Howard University Community Connections newsletter -- Volume 1, issue 10 (Nov 2019)
From: Howard University Community
Association Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:06 AM Subject:Community Connections Newsletter
November 2019 Edition
Volume 1, Issue 10
A monthly newsletter brought to
you by the Howard University Community Association, highlighting
the University's contributions across the District of Columbia
D.C. Council Recognizes Howard University's
On Nov 5, Ward 1 District of Columbia Councilmember
Brianne Nadeau and other members of the council joined Howard
University representatives and other community members to honor
the career and lifetime achievements of Maybelle Taylor Bennett
for her contributions to the city and her tenure with the Howard
University Community Association.
Councilmember Nadeau resolved, "Maybelle
Bennett has and will continue to dedicate herself to strong
advocacy for the vitality of long-time District residents, of
low-and moderate-income residents, and the cultural and
historical integrity of the District of Columbia's
Bennett will officially retire from Howard
University on Dec 13. Howard University thanks Ms. Bennett for excellence
in truth and service.
For more about the ceremonial resolution,
Cynthia Brock-Smith Retires and Howard Appoints
Paul Monteiro as Successor
After years of contribution to the city of
Washington and to Howard University, Cynthia Brock-Smith has
retired from her service as assistant vice president for external
affairs. Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick
recently wrote, "I’d like to express my sincere thanks to
Cynthia Brock-Smith for her five years of dedicated
service to Howard University as assistant vice president of
external affairs and wish her the very best as she transitions
On Nov 19, President Frederick announced the
appointment of Paul Monteiro as the successor in position. He has
served as chief of staff in the Office of the President since
2017. In that role, Monteiro focused on the efficient
operation of the Office of the President and worked regularly
with a broad range of stakeholders on behalf of President
Monteiro is a graduate of the University of
Maryland and Howard University School of Law. With over 15 years
of government affairs experience including federal appointments,
Monteiro brings a wealth of relevant experiences to the Office of
External Affairs and its focus on maintaining and building
relationships with local, state and federal government officials.
Click here to
read and share the appointment from our Newsroom.
Students, Staff , and Faculty
HU Law Students Respond
to HUD's Fair Housing Regulations
Recently the US Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) proposed a rule to amend the Fair Housing Act
of 1968. HUD proposes to amend the interpretation of the act's
disparate impact standard and clarify application standards.
Howard University School of Law students have responded to this
proposal with active opposition.
“Our public comment is unique because it was drafted
by law students of color, each of whom has personally felt the
effects of racial discrimination including, in many cases,
housing discrimination,” said Valerie Schneider, professor
of law at Howard University and supervisor of the Fair
Housing Clinic at Howard Law.
As one of the nation’s oldest historically Black
colleges and universities, Howard Law has long
held the defense of human rights, equality, and dignity
at the heart of its
educational practice. Howard Law alumni and affiliates
have been instrumental in shaping the country’s agenda for civil rights
through extensive scholarship, litigation, and human and civil
rights advocacy. Our students are following this legacy in the
present and for our future.
Click here to
read more about the School of Law position.
Howard University Partners with DC Fire and EMS
Howard University and the Washington D.C.
Fire and EMS are partnering with First Alert, a trusted
brand in home safety*, along with Campus Firewatch and
the Michael H. Minger Foundation to participate in the third
annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project, dotingly
titled Bison Fire Safety. Howard University is
the only historically Black college and university selected to
participate in this year’s project.
Valerie G. Turner, Ph.D., Director of Off-Campus
Housing and Community Engagement at Howard University said,
"Our goal is to assist and educate students, the
elderly and families throughout the D.C. community to help
reduce the risk of fatal fires. This helps make the community
stronger and safer for everyone."
As part of the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community
Service Project, Howard University will host community events
that will address home safety in the neighborhoods surrounding
Howard's central campus. The Bison Fire Safety Service Project
kicked-off Nov. 2 and will continue in the months to follow.
Legislation Introduced to Honor Lucy Diggs Slowe
and Dr. William Montague Cobb
On Nov. 5, District of Columbia Councilmember Nadeau
introduced legislation to rename the 2400 block of Fourth Street
after the illustrious Howard alumna Lucy Diggs Slowe. The
rationale for the renaming referred to Slowe's "impact on
the fields of education, women’s studies, organizational
development, race politics, philosophy and sports." Renaming
a street in her honor is also seen as a way to build on the
momentum and interest in women’s movements.
Nadeau also introduced legislation supporting the
renaming of the 600 block of W Street, NW after Dr. William
Montague Cobb, Howard University alumnus of the College of
Medicine. Dr. Cobb served on the College of Medicine faculty for
37 years and was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in
physical anthropology. His research contributed to the debunking
theories of racial determinism that were used to support views of
On Nov. 21, the Transportation Committee of the ANC
1B voted unanimously to support the renaming of these streets.
These proposals will now be presented to ANC 1B on Dec. 5 for a
vote of support.
University Community Association ph: 202-806-2489 &
of Off-Campus Housing & Community Engagement ph: 202-806-9216
University Hospital Community Relations ph: 202-865-4238