February 16, 2024 Issue 48

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During Black History Month, we celebrate the contributions that Black people have made to the United States. In this issue of UDC Forward, learn about the UDC alumni who helped shape the University and impacted the District of Columbia and the nation.

Remembering Cleveland L. Dennard – a guiding force in consolidating schools to create UDC

Cleveland L. Dennard (second from the right), founding president of the Washington Technical Institute, a predecessor school for the University of the District of Columbia, shakes hands with President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Remembering Cleveland L. Dennard – a guiding force in consolidating schools to create UDC

As students gather or rush to class across the quadrangle of the Van Ness Campus, signage reminds them of the significance of honoring Cleveland L. Dennard, a highly intelligent visionary who was recruited by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration to be the first president of the Washington Technical Institute. Dennard also worked with President Jimmy Carter and DC leaders to guide the merger of three schools to form the University of the District of Columbia. Read more


UDC Board of Trustees charter member celebrates the University’s past and present

Carroll Green is proud of his role as a charter member of UDC’s Board of Trustees, as an alumnus, and a former student member of the DC Board of Higher Education – where he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the University of the District of Columbia and selecting its first president. Read More


Dr. Samuel Waters

UDC faculty to be awarded 2024 Modern-Day Technology Leader at STEM Conference 

For the fifth consecutive year, a UDC faculty member has been selected to receive a prestigious honor from BEYA. Dr. Samuel Waters, Associate Professor of Biology in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) 2024 STEM Conference, taking place from February 15-17, 2024, in the category of 2024 Modern-Day Technology Leaders. The Modern-Day Technology Leader Award is a distinguished part of the BEYA STEM Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) Category. The BEYA STEM Community, over 10,000 strong, offers K-12 students, college students, corporate, government, military professionals, business, and industry employers with three days of learning, networking, celebrating excellence, and showcasing STEM career opportunities. For more information, visit the BEYA conference website.

Dr. Bethany Monea

Dr. Bethany Monea receives Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award 


Dr. Bethany Monea, UDC Assistant Professor of English: Community Writing, has received an Honorable Mention for the 2024 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Awards for Composing Borderlands: The Lives and Literacies of First-Generation, Latinx Youth Transitioning to College Writing. The award honors a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational process in composition studies, or adds to the field's body of knowledge, through research or scholarly inquiry. The CCCC awards presentation will be held on Friday, April 5, during the 2024 CCCC Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington. Please visit CCCC website to learn more about the awards. Dr. Monea's dissertation can be accessed here.

In the News

Featured Events

Tax Clinic

SBPA partners with IRS for free VITA/TCE Tax Clinic


The School of Business and Public Administration is teaming up with the Internal Revenue Service to hold their annual free VITA/TCE Tax Clinic on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through April 13, 2024. The clinic will be held at UDC’s Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Building 38, Room 305.


For an appointment, call the UDC VITA/TCE Tax Clinic: Professor D. Robinson Foster at 771.201.0495 or Professor Suzan Abed at 202.274.7002.

UDC inauguration

Inauguration of Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D.

Join us for inauguration celebration events scheduled during March 11 through 14. Visit udc.edu/inauguration for more details. RSVP here.

Monday, March 11

Employee Service Awards

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UDC Van Ness Campus, Theater of the Arts

Tuesday, March 12

UDC Community Service Day

Allyn Johnson & Meet the Artists on the Bandstand

12:30 p.m.

UDC Van Ness Campus

Recital Hall, Performing Arts−Building 46-West

Wednesday, March 13

Academic Symposium

Advancing the Mission of the Urban HBCU: Showcasing Excellence, Elevating Possibility

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

UDC Lamond-Riggs Campus, Auditorium

Thursday, March 14

Investiture (Inauguration Ceremony)

11:00 a.m.

UDC Van Ness Campus, Theater of the Arts

Reception to immediately follow the Investiture Ceremony

Founders' Day 2024 Celebration

The 2024 Founders’ Day Celebration was held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Theater of the Arts. President Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D., spoke on the theme “Delivering on the Promise.” Watch the live video recording of the celebration.

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Athletics Hall of Fame

UDC Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon celebrates inductees

The UDC Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon was held on Saturday, February 10, at Maggiano’s Little Italy. This year’s inductees were Leon Cunningham (UDC Class of '98), Kaneesha Hollis (UDC Class of '12), Tracey Oaks Jordan (UDC Class of '93, MA '07), Ronald Lewis (DCTC Class of '73, MA UDC '78) and C. Francis A. Silva. Watch a video from the luncheon.

UDC men's basketball

Support your fellow Firebirds! Cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball and tennis teams at an upcoming event. 


Men’s basketball

February 17 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Staten Island

February 28 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Queens

Women’s basketball

February 17 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Staten Island

February 28 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Queens

Men’s tennis

February 23 at 11:00 a.m. vs. Harford CC

February 29 at 11:00 a.m. vs. Coppin St.

Women’s tennis

February 23 at 11:00 a.m. vs. Mount Mary

February 29 at 11:00 a.m. vs. Coppin St.


For the latest sports news, check out the UDC Athletic Website

Seen in the Community

HBCU night at the Wizards

Coppin State President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., Howard University President Ben Vinson III, Ph.D., UDC President Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D., and Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund, at HBCU and D9 Night at the Washington Wizards.

Washington Wizards celebrate HBCUs, D9 night

UDC and the Washington Wizards celebrated the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Divine Nine Organizations at the annual HBCU and D9 night at the Capital One Arena on Saturday, February 10.

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