April - June 2021
Under the leadership of President Wayne A. I. Frederick, we have continued to advance the mission of Howard University against the backdrop of a very punishing and too often deadly pandemic. As we work as a collective community to get back to in-person instruction and face-to-face interaction, we are also preparing to welcome one of our largest freshman classes in recent history, further enhancing academic excellence!
Since January 2021, Howard teams from the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy have provided over 40,000 vaccine doses to employees, students and members of the community. While our COVID-19 treatment and vaccination efforts have clearly made a significant impact, our health sciences colleagues have also maintained the same level of clinical care for other health-related treatments and advising.
Now is the time for an investment in our hospital.
The current Howard University Hospital (HUH) opened its doors in 1975 and is woefully insufficient to meet the health care challenges of the 21st century. We need Congress to invest in Black lives and the wellbeing of our communities so that access to quality health care is available for all Americans.
Howard trains more than half the Black doctors, pharmacists and dentists in the country. That is why it's so important that we build a new Academic Health Complex, which includes new HUH and education facilities for our medical students. Without Howard, the robust pipeline of diverse health care professionals serving in historically underserved communities fails and growing health care disparities widen.

The time is now to reinvest in the clinical training site for more than half the Black doctors in America. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically underscored the need for a rapid expansion of a diverse health care workforce to meet the challenges we face. The cost of a new 225-bed hospital is $600 million. Howard is seeking federal funding, consistent with its federal charter, for approximately half of the project cost. We are in the predevelopment phase with the total project expected to take three years. But at this point, we cannot move forward without a substantial investment this year from Congress.

To learn more and to lend your support for the Academic Health Sciences Complex, visit
In Truth and Service,
SVP Rashad Young
Senior Vice President Young Welcome Letter
HU East Campus
The 23-acre Howard East Campus site, located in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C., has served as home to Howard’s School of Divinity since 1985 until its temporary relocation to the Howard West Campus in 2015 due to aging infrastructure. The redevelopment vision for this site will enable the University’s School of Divinity and School of Social Work to work, learn and collaborate in new, state-of-the-art facilities that support the next generation of diverse leaders in these critical fields and further enhance our strategic position as one of the top research universities in the nation. We are envisioning additional programmatic elements, such as housing and senior housing, to add a vibrant community. Following positive alumni engagement, we have formed an HU East Community Association Alumni subcommittee to strengthen the alumni voice as we realize the shared vision for the East Campus. For more information, visit
Cabinet Members on the Yard
Howard has been joined this quarter by two Biden Administration officials.
  • In June, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona toured the Howard College of Medicine and vaccination clinic as well as Howard’s Mobile Vaccination Vehicle to learn more about vaccination efforts at Howard. Rashad Young, senior vice president and chief strategy officer; Dr. Hugh Mighty, vice president of clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine; Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, executive vice president and chief operations officer; Anita L. A. Jenkins, chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital; Dr. India Medley, chief nursing officer of Howard University Hospital; and health science students discussed vaccination support and Howard University’s all-hands-on-deck commitment to community health.
  • In May, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Howard University for a roundtable and press event at Founders Library. Roundtable participants included Provost Anthony Wutoh; physics chair Quinton Williams; associate professor Janelle Burke; Professor Kim Lewis, associate dean for research & graduate programs; and Christopher Flowers, Karsh STEM Scholar and recent alumnus. 
Bridge Park Collaboration
Bridge Park has partnered with Howard's Engineers Without Borders chapter to build raised garden beds for those with limited mobility at the Bridge Park Plots Farm - located at Allen Chapel AME in Ward 8. This plot is one of seven urban farms that are operated by Bridge Park in southeast, D.C. in collaboration with communities of faith and non-profits. Howard students completed their design plans and started construction on Saturday, July 17 to be completed by the end of the month.
Revamped Website
Take a minute to browse and get acquainted with our new Howard Forward website for more information about our strategy and leading indicators that measure our progress.
Data Talks!
Browse our interactive data graphics that were developed for each Howard Forward pillar to increase transparency and progress against Howard Forward.
Howard Forward implementation is a collaborative effort that touches every corner and aspect of the Howard community. While there are many power players behind the scenes that do integral work that pushes this plan forward, we are recognizing people that have made the Howard Forward plan central to their everyday work.
Sloan Sanford
Sloan Sanford is the project manager for the academic affairs unit in the Office of the Provost. In her day-to-day duties, she moves Howard forward by supporting the "enhance academic excellence" pillar of the Howard Forward strategic plan and by serving as a member of the Howard Forward Central Team. Additionally, Sloan co-leads the Howard Forward Initiatives and Operations Working Group, where she provides thought leadership on the alignment of strategic planning efforts across the University. 
Eugene Cooper
Eugene Cooper is the human resources information systems manager and Human Capital Management (HCM) lead for the Workday implementation project at Howard. Over the past year, the Howard/Workday teams have worked tirelessly to configure the new ERP system to replace Howard’s legacy system. Once fully implemented, Workday will allow Howard to achieve one the primary objectives of the "improve efficiency & effectiveness" strategic pillar.  
Howard named Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader
Howard University is proud to be named a Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leader. For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is recognizing the noteworthy engagement that selected HBCUs have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. 

Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader status has been conferred on this group of 20 HBCUs, including Howard University, because they have demonstrated noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants during the 2019-2020 academic year and have promoted Fulbright program opportunities on campus. Since 1950, Howard University has had more than 200 Fulbright awardees, including 100 faculty scholars, 70 student awardees and 40 visiting scholars.
Google Grant
Howard University is pleased to announce it is one of 10 institutions to receive a $5 million grant from Google, designed to help create pathways and opportunities for increased diverse representation in the STEM industry. The one-time unrestricted financial grant will provide Howard University with financial support for scholarships and technological infrastructure, as well as development for curriculum and career readiness.
$1.7M for Racism and COVID-19 Crisis Communication Research
A team of researchers co-led by Howard University’s Monica Ponder, Ph.D, MS, MSPH received a $1.7 million grant from the CDC Foundation designed to reach historically marginalized and disadvantaged populations during public health crises. The endeavor, dubbed Project REFOCUS, tracks the intersecting pandemics of racism, especially as expressed through stigma, and COVID-19, with a focus on providing information to the communities most directly impacted. Key concerns include stereotypes about the origins of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the historical and present-day ways structural racism influences the social determinants of health and health access among diverse communities.
NUWC Research Agreement
Howard University and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) on May 19. The EPA allows warfare center scientists and engineers to work with Howard faculty and students to enhance STEM education. New provisions also permit student participation in technology transfer and associated legal activities. 
Apple Innovation Grant
Howard is a recipient of Apple’s new Innovation Grant, designed to support colleges of engineering at HBCUs to develop their silicon and hardware engineering curriculum in partnership with Apple’s experts. The grant was announced this year as part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. The success ​of Howard’s proposal was the product of computer engineering faculty, including Michaela Amoo, Ph.D.; Hassan Salmani, Ph.D.; Ahmed Rubaai, Ph.D.; Kimberly Jones, Ph.D.; and Moses Garuba, Ph.D.
Honda grants $10k for The Store@HU
Howard won first place in the 2020 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Qualifying Tournament and was awarded a grant of $7,000 to support the campus food pantry known as The Store@HU. The goal of The Store@HU is to reduce short-term food insecurity among its student body, thus supporting educational success and retention.
Reading Partners DC Literacy Tutors Partnership
Reading Partners DC has partnered with Howard's Center for Career and Professional Success to expand access to literacy tutors for K-4 students across the district. Howard undergraduate students will have the opportunity to empower young learners as part of the federal work-study. This collaboration will increase the pipeline of Black college students that work with Reading Partners’ majority Black elementary students. Reading Partners’ research-based literacy tutoring program offers a way for students to accelerate any learning they missed and currently supports over 450 students across 19 of the district’s Title I schools.
Howard Awarded for Handling of Investments & Financial Education
Pensions & Investments, a publication for pension, portfolio and investment management executives, recently named TIAA and Howard University winners of the 2021 Eddy Awards for campaigns that excelled at providing investment and financial education to retirement plan participants. In the conversions and consolidations category, Howard University won first place for its sole record-keeping transition in which nearly $300 million in assets were transferred to TIAA. The category recognizes campaigns devoted to explaining the move to a new record-keeper and the consolidations of record-keepers by 403(b) plans.
NEXTGEN TV Broadcast Collaborative
The Howard University NEXTGEN TV Broadcast Collaborative is beginning work to transition WHUT to an ATSC 3.0 facility. WHUT is expected to sign on with NEXTGEN TV signals from five different network sources later this Summer following extensive engineering and operational planning and installation of a new transmitter and related equipment and upgrades to the station’s physical plant. An expansive collaborative effort is now underway to launch NEXTGEN TV service in the nation’s capital, with the academic resources and technical prowess of Howard University’s WHUT serving as the host station for ATSC 3.0 broadcasts for five local affiliate stations of national broadcast networks.
Watch this video highlight that captures the recent HPS Investment Partners & Kapnick Foundation gift. This gift was a major win for Howard Forward as it captured three pillars of the strategic plan to include "enhance academic excellence," "achieve financial sustainability" and "serve the community." Special thanks to Dean Anthony Wilbon, School of Business; Marcus Goode with Development and Alumni Relations and current MBA student; and Charlie Lewis, School of Business alumnus and president of the Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) for working strategically toward implementation of Howard Forward.

This short video summarizes the past impact and future promise of Howard University Hospital. We need a strong federal investment to ensure this remarkable institution can continue serving our nation as it provides a pathway to train future medical workers to create stronger and healthier communities across America.

(Rendering of proposed redeveloped HUH)
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Howard Magazine
Moving Howard Forward

To Rashad Young, Howard University functions like a city. It’s the strategic perspective he’s taking with implementing Howard Forward, the University’s five-year strategic plan. It makes sense, considering he’s spent his career transforming cities: first in his native Dayton, Ohio, and, most recently, the District of Columbia.

Young began his role as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Howard University in October 2020. In addition to spearheading Howard Forward, he also works on external affairs and real estate.
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