CAUSES in Action | September 2021


The University of the District of Columbia and Pepco Host Ribbon Cutting Event for New Sustainable Farming Technology!

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The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and Pepco are excited to present UDC Grown, a new, innovative agricultural pod (Ag Pod), on October 28, at its official ribbon-cutting event at UDC's Bertie Backus Campus in Ward 5.

The Ag Pod is a sustainable, indoor vertical growing technology that grows produce for communities year-round. With this initiative, UDC, with support and sponsorship from Pepco, is deploying sustainable farming technology. This technology will provide residents with fresh food and knowledge on electricity production, sustainable agriculture, and entrepreneurship.

As a land-grant university, UDC-CAUSES is committed to providing sustainable food production in urban communities. 

How Does The Ag Pod Work?

The Ag Pod is a vertical hydroponic system with LED lighting. It provides 24 hours of safe,

high-quality food production.

What's To Come?

UDC is working with its partners, including PEPCO, to develop an Entrepreneurial Training Model for interested residents in Wards 5, 7, and 8 to make this project a functional community asset. 

Will You Be There For Its Big Launch?


5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE, near the Fort Totten Metro Station


10/28/21 9:30am - 10/28/21 11:00am US/Eastern
Join us for our special event to celebrate the Ag Pod's launch, enjoy food samples from UDC's skilled Chef Herb, and get an exclusive tour.
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Please contact the

Office of Student Success 

at 202-274-7066, if you have any questions or need more information regarding A.AC.T. 

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Just-In: The Office of Student Success has Officially Launched the NEW Student App A.AC.T. 

A.AC.T. (Navigate Student) is a mobile advising application that enables students to manage their education, make decisions, complete essential tasks, and explore the campus from their mobile devices.

With A.AC.T., students can...

  • See upcoming to-dos and events, so they never miss important deadlines. (plan and automate to-dos and events)
  • Get help when needed. (click links to set appointments, access webpages, etc.)
  • Explore major and career options that match their interests.
  • Discover co-curricular opportunities and extra-curricular activities.
  • Sync their class schedule and other important events directly to their phone.
  • Get step-by-step guidance on paying for college or choosing next semester's courses.


Dr. Phronie Jackson Addresses Public Health Concerns in The San Diego Union-Tribune!

"I'm a firm believer in awareness and education. There's much ignorance around sexually transmitted infections, so we have to make people aware of what they are and educate them.

If we can remove the incomprehension, and give people better knowledge of these illnesses, then we can start to detach the myths and stigmas placed around them."

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UDC's Thomas Wheet Featured in Econ Focus, the Economics Magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond!

In this well-known publication, Thomas highlights the potential of controlled environment agriculture in urban spaces.

"People in cities realized that building resiliency into the supply chains is essential to make sure that we continue to have access to the foods that we take for granted," says Wheet.

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UP NEXT: CAUSES Research Seminar Series Continues with Tools and Services for Climate Change Mitigation

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CAUSES Research Seminar offers opportunities for the community to learn about research underway at CAUSES, UDC, and partner organizations across the United States and globally.

All seminars are held on selected Fridays from 12:00 to 1:30 PM EST via Zoom.

Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Caroline Staub is a geographer with over ten years of experience researching natural resource variability, vulnerability, risk perceptions, and decision-making in the context of agriculture and land management. She has studied vegetation change in Malawi, climate variability in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, and perceptions and decision-making around climate change and climate risk management in the southeast US and Haiti. Funded by USDA NIFA, USDA NASS, and USAID, Dr. Staub has worked with farmers, agronomists, software engineers, and social scientists to develop and evaluate tools and approaches that empower farmers and land managers of all backgrounds and literacy levels to measure and manage climate and other production risks. She looks forward to partnering with UDC leaders and the DC community on projects aiming to create more resilient, sustainable, and equitable food systems locally and internationally. Caroline is originally from Mauritius but has lived in Australia, the UK, Malawi, and the US since 2002.

Visioning A Better America

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UDC's Distinguished Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, Sabine O'Hara, is presenting at this year's Visioning A Better America conference on October 5, 2021, at 9:00 AM EST to discuss "The Future of Food: Reconnecting with Nature."

The purpose of the conference is to create a conversation about what we as a people and a nation can become. Only citizens can change society. People's ideas can change and, at times, change rapidly. But, a vision provides ideas to focus on change and policies that lead toward the desired future. 

As the world faces new challenges, this conference will work toward a dream to inspire realistic hope and action for a better future based on the best in America and our founding values. Speakers will come from across the ideological spectrum.

Presenters will define:

  • the problems and challenges;
  • the ideal future of our country that addresses those problems and challenges; and 
  • what citizens can do via the political process and civil society to realize that ideal future.
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See What's Happening This Month!

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Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Contact Kenneth J. Cooper, Ph.D., Student Recruitment and Academic Advising Specialist–RN to BSN Program, for questions and application support at

For financial aid resources, see below:

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Nursing Scholarships & Grants

Pursue your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at UDC!


Zoom link provided with event registration


10/20/21 5:00pm - 10/20/21 6:00pm US/Eastern
This event will cover the program curriculum, credits, costs, funding opportunities, and career possibilities
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Telework 15: Nutrition Tips To Avoid Weight Gain While Working From Home

This workshop will provide helpful nutrition tips to those working from home to prevent weight gain that can occur from the consumption of food and drinks that are high in calories, fats, sodium, and sugar.

"Quick Tips to Understanding the Nutrition Facts Label" Returns

This one-hour presentation is designed to provide all participants with information and easy tips on reading and understanding nutrition facts labels.

Also, participants will learn what nutrients and ingredients are required on the nutrition facts label by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Course Instructor:

Tiffany N. Johnson-Largent, Ph.D., RDN, LD. For further information, please contact Dr. Johnson-Largent directly at 202-274-6708 or

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CAUSES Graduate Presents Research at Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America


Megan Thompson, a 2021 graduate of the PSM Program in Urban Agriculture, presented graduate research that she conducted with Dr. Matthew Richardson (Acting Director, CURES), Dr. Mamatha Hanumappa (Project Specialist, CURES), Dr. Drew Carson (Data and Assessment Manager, CAUSES) and collaborators at land-grant institutions throughout the Northeast Region at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Thompson's presentation was titled "The Current State of Urban Agriculture and Extension and Research Needs in the Northeast U.S." and highlighted survey responses from urban growers. Also, Dr. Richardson presented research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Mamatha, the University of Rhode Island, and The Trust for Public Land titled "The Social, Environmental, and Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Washington, DC." 

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Student Spotlight

Calling All Students: Membership for UDC's Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is Now Open!


The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is a UDC student organization supported by UDC-CAUSES. SAND serves as a resource for nutrition and dietetics students to collaboratively explore opportunities for professional development and participate in nutrition-related activities. Members of SAND have access to peer mentoring and tutoring, DICAS workshops, and Web Portfolio building classes. Additionally, members can get involved in nutrition education experiences on campus and in communities.

While members of SAND are encouraged to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it is not a requirement. By participating in SAND, students receive membership benefits at the national and state affiliation levels. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major, who are interested in pursuing the field of nutrition and dietetics. Club dues are $20.00 for the full academic year or $10.00 for a single semester. These funds are put toward member events, tee-shirts, and materials for educational outreach activities. During our monthly meetings, we discuss ways SAND can engage UDC’s student population in conversations about nutrition, food access, and environmental issues. We also plan and execute member-focused events to help current dietetic students unlock their career potential. Please encourage your students to consider joining SAND or to visit one of our monthly meetings to learn more about what we do!

Checkout SAND

For more information on this organization, please contact the SAND President Kenya Norris at or SAND Faculty Advisor Dr. Tia Jeffery (



Young Artists Debut Artwork at Van Ness Farmers Market

The UDC Van Ness Farmers Market reopened in front of the UDC Student Center, on Connecticut Avenue, last year. The market runs between May and November and provides the community with access to locally grown, fresh produce and other homemade products. The market is also a place to engage and educate people. We have a diverse group of visitors/shoppers from the Van Ness community and beyond. Some of them use the market as a place to show their artwork.

The market attracts the best and brightest artists and provides a great space to showcase their skill and creativity for public view every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. These artists use ordinary chalk to inspire passers-by to smile and remember when they, too, were artists - an experience like no other!

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Visit the festival on October 2, 2021

Visit Our Farmer's Market

Free Fun for the Family!

Meet us at the Russian Festival and enjoy a wide variety of traditional foods, desserts, and drinks. Stock up on culinary delights such as beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage rolls, and pirozhki. Indulge in a napoleon and honey cake for a sweet treat. Drink tea from charcoal-heated samovars. Enjoy live folk music and dance!

Also, explore the newest collection of handcrafted matryoshka dolls, pysanky easter eggs, birch bark boxes, ornaments, jewelry, and toys.

Let's celebrate the ability to be together again in person! We look forward to welcoming you!

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Welcome to the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). UDC is the only urban, land-grant university in the nation. CAUSES was formed, in 2010, as the university’s land-grant college.

We engage in applied teaching and research that helps to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of the District of Columbia and others around the world through traditional academic degrees, and through the non-degree, non-credit bearing, skills-building programs, such as green infrastructure and urban agriculture.

CAUSES is unique in its organizational structure and its mission: an interdisciplinary college, where academic programs, such as architecture, urban sustainability, health education, nutrition and dietetics, and nursing, train a forward-thinking generation of professionals who will ensure that the world has “Healthy Cities–Healthy People.” The college houses the only doctoral-level program in the nation that focuses on urban leadership and entrepreneurship.

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University of the District of Columbia is an HBCU, urban land-grant, and the only public university in the nation's capital, The University of the District of Columbia is committed to a broad mission of education, research, and community service. Established by abolitionist Myrtilla Miner in 1851, the University of DC offers Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees and a host of workplace development services designed to create opportunities for student success. The University is comprised of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a Community College, and the David A. Clarke School of Law. To learn more, visit The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, this information is available in languages other than English. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, please complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. Submit your completed letter or form to USDA via fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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El Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA) prohíbe la discriminación en todos sus programas y actividades por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, religión, sexo, identidad de género (incluida la expresión de género), orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, estado civil, estado familiar / parental, ingresos derivados de un programa de asistencia pública, creencias políticas, represalias o represalias por actividades previas de derechos civiles. (No todas las bases prohibidas se aplican a todos los programas.) Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios de comunicación alternativos para obtener información sobre el programa. (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas estadounidense, etc.) debe comunicarse con la Agencia responsable o con el TARGET Center de USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comunicarse con el USDA a través del Federal Relay Service al (800) 877-8339. Además, esta información está disponible en otros idiomas además del inglés. Para presentar una queja alegando discriminación, por favor complete el Formulario de Queja por Discriminación del Programa del USDA, AD-3027, que se encuentra en línea en, o en cualquier oficina del USDA o escriba una carta dirigida a Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, Oficina del Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 y proporcionar en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíe su carta o formulario completado al USDA por fax: (202) 690-7442; o correo electrónico: Para solicitar una copia del formulario de queja, llame al (866) 632-9992. USDA es un proveedor, empleador y prestamista con igualdad de oportunidades para todos.

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