Alumni Profiles

Inspirational alumni who affect change.

Cheriss May

Cheriss May (B.A. ’94) always had a love for photography. Her passion soon became a career.

What brought you to Howard University?

I was attending Chicago State University in 2002, and I came home one day and told my father I wanted to leave Chicago. He supported my decision...

Growing up in historic Natchez, Mississippi, Joseph A.C. Smith (B.M. Ed. ’06; M.Div. ’10) has always been interested and invested in the plight of the African-American community. That yearning to...

When Nicholas Askew (B.S. ’01) left Kinston, N.C., for Howard University, he was the third installment in a family trilogy.

Brothers Joseph Askew (B.B.A. ’92) and the late Mark Askew (B.B...


In a New York University neuroscience laboratory, where she was the only Black researcher, Jennifer Henry, then a Ph.D. candidate, confronted a hard truth.

“We had people look at faces (on...

When it comes to Howard University’s pride in cultivating students to lead from a global perspective, Jabari Smith is a living example.

After graduating from the School of Communications...


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