Volume 1, Issue 3
A monthly newsletter brought to you by the Howard University Community Association, highlighting the University's contribution across the District of Columbia and beyond!
Howard University Students Spend "Alternative Spring Break" at Home in DC
College spring break is usually about enjoying the sun, but a team of Howard University students spent the time completing community service projects around the local DC area. 

Overall, more than 1,000 Howard University students were sent to 18 communities around the world to address social justice issues during their spring break, March 9-17. Howard University pioneered the large-scale volunteer-oriented spring break concept for universities. 

For the past 25 years, the unique Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service learning experience has brought thousands of Bison to domestic and international sites to develop ethical leadership skills and restore communities.

In the Washington area, Howard students conducted service work at 16 sites: Anacostia Watershed Society, The TraRom Center, ONE DC, A Wider Circle, Martha's Table, KIPP DC, Homeless Children's Playtime Project, DASH, SMYAL, Capital Area Food Bank, DC Urban Greens, Old DC Jail, DCYRS, Rock Creek Conservancy, Food and Friends, and Anacostia Riverkeeper. Twenty-five students participated in the ASB-Washington projects. 

“The DC project was so much more impactful than I could've imagine,” says Ahmari Anthony, a journalisms sophomore from Pittsburgh. 
“The participants feel like DC is their home and they have a duty to this city as well.“

The Alternative Spring Break programs are supported by faculty and staff, but student leadership is the centerpiece of the initiative. 

To raise money to support the student’s travel and for service projects, donations were sought during the Annual Alternative Spring Break Helping Hands Radiothon in March, held with Howard University radio station WHUR 96.3FM. Students raised $70,000. 

Albany, GA - Baltimore, MD - Birmingham, AL - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI - Flint, MI - Ghana - La Petit Haiti, Miami, FL (Little Haiti) - Lumberton, NC - Memphis, TN - Milwaukee, WI - Philadelphia, PA - Camden, NJ - New Orleans, LA - Puerto Rico - Savannah, GA - St. Louis, MO - St. Thomas, USVI - Washington, DC

Howard University Rises In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 National Graduate School Rankings

Howard University’s  graduate programs in social work, business, education, and law increased in the annual national rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” listing. The School of Social Work is ranked No. 25 , the School of Business is ranked No. 67 , the School of Education is ranked No. 93 and the School of Law is ranked No. 108 .  

“It is an honor to be recognized among our peers through U.S. News and World Report’s annual graduate school rankings,” said  Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick . “The increased scores can be directly attributed to the hard work of our faculty and leadership combined with the commitment to success of our talented students. More importantly, our student outcomes with improving graduation rates, managing student debt levels, improving customer service and job placements are what we remain most inspired by.”

In September, U.S. News & World Report announced that Howard University climbed 21 spots to No. 89 in the 2019 rankings of the nation’s best universities, as evaluated on 16 measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates, strength of the faculty and alumni giving. 
Howard University Joins Public Interest Technology Universities Network

Howard University announces its membership in the Public Interest Technology Universities Network, a group of colleges and universities committed to educating students to apply technical understanding and practice to questions of individual rights, justice, social welfare and the public good.

The first-of-its-kind initiative connects 21 colleges and universities, employers and funders to grow a new generation of technologists and technologically literate problem-solvers who can address the nation’s most pressing challenges in decades to come. Over the next 12-18 months, the University will create a collaborative public interest technology institute in addition to organizing workshops and symposia. 

Howard University is a research-intensive institution with programs spanning the major STEM disciplines, social sciences, and the humanities. Faculty expertise matches the variety in disciplines and there is active cross-disciplinary collaborative work between disciplines across the university,” says  Moses Garuba, Ph.D. , associate dean for academic affairs and professor of computer science within the College of Engineering and Architecture. Garuba serves as the Howard University representative for the Public Interest Technology University Network.
Andrew Morris III
Andrew Morris III, Esq. is a dedicated legal professional working within the Office of External Affairs for Howard University. Andrew is a two-time graduate of Howard University, graduating magna cum laude from undergrad in 2012 and top 15% from Howard University School of Law in 2015. 

Prior to starting at Howard as a Government Affairs Associate, Morris worked as an Associate for a midsize law firm in DC, as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and as a Legislative Assistant for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
In his current role, Morris uses his knowledge of both the legislative and legal processes to advocate for Howard’s initiatives on Capitol Hill specifically in the area of Higher Education legislation.
Away from Howard, Morris uses his legal training to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with their legal endeavors, focusing mainly in the areas of contracts and intellectual property. 
WHUT receives “Ready To Learn” Grant to Form Community Partnership to Help Children in Low-Income Neighborhoods

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS have awarded WHUT-Howard University Television $175,000 to work with community partners to provide science and literacy resources for the youngest learners in underserved areas. 

The grant will enable WHUT to work closely with community partners in the Bellevue community, located in Ward 8 . The partners include W. B. Patterson Elementary School, The Bald Eagle Recreation Center, The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and The Community of Hope Clinic among others.

WHUT is one of 14 public media stations nationwide to receive a Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grant this year, joining 16 other public media stations doing similar work through a community engagement model to help the youngest learners in their communities. This effort is part of a five-year “Ready To Learn” grant awarded to CPB and PBS through the U.S. Department of Education’s “Ready To Learn” Initiative. It was created to advance new tools supporting personalized and adaptive content for children and parents, to establish a network of community collaboratives, and to conduct efficacy research on the educational resources provided.

For the past two decades, the  U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn Television grant  has funded the development of educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families, especially those who live in low-income communities.  CPB  and  PBS KIDS  work with producers, researchers, local public media stations, and other partners to develop, distribute and evaluate PBS KIDS multi-platform content to engage children, families, and educators in learning experiences at home, in preschool, and in out-of-school settings.  Information on other stations receiving Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grants can be found in the 2015-2020  grant announcement  and  2016 press release
HUH Hosts Ward 7 & 8 Coat Drive and Wellness Screenings

Medical staff and volunteers from Howard University Hospital were out in force in South East D.C. The hospital hosted a Coat Drive & Wellness Screening for more than 200 seniors on Saturday, March 16, at the Washington Senior Wellness Center , 3001 Alabama Avenue, SE. Free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and more than 400 hundred coats and light jackets were provided to area residents who participated in the event. In addition to the coat drive, the day was filled with music, food, games and giveaways.

“Community health outreach events such as this provide a unique opportunity to connect and engage with local residents on a personal level, regarding their health and wellness,” says Trauma Program Manager Kenyatta Hazlewood .   “We were able to deliver hundreds of coats to residents in the local community and administer health screenings. HUH remains steadfast in our longstanding commitment to provide residents living East of the River with exceptional healthcare service.”
Howard Dentistry Shows Kids Importance of Oral Care

The Howard University College of Dentistry opened its doors to Washington public school children on Feb. 15, for "Give Kids A Smile Day," an annual event that addresses critical oral health needs and breaks down barriers to dental care for local families.

The event this year served about 30 children from DCPS Cleveland Elementary School and from the Howard University Middle School . Children received individual cleanings, extractions and other dental care. The payoff: smiles and happy faces.

Howard University College of Dentistry organized the event with support from the American Dental Association (ADA). Howard’s College of Dentistry is important regionally. It is the only dental college in Washington, D.C.; the next closest dental school is located in Baltimore.

The college scheduled follow-up appointments for dental treatment for children that required more time. First-year dental students supported the project with lessons on dental hygiene. All of the children received dental goody bags, lunch and movie tickets.

LaToya M. Barham, DDS, assistant professor and clinic coordinator in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, led the effort to organize this year’s event. "I am so grateful and blessed to have opportunities for my students to learn how to serve,” said Barham. "To be able to give back in this capacity means the most to me."

The national “Give Kids A Smile” program was started by the ADA to provide dental care and raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for underserved children. It serves thousands of children nationwide.

The Howard University College of Dentistry is the nation’s fifth oldest dental school, founded in 1881. It has trained more African-American dentists than any other dental school in the United States and is one of two HBCU dental schools in the nation.

For more information about the Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Howard University College of Medicine, call 202-806-0308.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. www.howard.edu
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