable for their skill level. There were mini-workshops, resume editing/writing support, mock interviews, motivational speakers, work clothes giveaway, doors prizes, and free food. Community groups who were present included: The Mayor’s Office for Returning Citizens; DC Dept. of Employment Services; Latin American Youth Center; and Dress for Success (stylists who helped arrange and dress the participants for future interviews). Ms. Brittany Moore from the HU Career Service Center assisted with resume writing and editing, along with two additional volunteers not affiliated with the University.

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Streets Charrette
On Saturday, July 8th, the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Steering Committee sponsored a community charrette designed to: inform the public about the Main Streets Program; get community input for inclusion into the application for the program’s funding; and provide information about the next steps in the grant award timetable. Dean Barron Harvey of the Business School welcomed the community to the Mackey Building, where participants were hosted by Professor Brad Grant in the Department of Architecture. Bill McLeod of the Dupont Circle Main Street Program, provided an overview of the program before the participants broke out into sessions moderated by Main Street Executive Directors and community leaders. Here they discussed Main Street priority areas: design; promotion; economic vitality and organization. Dr. Rod Green, Director of the Center for Urban Progress moderated the afternoon’s report-back session. In all, seventy-seven (77) participants attended the charrette. Organizers included: the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force; the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights; the Georgia Avenue Business Alliance; Georgia Avenue Thrive; the Howard University Community Association; the Howard University Department of Architecture; the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Association; and the Pleasant Plains Civic Association.

The Funky Fabulous Marketplace
The Funky Fabulous Marketplace made its debut on Georgia Avenue on the first weekend in June, with vendors and activities set up on the parking lot opposite the Howard Barnes and Noble bookstore. Its modest initial operations promise to expand as Howard students and faculty return to campus in full force in August. Opportunities for student entrepreneurs to participate in the marketplace are available. Contact Maybelle Taylor Bennett for more information at

Urban Farm
The Howard University Office of Sustainability has collaborated with the HU Community Association to revive the urban farm on the corner of Barry Place and Sherman Avenue. The ultimate goal of this farm is to offer a selection of fresh and organic produce to students and community members, in an effort to close the fresh food cycle in our communities. We have recently erected a hoop house to serve as an incubator for the seedlings. If you would like to volunteer with these efforts, please contact Sheena Davis. Email: Phone: 202-806-2489.


Howard University Department of Public Safety
New Student Move-In Street Closures
This year new student move-in will take place on August 10, 2017. Parking on the east side of Georgia Avenue NW from Barry Place on the south to Girard Street on the north, will be restricted.  Georgia Avenue itself will not be closed and parking will be permitted on the west side of Georgia Avenue NW. Please see the specified street closures below:
  • 4th Street corridor
  • 300-500 blocks of College Street NW
  • 400-600 blocks of Howard Place NW
  • 500 block of Gresham Place NW
  • 600 block of Bryant Street NW (between 6th Street & Georgia Ave)
  • 600 block of Fairmont Street NW
  • 600 block of Girard Street NW
  • 2200-2400 blocks of 6th Street NW
  • 2300-2200 blocks of  6th Street NW
We at the Howard University Department of Public Safety make it our top priority to keep our students and surrounding neighbors safe. As new students flood campus this fall semester, we want to implore some basic, yet important safety tips:
1. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS! Pay attention to where you are and who is around. Does anything or anyone look out of place? If so, call Campus Police!
2. SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! A lot of people don't like to speak up or report crime but we all play a part in keeping our community safe.
3. DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING VISIBLE IN YOUR CAR! Part of helping to combat theft from autos, is not leaving ANYTHING visible in your car for criminals to take. Unfortunately, any item left visible, that appears to have some value, is motivation for a criminal to break into a car.
4. DO NOT WALK ALONE AT NIGHT! If you have to walk somewhere at night, don't walk alone, walk in groups. Criminals prey on individuals who are walking at night alone. The Campus Police offer an Escort Program from Midnight -7 am daily. If you would like them to escort you to a part of campus during this time, please call: 202-806-1100.
Howard University Hospital Is Committed To Serving You!
Howard University Hospital will be administering back-to-school physicals and general health screenings each Saturday during the month of August.

Back to School Physicals/General Health Screenings (Walk-Ins Welcome)
Dates: August 5, 12 & 19
Location: Howard University Hospital, Tower Building, Suites 3200 and 3300
Time: 8 am – noon

HUH Health & Wellness Back to School Fair (Walk-In Physicals Welcome)
Date: August 26
Location: Howard University Hospital, Tower Building, Suites 3200 and 3300
Time: 8 am – noon

AmeriHealth MCO Pinkie Party with Cancer Screenings, General Health Screenings and Information Stations
On June 10, 2017, Howard University Hospital partnered with AmeriHealth MCO to host a day of pampering for women that carry AmeriHealth insurance and also live in the Ward 1 community.
It was a day filled with fun, food, health screenings and education. From manicures, massages, healthy eating, light exercising and several screening programs that included blood pressure, glucose, memory loss and last but not least “MAMMOGRAMS!!!”
Med Star Family Choice Pretty-n-Pink Party with Cancer Screenings, General Health Screenings and Information Stations

To commemorate national cancer survivor month, Howard University Hospital hosted a day of women’s pampering combined with breast and cervical cancer screenings on June 17. HUH partnered with MedStar Family Choice for a day filled with pampering, fun and reflection for MedStar Family Choice members and the women who reside in the Ward 1 community.
Special thanks to the HUH team and MedStar Family Choice for taking the time to host a much needed and special event.
Howard University Hospital Hosted Over 520 Participants at its Open House-Job Fair on June 13 
At the HUH job fair, managers from administrative and support departments such as food service, environmental services, finance, materials management, information technology, participated in a morning round of interviews. In the afternoon, all of the hospital’s nursing divisions held interviews.
While job-seekers waited for interviews, HUH provided music, food, and raffles plus instructional tips on interviewing and improving employment prospects. Recruiters from Howard University also interviewed participants for open university positions.
Howard University Hospital Welcomes Youth from the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP)
This summer the Howard University Hospital Department of Community Relations is hosting youth from many local and University programs, with more than 30 youth from the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) alone.  Youth are assigned to various departments throughout the hospital to gain experience, training, and insight for job market pursuits and/or careers in the medical profession.  Additionally, through our regular volunteer program, we have many youth who use the summer months to earn valuable community service hours required by their area schools.
The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE)
The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) has spent its summer months engaged in enhancing community relationships and partnerships. Staff attended the International Towns and Gowns Association (ITGA) annual conference in Eugene, Oregon in June; attended various community association activities and meetings; and identified additional off-campus housing options for students, staff and faculty.
We also welcomed new OCHCE staff member: Mary Ataku. She will be providing administrative and programming support to Dr. Turner with carrying out OCHCE’s mission and objectives.
Partnership engagements have included:
The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) continues its Care package giveaways for students in need. Items were provided to some student participants attending HU summer programs.
OCHCE has several planned initiatives for Fall 2017:
  • Howard University Care Cart – proposed kick-off will be mid-September 2017. This will be a multi-faceted program for Howard University students and organizations to interact with Howard University Hospital patients and staff in a positive and intentional way. Howard University students will visit the Hospital as ambassadors of the University with the purpose of lifting spirits and strengthening community relations. The Care Cart will contain giveaway items such as Howard University publications and light concessions for Howard University Hospital patients and families.
  • Howard University Cares Volunteer Corps – start up for AY17-18 will begin in September 2017. HU-Cares Volunteer Corps will seek to centralize community service requests and efforts of Howard University students and organizations. The mission will be to strengthen Howard University and the surrounding community through leadership and service engagements. The focus will be to support and assist community partners in meeting their service needs through student volunteerism. Contact the OCHCE if you have any community service volunteer requests at 202-806-9216.
  • Howard University Student Food Pantry – planned initiative to manage student food insecurity needs. The launch date is planned for January 2018. The focus will be to combat food insecurity needs that impact academic success among our Howard University student population.

Howard University Prepares for 5th Annual Howard University Day of Service
Howard University is gearing up for its 5th Annual Howard University Day of Service (HUDOS) on Friday, August 18, 2017. HUDOS will acquaint incoming students with the Washington, D.C. community and inspire them to embrace the University’s motto, “truth and service.” University students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni will volunteer across the Washington metropolitan area.
HUDOS 2017 will focus on community building through seven service-learning initiatives addressing: educational disparities, environmental injustices, health disparities, homelessness and poverty, violence, police and community relationships, and voter registration. This service-learning experience will allow Howard University students to discover the power of ethical leadership and civic responsibility.
Students can register at by midnight, Sunday, August 13, 2017. All questions regarding HUDOS can be submitted to HUDOS is a university-wide program coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel.
Follow @HUDOS2017 on Twitter and Instagram for more information and any updates regarding HUDOS.
University Upcoming Important Dates:
  • August 10 – Residence Halls open for check-in for New Entrants
  • August 10 - Street closures effective at 12:00 am.
  • August 17 – Residence Halls Open for Continuing Students
  • August 18 - Howard University Day of Service
  • August 21 – Formal Classes Begin
  • September 4 – University Closed – Labor Day Observed
  • September 22 – Opening Convocation
  • October 15 – October 22 – Homecoming Week
  • November 10 – University Closed – Veteran’s Day Observed
  • November 23 – 26 – University Closed – Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 30 – Formal Classes End for Fall Semester
  • December 1 – 12 - Final Examination Period
  • December 12 – Fall Semester Ends


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 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
July 28, 2017Howard University Board of Trustees Extends President Wayne A. I. Frederick's Contract For A Second Term
July 27, 2017 - David P. Bennett Named Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
July 25, 2017 - Howard University Commemorates 10th Annual National Clinicians' HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day 
July 12, 2017 - Howard University to Host Third TEDXHowardUniversity
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